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The Metal Shop adds press brake

November 29, 2010

The Metal Shop LLC, Crystal Lake, Ill., has added a Toyokoki APB5620Wu press brake to its operations. The new machine supplements the 10-ft. 100 Accurpress already on the shop floor. The custom metal fabrication shop primarily serves the tradeshow exhibit industry....

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High-gloss coatings withstand heat to 500 degrees F

November 29, 2010

Dampney Co. Inc.'s Thurmalox® 8800 series heat-resistant, high-gloss coatings provide a decorative, porcelain-like finish on metal surfaces that withstands heat to 500 degrees F. Developed for single-coat application in OEM production lines, the silicone-based, VOC-compliant baking enamel is...

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AME completes asset purchase of Metalcut

November 29, 2010

Advanced Machine & Eng. (AME), a Rockford, Ill.-based manufacturer of machine tool components and auxiliary equipment, has announced the asset purchase of the Metalcut Carbide Saw Division of Centro-Metalcut, also of Rockford, a designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty carbide sawing systems for...

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Biodegradable synthetic fluids introduced - TheFabricator.com

Biodegradable synthetic fluids introduced

November 29, 2010

Commonwealth Oil Corp. has released a line of BioComm readily biodegradable synthetic functional fluids. These synthetic ester functional fluids consist of concrete forming fluids, heavy-duty gear and hydraulic oils, and ram type EDM fluids. The products biodegrade to their natural state within...

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Belt conveyor designed for heavy-duty industrial and packaging applications - TheFabricator.com

Belt conveyor designed for heavy-duty industrial and packaging applications

November 29, 2010

Dorner offers the new 3200 series iDrive belt conveyor. The motor, gearbox, and motor controller are integrated within the frame of the conveyor, allowing it to fit in tight spaces. The conveyor, designed for heavy-duty industrial and packaging applications, comes with indexing capabilities and...

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Wallover names new president - TheFabricator.com

Wallover names new president

November 29, 2010

Wallover Oil Co., a manufacturer of industrial lubricants and cleaners in Strongsville, Ohio, has announced that Eric Kielts will be its new president effective Jan. 1, 2011. Kielts will fill the position formerly held for 23 years by Hub Marquis, who will remain as CEO and chairman of the...

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ITW acquires North Star Imaging

November 29, 2010

North Star Imaging Inc., Rogers, Minn., has announced that it has been acquired by Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), joining ITW's Test and Measurement Group. NSI's day-to-day contact points and relationships with business partners will remain unaffected by the change of ownership....

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Super Steel to hire 60 workers

November 29, 2010

Super Steel LLC, a contract manufacturer of complex metal fabrication and assembly work based in Milwaukee, has announced plans to hire 60 employees immediately as a result of increased production levels. The work force additions will mostly be skilled manufacturing positions, including welders,...

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Medical components machining offered - TheFabricator.com

Medical components machining offered

November 29, 2010

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. offers prototype, short-run, or long-run machining for medical components. Wire EDM, CNC milling centers, and turning centers are available for medical part production, along with surface finishing and washing machines. The company also provides in-house...

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Cost estimating software enhanced - TheFabricator.com

Cost estimating software enhanced

November 29, 2010

MTI Systems has released version 11.0 of its Costimator cost estimating software, featuring several changes. Multiple tabs, customizable toolbars, and helpful images have been added to the work screen to help improve ease of use. Drag-and-drop functionality has been expanded to enable users to...

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FMA economic analyst sees optimistic signs in 2011 for small manufacturing sector

November 29, 2010

Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), sees the "beginning stages for some optimism" in the small business community, which, in turn, indicate "solid" economic news for many U.S. manufacturers in 2011. Kuehl said, "The small business...

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Face to face with hardfacing - TheFabricator.com

Face to face with hardfacing

November 23, 2010

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Selecting the appropriate hardfacing alloy can be an intimidating experience due to the variety of applications, service conditions, and base metals. Learning to ask the right questions will help you make the decision that best fits your application.

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Giving thanks for skill, engagement, and curiosity

November 22, 2010

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Later this week I’ll be stuffing a turkey (and myself) and giving thanks--thanks for family and friends, of course, but also for something my mind’s been mulling over for the past few weeks: human engagement, and not the betrothal kind. I’m just talking about direct, concise, clear engagement...

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Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws - TheFabricator.com

Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws

November 22, 2010

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The process of deciding between a band saw and a cold saw is not always clear-cut. Here are some short answers to this and other frequently asked sawing questions

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Tackling aluminum GMAW - TheFabricator.com

Tackling aluminum GMAW

November 22, 2010

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The reactive nature of aluminum to the welding arc, which is much more pronounced than that of other base materials, presents many challenges, including excess heat input and burn-through, porosity, poor bead appearance, poor fusion, and cracking. Technology advancements have made tackling these challenges easier by providing a balance of high travel speeds with a narrow, focused arc

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