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ESAB announces restructuring plan

April 15, 2015

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced that it will take a number of steps to restructure its North American operations. The restructuring plan, which will integrate ESAB and Victor regional operations and facilities, will be deployed in phases throughout this year and into 2016. The...

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Ask the Expert: Increasing progressive-stamping tooling life with the right lubricant

April 15, 2015

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I get a lot of questions regarding how to maximize the life of progressive-stamping tooling, but no one response fits all. We talk a lot about tooling materials, heat treatment, and coatings. But time and again, stamping lubrication is treated as relatively insignificant. Stampers put little...

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Stretch-wrap systems offered in several configurations

April 15, 2015

Liberty Technologies, a Millwood Inc. company, has introduced a line of branded stretch wrappers. They are available in standard, modified standard, and custom-engineered configurations. Five series of products are available: series 500 semiautomatic turntables, series 600 semiautomatic...

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PennEngineering appoints vice president of global automotive

April 15, 2015

Danboro, Pa.-based PennEngineering®, a fastener manufacturer, has announced that Pete Beecherl has joined the company as vice president of global automotive. In this newly created position, Beecherl drives and coordinates strategic initiatives for the company worldwide across all...

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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Savannah Machinery Works is Georgia Manufacturer of 2015

April 15, 2015

The Savannah Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) has been recognized as the 2015 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year for medium-sized businesses. Gov. Nathan Deal presented the award to the leadership of MHPSA at an event held at the Georgia International Convention...

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Synthetic dust collector filter resists moisture

April 15, 2015

The new HemiPleat® synthetic dust collector filter from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) combines a high-efficiency synthetic media with proprietary open-pleat technology for use in harsh, humid environments. The washable media is resistant to moisture and can handle heavy dust-loading...

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Nu-Set Lock Mfg. becomes SCMSDC member

April 15, 2015

Woman-owned Nu-Set Lock Mfg. Co. has been accepted for membership in the Southern California Minority Supplier Diversity Council (SCMSDC). The El Monte, Calif.-based company was subjected to a comprehensive vetting process to ensure qualification authenticity. It was certified as both a WBE...

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The robots are coming

April 15, 2015

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Robots replacing fabricators is not likely to happen in the next few years. However some predict that robots may replace almost 50 percent of all kinds of jobs in the future. That is likely to include some fabrication jobs.

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U. S. Steel announces management changes at European, North American operations

April 15, 2015

United States Steel Corp. has announced two management changes at its European and North American operating facilities effective May 31. Scott Buckiso has been named vice president-European Solutions and president–U. S. Steel Kosice, succeeding George Babcoke, who retired following 39 years of...

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Welding goggles feature low-profile design for welding in restricted spaces

April 15, 2015

The new Weld-Mask™ autodarkening welding goggles from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. feature an extreme low-profile design that allows welding operators access into spaces where the use of a traditional welding helmet would be limited. The design is suitable for gas welding and cutting, as well as...

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SPI acquires JK Lasers

April 15, 2015

SPI Lasers, a member of the TRUMPF Group, has acquired Rugby, U.K.-based JK Lasers, a manufacturer of fiber lasers for industrial use and former member of the GSI Group. JK Lasers has more than 40 years’ experience in laser development. Its core competence is in fiber lasers with outputs from...

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Ask the Expert: The continuing challenge of die maintenance

April 15, 2015

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Q: I have been trying to locate the die maintenance check list printed in a STAMPING Journal® article several years ago, which also included the 10 Tooling Laws. I am hoping you can lead me to it. A: You will find the check list at the end of this article. But even with a maintenance check...

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Packaging protects products from corrosion, UV exposure

April 15, 2015

Recyclable and nontoxic VpCI®-126 EM UV film from Cortec® Corp. combines high-strength resins with UV light stabilizers and Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) technology. The film is designed to provide up to three years of strong multimetal protection for parts, equipment, and vehicles. It...

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WPI appoints associate director of Metal Processing Institute

April 14, 2015

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, Mass., has appointed Brajendra Mishra, PhD, as associate director of the university's Metal Processing Institute (MPI), effective in August 2015. MPI is dedicated to advancing the field of materials processing through research in the areas of metal...

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Ask the Expert: Determining stock width for stamping a part in a progressive die

April 14, 2015

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Q: How do I define the width of the metal stock required to stamp a part in a new progressive die? A: You need to consider a lot of factors when determining stock width for stamping a part in a progressive die. I assume your question on the stock width is so you can estimate the raw material...

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