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One metal fabricator, two value streams

December 12, 2014

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For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.

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Aluminum Workshop: Preheating aluminum

December 12, 2014

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Q: What preheat temperature should I use when welding aluminum? I’ve heard different numbers, and I know they can’t all be right. A: Let me begin with a bold statement: If you have the right equipment, you never need to preheat when welding aluminum. I have gas tungsten arc-welded (GTAW)...

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Sequencing system offers welding operators step-by-step instructions

December 12, 2014

The Weld Sequencer from Lincoln Electric allows welders to view each weld in the operational sequence pictorially and log results automatically. The welding power source parameters, such as voltage, wire feed speed, and waveform mode, are set for each discrete weld. The software includes...

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TimkenSteel awards $245,000 in scholarships

December 11, 2014

The TimkenSteel Charitable Fund, Canton, Ohio, has awarded the first class of TimkenSteel scholars with $245,000 in scholarship funds. The eight high school seniors, all children of TimkenSteel Corp. employees, will use the funds for the academic pursuit of their choice at any accredited...

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Diversified Machine Systems’ community outreach provides nearly 13,000 meals

December 11, 2014

Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), designer and manufacturer of 3- and 5-axis CNC routers and large-format machining centers, recently hosted a Springs Rescue Mission Neighbors Act food and clothing drive and held a silent auction at its company Christmas party to...

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Quaker Chemical launches website for fire-resistant hydraulic fluids

December 11, 2014

Quaker Chemical has introduced a new website at www.quintolubric.com for the QUINTOLUBRIC® fire-resistant hydraulic fluids. The site lists Quaker’s Fluid Power products by hydraulic fluid category: HFA (high water content fluids), HFC (water glycol fluids), and HFD (synthetic water-free...

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Robotic welding cells serve as entry point to automated welding

December 11, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced Auto-Mate™ pre-engineered robotic welding cells, designed for first-time buyers of welding automation. Delivered in two to four weeks, the systems serve as an entry point for new buyers to implement automated welding. The Auto-Mate 5 is a single-zone...

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The Burtek Group announces acquisition of Process Fab Inc.

December 11, 2014

The Burtek Group, Chesterfield, Mich., has acquired Process Fab Inc. (PFI), based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The acquisition brings together spaceflight and aerospace suppliers Votaw Precision Technologies Inc. and PFI under the Burtek portfolio. The Burtek Group, which comprises Burtek...

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The energy boom, welding, and the modern-day cowboy

December 11, 2014

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Welders are the mortar holding the energy boom together, and today, we need more mortar than ever.

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Aluminum Workshop: Alloys for furniture fabrication

December 11, 2014

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Q: Which alloy would you recommend for cold bending aluminum tubing or fabricating aluminum law furniture? A: First consider alloy availability. Many alloys are available as round tubing, but not all are obtainable. Most small-diameter tubing is extruded because it’s relatively economical to...

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Boatbuilder switches from aluminum to steel

December 11, 2014

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Burger Boat Co. has weathered many a storm in its 150-year history, often changing direction to incorporate new technologies and adapt to changing market conditions. When the pleasure craft industry sank in 2009, it went after commercial work, and in the process had to develop a program for working in steel, which it hadn’t done in five decades or so. With the new process came new consumables from ESAB.

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Timken world headquarters receives LEED Gold certification

December 11, 2014

The Timken Co., which manufactures bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, and chain and offers power system rebuild and repair services worldwide, has announced that its world headquarters building in North Canton, Ohio, has earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council®....

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The unemployment rate keeps falling

December 11, 2014

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The headline unemployment figures provide quite a few reasons for optimism. The unemployment rate is low and falling, as is the number of layoffs. However, a deeper look paints a more complete picture of the current job market, and it reveals a few weaknesses.

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GTAW process integrated with robotic system

December 11, 2014

The TIP-TIG process from ABB offers improved coping with joint fit-up gaps, higher travel speeds, and lower heat input requirements when compared to traditional GTAW, according to the manufacturer. Integrated with a robotic system for the first time, the process is installed at the ABB lab in a...

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Sigma Labs signs technology cooperation agreement

December 11, 2014

Santa Fe, N.M.-based Sigma Labs Inc., a developer of in-process, nondestructive quality inspection systems for metal-based additive manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing technologies, has signed a technology cooperation agreement with Additive Industries B.V. Based in the Netherlands,...

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