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Bar code tags designed for harsh processes, environments - TheFabricator.com

Bar code tags designed for harsh processes, environments

August 29, 2011

InfoSight has introduced a bar code traceability system for many harsh processes and environments to help trace products from the fabrication shop to the customer. KettleTag®PLUS is a metal bar code tag formulated to withstand hot-dip galvanizing, surviving the molten zinc dip and resisting...

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Quaprotek to open manufacturing plant in Tennessee

August 29, 2011

Quaprotek USA has announced plans to invest $22 million in an existing 63,000-sq.-ft. building in Ripley, Tenn. The manufacturing plant, which is expected to create more than 120 jobs over five years, will produce metal parts for vehicles, engines, and power trains....

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Optics designed for multikilowatt steel cutting lasers - TheFabricator.com

Optics designed for multikilowatt steel cutting lasers

August 29, 2011

High-power CO2 laser optics from Laser Research Optics, optimized for 10.6 µm and offered in 1.5- to 2.5-in. diameters, are designed for multikilowatt steel cutting lasers. With focal lengths from 3.5 to 12 in., the lenses are A/R-coated and exhibit total absorption of less than 0.2...

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Robotic gripper automatically adapts to part sizes, shapes - TheFabricator.com

Robotic gripper automatically adapts to part sizes, shapes

August 29, 2011

The industrial-grade Robotiq S-model adaptive gripper, available from Motoman Robotics, is designed for applications including machine tending, fixture loading and unloading, high-mix part handling, and kitting. Its three articulated fingers can adapt automatically to various part sizes and...

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College isn't for everyone

August 26, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The technology press is all atwitter about the resignation of Steve Jobs as the day-to-day leader of Apple. The hullabaloo is probably warranted given that his company's products have revolutionized the world. The Apple® I was the first personal computer, forever influencing the way people...

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Manufacturing could come roaring back, if

August 24, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The August issue of "Stamping News Brief" featured an article written by Michele Nash-Hoff, the author of the book Can American Manufacturing Be Saved? Why We Should and How We Can. In the article, which was published on huffingtonpost.com, Nash-Hoff noted that "after dominating the globe for over...

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World, Western Europe, China HRB prices up; U.S. prices down

August 24, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for August 22 rose 2.2 percent to $710 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 0.7 percent to $753 per ton (on a Euro basis, it declined 0.8 percent), ex-works, after falling...

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AccuStream celebrates 10 years in business - TheFabricator.com

AccuStream celebrates 10 years in business

August 23, 2011

AccuStream, a manufacturer of waterjet equipment and products for the waterjet industry in New Brighton, Minn., marks its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in 2001, the company began as a single OEM replacement parts supplier. Since then the company has expanded its replacement parts offering...

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Laser cutter specifically designed, built around fiber-optic technology

August 23, 2011

Salvagnini America offers the new L3 fiber laser cutter, which the company says is the first laser cutter specifically designed and built around fiber-optic technology. Features include high speed, low energy consumption, low maintenance, low cost per part, increased accuracy and realiability, and...

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Female student wins Skills USA's national sheet metal competition - TheFabricator.com

Female student wins Skills USA's national sheet metal competition

August 23, 2011

At Skills USA's 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 19-24, Olivia Keech, 16, won gold in the high school sheet metal category — the second gold award for Delcastle Technical High School in Newark, Del. For the competition, the high school junior...

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Wildeck acquires Ladder Industries

August 23, 2011

Wildeck Inc., Waukesha, Wis., a manufacturer of custom industrial steel work platforms, material lifts, and safety guarding products, has announced the acquisition of Ladder Industries Inc., Goodyear, Ariz., and Sacramento, Calif. Ladder Industries now is a subsidiary of Wildeck, operating as a...

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EMT West names managing director

August 23, 2011

EMT (Elite Mfg. Technologies) West, Henderson, Nev., has appointed Rahul Sarkar to the new position of managing director. As managing director, he is responsible for overseeing all facility operations and production, as well as direct quality and lean manufacturing initiatives. Sarkar has more...

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Metal cutting consumables for Kjellberg systems introduced

August 23, 2011

Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of advanced metal cutting systems, has introduced Centricut consumables for owners of Kjellberg's Fine Focus 800 Plus system or HiFocus 280i, 360i, or 440i systems. The consumables are designed for companies that own these systems and cut mild steel using...

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Serapid supplies push/pull systems to Reed City Tool - TheFabricator.com

Serapid supplies push/pull systems to Reed City Tool

August 23, 2011

Serapid Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., has delivered several push/pull systems for die handling automation to Reed City Tool of Reed City, Mich. Seven RollBeams are used to push the dies in and out of the presses. Six have 5 ft. of travel and one has 10 ft. of travel. Each pushes the 18,000-lb....

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Airtronics Metal Products launches subsidiary to build food carts, trailers

August 23, 2011

Airtronics Metal Products, San Jose, Calif., a sheet metal design, engineering, and fabrication firm, has launched Metal Gourmet™, a subsidiary devoted to the design, assembly, and distribution of high-end mobile food carts and trailers. "What distinguishes Metal Gourmet from other food cart...

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