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Fiber-guided, solid-state laser cuts construction steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals - TheFabricator.com

Fiber-guided, solid-state laser cuts construction steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and nonferrous metals

December 6, 2011

TRUMPF Inc.'s TruLaser 5030 fiber, with a TruDisk fiber-guided solid-state laser, is designed for cutting parts out of thin sheet material at high speeds. In fusion cutting of stainless steel up to 0.16 in. thick, the fiber achieves feed rates up to three times faster than the CO2 version,...

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CNC press brake accommodates all types of punches and dies with appropriate adapters - TheFabricator.com

CNC press brake accommodates all types of punches and dies with appropriate adapters

December 6, 2011

The latest version of Bystronic's midrange Xact CNC-synchronized press brake incorporates the Windows® XP 2-D graphics-based Cybelec DNC 880S control system, capable of selecting bend sequences automatically. The press brake, which features an optional four-axis backgauge, allows standard...

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Aluminum welding machine incorporates pulsed GMAW capabilities - TheFabricator.com

Aluminum welding machine incorporates pulsed GMAW capabilities

December 6, 2011

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s new AlumaPower™ 450 MPa is a dedicated aluminum welding machine with built-in synergic pulsed GMAW capabilities designed to help increase power while maintaining ease of use. The machine, rated at 450 amps at 100 percent duty cycle, offers a simple interface and...

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Thermadyne names Built With Class contest winners

December 6, 2011

St. Louis-based Thermadyne® has announced the winners of its Built With Class welding contest. The contest was open to all students who were currently enrolled in a welding instructional program at a secondary, postsecondary, technical, or vocational school. In the beginner student category,...

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Lincoln Electric sponsors AWS's Careers in Welding trailer - TheFabricator.com

Lincoln Electric sponsors AWS's Careers in Welding trailer

December 6, 2011

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, is partnering with the American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, to provide a hands-on welding experience to help attract new people to the profession. As part of this partnership, Lincoln Electric recently provided VRTEX® 360 virtual reality arc welders for...

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Lean thinking: Quality first, delivery second, price third

December 5, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This week I’m at LeanFAB, a Charlotte, N.C., lean manufacturing conference organized by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. When I pulled into the hotel parking lot this evening, I noticed a truck hauling equipment with a familiar logo: Vermeer, a Pella, Iowa, construction equipment...

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Family feud: Fighting the negative image of manufacturing

December 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis

How pervasive is the push to try and channel everyone into college? Check out this story. During an interview I had with a very successful job shop owner in November, we began talking about the dearth of qualified manufacturing talent in the local area. The owner lamented how the educational...

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Biselado con plasma: ¿qué pueden dar las máquinas de la actualidad? - TheFabricator.com

Biselado con plasma: ¿qué pueden dar las máquinas de la actualidad?

December 1, 2011 | By Rodney Plowe

Como puede decírselo cualquier fabricante de metal, un taller es tan eficiente como todos sus procesos en conjunto—no sólo uno.

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3-D CAD: Document management and revision control - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Document management and revision control

November 30, 2011 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis offers fabricators guidance in dealing with an engineering change order to a 3-D CAD model.

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Tube end forming system enhanced to reduce long-term maintenance requirements - TheFabricator.com

Tube end forming system enhanced to reduce long-term maintenance requirements

November 27, 2011

The new model M11-E-6 tube end forming system from Manchester Tool & Die Inc. offers low sound levels, average power savings of 83 percent, and setup savings of 67 percent, says the company, with numerous end forms available for programming. An average increase in production capacity of 15...

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Waterjet cutting machine has extended tank, three independently controlled heads - TheFabricator.com

Waterjet cutting machine has extended tank, three independently controlled heads

November 27, 2011

WARDJet's ZX-2546 waterjet cutting machine has an extended tank and cross-beam design to enable triple-head cutting while allowing for single-head cutting of a full 8- by 12-ft. sheet. Each of the three heads is controlled independently by its own AC servomotor. This allows for independent...

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Salvagnini fiber lasers include SigmaNEST software

November 27, 2011

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, has announced that its SigmaNEST® software is being employed on the Salvagnini fiber laser cutting system. The software provides part nesting features to help reduce scrap and increase productivity, the company states....

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Techni Waterjet-ANCA form partnership

November 27, 2011

Techni Waterjet, Shawnee Mission, Kan., has signed the ANCA Group as its new equity partner. With the agreement, ANCA takes a 25 percent share in Techni over the next two years, with options to develop a closer partnership in the future. ANCA is a developer of CNC technology and a manufacturer of...

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Thin cutoff wheels suitable for cutting steel sheet, tube stock

November 27, 2011

Pferd offers 0.045-in.-thick T-SGP cutoff wheels in diameters of 4.5, 5, and 6 in. Suitable for cutting steel sheet and tube stock, the flat wheels feature a 0.875-in. arbor hole and offer low vibration and smooth cutting performance, according to the company. The new wheel is part of the...

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Punch tooling holders designed to fit all styles of A and B station thick-turret assemblies - TheFabricator.com

Punch tooling holders designed to fit all styles of A and B station thick-turret assemblies

November 27, 2011

Wilson Tool International® has introduced patent-pending EXP™ punch technology. According to the company, it is the first tooling to offer standard holders with universal punches. The punch holders are designed to fit in all styles of A and B station thick-turret assemblies. This...

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