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AddisonMcKee expands field service support in Mexico

September 14, 2004

AddisonMcKee Inc. has announced that Enrique Ramos has joined the company as a field service engineer to provide local technical support for Mexico.Ramos has a mechanical engineering degree from the...

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WAFIOS acquires tube bending machine manufacturing rights

September 14, 2004

WAFIOS AG, Reutlingen, Germany, has acquired the manufacturing rights to the tube bending machine product line of TRUMPF Rohrtechnik GmbH + Co. KG (formerly Pulzer Biegetechnik GmbH), Reutlingen.The...

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Hydro Aluminum N.A. names vice president

September 14, 2004

Hydro Aluminum North America has appointed Stig Tjotta as vice president, Western Region for Extruded Products. He has been vice president of manufacturing for extruded products for the past two...

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Orbitform appoints product specialists

September 14, 2004

Orbitform Group has appointed Paul Knaub as impact product specialist and Bob Jelic as automation product specialist.Knaub has more than 25 years' experience in riveting machine sales and service,...

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Interplex, Stewart EFI establish joint venture

September 14, 2004

Interplex Industries, a provider of metal stamped parts, and Stewart EFI, a manufacturer of deep-drawn, stamped, and assembled components, have announced a joint venture to offer deep-draw, staked,...

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FKI announces appointments

September 14, 2004

FKI Logistex® has announced the promotions of Todd Ploudre as controller; Kevin Brophy as manager, financial analysis; and Jill Raab as marketing communications coordinator for the company's FKI...

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Houghton Intl. appoints marketing manager

September 14, 2004

Houghton Intl. Inc. has appointed Walter Melton as marketing manager of its Cleaner Technology product group. Melton is responsible for increasing profitability and market share for the...

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SMACNA aligns with OSHA

September 14, 2004

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) has signed an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The alliance will address fall...

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Fact, fiction, and the feds

September 14, 2004

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The government is looking for companies like yours: machine shops, fabricators, and other manufacturers, that can provide it with what it needs to fulfill its mission and that of the armed forces. However, many myths stop businesses from thinking about doing business with the government.

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Caring for your contact tips

September 14, 2004

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The contact tip is one of the smallest and relatively inexpensive components in a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) system, but it can cause catastrophic failure and production downtime, highly penalizing productivity.The basic function of the contact tip is to transfer welding current to the consumable...

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Getting your assets in order

September 14, 2004

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A new 4-kilowatt laser just hit the floor. The technician will arrive on Monday to install it. It's your responsibility to make sure the gases arrive. The preinstallation manual was faxed to your local gas supplier, and all is well.Not so fast. Other gas matters can affect cost and efficiency. The...

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A Great Combination

September 14, 2004

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Dwarfed by his largest sculpture to date, artist Gary Beals collaborated with K-zell Metals to create this piece for the University of New Mexico.The stainless steel centerpiece for a grouping of sculptures at the University of New Mexico is a first for its creators for several reasons.First, the...

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Thinking about an equipment upgrade?

September 14, 2004

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Products change, and so do manufacturing methods used to make products. In the tube and pipe industry, however, manufacturing changes have been few and infrequent over the past few decades.

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Lean times call for mean tactics—Part 1

September 14, 2004

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Ron Stange looks back on his 50 years in the tube-bending industry and provides his insight on the one thing tube bender operators must know to be successful: Ironclad rules for successful bending do not exist. Tube bender operators must start with guidelines and incorporate their own experience to be successful.

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Not your average museum—a metal art mecca

September 14, 2004

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Editors Note: Bob Nichols, author of The Fire of Creation, a reader favorite on thefabricator.com, recently toured the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The following account of that tour display only a few of the many items on display at this amazing facility.Closed for exhibit...

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