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The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art - TheFabricator.com

The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art

February 1, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

A community college motorsports fabrication instructor finds common ground in race car fabrication, metal art.

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New year, new welding helmets - TheFabricator.com

New year, new welding helmets

February 1, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Taking a closer look at a few new welding helmets.

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What's driving these industries? - TheFabricator.com

What's driving the tube/pipe industry?

February 1, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

Interviews with several TUBE expo exhibitors reveal that two booming industries throughout the world are energy extraction and automobile production. Although some industries are expected to lag in 2012, notably the U.S. housing construction sector, on balance the year is expected to be stable for the tube and pipe production and fabrication industries.

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No holes in modern laser cutting story - TheFabricator.com

No holes in modern laser cutting story

February 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Fabricators want to process metal parts with the least amount of handling as possible. As a result, they are always looking to maximize the capabilities of their equipment. One example is the use of laser cutting equipment to produce high-tolerance holes in a speedy manner, instead of taking metal blanks to a secondary station for additional holemaking activities. Advancements in drive system and piercing technology have given fabricators a chance to raise their hole-cutting capabilities while the sheet remains in the laser cutting bed.

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Tube bending, the lean way - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending, the lean way

February 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

A Wisconsin tube bending shop takes an untraditional approach to the traditional job schedule--and thrives because of it.

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Fabricating tight ships on a tight deadline - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating tight ships on a tight deadline

February 1, 2012

For Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of the Great Lakes Towing Co., located on the Cuyahoga River’s Old River Channel just off of Lake Erie, one order posed the ship designer and fabricator’s biggest challenge in recent history: designing and fabricating not one but two aluminum ships, something the company had yet to do.

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More than a metal fabricator - a problem solver - TheFabricator.com

More than a metal fabricator - a problem solver

February 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

The management team at Airtronics, San Jose, Calif., has seen the manufacturing landscape change greatly over the last 25 years. Plenty of computer and seminconductor work has gone overseas, and the fabrication work that remains is much lower in complex. That's why the company moved away from a contract manufacturer mentality to one of a shop that can provide expert design and value-added services. The results are paying off with new customers and hope for a bright future.

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Evaluating drawing lubricants - TheFabricator.com

Evaluating drawing lubricants

February 1, 2012 | By James Brooks

Chlorinated lubricants, which have been phased out in Canada and Europe, are still used in many metal-forming applications in the U.S. This class of lubricants is under scrutiny in the U.S., so it makes sense to test alternative lubricants now. Evaluating a lubricant for drawing tube requires much more than simply measuring the draw load during a pull. A comprehensive test evaluates ease of cleaning and finished tube quality also.

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Simufact expands team with new head of R&D

January 31, 2012

Simufact Engineering GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, a provider of software and services for process simulation in manufacturing, has hired Dr. Ralph Bernhardt as its new head of research and development. In this position, he drives strategic and long-term topics in the R&D area, focusing on alliances...

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Erdrich Umformtechnik to open plant in Georgia

January 31, 2012

Erdrich Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, a German automotive supplier, will construct a $39 million metal stamping facility in Dublin, Ga., creating 178 jobs. Erdrich is a midsized, family-owned company that produces complex metal parts and subassemblies for the automotive industry. The company...

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JK Lasers appoints sales director

January 31, 2012

As part of its global expansion plans, industrial laser manufacturer JK Lasers, Bedford, Mass., has appointed Andrew Dodd as the new sales director for North America. With 28 years of experience in the industrial laser industry, Dodd is responsible for sales and technical support. Before joining...

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Marlin Steel adds laser cutting machine

January 31, 2012

Marlin Steel, a producer of sheet metal products and custom wire baskets in Baltimore, has installed a new laser cutting machine. The new laser joins the company's robots, 138-ton press brake, and 20-ton sheet metal punch press. Marlin Steel supplies precision metal fabrication to customers such...

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DeWys Mfg. adds new laser

January 31, 2012

DeWys Mfg., a metal fabrication company in Marne, Mich., has installed an Amada Pulsar 2415 aIV NT production laser system. The machine replaces an older turret punch press. According to the company, the laser can turn around short-run production jobs quickly without affecting the promised...

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Leadership Summit keynote speakers to discuss how to navigate the changing market

January 30, 2012

Compelling and educational keynote addresses covering the vital role of manufacturing in the economy, new technology, and tactics to identify and target new markets and customers will highlight The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 7th Annual Metal Matters, Feb. 29-March 2, in Scottsdale, Ariz.....

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Superior Pneumatic celebrates 80th anniversary

January 30, 2012

Superior Pneumatic & Mfg., Cleveland, marks its 80th year in business in 2012. Founded in 1932 during the Hoover presidency, the company manufactures tools including air hammers, needle scalers, air grinders, and fire safety rescue kits for applications from welding to boat building....

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