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E-book offers strategies for sheet metal fabrication sourcing

March 31, 2014

ETM Mfg. has published a free e-book, Estimating Sheet Metal Fabrication Costs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding How Fabricated Parts Are Estimated. It focuses on all of the cost components that comprise a fabricating quote — material costs, labor costs, overhead costs, and shipping...

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Chillers maintain metalworking fluids at consistent temperature levels

March 31, 2014

PolyScience offers DuraChill recirculating chillers to provide temperature control for metal forming, machining, and welding equipment. DuraChill chillers have cooling capacities from 5.2 to 33.4 kW at 68 degrees F. They are available in air- and water-cooled models. The 1.5-, 2-, and 3-HP...

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HEPA vacuum’s 110-gal. drum lengthens time between changes

March 27, 2014

Exair offers the 110-gal., heavy-duty HEPA Vac™ industrial vacuum cleaner. The high-capacity drum reduces the number of drum changes required during cleanup. The vacuum is engineered to filter contaminants to HEPA requirements in dusty environments requiring frequent cleaning. The unit...

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Direct-diode laser system increases speed of cladding, heat treating

March 26, 2014

A new direct-diode laser system from Coherent Inc. offers higher power to help increase throughput for applications in metal cladding and heat treating. The new HighLight™ 10,000D, with its 10-kW output at 975 nm, can be configured to deliver a variety of interchangeable beam shapes with...

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Laser chiller/dust collector unit made for precision laser cutting

March 25, 2014

Tri-Mer Corp. has introduced a combination water chiller and dust collector for laser cutting operations. The system’s air-cooled water chiller is engineered for heavy-service laser heads and optics that provides +0.5-degree uniformity. A plug-and-play feature minimizes setup time; the system has...

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Sealed absolute linear encoders include Mitsubishi interface

March 20, 2014

The new absolute LC 195M and LC 495M sealed linear encoders from Heidenhain now are available for use on machines that require a Mitsubishi interface. The encoders focus on the requirements for purely serial absolute systems for Mitsubishi drive components. The transmission speed of the...

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Wire EDM introduced

March 20, 2014

Sodick Inc. offers the SL400G wire EDM. The rigid, linear motor-driven machine incorporates the new Fixed Jet automatic wire threading, which has a reliable threading rate for submerged and nonsubmerged threading, according to the company. The EDM’s wire tension servo function controls and...

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Lubricants, cleaners made for beverage can manufacturing

March 19, 2014

Henkel offers Bonderite lubricants and cleaners for the manufacture of two-piece beverage cans. L-FM 8300 and 8400 postlubricants help extend tool life, reduce bleed-through on the finished cans, and reduce tear-off rates. The lubricants can be cleaned off easily, states the manufacturer....

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Multiple-wheel caster simplifies movement of loaded carts

March 18, 2014

Caster Concepts has developed the TWERGO™ wheel for simplified movement of loaded carts and vehicles. The tread minimizes friction and eliminates scrubbing and sliding when turning, while maintaining impact resistance. The multiple-wheel design is anchored by a spanner, and the wheel hub...

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Access control system prevents unauthorized use of machinery

March 18, 2014

A universal access control system that uses smart card technology to prevent fixed and mobile machinery from being used by unauthorized people has been introduced by Whiting Corp. AccessPoint controls who can operate high-value, high-risk equipment and records when they accessed it and for how...

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Oil-based additive imparts ash-free corrosion inhibitor to lubricants

March 17, 2014

Cortec® has introduced M-531 T, an oil-based additive package of ash-free corrosion inhibitors for petroleum- or synthetic oil-based lubricants such as rust and oxidation preventives, hydraulic fluids, lubricants for pulp and paper equipment, and industrial and automotive gear oils. The...

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Robotic pallet wrapper handles 60 loads/hr.

March 13, 2014

ITW Muller has introduced the GW-4100, a 40-in. robotic pallet wrapper. The newly designed carriage offers twice the speed, throughput, and battery life compared to the standard GW-4100, according to the company. The 40-in. carriage accommodates the wrapping of larger loads. The wrapper...

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Virtual reality simulator expands support for lap joint on mild steel, aluminum

March 13, 2014

Lincoln Electric has released the fifth VRTEX® Extensions™ virtual welding simulator software upgrade. The upgrade includes a new lap joint weld coupon with support for mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel in the virtual welding simulation environment. This release increases the...

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Portable air cleaner source-captures pollutants from multiple applications

March 12, 2014

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has released a brochure that showcases its TM 1000 TaskMaster, a portable unit that source-captures pollutants and fumes from grinding, welding, cutting, and gluing. The brochure shows the available attachments, including improved articulated source-capture arms...

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Storage, retrieval systems create small footprint

March 6, 2014

Vidmar® offers products that accommodate storage and retrieval of tools, repair equipment, and machinery components. The STAK System® creates up to a 70 percent smaller footprint than horizontal beam rack storage, says the company. It stores as high as 24 ft. and can operate with one...

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