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Prab acquires Envirodyne

July 15, 2008

Prab Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich., along with its sister company Hapman and through its parent company Kalamazoo Acquisition Corp., has acquired Envirodyne Technologies, Kalamazoo. The acquired Envirodyne...

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Single beam system folds negative

Bending up and down, no flipping required

July 15, 2008

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Folding advancements allow a single beam to fold in both positive, negative directions.

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CAD system CNC tube bending

From the CAD station to the production floor

July 15, 2008

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Conventional tube bending data, regardless of format, is entered manually and therefore susceptible to errors. A modern approach involves using a CAD system to generate a STEP file, which the CAD program exports directly to the bending machine. This method is fast and eliminates errors. The drawback is that such a system requires additional database management efforts.

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Full contour fixture tube fabrication

Will your tube pass a dimensional inspection?

July 15, 2008

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Verifying that tube was bent correctly is not as simple as it sounds. Bending specifications and tolerances aren't cut-and-dried, but are open to interpretation. The fabricator, the end user, and the check fixture designer might have three different perspectives on specifications and tolerances. Achieving a consensus is critical for designing and manufacturing a check fixture.

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Metal Cutting Tools

Making sense of metal cutting technologies

July 15, 2008

This article was developed from the Comparative Cutting Panel conducted at the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's Metal Matters conference in Orlando, Fla., March 2008. The participants included Rick Neff (Cincinnati Incorporated), Chris Maier (Flow International), Jeff Hahn (MC Machinery Systems Inc./Mitsubishi Laser), Ron Schneider (Messer MG Systems & Welding Inc.), and Al Julian (W.A. Whitney Co., a division of MegaFab).

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This InBev's for you

July 14, 2008

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Two recent news items give a great juxtaposition, at least in my mind. One shows the price of globalization; the other shows the benefits.First, the price. The board of Anheuser-Busch Cos., a St. Louis institutionand a large employer of welders and other metal fabricators working in its breweries...

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A different perspective on U.S. manufacturing

July 11, 2008

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Never let it be said that I don"t read most of what comes across my desk.I was perusing the 2007 annual report for Fraunhofer USA, the Plymouth, Mich.-based arm of the German research organization, and I came across the farewell address from Dennis Tsichritzis. He was leaving the Fraunhofer family...

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Bionic boomers

July 9, 2008

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Last week I met with my orthopedic surgeon to discuss my upcoming hip replacement procedure. I'm one of the growing numbers, particularly those in the 45 to 64 age group (baby boomers), who are having joint replacement surgery.I'm not a newbie when it comes to this surgery. My left hip...

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The economy and the power of hindsight

July 8, 2008

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Reading the campaign news this week, I was reminded of a West Wing episode years back when the president"s personal aide, Charlie Young, asks what President Bartlet was doing. The president replied, I"m doing basically what the president does: Asking people for things, and then thanking them.He...

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FMA wins ASAE's 2008 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence

July 8, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) is one of only 11 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the third round of the 2008 Associations Advance America (AAA)...

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Commemorating history—Creating a legacy

July 2, 2008

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It's July, and here in the U.S., we're planning our Independence Day, celebrations. July 4 is an important day in our nation's history. On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and set the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign...

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AK Steel named to S&P 500

July 2, 2008

AK Steel has been added to Standard and Poor's S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Steel Sub-Industry index."Being added to the S&P 500 is a proud milestone in the complete...

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3-D CAD Modeling Figure 1a

Getting a handle on 3-D CAD modeling

July 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides the reader with a brief overview of some of the handy 3-D CAD tools he uses when doing basic modeling techniques.

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Xiris Automation appoints vice president

July 1, 2008

Xiris Automation Inc., Toronto, a producer of optical quality control equipment, has appointed Pierre Huot as vice president.Huot is involved in several of the company's sales, marketing, strategic...

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Nuclear energy not going to waste

June 30, 2008

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Reading news of the campaign trail last week, I recalled a park cookout I attended years ago while visiting a friend in West Lafayette, Ind. The conversations there weren"t normal, and not your typical neighborhood get-together talk. These people, including my friend, were nuclear engineering...

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