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Aluminum Workshop: Where in the world is the 5052 filler alloy?

November 17, 2014

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Q: I am about to begin a project that requires me to weld a lot of 5052-O sheet material. There’s just one problem: I can’t find 5052 filler. Can you tell me why this is and what I should use instead? A: I can understand why you might think that you should weld 5052 sheet with 5052 filler...

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Open-source communication standard updated

November 17, 2014

The MTConnect® Institute has released the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The open-source communication standard addresses the interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include interdevice connectivity to enable machine-to-machine...

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Coating protects metals from corrosion indoors and outdoors

November 17, 2014

VpCI®-389 from Cortec® is an environmentally friendly, water-based, temporary coating that delivers multimetal protection for outside applications and salt-spray resistance. Suitable for use as a replacement for oil-based products, it provides up to five years of protection in indoor storage and...

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Arc Welding 101: Wire-feed welding, stick welding with the same machine

November 17, 2014

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Q: I would like to know if a wire-feed welding machine can double as a modest-amperage DC shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) machine if I attach an electrode holder to the output. I have been told that aluminum welding works well and is convenient using SMAW and DC. I have the aluminum roller kit...

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Lightweight, cordless tools designed for above-average operating time

November 17, 2014

TRUMPF Inc. has added new models to its TruTool line of compact, lightweight, lithium-ion cordless power tools: the PN 130 profile nibbler, S 160 and S 114 shears, and C 160 cutting shears. The battery-optimized aluminum gear head is designed for the low voltage of the battery used in the...

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Steelwind Industries acquires Universal Industries, Hall Steel

November 14, 2014

Steelwind Industries Inc., Oak Creek, Wis., has acquired fabricator Universal Industries LLC, Tomahawk, Wis., and Hall Steel Corp., a provider of heat-treating fabrication and flame cutting in Milwaukee. Steelwind Industries is a steel fabrication company providing products to the mining and...

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Schnitzer Steel receives Ethics Inside certification

November 14, 2014

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Portland, Ore., has announced that it has earned Ethics Inside® certification and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™ from The Ethisphere Institute, a provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs. Recipients are recognized for...

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Optomec becomes Platinum-level member of America Makes

November 14, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec, a global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3-D-printed metals and printed electronics, has become a Platinum-level member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). The role, which includes a...

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Novelis to convert all of its beverage can sheet to high-recycled-content aluminum

November 14, 2014

Atlanta-based aluminum roller and recycler Novelis has announced a new commitment to convert all of its beverage can body sheet production to its evercan™ sheet, which the company says is the world's first certified high-recycled-content aluminum for beverage cans, by the end of 2017. "The...

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Metal Panels recognized as one of Tulsa’s Fast-40

November 14, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Metal Panels Inc., a manufacturer of metal roofing panels and accessories in Tulsa, Okla., has been named to The Journal Record’s Tulsa’s Fast-40 list in recognition of its record growth. Since opening in 2001, MPI has grown from a two-man company to a...

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Aluminum Workshop: Taming 6061-T anodized tubing

November 14, 2014

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Q: I’m having a very difficult time welding 6061-T aluminum tubing that has been anodized. The weld won’t flow out correctly, I can see a lot of porosity, and the weld has a black color to it. What can I do to make the weld better? A: The problem you are describing is a common one. Let’s...

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Deere earns spot on 2014 global list of top companies for leadership

November 14, 2014

Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., has been selected 16th on the 2014 Global Top Companies for Leaders list, a comprehensive study by consulting firm Aon Hewitt that recognizes best-in-class management practices, especially in the area of leadership development. This marks the third consecutive time the...

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Arc Welding 101: Advice for MIG welding a motorcycle frame

November 14, 2014

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Q: I just ran across the article you wrote about gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machines in the July/August 2004 issue of Practical Welding Today. Your article was very informative. I will be purchasing a welding machine soon and would like to know if a GMAW machine can handle a motorcycle frame. Any...

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Extended consumables allow cutting, gouging in hard-to-reach areas

November 14, 2014

Hypertherm has announced the availability of new extended consumables for its Powermax30, Powermax30 XP, and Powermax45 plasma systems. Patented HyAccess™ consumables extend 3 in. longer than standard consumables for improved visibility and accessibility when cutting or gouging in hard-to-reach...

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United Alloy launches new website

November 13, 2014

Serial production metal fabrication and powder coating company United Alloy Inc. (UAI), Janesville, Wis., has launched a new website at www.unitedalloy.com with a new global brand and image reflecting its reach into the OEM power-generation, construction, agriculture, and heavy equipment...

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