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Fab-Line Machinery announces management appointment

January 9, 2012

Fab-Line Machinery LLC, St. Charles, Ill., has appointed Tom Millen as eastern regional manager and plasma product manager. He has more than 15 years of experience in the fabrication industry. In this position, Millen assists in developing and supporting the distributor network for the...

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Marmon/Keystone promotes president, vice president

January 9, 2012

Marmon/Keystone, a wholesale distributor of tubular products in Butler, Pa., has announced the promotion of two executives. J.T. "Tim" Spatafore, former executive vice president of branch operations, has been named president of Marmon/Keystone LLC. He joined the company in 1973 and has served as a...

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Rotary scrap choppers introduced - TheFabricator.com

Rotary scrap choppers introduced

January 9, 2012

Red Bud Industries has introduced dual helical scrap choppers. They are offered on the company's slitting lines, multiblanking systems, and cut-to-length lines with edge-trim systems. The dual helical design uses a scissor-type cutting action, reducing noise and increasing cutting action...

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Maysteel expands production operations with Mexico plant

January 9, 2012

Allenton, Wis.-based Maysteel LLC, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal enclosures, is expanding its sheet metal fabrication operations with the addition of a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico. The 50,000-sq.-ft. facility, which is expandable to 100,000 sq. ft., is expected to begin production in...

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Manual metallurgical saw features enclosed wet-cutting area with dual coolant nozzles - TheFabricator.com

Manual metallurgical saw features enclosed wet-cutting area with dual coolant nozzles

January 9, 2012

Kalamazoo Industries offers the model K12-14MS manual metallurgical saw. It features an enclosed wet-cutting area with dual coolant nozzles to eliminate the dispersion of abrasive particles into the workplace. The saw has a 14-in. abrasive wheel; a 5-HP, three-phase, 1,725-RPM TEFC motor; dual...

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Heavy-duty soluble oil lubricants offered

January 9, 2012

Houghton Intl. offers two heavy-duty soluble oil lubricants for stamping and drawing operations. Houghto-Draw® 7060 lubricates ferrous and nonferrous metals, including difficult alloys such as titanium and INCONEL® alloy. It is compatible with hard water and runs clean with low foaming. The...

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Bystronic names western Canada representative

January 9, 2012

Bystronic Inc., Elgin, Ill., has named Akhurst Machinery Co. as its distributor in western Canada, providing local sales and technical support. Bystronic is a manufacturer of press brakes, precision lasers, waterjet machinery, and automation and material handling systems....

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LA-CO appoints new president - TheFabricator.com

LA-CO appoints new president

January 9, 2012

LA-CO® Industries Inc./Markal Co., Elk Grove Village, Ill., a provider of specialty plumbing and HVAC chemicals, has named George Bowman as president, succeeding John Hardin, who has retired. Bowman's responsibilities include collaborating with customers to develop product innovations;...

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New River Gorge Bridge

Building bridges

January 9, 2012 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Some fabricators and educators are fascinated by bridges. Bridges come in many different types, and diverse materials are used to build them.

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Lessons learned lead to big bounce back - TheFabricator.com

Lessons learned lead to big bounce back

January 9, 2012 | By Dan Davis

A&E Custom Manufacturing was on the ropes financially in the early 1990s, but the lessons learned during that struggle helped to put it in a position to rebound strongly after the downturn of 2009. In fact, they have been steadily rebuilding the business since the second quarter of 2009 and haven't looked back.

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Introducing Solid-State Technology - TheFabricator.com

Introducing solid-state laser technology

January 9, 2012 | By Tom Bailey

Although the solid-state laser is considered new in metal cutting processes, the first laser demonstration in a laboratory in 1960 was a solid-state laser. CO2 lasers turned out to be more practical for cutting metals, but solid-state lasers are making headway. Understanding laser equipment and the physics involved in generating a laser beam helps to explain the capability differences between CO2 and solid-state lasers.

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How to enhance design for manufacturability efforts - TheFabricator.com

How to enhance design for manufacturability efforts

January 9, 2012 | By Tom Litwiller

Metal stampers that produce to print aren't positioning themselves for a prosperous future. They are providing a simple function—one that most shops can provide easily. Today stampers need to offer up expertise along with metal forming capabilities. They need to be able to recognize an opportunity where they can influence product design so that development and manufacturing costs can be minimized. They need to prove their value to customers so that the customer is reluctant to go looking for more value from another competitor. Eagle Wings Industries Inc., Rantoul, Ill., has some ideas on how to do just that.

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Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow - TheFabricator.com

Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow

January 6, 2012 | By Shawn Schultz , Doug Wood

CAM software have made it easier and more affordable for job shops to increase efficiency and productivity without sacrificing quality. Staged bending combined with offline programming offers strategies for reducing downtime, improving part flow, and controlling costs.

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Why beam delivery matters - TheFabricator.com

Why beam delivery matters

January 6, 2012

The most powerful laser in the world can’t work without an effective, finely tuned beam delivery system. Its design hinges on the application, but a few basic elements lay the groundwork. Together they provide myriad options to find the most effective way to carry and shape the beam on its way from the laser source to the workpiece.

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Industry flocks to FABTECH - TheFabricator.com

Industry flocks to FABTECH

January 6, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Despite economic uncertainties heading into 2012, the metal fabrication industry came out in full force at November’s FABTECH show. More than 35,000 walked the show floor, which featured more than a half million square feet of exhibit space.

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