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Rotary index configuration simplifies switch from flat sheet to tube, pipe cutting - TheFabricator.com

Rotary index configuration simplifies switch from flat sheet to tube, pipe cutting

August 1, 2011

Amada has added a rotary index to its FOM2 laser cutting system for cutting medium to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three interchangeable shuttle pallets, simplifying the switch from flat sheet cutting to tube or pipe cutting. The FOM2RI-3015 can process round, square,...

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Custom manufacturers should expect increased business, survey says

August 1, 2011

As U.S. manufacturing continues to rebound from the Great Recession, new data suggests that suppliers of custom manufacturing also should see an increase in their businesses. In a recent survey by Design-2-Part, Prospect, Conn., U.S. OEMs indicated by a margin of more than 2-to-1 that they expect...

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Quail Run Building Materials marks 25th anniversary

August 1, 2011

Quail Run Building Materials Inc., Phoenix, is celebrating its 25th year in business. Founded in 1986, the company manufactures cold-formed steel building products using mill-certified prime steel. Products include steel studs, track, flashing, dripedge, angle, clips, and RC-1. The company is a...

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Stereo microscope combines long focal length, large viewing field, distortion-free vision

August 1, 2011

The new FX-4 stereo microscope from Titan Tool Supply Inc. combines long focal length, a large field of view, and distortion-free vision with a depth of field up to 0.1875 in. at 10x to deliver 3-D views. Featuring an adjustable aluminum stand, the microscope is designed for assembly operations,...

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Industrial fan can help reduce heating bills - TheFabricator.com

Industrial fan can help reduce heating bills

August 1, 2011

Big Ass Fan Company® offers the 8- to 24-ft.-dia. Powerfoil®X industrial fan. The fan, which delivers maximum airflow in large spaces, employs a sealed-for-life NitroSeal Drive™ gearbox. According to the manufacturer, destratifying space with the fan during the winter can reduce...

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MultiCam Inc. names Florida Technology Center sales manager - TheFabricator.com

MultiCam Inc. names Florida Technology Center sales manager

August 1, 2011

MultiCam® Inc., Dallas, has appointed James Anderson to sales manager of its Technology Center in Orlando, Fla. He was the technical support supervisor in that location for the past nine years. A former small-business owner in the metal fabrication industry, Anderson has experience in...

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Superior Joining Technologies wins work from Poland

August 1, 2011

Superior Joining Technologies Inc., Machesney Park, Ill., has shipped a welded frame to a customer in Poland for use in a papermaking machine. The frame, previously produced completely in Poland, now is formed in the U.S. and shipped to SJTI for contract welding. The company added 1,970 individual...

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Light curtains feature quick-mount brackets and reduced wiring - TheFabricator.com

Light curtains feature quick-mount brackets and reduced wiring

August 1, 2011

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. has introduced F3SJ-E safety light curtains, which provide hand-intrusion detection for use in stand-alone devices and machines. Quick-mount brackets and reduced wiring combine, along with easily viewable alignment indicators, enable mounting in half the time...

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Aluminum oxide conversion coating introduced - TheFabricator.com

Aluminum oxide conversion coating introduced

August 1, 2011

Birchwood Casey has introduced the MICROLOK® AO, a nontoxic aluminum oxide conversion coating that is 0.000060 in. thick, silver-black in color, and tightly adherent to the metal surface. The patented coating imparts corrosion resistance and antigalling properties to iron and steel tooling...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew slightly in July

August 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 24th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 1 by Bradley J....

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3-D CAD: The cure for the bad isometric view - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: The cure for the bad isometric view

August 1, 2011 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis walks the fabricator through a 3-D modeling process to learn how to work with a file that has broken elements.

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Putting talent to work - TheFabricator.com

Putting talent to work

August 1, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Arin Inc. has evolved from a steel rule blanking house to a modern metal fabricator capable of producing precision, laser cut blanks. Bu workers can see history every day--a tool room for steel rule die remains, as do the mechanical presses. A tour of Arin's shop is a walk through time, a gallery showing what metal fabrication talent has produced over the decades.

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Fabricator finds path to skilled labor - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator finds path to skilled labor

August 1, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Crow Corp. had trouble finding the right person for the job, so company management took a bold step—and outsourced the hiring process. Today, the Houston-area fabricator is feeling the benefits.

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Hands-off tube finishing - TheFabricator.com

Hands-off tube finishing

August 1, 2011 | By Brett Mandes

Tube finishing doesn't have to be a manual operation. Centerless grinding can efficiently finish straight tube, and now planetary grinding machines can aid the finishing of tubes of various shapes,including previously bent workpieces.

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Seeing the (green) light - TheFabricator.com

Seeing the (green) light

August 1, 2011 | By David J. Stone

More lasers or punch presses may enable a shop to cut more parts, but those parts still must be loaded, unloaded, and transported to downstream operations. In these cases, automation can help increase green-light-on time and help a shop produce more parts in less time.

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