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Air-powered abrasive-belt machine can be used in normally inaccessible areas - TheFabricator.com

Air-powered abrasive-belt machine can be used in normally inaccessible areas

January 24, 2011

Dynabrade's Mini-Dynafile II is a lightweight, air-powered abrasive-belt machine for grinding, blending, and deburring in normally inaccessible areas. Running at 25,000 RPM, the machine uses 0.125- to 0.5-in.-wide by 12-in.-long abrasive belts. The tool accepts coated and abrasive-impregnated...

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Robotic welding cell developed for high-mix fabrication environments - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding cell developed for high-mix fabrication environments

January 24, 2011

Applications Technologies Co. has developed the Flex System welding cell for high-mix fabrication environments. Designed around a Fanuc ARC Mate® 120iC robot, the cell's two welding zones each have a 30- by 72-in. welding area that can be set up for a mix of stationary tooling or...

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Compact profile grippers offer high retention forces - TheFabricator.com

Compact profile grippers offer high retention forces

January 24, 2011

Bilsing Automation North America's PS pneumatic grippers feature a compact profile that offers high retention forces for press shop and transfer press applications. The PS-30 weighs about 1.1 lb. and features a piston diameter of 0.79 in. and a holding force of 500 N. The PS-40 has a piston...

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Bunting Magnetics adds staff members

January 24, 2011

Bunting® Magnetics Co., Newton, Kan., has announced the addition of Marvin Angleton as manager, technical services and quality, and Tom Andrews as metal detection service technician. In his role, Angleton directs the technical services department, which includes the design engineering, inside...

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Ivy Tech Community College named Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training center

January 24, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College is now a Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training (MERIT) center. The program helps community colleges and universities bring Motoman training to the regional manufacturing work force. Initially the Columbus, Ind., campus of Ivy Tech will deliver the DX100 Basic...

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M&M Mfg.'s VP of warehouse operations retires after 46 years - TheFabricator.com

M&M Mfg.'s VP of warehouse operations retires after 46 years

January 24, 2011

On Dec. 22, 2010, M&M Mfg., Forth Worth, Texas, held a retirement party to honor Melvin Nobles, vice president of warehouse operations, after 46 years of employment with the company. Noble began working at the company in July 1965, seven years after its inception. At the time, there were...

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Punch press tooling systems offered - TheFabricator.com

Punch press tooling systems offered

January 24, 2011

Mate offers a complete range of Salvagnini-style Type II and Type III tooling in a newly published 28-page catalog. Also available and in stock are Type 70 and 90 tooling, fully guided assemblies, and PU and PB forming assemblies. Manufactured from powdered metal-based, high-speed steel, the...

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Triangular cross-section brazing rings designed for HVAC/R market

January 24, 2011

Lucas-Milhaupt has designed a new triangular-shaped brazing ring for the HVAC/R market. The triangular ring is seated in the hairpin and directs material flow for a clean, strong joint with little or no overflow. According to the manufacturer, the patent-pending triangular cross-section brazing...

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LAI Intl. earns Boeing Performance Excellence Award

January 24, 2011

LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award. LAI maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2009, to Sept. 30,...

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Steel construction inspection seminars and Webinars scheduled for spring

January 24, 2011

The Steel Structures Technology Center has announced its schedule for seminars and Webinars on the inspection of steel building construction, welding, and bolting using International Building Code (IBC), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Welding Society (AWS), and Research...

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GM to add third shift, 750 jobs at Flint Assembly

January 24, 2011

General Motors today announced plans to add a third shift at Flint Assembly, generating 750 jobs for the plant that makes the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups. The shift is expected to start in the third quarter with employees starting to arrive at Flint Assembly in the second...

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Tube, pipe cutting equipment-Part 1 - TheFabricator.com

Tube, pipe cutting equipment - Part I

January 24, 2011

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Tube and pipe cutting advancements include saws that are programmable to cope with varying cross sections and a variety of material hardnesses; a rotary axis for waterjet cutting; and automation.

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Hu's on first?

January 21, 2011

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Perhaps you noticed that Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Washington this week. If not Jay Leno did and theorized his initial meeting with President Obama's kids went like this: "So what factories do you work at?" I laughed out loud when I read that joke. After spending the early part of this...

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What’s the word, hummingbird?

January 21, 2011

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Think social media is just for big companies or individuals with nothing else to do? Think again. Social media has evolved into an important part of a comprehensive marketing strategy, even for job shops.

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Fabricating tube, learning lessons in Americaís Dairyland - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating tube, learning lessons in America's Dairyland

January 21, 2011

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J & D Tube Benders Inc., founded as a partnership to produce a single part number in 1971, today generates $16 million in annual revenues and is on the cusp of the third generation of family ownership. The key to its longevity is learning valuable lessons throughout the past four decades, finding opportunities during expansions and downturns.

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