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Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes -

Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes

July 8, 2011 | By David Bell

Today's job shops must be prepared to deal with a variety of materials for fabrication and welding. As each material may require a different mixed shielding gas for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), familiarize yourself with these gases and the most efficient supply methods for various applications.

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Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer -

Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer

July 8, 2011 | By John Karpus

Precise assist gas delivery is essential in CO2 laser cutting. The resonator is a key component, especially if gas delivery will be uninterrupted for unattended machine operation. Assist gas volume and pressure also must be appropriate for the application to ensure the best results.

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5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about -

5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about

July 8, 2011 | By David Veverka

Modern wire-feeding technology can boost welders' performances and overall productivity. If they are working with old feeding equipment, disadvantage

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One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table -

One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table

July 8, 2011 | By Douglas Shuda

The fiber laser and plasma systems share similar delivery systems. Neither require any kind of optical alignment between the power source and cutting head. The two thermal cutting processes share many similarities, from an integration standpoint, which is why the two now can be integrated onto a single cutting table.

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Toll processor far from finished -

Toll processor far from finished

July 8, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Becky and Michael Miniea purchased processing company that was in dire financial straits in the months after 9/11, and with a commitment offerings and its customers, Specialty Metals Processing is now in a position to survive whatever this economy can throw at it.

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Choosing the best transfer solution -

Choosing the best transfer solution

July 8, 2011 | By Doug Knapke

Servo transfer modules can help transform unused stamping press capacity into a viable metal forming resource. However, before a stamper can explore this newfound capability, it needs to determine just what type of transfer technology makes sense.

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Divine Rolling -

Induction key to complex beam rolling job

July 8, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Shop rolls beams for a unique place of worship--using an unusual process Abstract: Hardwick Co., a rolling shop in Birmingham, Ala., used its unusual induction beam rolling process to form beams into complex shapes involving multiple radii. Without such capability, the impressive design of the Ave Maria Oratory would not have been possible.

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The skilled worker’s pursuit of happiness

July 5, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This week’s pomp, sparkle, and pyrotechnics celebrated, among other things, Jefferson’s inspirational sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty...

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5 pitfalls to avoid when implementing SMED -

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 -

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 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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