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Pipe notcher produces copes for pipes that must be welded together at an angle - TheFabricator.com

Pipe notcher produces copes for pipes that must be welded together at an angle

November 10, 2011

Scotchman Metal Fabricating Solutions has introduced the AL100U-02 pipe notcher/grinder by Almi for notching of gas pipes, steam pipes, and stainless steel pipes. The machine produces copes for pipes that must be welded together at an angle and is suitable for preparing double corner joints....

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Cutting gantry control for retrofit controls up to 12 stations

November 10, 2011

ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Vision T5c control for retrofit onto cutting gantries. This updated version of the company's Vision T5 CNC is repackaged for quick installation in place of existing Vision controls on ESAB cutting gantries. The new control features an 18.5-in., wide-format...

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Cut-resistant gloves, sleeve introduced - TheFabricator.com

Cut-resistant gloves, sleeve introduced

November 10, 2011

Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced two new Jackson Safety brand cut-resistant gloves and a cut-resistant sleeve. The G60 Level 5 cut-resistant gloves with Dyneema® fiber — spun from glass, stainless steel, and spandex — meet ANSI Level 4/EN 388 Level 5 cut resistance....

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Miller Electric names senior VP at ITW Welding North America - TheFabricator.com

Miller Electric names senior VP at ITW Welding North America

November 10, 2011

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has announced the promotion of Scott Jenkins, former general manager of the Miller Portable Power division, to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing for ITW Welding North America. Jenkins oversees sales and marketing for all ITW...

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5th annual Manufacturing Summit on high-tech skilled jobs, apprenticeships held in Washington D.C.

November 8, 2011

Concerned for the future of manufacturing jobs, more than 150 leaders of businesses, community colleges, and workforce development organizations joined with The White House, U.S. Army Reserves, the Gates Foundation and others in addressing models to improve the skills gap and the public perception...

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What employers expect from welders

November 8, 2011 | By Marty Rice

In his inimitable style, Marty Rice shares his thoughts on the welding job market and what today’s employers want from their welders. He also gives examples of some deficiencies employers are seeing.

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Mechanized plasma cutting: Developments in high-definition technology improve versatility - TheFabricator.com

Mechanized plasma cutting: Developments in high-definition technology improve versatility

November 8, 2011 | By Jim Colt

The plasma cutting process is best-known for its simplicity and its ability to cut virtually any metal. These qualities plus the productivity it yields have made plasma cutting a universally accepted metal cutting process with a range of capabilities and applications. Engineering achievements throughout the last 10 to 15 years have contributed to the improved performance of he process.

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Metal fabrication, the Swiss way - TheFabricator.com

Metal fabrication, the Swiss way

November 8, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Switzerland’s manufacturers have no trouble finding citizens with technical skills; there just aren’t enough Swiss citizens. The country has a comprehensive apprenticeship program that helps prepare students for the working world.

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Getting to the bottom of lost welding productivity - TheFabricator.com

Getting to the bottom of lost welding productivity

November 8, 2011 | By Phil Evans, CWI

When a welder is not welding, he's not making the company money. Fabricating operations can't afford their welding departments. Luckily, several reasons for extended arc-off time can be addressed with some simple adjustments.

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Electric press brakes bend fast--and safely - TheFabricator.com

Electric press brakes bend fast--and safely

November 8, 2011 | By John Dittus

Within electric brakes, bending force is distributed differently. Also optoelectronic safeguards integrate closely with the control, so much so that a light curtain or similar device has no effect on the bending cycle time. In fact, in the electric press brake arena, safety does not necessarily require a sacrifice in cycle time.

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New process, new welding dynamics - TheFabricator.com

New process, new welding dynamics

November 8, 2011 | By Ed Craig

A process called TIP TIG uses a constant-feed hot-wire that imparts additional energy to the weld. The wire also is superimposed by a secondary high-speed oscillation. The hot-wire’s current combines with the weld-pool agitation to disrupt the surface tension and change the weld dynamics.

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This is the new normal

November 7, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

The worst of the financial crisis of the 2008-2009 time frame is history, and as the recovery progresses, I think it’s fair to say that we’re all wondering when everything will get back to the way it was … when will we have a low unemployment rate, a thriving manufacturing sector, a healthy...

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Orbital welding machine allows both manual, automated welding - TheFabricator.com

Orbital welding machine allows both manual, automated welding

November 7, 2011

Magnatech has introduced the modular EZ orbital welding system. Model 517 is a tube welding controller that integrates the operation of a standard, commercial GTAW power source with the weld head. The operator can use an existing power source, allowing both manual and automatic welding. The...

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Renaissance for Mexican manufacturing?

November 7, 2011

Guest editorial by Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA The dominant story from Mexico today is one of violence and corruption. The drug wars are a very real part of Mexico these days, and nobody would underestimate the challenges that lie ahead for the government. However, another story...

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Marmon/Keystone establishes value-added processing center

November 7, 2011

Marmon/Keystone has opened a new Southeast regional value-added processing center at its branch in Charlotte, N.C. The center handles value-added service transactions for the Charlotte; Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Houston; and Fort Worth, Texas, branches. The company, a distributor...

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