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Better Tube Bending - TheFabricator.com

Better tube bending

December 12, 2011 | By Jim Poe

This article explains how to examine and alter loading, bending, unloading, and quality checking operations to improve overall bending cycle times.

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Retrofit and ready for better bending - TheFabricator.com

Retrofit and ready for better bending

December 12, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Kysor/Warren, Columbus, Ga., cutomizes the refrigerated display cases and refrigeration systems for its customers. Unfortunately, it didn't have a very efficient bending operation to keep up with the production demands related to its diverse product line. To remedy the situation, the company purchased Wila precision ground tooling and installed hydraulic clamping systems on its press brakes.

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Assesing the arc - TheFabricator.com

Assessing the arc

December 9, 2011 | By George Winton

Large-radius bends are used in many places, such as appliance handles and automobile components. For measuring large-radius bends, fabricators have at least three options: go/no-go fixtures, entering the bent part’s measurements into a CAD program and using it to calculate the radius, and a depth gauge.

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Juggling the variables of GTAW - TheFabricator.com

Juggling the variables of GTAW

December 9, 2011 | By Todd Bridigum

Gas tungsten arc welding isn’t the easiest process to learn. With so many things going on at once, GTAW is a little like juggling while riding a unicycle. With practice, the welder’s eye, arm, hand, and foot coordination will improve.

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2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo - TheFabricator.com

2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo

December 9, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Positives and negatives probably will pepper the business climate in 2012. Manufacturing has led the economic recovery. Unemployment will remain high, and businesses will still seek technical talent. Equipment spending probably will continue apace. So will company acquisitions, but they won’t be as prevalent as they could be. . Mixed together, these ingredients make for a good news-bad news gumbo in 2012.

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Got milling? You’re hired. - TheFabricator.com

Got milling? You’re hired.

December 9, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A good machinist is hard to find. Why? It’s a mixture of factors. Machining suffers from the same image problem as the other manufacturing trades, so not enough people enter the field. But this country also lacks hands-on training programs.

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DGI Supply acquires Tru-Cut, Supreme Saw

December 6, 2011

DGI Supply, a DoALL Company in Wheeling, Ill., has acquired Tru-Cut Tool and Supply Co. of Alsip, Ill., and its subsidiary, Supreme Saw & Service Co. Inc. Greg Muntean, owner of Tru-Cut, remains with the company as director of business development for DGI’s Sawing Products division. DGI...

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Waukesha Metal Products wins productivity award

December 6, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, a provider of precision tools, stamping, fabrication, value-added services, and assembled components in Sussex, Wis., has received the 2011 Zierick Mfg. Corp. Productivity Award for its efforts to reduce significantly the price of and increase productivity for high-volume...

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Cincinnati Incorporated adds senior sales engineer in Texas

December 6, 2011

Cincinnati Incorporated has announced the addition of Kent Dixon as a senior sales engineer for Texas. He has more than 10 years of engineering experience, including design, manufacturing, and project management, and 13 years of capital equipment sales experience to Cincinnati. In this position,...

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Wise Metals Group hires CFO

December 6, 2011

Monte D. Schaefer has joined Wise Metals Group, Muscle Shoals, Ala., as CFO. Schaefer worked previously at Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., Nashville, where he was vice president of finance and controller. Before working in the aluminum industry, he was director of operations and finance for...

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Portable measuring system features dynamic referencing function

December 6, 2011

MoveInspect from Aicon, a portable measuring system that works with high-resolution digital cameras and a hand-held probe, features a dynamic referencing function that compensates for object and measuring device movement so they do not affect results. The system uses optical reference points so...

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Clamshell straightener facilitates roller inspection, cleaning - TheFabricator.com

Clamshell straightener facilitates roller inspection, cleaning

December 6, 2011

Coe Press Equipment has announced the availability of its new clamshell straightener with a design that allows the top rollers to rise up and separate from the bottom rollers to provide access for inspection and cleaning of the rolls. With this open-head feature, users can ensure the rolls are...

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Fiber-guided, solid-state laser cuts construction steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals - TheFabricator.com

Fiber-guided, solid-state laser cuts construction steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals

December 6, 2011

TRUMPF Inc.'s TruLaser 5030 fiber, with a TruDisk fiber-guided solid-state laser, is designed for cutting parts out of thin sheet material at high speeds. In fusion cutting of stainless steel up to 0.16 in. thick, the fiber achieves feed rates up to three times faster than the CO2 version,...

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CNC press brake accommodates all types of punches and dies with appropriate adapters - TheFabricator.com

CNC press brake accommodates all types of punches and dies with appropriate adapters

December 6, 2011

The latest version of Bystronic's midrange Xact CNC-synchronized press brake incorporates the Windows® XP 2-D graphics-based Cybelec DNC 880S control system, capable of selecting bend sequences automatically. The press brake, which features an optional four-axis backgauge, allows standard...

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Aluminum welding machine incorporates pulsed GMAW capabilities - TheFabricator.com

Aluminum welding machine incorporates pulsed GMAW capabilities

December 6, 2011

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s new AlumaPower™ 450 MPa is a dedicated aluminum welding machine with built-in synergic pulsed GMAW capabilities designed to help increase power while maintaining ease of use. The machine, rated at 450 amps at 100 percent duty cycle, offers a simple interface and...

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