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5 ways to empower die designers for better die results - TheFabricator.com

5 ways to empower die designers for better die results

February 24, 2011 | By Mark Hansen

By improving communication, supplying critical requirements upfront, creating die standards, using advanced software, and powering up equipment, customers can get better dies, faster.

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Are small businesses optimistic enough to hire?

February 23, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Do you own or work for a small business? How's your business faring these days? Are you hiring?  February 16, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled "Putting Americans Back to Work: the State of the Small Business Economy." Speaking before the meeting, Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez...

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You can’t manufacture human rights

February 22, 2011 | By Tim Heston

The news from North Africa and the Middle East has been truly amazing lately. It’s a little scary for business owners and everyone else who depends on oil (in other words, nearly everybody).  Recent unrest in oil-rich Libya has sent oil prices skyward. But over the long term, expensive oil may...

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RIA to present Engelberger Awards

February 22, 2011

The Engelberger Robotics Award, the industry's highest honor, will be presented to Åke Lindqvist and Henrik Christensen during a dinner ceremony on March 22 in Chicago. Each recipient will be presented a commemorative medallion and a $5,000 honorarium. The award, sponsored by Robotic Industries...

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Michigan Seamless Tube changes name, announces staff changes

February 22, 2011

Michigan Seamless Tube, South Lyon, Mich., has changed its name to MST Seamless Tube & Pipe and has launched a renovated Web site to coincide with its new name, logo, and tagline. The Web site, at www.mstube.com, features simplified navigation and a comprehensive overview of products and...

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4.5-kW cross-flow resonator introduced for 2-D lasers

February 22, 2011

Mitsubishi Laser has introduced a 4.5-kW resonator for all 2-D lasers, replacing the formerly standard 4.0-kW resonator. The cross-flow resonator technology reduces rise time/fall time of square-wave pulse, enabling more consistent beam power during the cutting process. The uniform, low-current...

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Ownership group purchases Precision Metal Processing 2005

February 22, 2011

A new ownership group has purchased the assets of Precision Metal Processing 2005 Inc., Cambridge, Ont., and opened the slitting toll processor under the new entity of Superior Metal Processing. The new company focuses on toll processing work in the Canadian market, with an interest in expanding...

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Waukesha Metal Products nominated for 2010 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

February 22, 2011

Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., has been nominated for a 2010 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award. The company, one of 53 Wisconsin companies nominated for this year's awards, is competing in the Small Company category, for companies with 1 to 99 employees. Waukesha Metal Products...

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Coe Press Equipment expands to Brazilian market

February 22, 2011

Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced its expansion into Brazil through a new business partnership with Cydak do Brasil Ltd., a distributor and integrator experienced in retrofitting and commissioning of stamping presses and sheet metal processing equipment. Cydak, located in...

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Waterjet cutting head delivers up to 8.6 GPM of ultrahigh-pressure water - TheFabricator.com

Waterjet cutting head delivers up to 8.6 GPM of ultrahigh-pressure water

February 22, 2011

Jet Edge’s High Flow Abrasivejet delivers up to 3.5 lbs./min. of abrasive and up to 8.6 GPM of ultrahigh-pressure water for abrasive waterjet cutting applications. The cutting head is suitable for making separation cuts in steel plates or pipes. It can operate at up to 55,000 PSI and is...

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Fiber laser cuts steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser cuts steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals

February 22, 2011

The BySprint Fiber 3015 is a high-power fiber laser cutting machine based on the BySprint Pro platform and the concept ByVention Fiber laser machine. The laser is the company's first production series laser cutting system to employ fiber laser technology. Equipped with a 2-kW Fiber 2000 fiber...

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Flux-cored welding wires suitable for HSLA steel applications

February 22, 2011

Hobart Brothers offers two gas-shielded, flux-cored welding wires: Tri-Mark® TM-811N1 and TM-811N2. With their low-temperature impact strengths, the wires are suitable for petrochemical applications and the fabrication of mining and earthmoving equipment (TM-811N1), along with shipbuilding,...

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Arc welding robot fully integrates process equipment - TheFabricator.com

Arc welding robot fully integrates process equipment

February 22, 2011

ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 2600ID integrated dress pack model midsized robot designed for arc welding. With its 6.56-ft. reach and 17.64-lb. payload, the robot features a flexible conduit in its upper arm/wrist for routing the cables and hoses, fully integrating the process equipment...

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Maysteel announces executive appointments

February 22, 2011

Maysteel LLC, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal enclosures in Allenton, Wis., has announced several changes to its executive staff. The company has named J. Monte Roach as president and CEO, Kevin Matkin as vice president of operations, and Elizabeth (Beth) Feldman as chief financial officer....

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Welding helmets feature continuously adjustable autodarkening filter - TheFabricator.com

Welding helmets feature continuously adjustable autodarkening filter

February 22, 2011

The Fronius Fazor 1000 welding helmet features a continuously adjustable autodarkening filter (9-13) and a switching time (bright to dark) of 0.22 ms. Sensitivity can be adjusted between active and inactive. The helmet weighs 1.3 lbs. and features an adjustable headband for proper...

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