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Wheeled, extendable light tower for use in hazardous locations introduced

July 18, 2011

Larson Electronics' Magnalight.com has announced the production of a new line of light towers for use in hazardous locations. The HAL-2X400MCE extendable light tower incorporates a tilting-base design that allows operators to extend the unit to its full height with reduced effort. Two 400-W metal...

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Chicago Tube and Iron announces completion of merger with Olympic Steel

July 18, 2011

Olympic Steel Inc., Cleveland, and Chicago Tube and Iron Co. (CTI), Romeoville, Ill., have completed their previously announced merger transaction, with Olympic acquiring all of the outstanding shares of CTI. Donald R. McNeeley, Ph.D., will continue as president and CEO of CTI following the...

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Hydraulic sheet, plate rolls require no belts or extra gear-driving mechanisms - TheFabricator.com

Hydraulic sheet, plate rolls require no belts or extra gear-driving mechanisms

July 18, 2011

COMEQ offers 31 models of Americor hydraulic sheet and plate rolls in standard capacities from 3 ft. by 13 ga. to 10 ft. by 0.313 in. The machines are available in three-roll, single-initial-pinch and four-roll, double-pinch styles. Also available are two special four-roll, double-pinch models...

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Tube facing, cutting tools intended for use with 316 stainless, carbon, titanium, most nickel-based alloys - TheFabricator.com

Tube facing, cutting tools intended for use with 316 stainless, carbon, titanium, most nickel-based alloys

July 18, 2011

Swagelok® has added four new tube facing tools and one new cutting tool to its product line. The tools are intended for use with 316 stainless steel, carbon steel, titanium, and most nickel-based alloys. The tube facing tools produce flat, smooth, square, burr-free, and chamfer-free tube...

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Nordfab Ducting becomes independent operation

July 18, 2011

After years of being tied operationally to a sister dust-collection company, Nordfab Ducting now operates independently as Nordfab LLC. The company, which manufactures clamp-together ducting for dust, mist, and fume collection, now operates with management, financial, and software systems...

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Bunting Magnetics names new CFO - TheFabricator.com

Bunting Magnetics names new CFO

July 18, 2011

Bunting® Magnetics Co., a manufacturer of magnetic assemblies and equipment in Newton, Kan., has hired Jana L. Davis as its new CFO. She is responsible for all the financial operations for the company and its wholly owned subsidiary Magnet Applications Group Ltd. (MAGL). Davis has more than...

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STI/SPFA presents steel water storage tank seminars

July 18, 2011

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., will present it steel water storage tank seminar Aug. 26 in Lisle, Ill., and Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif. Speakers will present criteria for selection and design of water storage tanks with special focus...

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End caps lock securely onto threads until removed by pulling tab and breaking seal - TheFabricator.com

End caps lock securely onto threads until removed by pulling tab and breaking seal

July 18, 2011

Mocap's tear-tab caps are designed to fit over threaded tubing, rods, and fittings. They are suitable for use as shipping caps, end caps, pipe caps, product protection, and thread protectors. The inner rings lock the cap securely onto threads until the cap is removed by pulling the tab and...

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Quick-trim flap discs allow full use of flaps - TheFabricator.com

Quick-trim flap discs allow full use of flaps

July 18, 2011

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced two new Norton quick-trim flap discs for the metal fabricating industry. Both feature a new, flexible, easily trimmed plastic back plate, allowing full use of the flaps. The plastic backing can be trimmed back to expose the flaps to help extend product life....

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Flux-cored wire designed for hot, fill, cap pass welding on up to X70 grade pipe - TheFabricator.com

Flux-cored wire designed for hot, fill, cap pass welding on up to X70 grade pipe

July 18, 2011

For fully automated pipe welding applications, Lincoln Electric has introduced Pipeliner® 81M, a gas-shielded, flux-cored (FCAW-G) wire designed for hot, fill, and cap pass welding on up to X70 grade pipe. The wire is suitable for automated pipe welding applications that require consistent...

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The benefits of technical certification in metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

The benefits of technical certification in metal fabrication

July 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

The prototype shop at International Gaming Technologies employs serious talent. They take a sheet metal part through the entire fabrication process, from laser cutting and bending to welding and grinding. To qualify for a job here requires technical knowhow about a variety of manufacturing processes. This is why management has decided to use FMA’s Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification as a benchmark.

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Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication

July 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Jacob Melton quit his desk job in Chicago, drove home to Houston, and with his father bought a metal fabrication company. Several years later, even after a severe recession, it turns out that was a smart career move.

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Adventures in metal sculpture - TheFabricator.com

Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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Skilled Worker Whitepaper

July 16, 2011

By: Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. ®

America’s Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century propelled economic development and served as the springboard for this nation to become a world power. Sadly, a number of factors since post-World War II led to a manufacturing malaise that knocked the USA off this lofty production perch.

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Skilled at what, exactly?

July 15, 2011 | By Dan Davis

My recent note in the July 2011 edition of the "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter resulted in a nice exchange of e-mails with readers. I wrote about The FABRICATOR's 2011 What Keeps You up at Night? survey and noted that even with the overall concern about the economy, which also was the No. 1...

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