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22 possible causes of weld metal porosity - TheFabricator.com

22 possible causes of weld metal porosity

November 1, 2010

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Porosity is a weld defect that is fairly common, but also fairly easy to fix. What issues contribute to weld porosity? This checklist gives a welder a good idea of what might be causing the problem.

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Are you maximizing your nesting efforts? - TheFabricator.com

Are you maximizing your nesting efforts?

November 1, 2010

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Making cost-effective designs has become a basic requirement in manufacturing, and proper nesting can contribute to this overall goal.

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New technology developments in the fold - TheFabricator.com

New technology developments in the fold

November 1, 2010

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Bidirectional bending was a big step forward in the capabilities of folding machines. However, the technology continues to advance with the emergence of faster folding speeds, more tooling flexibility, wider working envelopes, and more specialized folding capabilities.

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The brain and brawn of modern automation - TheFabricator.com

The brain and brawn of modern automation

November 1, 2010

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Automating metal fabrication requires more than just high-speed processing. The actual equipment—the brawn—is only half the equation. The other half is the software—the brains of shop automation.

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Tube bending with no straights? No problem - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending with no straights? No problem

November 1, 2010

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A Wisconsin tube shop invests in an unusual, freeform bending technology that can bend tube sections with no straight sections between bends. Different radii requires no tool changeouts or complex tooling setups. Instead, an operator changes the code in the controller.

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Demystifying die protection - TheFabricator.com

Demystifying die protection

November 1, 2010

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Originally die protection was developed just to prevent damage to the tool and die during the operation of a stamping press. As sensor and controls technology knowledge has evolved and stampers knowledge of it has expanded, die protection technology has been expanded into other applications, such as increasing production rates and to perform quality assurance.

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Think before you scrap - TheFabricator.com

Think before you scrap

November 1, 2010

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Before you scrap your iron frame, think about the benefits of using the original frame. Adapting your old cast press frame to new technologies may be easier, cheaper, and greener than you may have thought.

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Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments - TheFabricator.com

Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments

November 1, 2010

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At least one stamper is reducing the cost of medical devices by converting machined parts to stamped or stamped/machined parts. Not only is the manufacturer using this innovative approach to reduce cost without sacrificing quality and still meet stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, it sometimes stamps features into the medical devices that could not be made by machining them and tightens tolerances.

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Lincoln Electric to acquire Russian welding consumables manufacturer

October 29, 2010

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mezhgosmetiz-Mtsensk OAO ("MGM"), a privately-held welding wire manufacturer based in the Orel region of Russia. The acquisition will provide Lincoln its first manufacturing operation in Russia as well...

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GM to invest $190 million, add 600 jobs at Lansing Grand River

October 29, 2010

General Motors has announced a $190 million investment in its Lansing Grand River assembly plant for the production of a new Cadillac model. The investment will create 600 jobs and result in the addition of a second shift. According to the company, the announcement brings the total of new U.S....

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Second chances: A different approach to finding workers

October 27, 2010

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  Last week’s "Welding Wire" e-newsletter described what Turner Industries did to find workers for a pipe fabrication shop it built two years ago in Pasadena, Texas. As related in an article on chron.com, Personnel Manager Brian Daigle needed to hire 100 workers quickly, because the company had...

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Three Northern Ohio businesses get tax credit to create, retain jobs

October 26, 2010

TheMorningJournal.com has reported that three Northern Ohio businesses—U.S. Steel in Lorain, BASF Corp. in Elyria, and U.S. Refractory Products LLC in North Ridgeville—will receive tax credits to create 290 jobs and retain hundreds more, according to the Ohio Department of Development. United...

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3-D CAD on the grill, Part X - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part X

October 26, 2010

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Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two skewer supports.

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The power of predictability

October 25, 2010

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Several years ago Doug Gardner, president of Johnson City, N.Y.-based Hi-Tech Industries of New York, landed what’s increasingly rare today for fabricators: a multiyear contract. The shop’s Amada Pulsar 2-kW laser ran 24 hours a day and just couldn’t keep up, Gardner said, adding that the...

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Taylor-Winfield Corp. announces sale of its assets to The Brilex Group of companies

October 25, 2010

The Brilex Group has acquired the assets of metalworking machinery supplier Taylor-Winfield Corp. A new company, Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc., has been formed and funded by Brian and Alex Benyo, co-owners of The Brilex Group of companies. "Taylor-Winfield Technologies core competencies will...

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