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Iron Man's plasma cutter

May 14, 2008

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I haven't seen "Iron Man," but after reading a news release today, I'm moving the movie to the top of my must-see list. It's beating all others at the box-office, but that's not my main reason for wanting to see it. In fact, I generally stay away from superhero movies."Iron Man"...

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Automatio training

Automation training for a new work force

May 13, 2008

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AWS predicts that by 2010, the demand for skilled welders will outstrip supply by 200,000. One means of addressing the shortage is through automated systems, such as automatic orbital GTAW units, which have gained favor in a variety of industries. But that does not diminish the requirement for an educated and well-trained work force. Automation requires more training, not less. That is why it is essential to be trained in basic welding procedures in addition to operating automated welding equipment.

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Panel bending workcell

Streamlined scheduling suits fabricator

May 13, 2008

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Indianapolis-based Estes Design and Manufacturing has made significant strides in adopting manufacturing-friendly information technology, marrying enterprise resource planning (ERP) and scheduling software to ensure work flows efficiently through the shop.

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Aida Stamping Press

Driven to integrate

May 13, 2008

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Changes come often in the steel industry--a business that sticks around long enough might eventually bear little resemblance to the version established at its inception. This is the case for Parkview Metal Products, Lake Zurich, Ill. The company opened in 1950 as a tool and die shop in Chicago, later moving and shifting its focus to automotive, electronic, and grill components. The company believes its culture is changing for the better and plans to continue developing its 5S initiatives, increasing its on-time delivery, and reducing its scrap rate.

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Quick die change components

How to implement quick die change

May 13, 2008

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Know you need to implement quick die change in your shop, but don't know how? Start here.

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Press window transfer system

Retrofitting a prog-die press for transfer operations

May 13, 2008

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Converting a current press to a transfer press requires altering the press, transfer dies, and the transfer system. Some presses are suitable for conversion, some are not. With a proper transfer retrofit, an old press can become a fully programmable state-of-the-art transfer press.

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Vertical drilling machine

Diversity a blessing for Blessing

May 13, 2008

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Diverse customer base—from heavy equipment to medical—key to Blessing Industries' success

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Multigun resistance welding system

Resistance-weld more for less

May 13, 2008

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Costs associated with poor resistance weld quality often can be traced back to faulty electrode usage. With today's high cost of copper—to say nothing of the extra labor and lost production time—wearing out electrodes prematurely has become more expensive than ever.

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Free form nesting

Evaluating a CAM system

May 13, 2008

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The feature looks at what fabricators should be looking for in a CAM system, and how they can improve the efficiency of their machine tools, their work force, and their material utilization.

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Sport compact racing car

Fabrication business coming up races

May 13, 2008

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Mazworx, a shop that rebuilds engines for racing, fabricates custom parts for racing upgrades, and works on compact cars to prepare them for racing, is also involved in racing. The belief is that it can build up its reputation for racing parts through appearances at NHRA sport compact races throughout the Southeast.

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Aluminum welding resource guide available from AWS

May 13, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS) has published a resource manual entitled

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Welding end prep tool designed for high-temperature, -pressure applications

May 13, 2008

Esco Tool offers the MILLHOG® Dictator ID clamping welding end prep tool. It is designed for beveling pipes in which the weld is critical because of high temperatures and pressures.The tool is...

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Rollout shelves store dies, fixtures, molds

May 13, 2008

Proper Storage Systems Inc. offers powered, full-extension rollout shelves for storing dies, fixtures, and molds.The shelves have capacities up to 20 tons each. The top of the unit has up to a 50-ton...

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Wire welder/generator available in single unit

May 13, 2008

The Renegade 180 is the first all-in-one wire welder that is operable using its built-in generator or 230-V, single-phase wall power, says manufacturer Miller Electric Mfg. Co. It eliminates the need...

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Manual band saw designed for light-duty cutting

May 13, 2008

Kalamazoo Machine Tool's model H235 manual band saw cuts tubes, pipes, light structural shapes, and small solids up to 8 in. at 90 degrees. It is designed for light-duty cutting.The saw, with its...

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