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Automated CAM program added to coil-fed laser blanking systems

November 22, 2016

LaserCoil Technologies LLC has announced the addition of LaserCoil CAM to its coil-fed laser blanking systems, automating the importing of part profiles for optimized nesting and laser cutting. The program accommodates single and multiple cutting heads, as well as peripheral automation, such as the...

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FABTECH® 2016: Closing the loop

November 21, 2016 | By Tim Heston

When it came to new technology, FABTECH didn't disappoint. But this year, one theme dominated: closing the loop--or improving the entire process, from the initial quote to the final shipment.

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DeWys Mfg. partners with local school to increase STEM education

November 21, 2016

Marne, Mich.-based metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. and several regional businesses and manufacturers have announced a partnership with Kenowa Hills Public School, Grand Rapids, Mich., for the new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lab program. The lab, located within DeWys’ secondary...

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Failure modes and solutions for ID scarfing tools

November 21, 2016 | By Mike Nelson

Scarfing tools are prone to chipping and breakage caused by mechanical vibrations and thermal shocks. Understanding the causes of these problems is the first step in extending scarfing tool life.

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CMC Steel Fabricators to acquire Associated Steel Workers fabrication business

November 21, 2016

CMC Steel Fabricators Inc., Seguin, Texas, has announced plans to acquire Hawaii-based Associated Steel Workers Ltd.’s steel fabrication business, which manufactures, delivers, and installs uncoated black rebar and related materials.The deal is expected to close in January 2017.CMC, a...

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Tube mill uses direct forming to produce square, rectangular tubes

November 21, 2016

Fives has introduced the OTO HSU (hollow shape universal) tube mill, designed to produce square and rectangular tubes for the construction industry. The mill produces HSU tubes through direct forming, skipping the traditional step of constructing round tubes and then squaring them.The line...

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Grain size control for successfully fabricating stainless and INCONEL alloy tubing

November 21, 2016 | By Chiranjib K. Mukherjee

Tube producers and fabricators make and use tubing that conforms to a particular manufacturing standard, but few standards specify grain size. Knowing the role that grain size plays is a crucial first step in understanding how a fabrication process succeeds or fails.

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Miller Electric integrates Jetline welding automation products into Miller brand

November 21, 2016

Arc welding product manufacturer Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has announced the integration of welding automation products from Jetline Eng. Inc. into the Miller brand. Jetline Eng. Inc. now is branded Jetline by Miller. Jetline was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2000 and...

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Shopping cart manufacturer rings up productivity gains with automated bending cell

November 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Shopping cart manufacturer Technibilt has been incorporating automation little by little over the last few decades, but recently took a big step when it solicited bids for a transfer system that would bend and punch tube to make shopping cart frames.

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CAM software updated with new features

November 21, 2016

Geometric Americas Inc. has released CAMWorks® 2017 software with additions to support smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0. The tolerance based machining (TBM) feature uses tolerances and nongeometric data in a 3-D CAD model to select optimal machining strategies and create toolpaths...

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Brochure highlights precision waterjet cutting systems

November 21, 2016

Jet Edge Inc. has published a new precision waterjet cutting systems brochure that features industrial-grade waterjet gantries, ultrahigh-pressure waterjet pumps, and waterjet parts and accessories. The literature also explains the company’s custom engineering...

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 3

November 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The sun has set on FABTECH® 2016. If you weren’t there, you missed an amazing show. Each year I wonder what could possibly be new? And each year I am overwhelmed by the amount of innovation. Ours is a creative industry.

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Board of Laser Safety launches website

November 18, 2016

The Board of Laser Safety (BLS), Orlando, Fla., a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Laser Institute of America (LIA), has launched a new website at www.lasersafety.org.The website provides a platform for laser safety officers to stay up-to-date with laser safety and certification news. The...

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57-year veteran tool- and diemaker “started somewhere”

November 18, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Of all of the roles 57-year veteran tool- and diemaker Paul Rettberg has had, the one he has enjoyed the most is the one he fills currently … as a teacher.

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6 Q&A about compact in-die transfer tooling

November 18, 2016 | By Bob Gunst

Compact in-die transfer tooling technology brings the flexibility of a press-mounted transfer system to small-press and small-part applications. The small transfer system mounts directly to the stamping die, becoming part of the die. The in-die transfer tool is set up and run in continuous mode, just like a progressive die.

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