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Job shop managers, the next generation

June 14, 2011 | By Tim Heston

At every gathering of shop managers in this business--at events like FABTECH® and The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit--I always notice how diverse people’s backgrounds are. Most of the metal fabrication that goes on in this country happens in small businesses, firms much like Amtex Precision...

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Tube/pipe safety conference scheduled for September

June 14, 2011

The Extrusion, Drawing, and Tube Reducing (EDTR) Council of the Tube & Pipe Association (TPA), Rockford, Ill., will hold a roundtable event, "Linking Safety to Productivity With Pipe and Tube," Sept. 18-20 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in Wilmington, N.C. "We will focus on safety and how it...

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Solar Atmospheres of Western PA receives SHARP accreditation

June 14, 2011

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, a provider of vacuum heat-treating and brazing services in Hermitage, Pa., has received Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) accreditation, the highest safety designation that OSHA gives to small businesses. An OSHA consultant performed a...

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Atlas Tube to reopen Arkansas facility

June 14, 2011

Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, has announced that it will reopen its hollow structural section (HSS) manufacturing facility in Blytheville, Ark. Starting in September, the facility will begin regularly scheduled mill rollings, producing round, square, and rectangle products for...

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ELCo names new sales manager - TheFabricator.com

ELCo names new sales manager

June 14, 2011

ELCo Enterprises Inc., Jackson, Mich., has promoted Robert Wilburn to western Great Lakes sales manager. The territory includes western Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Wilburn has been with the company for more than five years, most recently in inside sales and customer...

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Portable welding carriage designed to weld both sides of stiffener ribs or I-beams - TheFabricator.com

Portable welding carriage designed to weld both sides of stiffener ribs or I-beams

June 14, 2011

Koike Aronson's Wel-Twin is a heavy-duty, portable welding carriage designed to weld on both sides of a stiffener rib or I-beam up to 24 in. tall. Common uses are for shipbuilding, trailer building, and custom I-beam construction. The unit is attached magnetically from both sides of the plate...

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Heidtman Steel upgrades Cleveland pickling line

June 14, 2011

Heidtman Steel, a North American supplier of steel products and services in Toledo, Ohio, has placed an order for a new hydraulic leveler from The Bradbury Co. for insertion into its Cleveland 0.625-in. pickling line. The Bradbury 4.0-in., 11-roll Auto-Selective™ hydraulic pull-through leveler...

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Metal-cored wire line expanded for thicker material welding applications - TheFabricator.com

Metal-cored wire line expanded for thicker material welding applications

June 14, 2011

Hobart Brothers has expanded its Tri-Mark® Matrix™ metal-cored wire line to include 0.063-in.-dia. wire for welding on applications composed of thicker materials. The wire also is available in 0.045- and 0.052-in. diameters. The wire is designed for use in high-volume robotic welding...

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Safety controller touchscreen facilitates resetting up to four zones - TheFabricator.com

Safety controller touchscreen facilitates resetting up to four zones

June 14, 2011

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. has introduced a status display touchscreen for G9SP programmable safety controllers. This plug-and-play touchscreen displays safety I/O error codes and enables users to view the status of safety inputs and outputs without the cost of installing and wiring...

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Welding gun flexible barrel bends from 180 degrees to beyond 90 degrees - TheFabricator.com

Welding gun flexible barrel bends from 180 degrees to beyond 90 degrees

June 14, 2011

MK Products has introduced a flexible barrel that bends from 180 degrees to beyond 90 degrees depending on the application. The Flex Barrel offers the ability to weld in difficult areas found in aluminum welding. It also can be used for hard-wire applications. The product is designed to fit...

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Rofin-Sinar invests in new production capacities for fiber lasers

June 14, 2011

Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Plymouth, Mich., through its wholly owned subsidiary Corelase Oy, has acquired a block of buildings in Tampere, Finland. The acquisition of these facilities increases the manufacturing capacity for the company's fiber laser series. The $5.3 million investment includes...

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Double-pinch hydraulic plate roll introduced - TheFabricator.com

Double-pinch hydraulic plate roll introduced

June 14, 2011

Carell Corp. has introduced the new SIHR series three-roll, double-pinch plate roll. Options include a heavy-duty, hydraulic-powered sheet support table; section dies installed on extended roll shafts for quick rolling of several types of barstock and structural sections; and LED digital...

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Press brake tooling designed to allow material to flow into die more evenly with less drag

June 14, 2011

LVD Strippit offers precision-ground tooling with the patented STONE® radius for its press brakes. The tooling is produced with a progressive radius on both sides of the V opening, allowing the material to flow into the die more evenly and with less drag. The radius helps ensure accurate bend...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 105.3 percent in 2011

June 13, 2011

April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $396.92 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Sometimes it pays to listen to the new guy

June 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I was chatting with Jeremy Riniker, a buyer/estimator/designer for Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque, Iowa, the other day for an upcoming story. I was giving him a hard time about his plethora of responsibilities, but he said the multitude of job duties keeps each day fresh and exciting, even if he...

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