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Blue Giant opens stocking location near Los Angeles

January 30, 2012

Blue Giant Equipment Corp., Brampton, Ont., has opened a new, 22,000-sq.-ft. dock equipment and parts stocking location near Los Angeles in response to increased demand in the western U.S. The company provides loading dock and material handling equipment including dock levelers, vehicle...

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Exodus to grow in response to distribution alliance with Caterpillar

January 30, 2012

Exodus Machines has announced plans to expand its material handling machine manufacturing operations in Superior, Wis. The announcement comes after Exodus formed an alliance with Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., to sell the machines exclusively through the Caterpillar distribution network. Exodus...

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Quality Die Set expands in Indiana

January 30, 2012

Flora, Ind.-based Quality Die Set Corp. has added about $200,000 in new equipment to its stamping production line. The expansion has resulted in nine new jobs, and the company plans to add another six to its employees this year, doubling its workforce size from a year ago. The growth is largely a...

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Power brushes engineered for use on 4.5 in., right-angle grinders - TheFabricator.com

Power brushes engineered for use on 4.5 in., right-angle grinders

January 26, 2012

Weiler Corp. offers wire brushes engineered for use on 4.5-in., right-angle grinders. The 4.5-in. Mini-Roughneck stringer bead wheel features a high knot count and short trim length. The Dually™ 4.5-in. weld cleaning brush features a dual-hex nut design to simplify periodic flipping of...

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Machine guards unaffected by power outages, electrical problems

January 26, 2012

WireCrafters machine guards and physical barriers protect personnel from the dangers of automated equipment. The bolt-through and lift-out guarding system can be integrated with access doors and interlocks. The guard is unaffected by power outages or electrical problems. According to the company,...

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Custom bulldozer presses allow operator to stand close to bed - TheFabricator.com

Custom bulldozer presses allow operator to stand close to bed

January 26, 2012

Beckwood Press Co. offers custom bulldozer hydraulic presses that allow the operator to stand close to the bed. The horizontal-acting machines are designed for any size, stroke, or configuration. Each press is equipped with bolster supports and elongated ram slide bushings for stability and can...

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Double-column mitering band saw designed for structural, solid, and difficult materials - TheFabricator.com

Double-column mitering band saw designed for structural, solid, and difficult materials

January 26, 2012

Kalamazoo Machine Tool's model H6A-NC double-column mitering band saw is a fully automatic machine designed for the production of structural, solid, and difficult materials. The machine is fully programmable to enable serial cutting of various lengths, sizes, blade speeds, and quantities and to...

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Arc flash protection system detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear

January 26, 2012

ABB's new TVOC-2 Arc Guard System™ protects equipment and personnel from arcs and helps prolong the life cycle of equipment. The safety device detects faults in low- and medium-voltage switchgear. According to the manufacturer, the unit clears an arc within an extremely short time, reducing the...

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Electric coil form machine handles round, flat-tube coils up to 60 in. wide, 9.84 ft. long - TheFabricator.com

Electric coil form machine handles round, flat-tube coils up to 60 in. wide, 9.84 ft. long

January 26, 2012

Burr Oak Tool Inc. offers an electric coil form machine for producing bends in single-row coils or multiple single-row coils joined at one end. The machine handles round and flat-tube coils up to 60 in. wide and 9.84 ft. long for large, commercial HVAC/R applications. A single, vertically...

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Automatic slitting system supports up to 10 cuts at 0.250 in. - TheFabricator.com

Automatic slitting system supports up to 10 cuts at 0.250 in.

January 26, 2012

Red Bud Industries has introduced a fully automated, CNC programmable slitting head. The Auto Slitter can be used with the company's multiblanking and slitting lines. The operator enters the part or strip width and material specifications into the computer, and the slitting head sets itself up...

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Automated barrier door introduced

January 26, 2012

Frommelt Safety has introduced the Guardian Defender automated barrier door for guarding machinery, containing processes, and protecting employees from robotic and machine movement zones. Features include patent-pending upgrades to its noncontact safety switch configuration, control systems, and...

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Multimode robotic blast system prepares ID, OD surfaces of hollow-shaft components - TheFabricator.com

Multimode robotic blast system prepares ID, OD surfaces of hollow-shaft components

January 26, 2012

Guyson Corp. has designed and built a robotic pressure-blast machine that operates either as a seven-axis rotary table surface preparation system or as a horizontal roller-blasting system for preparing ID and OD surfaces of hollow-shaft components. The multiple-mode concept eliminates the need...

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HRB prices on an uptrend

January 26, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for January 23 rose 2.6 percent to $662 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 1.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive rise. The World export HRB price rose 2.2 percent to $643 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fourth...

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Advice for Ken about his welding career

January 25, 2012 | By Vicki Bell

Are you among those who "like" The FABRICATOR page on Facebook? If so, you may have seen the January 11 post from Kenny Johnson, who wrote: "Where does everyone see the future of fabrication in the U.S.? Certified welders, or welders with degrees but no certifications? I ask this because I am...

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Busy times, busy shops

January 24, 2012 | By Tim Heston

I started this year with a spurt of shop visits-- a sorry excuse for my lack of blogging, but there it is. One high-mix, low-volume job shop is beginning the process of reorganizing its machines into cells: a sheet metal cutting machine next to a brake, next to hardware insertion. In a bold move,...

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