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Tales of TIG welding - TheFabricator.com

Tales of TIG welding

March 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding professionals of varying backgrounds share their personal journey through TIG welding; the helpful advice theyíve learned along the way; and the lessons learned from the occasional blunder.

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When, where, why to use nondestructive testing methods - TheFabricator.com

When, where, why to use nondestructive testing methods

March 9, 2012 | By Stuart Kleven

The type of inspection needed for piping systems depends on which code or standard is invoked for the project. Understanding the order inspection requirements can make or break a contractor. This article should shed some light on the various pitfalls that can be avoided by understanding the relevant testing requirements.

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Coupling starter accommodates pipe diameters to 13.375 in.

March 8, 2012

Brandt Engineered Products offers a coupling screw-on machine for screwing a coupling onto a pipe end before full torquing. The automatic machine is controlled from a touchscreen operator station. It uses electrical and pneumatic actuators to stage and then screw on the coupling, accommodating...

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Tension hydrotester updated

March 8, 2012

Brandt Engineered Products Ltd. has introduced improvements to its tension hydrotester. Hydraulic flow to the pressure intensification system has been doubled. Higher-flow vertical turbine pumps provide up to 1,200 GPM, and a 180 percent larger air purge valve results in less back pressure and...

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Energy-industry software predicts, prioritizes equipment failure

March 8, 2012

GE has introduced Proficy® SmartSignal® Shield 4.0 software for the oil and gas and power industries. It is designed to provide early detection of problems in large equipment to prevent surprise equipment failure. It also offers diagnostic guidance and prioritized actionable intelligence. The...

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Racine Metal-Fab to expand in Wisconsin

March 7, 2012

Racine Metal-Fab, a metal fabricator serving the commercial lighting, medical equipment, and energy industries, has announced plans to build a new plant in Sturtevant, Wis. The $8.5 million investment is expected to create up to 25 jobs....

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Central Steel and Wire names national account manager

March 7, 2012

Central Steel & Wire Co., Chicago, a distributor of metal products, has promoted Timothy Verbeke, a 23-year veteran of the company, to a newly created position of national account manager. In this role, he is responsible for developing overarching strategies to position the company with large...

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Deere to expand manufacturing capacity for large tractors

March 7, 2012

Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., will invest $70 million to expand the manufacturing capacity in its Waterloo, Iowa, operations, where the company builds large farm tractors. The expansion will increase capacity by more than 10 percent by the middle of 2013. When the improvements are completed,...

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Marmon/Keystone announces safety accomplishments

March 7, 2012

Marmon/Keystone has announced that 20 of its 26 locations were accident-free in 2011. Only 13 recordable accidents occurred companywide throughout the entire year. The Fresno branch broke a company record when it celebrated its 12th consecutive year without a recordable accident. The Fresno and...

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Wise Metals cuts ribbon for expanded recycling facility

March 7, 2012

Wise Metals Group, Muscle Shoals, Ala., has opened a 74-acre recycling complex, named Element 13, which it says is the largest single-use beverage can melting facility in the world. The $25 million plant contains a furnace that can process 250,000 lbs. of aluminum, a delaquering kiln, and a can...

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BLM Group USA appoints southwest sales manager - TheFabricator.com

BLM Group USA appoints southwest sales manager

March 7, 2012

BLM Group USA, a Wixom, Mich.-based manufacturer of tube processing equipment, has announced the appointment of Todd O’Brien as its new southwest region sales manager. In this position, O’Brien is responsible for customer account management and sales of the company's equipment. The...

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Ambrell to expand manufacturing facility

March 7, 2012

Ambrell is expanding its manufacturing facility in Scottsville, N.Y., to meet increasing OEM demand for induction heating systems. The company offers induction heating systems in a variety of powers and frequencies....

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Robot track supports equipment up to 10,000 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Robot track supports equipment up to 10,000 lbs.

March 7, 2012

MultiCam® Inc. offers the Robot Slider, designed for robotic welding, as well as high-speed, high-velocity, medium-duty pick-and-place applications, painting, and other related activities. At 14 in. tall along the track, the low-profile system features a 1.38-in. precision linear guide...

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Portable foundry wheels help reduce grind time - TheFabricator.com

Portable foundry wheels help reduce grind time

March 7, 2012

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton BlueFire™ portable zirconia aluminum foundry wheels for the metal fabricating industry. According to the manufacturer, the snagging cup wheels reduce grind time more than 40 percent and increase G-ratio by almost 130 percent compared to...

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Auto-darkening welding helmet can be used in weld, grind mode - TheFabricator.com

Auto-darkening welding helmet can be used in weld, grind mode

March 6, 2012

The new Tweco® WeldSkill® auto-darkening welding helmet from Thermadyne Industries Inc. features four sensors and can be used in both weld mode and grind mode. The 16-oz., solar-powered helmet has a 3.86- by 1.69-in. viewing area that darkens even for GTAW at 5 amps. The helmet darkens in 33...

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