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The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding - TheFabricator.com

The robotic eye watches over heavy fabrication welding

October 20, 2011 | By Mark Oxlade

Automated welding of heavy fabrications presents a whole new challenge when compared to robotic welding of thin-gauge components. The weldments, of course, are much larger. The joints in these types of fabrications are deeper and require multiple passes of the welding torch. The fabrications are likely to absorb more heat because of those multiple passes. Luckily, robotic sensors and advanced computing power can take some of this complexity out of the process.

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Fabricator takes a team approach to job management - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator takes a team approach to job management

October 20, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Anderson Dahlen is a precision sheet metal job shop. It’s an industrial contractor that designs and fabricates entire systems for the processing sector, everything from mixing systems for the chemical industry to holding tanks for dairy plants. It also fabricates architectural metal for commercial construction. In other words, the company doesn’t fit neatly into one category. Managers know this, which is why they’ve developed a unique approach to job management that centers on teams

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Manufacturers to unemployed: We are hiring

October 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

“There are no longer any great jobs where someone else tells you precisely what to do.” That’s a quote from bestselling author Seth Godin from his latest book, Linchpin, in which he describes how the best, most satisfied workers these days have become indispensible. They take initiative,...

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Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic celebrates 25th anniversary

October 18, 2011

Swiss company Bystronic, a supplier of lasers, press brakes, waterjets, software, and automation equipment for sheet metal processing, marks its 25th anniversary this year. In light of this, the company celebrated the milestone over a three week period in September at its world headquarters in...

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Vero Software, Planit Holdings merge - TheFabricator.com

Vero Software, Planit Holdings merge

October 17, 2011

Vero Software, Gloucestershire, U.K., a provider of CAD/CAM/CAE systems for the tooling industry, has announced its merger with Planit Holdings, Kent, U.K., a developer of CAD/CAM software for the production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, and woodworking sectors. The Planit Group...

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Banner Metals Group marks 90 years in business

October 17, 2011

Banner Metals Group, Columbus, Ohio, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Founded in 1921 as the Banner Die, Tool, and Stamping Co., the business provided tools and dies to numerous industries. In 1999 the company was renamed the Banner Stamping Co. to focus on the manufacture of precision...

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Prima Industrie forms Prima Electro North America

October 17, 2011

Prima Industrie has announced the formation of Prima Electro North America. The new organization, based in Chicopee, Mass., and led by Terry VanderWert, president, was formed by the merger of the former Convergent Laser Division of Prima North America and is the result of the organizational changes...

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Modular forming system delivers high force in limited space - TheFabricator.com

Modular forming system delivers high force in limited space

October 17, 2011

Hyson Products, a business of Barnes Group Inc., has released its modular Di-Dro Advanced forming system. This hydraulic pressure system enables metal formers to use high force in areas where space is limited. Applicable in both upper and lower operations, its low-contact and delayed-return...

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Angle grinder delivers 2,000 W of power - TheFabricator.com

Angle grinder delivers 2,000 W of power

October 17, 2011

Metabo Corp. offers the W2000 7-in. angle grinder. The unit delivers 2,000 W of power for cutting, grinding, and sanding applications. Equipped with a 7-in. wheel guard, the grinder features a 15-amp motor, 89 in.-lbs. of torque, and a no-load speed of 8,500 RPM. It includes a simplified on/off...

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Electric lift trucks have tight turning radius, low center of gravity - TheFabricator.com

Electric lift trucks have tight turning radius, low center of gravity

October 17, 2011

The QX series is Nissan Forklift Corp.'s newest addition to its Platinum family of electric lift trucks. The series includes four models with capacities from 4,000 to 6,000 lbs., using 80-V, 100 percent AC power. The trucks feature a tight turning radius and low center of gravity. The standard...

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PennEngineering named official licensee for REMINC

October 17, 2011

PennEngineering®, a manufacturer of fasteners for electronics, industrial, and aerospace applications in Danboro, Pa., has been named as an official Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. (REMINC) licensee for TRILOBULAR™ and REMFORM™ thread-forming fasteners. Both fastener families...

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K&M Machine Fabricating hires operations manager

October 17, 2011

K&M Machine Fabricating Inc., Cassopolis, Mich., a provider of outsourced fabricating and machining services to the construction equipment, mining equipment, and power-generation industries, has hired Bart Hatch as operations manager. Before joining the company, Hatch worked for Whirlpool...

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Plasma cutting system consumables designed for extended life

October 17, 2011

Hypertherm now offers Centricut consumables for Kaliburn Spirit and ProLine plasma cutting systems. According to the manufacturer, laboratory testing shows the life expectancy of the consumables is two to three times longer than that of OEM consumables when cutting at 275 amps and below, and more...

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Pferd names new director of sales

October 17, 2011

Pferd Inc., a producer of abrasive products, cutting tools, brushes, and power tools in Leominster, Mass., and the U.S. subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, has announced the appointment of Mark Noe as director of sales. In this newly created position, Noe is...

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The power of positive thinking

October 13, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I've been in metal fabricating shops where company managers are open with information and make it a point to communicate regularly with their employees. Boy, does that make a difference. Even in the most trying of times—the first half of 2009, for example—this type of commitment kept everyone...

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