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Motoman adds senior general manager for Canada plant

December 11, 2007

Motoman Inc., West Carrollton, Ohio, recently named Trevor Jones as senior general manager of Yaskawa Motoman Canada, Mississauga, Ont.Jones has more than 23 years of experience in the robotics...

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Tube seam laser welding

Finding poor-diffusion bonds in ferrous, nonferrous tubes

December 11, 2007

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Determining whether a tube seam has a partial bond can be difficult with standard ultrasonic or eddy current techniques. However, multifrequency, probe-based eddy current equipment can detect poor-diffusion bonds in nonferrous materials. Using a penetrating field to reflect a signal off the planar structure of the weld works on ferrous materials.

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Band saw blades

Sawing with the times

December 11, 2007

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Modernization has brought us many advancements, and two big advancements that fabricators must deal with are in technology and commerce. On the technology side, advancements have led to modern alloys; on the commerce side, we have increased globalization. Many modern ferrous alloys are harder to cut than carbon steel, and while the cutting is more difficult, globalization is increasing the competitive pressures and reducing the profit margins. Other advancements have modernized band saw blades, giving fabricators a fighting chance to stay profitable.

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Tube bending machine

Understanding benders and bender applications

December 11, 2007

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If you bend tube for a living, you have many choices when it comes to buying a new piece of bending equipment. Understanding how bending demands have changed over the decades and how bender manufacturers have responded are two key components in selecting the optimal bender for your particular application.

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Working with stainless on a budget

December 11, 2007

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The high cost of stainless steel—especially the spikes caused by nickel surcharges—has caused many tube manufacturers' customers to look for alternative alloys. What can tube producers expect after switching from a 300-series stainless to a less expensive alloy? It depends on the new alloy and the production process.

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Waterjet machine

Waterjet purchase becomes watershed moment

December 11, 2007

Allright Tool Co. in Birmingham, Ala., increased its sales revenue by 79 percent only two years after buying its two waterjet cutting tables. The technology allowed the company to offer cutting services unmatched in the region and reduced its production time of parts dramatically.

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Clay Andrews Hype Manufacturing

Hyperactive fabrication

December 11, 2007

Hype Manufacturing invested in a horizontal machining center, two lathes, two vertical machining centers, a universal milling machine, tube bending equipment, a press brake, a laser cutting system, and a waterjet to support its racing effort.

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Wheelchair rugby players

These aren't your grandparents' wheelchairs

December 11, 2007

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Vesco Metal Craft, a manufacturer of rugby wheelchairs, makes specialized wheelchairs from 6061 seamless aluminum tubing. This violent, collision-oriented sport causes cracks in the welds' heat-affected zone, so the company sought better manufacturing methods. It added heat-treating to its process and switched to an inverter-based welding unit that gives the company's welders advanced waveform control.

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Dissecting defects

December 11, 2007

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Dissecting Defects is a three-part series.

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Wind Point Partners acquires Harsco GasServ businesses

December 10, 2007

Wind Point Partners, a private equity investment firm, has announced the acquisition of the Harsco GasServ group of gas technology businesses from Harsco Corp. The acquisition includes Taylor-Wharton,...

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Pop culture and fabricating

December 7, 2007

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I just got back into town from visiting a metal fabricating shop that will be highlighted in The FABRICATOR in early 2008. It"s the type of company that makes me feel good about manufacturing in the U.S. You wouldn"t mind working for the management team or spending an eight-hour shift in this...

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Flow signs option agreement to acquire OMAX

December 7, 2007

Flow International Corp., a developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines used for cutting and cleaning applications, announced that it has signed an exclusive option agreement to...

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Say it isn't so

December 5, 2007

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Confession time. I'm a survey junkie. When I scan news sites, I always check the survey section to see the latest topics. In fact, my very first blog post on thefabricator.com, What to do about health care costs, mentioned surveys about dashboard dining and windbreakers imported from...

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U. S. Steel proposes $1 billion capital investment in Clairton Plant

December 5, 2007

United States Steel Corp. has announced that it is considering a $1 billion capital investment program at its Clairton Plant coke making operation near Pittsburgh that will enhance the company's...

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The dollar"s decline: Good or bad?

December 4, 2007

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Jean-Guy April knows the value of a dollar, and in this case more value isn"t always better.April owns April Services Techniques, a metal fabrication consultancy in Montmagny, about 50 miles northeast of Quebec City, and many of his clients are feeling the pain as the dollar falls and the Canadian...

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