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Registration shear for nameplate manufacturing reaches production speeds of 1,200 cuts per hour

June 3, 2011

Spartanics offers the M250 registration shear for nameplate manufacturing. With registration accuracy of ± 0.002 in., the shear reaches production speeds of 1,200 cuts/hr. Touchscreen controls help simplify job setup and changeovers. PLC electronics and a color camera help ensure consistency in...

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Safety glasses designed for all-day wearability with no slipping - TheFabricator.com

Safety glasses designed for all-day wearability with no slipping

June 3, 2011

Gateway Safety has introduced Conqueror™ contemporary-design protective eyewear. The safety glasses feature a soft rubber nosepiece and contoured temple tips that don’t pinch, helping to ensure all-day wearability with no slipping. The lightweight frame is available in a glossy...

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Material storage/retrieval tower for turret punch presses introduced - TheFabricator.com

Material storage/retrieval tower for turret punch presses introduced

June 3, 2011

LVD Strippit has introduced the CT-P compact material storage and retrieval tower for Strippit turret punch presses, including the V, VT, M, and VX-series models. The system provides full capabilities for loading, unloading, and storage of raw material and finished parts, thus enabling...

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Soutec Ltd. names general manager

June 3, 2011

Peter Winkler has been hired as general manager of Soutec Ltd./USA, Farmington Hills, Mich. Having worked previously for Mahle and Rich Technology Intl., Winkler has an engineering background and more than 15 years of leadership experience in business development and operations, including laser...

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Pipe/tube cutting and profiling system designed for handrail, fencing fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Pipe/tube cutting and profiling system designed for handrail, fencing fabrication

June 3, 2011

VERNON Tool™ Co., a Lincoln Electric subsidiary, offers pipe and tube cutting and profiling systems for use in the handrail and fencing fabrication market. The MasterTube™ Cutter (MTC) and MasterPipe™ Profiler (MPP) models are suitable for small to medium-sized shops. The...

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Branch guitar AirTube V

Getting in tune with tube

June 2, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Custom guitar-maker Gordon Branch started making guitars from wood, the traditional material, about 25 years ago. He went in a different direction when he created a design based on an aluminum billet, relying on the metal’s acoustic characteristics for a unique sound. Recently he decided to try combining an aluminum billet with aluminum tubing, with stunning results.

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Titanium glasses

Adventures in titanium—3 questions about repairing titanium eyeglasses by welding

June 2, 2011 | By David Hass

Nguyen needs his titanium eyeglasses repaired and wants some expert advice about how this can best be achieved. The answers to his questions about the process provide valuable insight into some aspects of welding titanium.

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Plate Rolling

Plate rolls keep rolling heavier plate

June 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

These days, plate rolls are forming plate 6 and 7 inches thick--and even thicker. Vessel designs that would have been forged just a decade ago are now being sent to fabrication houses. The variable-geometry plate roll system, which really operates more like a press brake than a traditional plate roll, is making such extreme rolling possible.

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Modest job growth to continue in manufacturing in June

June 2, 2011

Manufacturers and service-sector companies will continue to add jobs in June, but the pace of payroll growth remains insufficient to drive unemployment rates down significantly, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey...

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Waterjet cutting

Three waterjet heads are better than one

June 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Metals & Services, Addison, Ill., didn't get caught up in the excitement of the 90,000-PSI waterjet pumps that seemed to be all the rage at recent tradeshows. Company management did its own homework and found that using a 60,000-PSI pump with multiple heads works out just swimmingly for its waterjet cutting operations.

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Plasma beveling

Plasma beveling: What can today's machines deliver?

June 2, 2011 | By Rodney Plowe

Plasma beveling technology has progressed in recent years to the point where the degree of taper has been reduced greatly and the ability to achieve predictable results, cut after cut, is possible. Having said that, a knowledgeable equipment operator can have a tremendous impact on optimizing the equipment's performance.

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 Atlanta Attachment’s shop floor

The merits of a manufacturing hybrid

June 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Atlanta Precision Machine & Fabrication, a job shop launched in 2009, represents the latest venture of Atlanta Attachment Co., a made-to-order equipment manufacturer that has found success with diversification, both in the markets it serves and the services it offers, from basic fabrication to complete assembly.

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FAB 40 Logo

The FAB 40: Back to business

June 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The FAB 40 listing for 2011 indicates that metal fabricators are gearing up to cope with an expanding manufacturing economy.

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Metal fabricating by the numbers

June 1, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Did you happen to see the mentalfloss.com article posted May 31 on cnn.com about 10 interesting numbers in the U.S.? Among the numbers listed were 2.3 (milligrams of B1, the amount recommended during World War II for very active men after the Selective Service discovered that about one in seven...

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ISM May ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity growth slows

June 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 22nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 24th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued June 1 by Bradley J....

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