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FANUC Robotics receives GM Supplier of the Year award

May 16, 2007

FANUC Robotics America, Inc., a supplier of industrial robots, was presented the General Motors 2006 Supplier of the Year award for its overall business performance in providing GM with world-class...

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Chrysler Group sold to Cerberus

May 14, 2007

DaimlerChrysler AG has announced that it is selling 80.1 percent of the Chrysler Group for $7.4 billion to Cerberus Capital Management LP, a private equity firm. Daimler Chrysler will keep 19.9...

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II-VI names CEO

May 10, 2007

II-VI Inc. has announced that its board of directors has named Francis J. Kramer to succeed Carl J. Johnson as company CEO, effective July 1, 2007. Dr. Johnson will remain an executive of the company...

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System facilitates retrofitting older machines for in-process force measurement

May 8, 2007

PCB Piezotronics (PCB®) has developed a system that allows retrofitting for old machines for in-process force measurement. The system consists of a series M240 ICP® strain sensor and Model...

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Automatic feed clamp system simplifies pipe cutting

May 8, 2007

A portable pipe clamp system with automatic feed is available from CS Unitec for use with the company's portable pneumatic hacksaw.The system easily attaches to the hacksaw and pipe and operates off...

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Waterjet accelerates pace, provides speed secret

May 8, 2007

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Joe Gibbs Racing sports three Nextel Cup teams, winning three Cup championships in a seven-year period. Its drivers Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and J.J. Yeley are well-known race stars. Preparing the cars for each week's race is literally a race between races, as new components-speed secrets-are engineered and fabricated between Sunday night and Thursday. The company relies on a Flow waterjet to accelerate its manufacturing pace to meet the grueling deadlines

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Fiber lasers weave out of the lab and into metal fab

May 8, 2007

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Fiber lasers, which have been a hot topic in laser conferences for several years now, are finally starting to appear en masse in the industrial laser market. Fiber laser technology is driving power scaling (pulsed and continuous wave), wall-plug efficiency, and beam quality to new heights in a rapid pace.

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The rewards of rapid changeover

May 8, 2007

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As part of its conversion from traditional to lean manufacturing principles, Oregon Metal Slitters wanted to initiate quick-changeover practices in its production operations. It also wanted to achieve this internally, without the overview of an outside consultant, so that the practice would be sustainable for the future. OMS found a SMED program from Enna Inc. that helped the company start the process right.

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Servo press forming applications

May 8, 2007

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A servomotor gives a press slide motion flexibility in terms of accurate speed, motion, and position control. This flexibility produces infinite slide motion variations that may improve part quality and operations such as painting and assembly during one press stroke.

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Liquid curves

May 8, 2007

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Sheet hydroforming has fewer restrictions when forming complicated parts, which gives styling designers and manufacturing engineersmore flexibility during the design process. To provide a stylish body shape for the Pontiac Solstice®, GM chose sheet hydroforming to manufacture its hood, door, deck lid, and body side assemblies.

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Servo press forming applications Part III

May 8, 2007

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This column discusses several applications of servomotor-driven mechanical presses for forming at room temperature and at elevated temperatures.

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Developing forming dies Part II

May 8, 2007

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Editor's Note: This is first installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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Arc Welding 101: Paint tank troubles

May 8, 2007

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Q: I am building a 400-gallon paint tank and I'm having trouble with leaks when using gas metal arc welding (GMAW). I'm using a welding machine running on 440. My best results come when running hot 19.5 on the heat and about 21/2 on wire speed. I am using a trimix gas and 0.035-inch 308 wire. The...

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Orbital sander has enhanced hand, wrist support

May 8, 2007

Dynabrade Inc.'s Comfort Platform now is standard on all palm-style Dynorbital-Sprit and Dynorbital Supreme random orbital sanders.The platform provides additional hand and wrist support for the tool...

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GTAW torch designed for limited-access welding

May 8, 2007

Weldcraft's WP-24 GTAW torch series is designed especially for intricate welding applications that require improved joint access.

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