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ABB Robotics hosts Technology Days event

November 7, 2011

ABB Robotics hosted nearly 1,000 people during its annual Technology Days event in October at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 55,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor included more than 40 live robot-related demonstrations from ABB and more than a dozen...

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Saar-Harmetall installs beveling machine at Shaw

November 7, 2011

Saar-Hartmetall USA LLC, Covington, Ky., has installed and commissioned a Gerima LGA 3000 type III high-performance beveler at Shaw Modular Solutions in Lake Charles, La. The beveling machine can apply up to 4-in.-wide bevels on large steel plates. While its table length is 10 ft., the machine’s...

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Circular saw blades suitable for cutting light- and heavy-wall tubes, extrusions, plates - TheFabricator.com

Circular saw blades suitable for cutting light- and heavy-wall tubes, extrusions, plates

November 7, 2011

Forrest Mfg. offers circular saw blades for cutting nonferrous metals such as copper, aluminum, and brass. They are suitable for cutting light- and heavy-wall tubes, extrusions, and plates. According to the company, the blades produce burr-free cuts that eliminate the need for filing. Nineteen...

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Roll-Kraft staffer named to FMA's Young Professional Council - TheFabricator.com

Roll-Kraft staffer named to FMA's Young Professional Council

November 7, 2011

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has announced that Account Manager Patrick J. Hopkins has been selected to be a part of the Young Professional Council, sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA). The council's mission is to identify, create, and establish mentoring and...

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Rofin-Sinar opens new subsidiary in India

November 7, 2011

Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc., Plymouth, Mich., a developer and manufacturer of laser beam sources and laser-based systems, has incorporated a subsidiary in India to meet the demands of the growing Indian markets. The new firm, Rofin Baasel Laser India Pvt. Ltd., is located in Mumbai. The company...

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CNC turret punch press handles large, oversized workpieces - TheFabricator.com

CNC turret punch press handles large, oversized workpieces

November 7, 2011

LVD Strippit has introduced the Strippit P-1525, a 20-metric-ton, CNC turret punch press designed to handle large or oversized workpieces up to 60 by 98.4 in. Larger sheets can be processed with clamp repositioning. The machine delivers up to 270 HPM on 1-in. centers and up to 600 HPM in nibble...

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Fiberglass hard hat designed for extreme work environments - TheFabricator.com

Fiberglass hard hat designed for extreme work environments

November 7, 2011

Honeywell Safety Products (HSP) has introduced the Fibre-Metal® Roughneck® P2A hard hat for extreme work environments. The lightweight hard hat has a smooth, round design and matte finish. Suitable for workers on construction sites and heavy industry job sites such as steel plants,...

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Models added to abrasive waterjet line

November 7, 2011

MAXIEM Waterjets, a division of OMAX® Corp., has added 16 new abrasive waterjet machines to its line of JetCutting centers. The 2000, 3000, and 4000 series employ the same 50,000-PSI, direct-drive pump technology as OMAX's JetMachining® centers. They also feature Intelli-MAX® software and...

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3-D pyramid abrasives allow finer grits sizes to remove more material - TheFabricator.com

3-D pyramid abrasives allow finer grit sizes to remove more material

November 7, 2011

Metabo Corp. has introduced a line of pyramid-design abrasives. The new aluminum oxide abrasives feature a 3-D-structured geometric grain placement that allows finer grit sizes to remove more material while giving work surfaces a consistent, even finish. According to the manufacturer, users can...

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Where the rubber meets the road - TheFabricator.com

Where the rubber meets the road

November 7, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson, Tom Wermert

Joshua Shaw describes himself as half archaeologist and half fabricator. Those qualities come in handy when he's restoring vintage Sprint race cars, which can provide a number of historical and fabrication and welding challenges. To do it right requires patience and flexible welding equipment.

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Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding: Don’t forget the consumables

November 7, 2011

When designing and operating a robotic welding cell, don't overlook the consumables. Choosing the wrong consumables can over time lead to serious costs.

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Less lubricant results in better sawing? - TheFabricator.com

Less lubricant results in better sawing?

November 7, 2011 | By Tim Walker

For fabricators looking to reduce the amount of lubricant they use for sawing applications, lubricants designed for near- dry sawing may be the answer. These minimum quantity lubricants, as they are called, are designed to provide complete coverage of the blade with as small an amount as possible.

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Concentrating on little things leads to big success - TheFabricator.com

Concentrating on little things leads to big success

November 7, 2011 | By Dan Davis

An electric press brake is not typically found in a metal fabricating operation, but that is changing as more companies realize the accuracy, speed, and energy savings that this type of device offers.

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Don’t overlook the heat-treat - TheFabricator.com

Don’t overlook the heat-treat for tool steels

November 7, 2011 | By Gary Maddock

Proper heat treatment is essential to optimize tool steel properties. This entails not only selecting the appropriate time and temperature parameters for the grade involved, but also equipment fully capable of doing the job at hand. Toolmakers should talk with their heat treat facilities to ensure that when it comes to heat treating requirements, everyone is on the same page.

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How press maintenance and safety interwine - TheFabricator.com

How press maintenance and safety intertwine

November 7, 2011 | By Jeff Fredline

Various factors must work in harmony to create a safety-conscious stamping environment. The press must be used and maintained properly, as should its safety systems. You should know how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), undergo safety training, and know how to identify hazards. Ignoring...

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