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Smart robotic weld fixturing handles low-volume parts - TheFabricator.com

Smart robotic weld fixturing handles low-volume parts

February 28, 2012 | By Tim Heston

An Alabama contract fabricator uses innovative robotic weld fixtures and an unusual quick-change system that allows operators to switch out jobs in mere seconds. The innovations have been critical for the shop’s high-mix, low-volume work.

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When hot, welding becomes not so hot - TheFabricator.com

When hot, welding becomes not so hot

February 28, 2012 | By Gary Stubblefield

Welding poles indoors during an summer is not an easy task. New air-cooling technology incorporated into a welding helmet can help.

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Packing a wallop with the punch - TheFabricator.com

Packing a wallop with the punch

February 28, 2012 | By John Galich

Eliminating secondary processes in a fabricating operation is a way to reduce labor costs, which is good news for both the metal fabricator and, potentially, the customer. Modern punch tooling can duplicate some of those secondary processes while the material remains in the punching press, which reduces excess material handling and those downstream fabricating activities. Fabricators, however, have to realize just what is possible, so that they can take advantage of the tooling advancements.

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Virtual bending, real improvement - TheFabricator.com

Bending software streamlines press brake department

February 28, 2012 | By Scott Ottens

Ben endured the same frustrations many press brake department supervisors face. Operators get a print that doesn’t take the proper bend deductions into account. They fudge it, performing test bend after test bend. Productivity suffers, and the bottleneck ensues. At Ben’s shop, this all was about to change.

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Welspun to add 200 jobs in Little Rock

February 27, 2012

For the second time in its three-year history of operation in Arkansas, international pipe manufacturer Welspun Corp. Ltd. has announced it will expand again, adding 200 jobs and investing an additional $100 million in its Little Rock, Ark., facility, the company's first large-diameter pipe...

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Atlas Tube to bring jumbo HSS products to North America - TheFabricator.com

Atlas Tube to bring jumbo HSS products to North America

February 27, 2012

Atlas Tube, Chicago, a division of JMC Steel Group, has partnered with Nippon Steel & Sumikin Metal Products Co. Ltd. (NSMP) and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. to supply jumbo hollow structural sections (HSS) to the North American market. Measuring 18 to 22 in. square in thicknesses up to 0.875 in.,...

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Airtronics earns welding certification

February 27, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products (AMP), San Jose, Calif., a sheet metal design, engineering, and precision manufacturing company, has earned qualification and certification to weld per American Welding Society (AWS) and military standard (MIL-SPEC). These certifications verify the company's quality...

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JK Lasers appoints worldwide sales director

February 27, 2012

JK Lasers, a manufacturer of fiber lasers, Nd:YAG lasers, and process tools in Rugby, U.K., has named Paul Ferris as worldwide sales director, focusing on the expansion of the company's fiber laser line. Ferris has held senior positions with companies around the world. Before joining JK Lasers, he...

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InSinkErator purchases CWP press feeding system - TheFabricator.com

InSinkErator purchases CWP press feeding system

February 27, 2012

InSinkErator, based in Racine, Wis., a business unit of Emerson, has purchased a CWP 18- by 0.030-in. by 15,000-lb. zigzag press feeding system from Formtek Maine, Clinton, Maine, to manufacture parts for its food waste disposal units. The system features a stock reel, straightener, threading...

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Danly marks 90 years in business

February 27, 2012

Danly IEM, Farmington Hills, Mich., is marking its 90th anniversary in business in 2012. The company was founded in 1922 by Robert C. Danly and his son Philo H. Danly to serve diemakers and the metal stamping industry. The company introduced the guidepost die set as a manufactured product, then...

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Beckwood Press promotes production manager - TheFabricator.com

Beckwood Press promotes production manager

February 27, 2012

Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, has promoted Dan Steinkamp to production manager. In this role, he is involved in the planning, coordination, and control of the manufacturing process. Steinkamp joined the company in 2009 and has more than a decade of experience in the hot stamping and heat...

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Braner/Loopco to build CTL line for Reliance MetalCenter

February 27, 2012

Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, Ill., has received an order to build a 72-in.-wide stainless steel and aluminum-alloy cut-to-length line for installation in Reliance MetalCenter's Santa Fe Springs, Calif., facility. The CTL line will feature a cassette leveler with automatic closed-loop flatness...

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Making music in the U.S.

February 23, 2012 | By Vicki Bell

If music is the universal language, then metal fabricators who make musical instruments and their components must be the masters of the universe. OK … that might be a stretch, but at the very least they are creators of products that can bring pleasure to many. (Sorry, but following my own...

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Tube and pipe weld purge system features low-profile valve - TheFabricator.com

Tube and pipe weld purge system features low-profile valve

February 22, 2012

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques has introduced the PurgElite® series of tube and pipe purging systems for diameters from 1 to 12 in. It features a low-profile purge gas release valve that is required to purge the chamber between the two dams after they are inflated. The new valve reduces to 1...

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Welding wires address productivity, safety issues

February 22, 2012

Thermadyne Industries Inc. has introduced five new Stoody® FCAW and GMAW gas-shielded hardfacing and hardbanding wires for the petrochemical, aggregates, mining, construction, agriculture, and field fabrication and repair industries. Patent-pending 970-G metal-core wire resists wear and...

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