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5 pitfalls to avoid when implementing SMED - TheFabricator.com

5 pitfalls to avoid when implementing SMED

July 5, 2011 | By Drew Locher

Single-minute exchange of dies is a lean manufacturing concept that has grown beyond the world of metal forming. It now stands for any lean exercise that attempts to reduce changeover time to single-digit minutes. In implementing such a program, manufacturing managers need to understand the common pitfalls that plague these efforts.

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Plate milling 101 - TheFabricator.com

Plate milling 101

July 5, 2011 | By Chason Thompson

Heavy plate fabricators drill and mill plate to achieve tight tolerances. But these metal cutting tools exert significant forces on the workpiece vibration, particularly in large workpieces such as plate. When machining in general and especially in large plate, three major factors work together: cutting tool selection, milling strategy, and workpiece setup.

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Metals industry faces major OSHA crackdown, veteran OSHA defense attorney warns

June 30, 2011

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is getting tough on hazards in the so-called primary metals industries, and this means just about any plant that extracts or refines metals like iron, lead, nickel or tin will face multiple OSHA inspections, wrote LeClairRyan attorney Joseph...

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Fronius announces plans for new U.S. headquarters in Portage, Ind.

June 30, 2011

Austria-based Fronius International GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of battery charging systems, welding technology, and solar electronics, has announced plans to launch its U.S. headquarters in Portage, Ind., in the third quarter of 2012. Indiana Governor Mitchell E. Daniels and Portage Mayor...

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'A small bit of good news'

June 29, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Among the headlines on msnb.com today was one that stood out as some very positive news for manufacturing: 'Manufacturing companies returning to U.S.' The linked article title, “Surging China costs forces some U.S. manufacturing companies back home," had me fist pumping a la Maria Sharapova at...

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Technology, for better or worse

June 28, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

An Indiana man was arrested June 22 for sending lewd messages to a minor via cell phone. Considering all the recent publicity surrounding former Rep. Anthony Weiner and the photo he broadcast via Twitter, it’s not a big surprise that a man used a phone for such a purpose. However, the story about...

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Hypertherm named "Business of the Year" by Business NH Magazine

June 28, 2011

Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of metal cutting products, has announced its selection as a 2011 Business of the Year by Business New Hampshire Magazine. The award recognizes businesses for outstanding business and civic contributions. One of nine New Hampshire businesses honored,...

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Powered air-purifying respirator features NIOSH-approved HE filter - TheFabricator.com

Powered air-purifying respirator features NIOSH-approved HE filter

June 27, 2011

Kimberly-Clark Professional offers the new Jackson Safety brand R60 Airmax powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR). It features a NIOSH-approved HE filter that locks into place for particulate contaminants. According to the manufacturer, the PAPR can help provide protection in accordance with...

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Autodarkening welding helmet equipped with grind mode - TheFabricator.com

Autodarkening welding helmet equipped with grind mode

June 27, 2011

Weldmark® has introduced the 8VS9-13H autodarkening welding helmet. Its internal filter offers shades from 9 to 13, with customizable sensitivity and delay adjustments. It also is equipped with grind mode for visibility and safety. The helmet offers a 5-amp GTAW rating and features a...

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Marmon/Keystone expands Monterrey operation

June 27, 2011

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., has doubled the size of its Monterrey, Mexico, location to a total of 54,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space. The company also has added to the plan two cranes and a Hyd-Mech 20-in., automatic, high-speed band with miter cutting capabilities. The company, a wholesale...

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Stainless steel water coolers provide long-term cooling in GTAW, GMAW, and plasma cutting applications - TheFabricator.com

Stainless steel water coolers provide long-term cooling in GTAW, GMAW, and plasma cutting applications

June 27, 2011

Weldcraft offers six models of stainless steel water coolers, designed to provide consistent, long-term cooling in GTAW, GMAW, and plasma cutting applications. Each of the water coolers is available in 115- and 230-V models and operates on single-phase power. The 2500SS and 2502SS water coolers...

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Burning table HMI introduced - TheFabricator.com

Burning table HMI introduced

June 27, 2011

Walker Magnetics has introduced what it says is the first human-machine interface (HMI) for burning table applications. The system has a touchscreen panel operator interface, mimicking modern CNC panels. Multiple screens give the operator a visual of all system functions, providing instant...

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Endress+Hauser opens manufacturing plant in Indiana - TheFabricator.com

Endress+Hauser opens manufacturing plant in Indiana

June 27, 2011

Endress+Hauser has opened a new temperature instrument production facility in Greenwood, Ind. The 12,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant builds temperature sensors, thermowells, transmitters, recorders, flow computers, safety barriers, displays, and other instrumentation for customers in North and...

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500-W fiber laser suitable for cutting metals up to 0.12 in. thick

June 27, 2011

JK Lasers, part of the GSI Group, has added the JK500FL to its range of fiber lasers. With features including 500-W CW output power, single-mode beam quality, and patented back reflection protection, the fiber laser can process a variety of materials with high accuracy and at a quick rate, the...

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Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. names new president

June 27, 2011

Toyota has announced that Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc. (TIEM), Irvine, Calif., has named a new president. Toshiya Yamagishi is now president of TIEM, as well as president of Toyota Industries North America Inc.; vice chairman of Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) of Columbus,...

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