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Eclipse Automation expands into custom manufacturing

February 20, 2012

Eclipse Automation Inc. has opened an additional manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ont. The new, 25,000-sq.-ft. facility, operating as Eclipse Custom Mfg., houses fabrication equipment; GMAW and GTAW equipment; two 10-ton, 60-ft. span cranes; and sandblasting and painting facilities. The plant,...

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Applied Research Laboratory, Sciaky to receive funding for direct digital manufacturing center

February 20, 2012

A program proposed by the Applied Research Laboratory of the Pennsylvania State University (ARL Penn State) and Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), to establish the Center for Innovative Metal Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) has been selected for...

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Gibraltar acquires Edvan's metal grating products business

February 20, 2012

Gibraltar Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of products for building and industrial markets in Buffalo, N.Y., has acquired the metal grating fabrication and distribution business of Edvan Industries Inc. Edvan Industries, based near Edmonton, Alb., has served western Canada's oil and...

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Coil-coated metal chosen for soccer stadium

February 20, 2012

Coil-coated aluminum was chosen to clad the first world-class soccer stadium in the U.S.: Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The stadium is clad with about 60,800 sq. ft. of Alucobond® prepainted aluminum composite metal in four custom shades of blue and gray. The panels are installed...

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Hot sizing mill handles API pipe - TheFabricator.com

Hot sizing mill handles API pipe

February 20, 2012

Brandt Engineered Products Ltd. has introduced a new hot sizing mill to accommodate a variety of specifications. Designed for maximum throughput, it is equipped with three stands positioned 90 degrees to each other that are adjustable electronically from the operator’s station. Each roll...

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Deep-draw stamping operation keeps growing

February 20, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Scotland Manufacturing, a North Carolina deep-drawing operation, knows how to get the most out of its manual stamping line. Optimizing the line’s productivity has allowed the firm to compete in various markets demanding quick response. The company doesn’t just specialize in low-, medium-, or high-volume work. It specializes in all three.

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Design, Build, Production: The cost-reduction continuum - TheFabricator.com

Design, Build, Production: The cost-reduction continuum

February 20, 2012 | By Mark Hansen

These days, delivering a quality product on time just gets you to the table. From here, cost remains the deciding factor in determining where work is placed.

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How to make your scrap worth more - TheFabricator.com

How to make your scrap worth more

February 20, 2012 | By Dan Zimmerman

Scrap is a necessary stamping byproduct, but it doesn’t have to be an unprofitable one. In recent years the high price of scrap has spurred the use of some sophisticated scrap handling and separation technologies.

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Uncle Sam needs you

February 17, 2012 | By Dan Davis

A metal fabricator knows the importance of diversity in business. A diverse customer base helps a company avoid the dramatic ups and downs that may come with being linked too closely to one industrial segment. A management team with diverse backgrounds helps a company prepare for a multitude of...

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Manufacturing: A modern-day Atlas

February 16, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Yesterday I visited an Atlanta-area fabricator that moved into a new facility two weeks ago. The company name says it all, really: Mitchell’s Specialized Fabrication. It’s a specialized fabricator of industrial tanks, pressure vessels, and piping run by Scott Mitchell, a no-nonsense,...

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Tube end forming machines use segmented sizing tools

February 16, 2012

R&B Machining Inc. offers the XR line of tube end forming equipment. The XR and XR-I/O expanding/reducing machines use segmented sizing tools. The I/O model sizes the ID and OD of the tube simultaneously and can be used to hold tighter tolerances than the XR. The X-VR vise and ram former...

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Controller retrofits onto cutting gantries - TheFabricator.com

Controller retrofits onto cutting gantries

February 16, 2012

ESAB Cutting Systems has introduced the Vision 51R controller for retrofit onto cutting gantries. It can control up to four process tools in a variety of processes, including plasma, oxyfuel, and marking. The controller is designed to replace single box controls from the Vision 4 series,...

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Rust stripper works in spray, immersion applications

February 16, 2012

Chemtool Inc. offers Rust Rid water-based rust stripper. With a near-neutral pH of 6.50 to 7.50, the product is suitable for removing rust from cast-iron alloys, tool steels, and all carbon steels. It is slightly less effective on stainless steel alloys, the company reports. The product is most...

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Bolt-on carriage lets crawler inspect variety of pipe sizes - TheFabricator.com

Bolt-on carriage lets crawler inspect variety of pipe sizes

February 16, 2012

The Envirosight ROVVER X™ can inspect many pipe sizes with the addition of a bolt-on carriage that raises the crawler and expands its wheelbase and ground clearance. The carriage, which attaches in seconds, accepts all ROVVER wheels, as well as two new pneumatic wheel options. When used...

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Fasteners enable sheet-to-sheet attachment without screws - TheFabricator.com

Fasteners enable sheet-to-sheet attachment without screws

February 16, 2012

PennEngineering®'s new microPEM™ TackPin™ (Type T™) fasteners for compact electronic assemblies enable sheet-to-sheet attachment in applications that do not require disassembly. The aluminum fasteners install into properly sized and prepared mounting holes in the sheet to...

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