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Plasma beveling: What can today's machines deliver?

June 2, 2011 | By Rodney Plowe

Plasma beveling technology has progressed in recent years to the point where the degree of taper has been reduced greatly and the ability to achieve predictable results, cut after cut, is possible. Having said that, a knowledgeable equipment operator can have a tremendous impact on optimizing the equipment's performance.

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 Atlanta Attachment’s shop floor

The merits of a manufacturing hybrid

June 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Atlanta Precision Machine & Fabrication, a job shop launched in 2009, represents the latest venture of Atlanta Attachment Co., a made-to-order equipment manufacturer that has found success with diversification, both in the markets it serves and the services it offers, from basic fabrication to complete assembly.

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The FAB 40: Back to business

June 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The FAB 40 listing for 2011 indicates that metal fabricators are gearing up to cope with an expanding manufacturing economy.

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Metal fabricating by the numbers

June 1, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Did you happen to see the mentalfloss.com article posted May 31 on cnn.com about 10 interesting numbers in the U.S.? Among the numbers listed were 2.3 (milligrams of B1, the amount recommended during World War II for very active men after the Selective Service discovered that about one in seven...

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ISM May ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity growth slows

June 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 22nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 24th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued June 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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The race for stateside manufacturing

May 31, 2011 | By Tim Heston

My dad was the first to call when I got home. He’s a retired history professor, so he usually doesn’t have that much input on my job-related travels, but last week was different. I had driven to Advanced Technology Sales & Service, a Mitsubishi dealer in Greensboro, N.C. ATS held its grand...

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Wet benchtop saw measures 24 in. in all dimensions - TheFabricator.com

Wet benchtop saw measures 24 in. in all dimensions

May 31, 2011

Kalamazoo Industries' model K10WBT enclosed, wet cutting, benchtop abrasive saw offers manual operation. The 10-in.-dia. abrasive blade (not included) allows the machine to cut up to 1.5-in. solids and 2.5-in. pipe. The saw features a magnetic switch; an internal worklight; dual 3-in. vises;...

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Dust collectors for metalworking, mining handle airflows of 5,000 to 50,000 CFM

May 31, 2011

Donaldson Co. Inc. has introduced the VH series of Torit® brand PowerCore® dust collectors for applications with abrasive dust in the metalworking and mining markets. The collectors are designed to use up to 70 percent less floor space than some baghouses and cartridge collectors. No confined...

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CNC prototyping system designed for auto, motorcycle shop in-house fabrication

May 31, 2011

Torchmate's 2x2 CNC prototyping system brings computer-automated, repeatable prototyping functions to auto and motorcycle shops for in-house fabrication. In addition to its main function of prototyping suspension components, engine mounts, and other metal parts and accessories, the machine...

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Coe Press Equipment adds regional sales managers

May 31, 2011

Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced changes to its sales management staff. John Heuring has joined the company as regional sales manager after 11 years at Feed Lease Corp., where he most recently served as sales manager. In his new position, Heuring supervises distributors...

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Semiautomatic GMAW gun liners now offered on additional guns - TheFabricator.com

Semiautomatic GMAW gun liners now offered on additional guns

May 31, 2011

Tregaskiss is making its QUICK LOAD™ liners standard on TOUGH GUN™ and TGX™ semiautomatic GMAW guns as of July 2011. The liners have been standard on all TOUGH GUN robotic and automatic GMAW guns since 2010. The liners are installed from the front end of the GMAW gun in less...

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International Metallographic Society to appoint honorary CFO - TheFabricator.com

International Metallographic Society to appoint honorary CFO

May 31, 2011

The International Metallographic Society (IMS), an affiliate society of ASM International, will appoint David Rollings as honorary CFO in August. In the position, Rollings will be responsible for developing IMS's annual budget, making financial projections, and managing its corporate support...

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Hardness testers introduced - TheFabricator.com

Hardness testers introduced

May 31, 2011

The MicroMet 6000 series, a new class of dead-weight microindentation Vickers/Knoop hardness testers, is available from Buehler. The unit's hybrid user interface combines a touchscreen LCD for setup and data entry with hard-switch buttons for daily operation. A tabbed menu structure enables...

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Ergonomic manipulator available in load capacities of 330, 550, and 880 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Ergonomic manipulator available in load capacities of 330, 550, and 880 lbs.

May 31, 2011

The pneumatically powered Famatec Friendly ergonomic manipulator from Haeco counterbalances heavy loads to allow an operator to suspend, rotate, tilt, and transfer product with precision and reduced effort. Equipped with appropriate end-of-arm tooling, three different models offer load...

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Macsteel renamed by Brazilian owner

May 31, 2011

Gerdau S.A., Brazilian owner of Macsteel, Jackson, Mich., has changed the company's official name from Gerdau Macsteel to Gerdau Special Steel North America. The new name coincides with the 110th anniversary of Gerdau's founding and an accompanying companywide rebranding. "We saw this anniversary...

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