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K&S adds equipment, automation

January 12, 2012

K&S Tool, Die and Manufacturing, a contract metals manufacturer in Ixonia, Wis., has added its fourth laser — a Mitsubishi 4,500-W with a new 16-shelf tower system to feed it. The automation allows lights-out manufacturing uptime for this area of the business, the company reports. The...

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Filler metals meet seismic application requirements - TheFabricator.com

Filler metals meet seismic application requirements

January 12, 2012

Hobart Brothers offers 16 metal-cored and flux-cored wires that meet the AWS D1.8/D1.8M Structural Welding Code-Seismic Supplement for demand-critical welds in seismic-moment, frame-welded connections. These filler metals have been three-lot tested in accordance with AWS D1.8/D1.8M:2009 testing...

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Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift

January 12, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp. manufactured its 200,000th forklift in at its Marengo, Ill., facility in 2011. A 3,500-lb., Platinum II Cushion I.C. forklift was the 200,000th lift truck to be produced since the company began making forklifts in the U.S. in 1988. It took Nissan Forklift 14 years to...

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Deburring system designed for applications requiring small footprint, portability

January 12, 2012

Abtex Corp.'s Tri-Ten U series planetary-head, return-to-operator (RTO) deburring system deburrs both sides of a part in a single pass. It is designed for applications requiring a small footprint and portability. Parts are loaded at one end, and a magnetic conveyor passes them through an offset...

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Ecologically sensitive family of lubricant additives introduced

January 12, 2012

Etna Products Inc. has introduced Etna Eco Lube Technology, an ecologically sensitive family of lubricant additives. The additives are designed to serve as alternatives to mineral oil-based products used in drawing lubricants and to conventional chlorinated EP additives used in lubricants for cold...

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Metal stampers' take on unions: Part I

January 11, 2012 | By Vicki Bell

Labor unions continue to make news. Today, sfgate.com published the article Twinkie-Maker Hostess Files for Bankruptcy Citing Pensions, which said that the baker's latest bankruptcy filing is being blamed on the weak economy and costs tied to pension- and medical-benefit obligations resulting from...

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HRB prices consolidate gains

January 11, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ U.S. spot HRB price for January 9 rose 3.6 percent to $802 per ton, FOB the mill, for the fourth consecutive increase. The World export HRB price rose 1.6 percent to $629 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive time. The Western European HRB...

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Greer upgrades four rolling mills

January 10, 2012

Greer Steel, Dover, Ohio, a producer of cold-rolled steel strip to customer specifications, has completed significant upgrades on its 30-, 22-, and 18-in. rolling mills and its wire mill. The most significant upgrades were to the 30-in. rolling mill, including the following structural and...

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American Industrial Partners purchases Heil Trailer from Dover

January 10, 2012

American Industrial Partners, New York, a middle-market private equity group focused on acquiring and improving North American-headquartered industrial businesses, has purchased Heil Trailer Intl., Athens, Tenn., from Dover Corp. Heil Trailer is a global provider of engineered tank and specialty...

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Automating the deburring process - TheFabricator.com

Automating the deburring process

January 10, 2012 | By Mike Marshall

A good deburring process will provide you with that by removing sharp edges, thus producing a better finish. An edge that is properly finished lowers material handling costs and increases workplace safety. Finding the right machine and automating the process seamlessly may allow you to run your machines a little faster, increasing your output, lowering your costs, and most importantly adding profit to your bottom line.

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SMAW is in session - TheFabricator.com

SMAW is in session

January 10, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding educators discuss why SMAW still holds a relevant place within their classrooms and in today's high-tech industry.

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Fabrication automation - TheFabricator.com

Fabrication automation

January 10, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

Need help dealing with the skilled worker shortage? Eric Lundin, editor of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, interviewed several automated equipment manufacturers for their perspectives on automation for tube and pipe fabrication.

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3-D CAD: Project definition - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Project definition

January 10, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis focuses his 3-D CAD skill on designing a welding table. He invites readers to participate in the creation of this support structure.

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Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012 - TheFabricator.com

Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012

January 10, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Manufacturing technology consumption took an unprecedented dive during the recession, but since then the industry has bounced back dramatically. In the metal fabrication arena, most technology categories are experiencing some healthy gains, as reported by the 2012 Capital Spending Forecast, a study compiled by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.

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Roll reversal: From air feeds to servo roll feeds - TheFabricator.com

Roll reversal: From air feeds to servo roll feeds

January 10, 2012 | By Joe Fox, Mal Bollman

The air-powered gripper feed was once the standard press feeding device in most stamping operations. It was simple and cost- effective. Servo-powered roll feeds have emerged as an attractive alternative, especially as the technology has proven itself over the years and the cost has fallen with its wider adoption.

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