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High-argon wire welds

Advancements in FCAW

May 11, 2011

Flux-cored welding is growing in popularity, yet its dependence on high concentrations of CO2 has prevented fabrication shops that employ a bulk gas delivery system from using the process. Recently wires have been developed that utilize a higher content of argon and a lower content of CO2. The result is a wire that provides low spatter, less welding fumes, and higher out-of-position deposition rates, as well as excellent weld characteristics in the vertical and overhead positions.

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Die Science: Attempting to defy the laws of physics, Part II

May 10, 2011 | By Art Hedrick

It is almost unrealistic to expect some stamped part part features, such as hole position and flatness, to remain within a small tolerancing zone.

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Beam welders

Subarc for structurals

May 10, 2011 | By Sean Moran, SCWI

SAW offers a cost-effective and efficient means for automated welding of plates, beams, flanges, and profiles found in structrual steel environments. Technology advancements in flux combinations and SAW equipment have helped boost arc-on times, which have elevated productivity levels within the process.

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March manufacturing technology consumption up 57.6 percent

May 9, 2011

March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $511.15 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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AGA announces 2011 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Award winners

May 9, 2011

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA), Centennial, Colo., has announced the winners of the 2011 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards competition. Eighty applicants submitted projects completed in 2010 to be independently judged by a panel of architects and engineers. Seventeen submissions...

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Sheet metal detailer wins top honors at national competition

May 9, 2011

Randy Girard of Wisconsin has won the International Training Institute's International Sheet Metal Competition. This year ITI, an organization for the sheet metal and air-conditioning industry, opened up a new detailing category in its annual competition, which usually is open only to apprentices,...

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Minster announces personnel changes at Automation Division

May 9, 2011

The Minster Machine Co. has announced the promotion of two employees to head its expanding Automation Division at its Minster, Ohio, headquarters. Joel Wuebker has been named general manager, Automation Division, and Jack Severt has been named engineering manager, Automation Division. Both are...

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Regulator technology available in expanded lineup - TheFabricator.com

Regulator technology available in expanded lineup

May 9, 2011

Thermadyne® Industries' Victor® brand has announced that its EDGE™ regulator technology is becoming available in an expanded lineup. Victor VGS, CSR, and AF 250 regulators will transition to EDGE ESS4 series high-capacity and EDGE ESS3 series medium-capacity regulators for air, acetylene,...

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Caldera passes away at 61 - TheFabricator.com

Caldera passes away at 61

May 9, 2011

Alessandro Caldera, founding developer of WinCan™ pipe inspection and asset management software, has died at the age of 61. Caldera brought software technology to the discipline of underground infrastructure and continually incorporated innovations such as GIS mapping, side-scan imaging,...

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CNC turret punch presses have 51 percent larger turret capacity than previous models - TheFabricator.com

CNC turret punch presses have 51 percent larger turret capacity than previous models

May 9, 2011

LVD Strippit has introduced the M-series of midrange, 20-metric-ton CNC turret punch presses featuring a 51 percent larger turret capacity than previous models. Equipped with the company's energy reduction system (ERS), the punch presses consume up to 30 percent less electrical power than...

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Electric chain hoist handles loads with one-handed operation

May 9, 2011

Demag's DCM-Pro Manulift electric chain hoist is designed to handle loads with one-handed operation. The chain hoist includes a DSM-C control unit connected to the hoist with a helical cable, and is then rigidly connected to a variety of load-handling attachments. It can be operated left-handed or...

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Fives Bronx ships pipe straightener, pipe tester

May 9, 2011

Fives Bronx, the provider of Bronx Taylor-Wilson and Abbey Intl. equipment, in North Canton, Ohio, has shipped a 6CR9 six-roll pipe straightening machine and a 20,000-PSI hydrostatic pipe tester to a North American steel producer. The steelmaker will use the machines in its production of OCTG...

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Metcam adds 30 positions, enters training partnership

May 9, 2011

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has added 30 new positions to its facility in Forsyth County, Ga., increasing its overall workforce size by 20 percent. The jobs are available not only for candidates with previous sheet metal fabrication experience, but also...

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PennEngineering names western U.S. distributor

May 9, 2011

PennEngineering®, Danboro, Pa., has expanded its network of authorized distributors for PEM® fastener products in the western U.S. Aero-Space Southwest Inc., Phoenix, which has been franchised in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico, now is an authorized distributor in California, Nevada, Oregon,...

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Stainless steel electrode designed to handle food service welding applications - TheFabricator.com

Stainless steel electrode designed to handle food service welding applications

May 9, 2011

Arcos Industries LLC has introduced a bare-wire stainless steel electrode that resists corrosion and is designed to handle food service welding applications. Arcos 309LSi was developed with a higher silicon content to deliver smooth bead appearance and good wetting action. This wire provides...

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