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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during next three months

December 17, 2009

According to the December 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three...

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Call for conference papers about seamless and welded tubular product technology, processes

December 17, 2009

The Tube & Pipe Association, International® (TPA), USA, and the International Tube Association (ITA), U.K., have collaborated to organize a conference devoted to seamless and welded tubular...

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The 12 months of oh-nine

December 16, 2009

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Here's a quick look back at a few highlights and lowlights from 2009—where we were when we began the year, where we are now, and what happened as the year unfolded, particularly when it comes to jobs. I wish you peace and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2010. The first month of...

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HRB prices off bottom

December 16, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for December 14 rose 4.0 percent to $575 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after four consecutive falls. The World export HRB price rose...

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The Catch 22 of collateral

December 15, 2009

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Earlier this year, I landed at the Detroit airport en route to a conference. I got into my rental car, headed to the I-94 on-ramp, and then I saw it. There, next to the highway, was a big billboard advertising, of all things, a metal fabricator: "W Industries: Aerospace, Defense, Energy,...

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part V

December 15, 2009

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How are bending, flanging, coining, embossing, stretching, curling, hemming, ironing, necking, and drawing related? They all are common metal forming operations. Find out more about these processes in this final installment of stamping expert Art Hedrick's sheet metal stamping series.

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Traction drive system

Newer linear-drive technology improves waterjet accuracy, reduces costs

December 15, 2009

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Recent developments in linear-drive technology are designed to improve waterjet cutting accuracy and safety, while making high-precision machines more affordable. Find out more about this traction-drive system that has its roots in railroad locomotives.

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Abrasive grinding wheels remove heavy welds with minimal vibration

December 15, 2009

A line of abrasive grinding wheels for removing heavy welds from stainless, mild, and carbon steel with minimal vibration is available from Rex-Cut Products Inc.Rex-Cut® Sigma-Green grinding...

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Automated barrier door prevents entry into robotic welding machine area

December 15, 2009

Frommelt Safety Products offers the Slimline automated barrier door for robotic welding applications. The unit helps eliminate weld flash and flying debris and prevents entry into the machine area.The...

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Automated stop/gauge, pusher system attaches to new or existing cold saws, punch presses, ironworkers

December 15, 2009

TigerStop® offers automatic stop/gauge and pusher systems that attach to new or existing cold saws, punch presses, and ironworkers. They can be used as automated stop positioners or to push or...

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Air dryer for laser purge helps protect system's mirrors

December 15, 2009

Parker Hannifin has introduced a line of Balston— air dryers for purging of industrial laser plenums, which protect the laser system's mirrors from dirt and moisture.The dryers use membrane...

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Manual cold saw suitable for prototype, limited production work

December 15, 2009

Kalamazoo Machine Tool has introduced the model C315/350 manual cold saw.The saw uses a solid, hinge-type design that makes it suitable for prototype work or for limited production work in certain...

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Pop-up transfer conveyor handles up to 250 lbs.

December 15, 2009

TKF offers a light-duty, pop-up transfer conveyor that handles loads up to 250 lbs. The conveyor uses compact, motorized, roller-driven strands rather than chain drives to help reduce noise. No...

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Robotic-ready pipe welding, cutting system welds pipe root, changes on-the-fly to pulse spray GMAW

December 15, 2009

Lincoln Electric Automation has introduced the latest generation of its RoboPipe™ system for automated carbon steel, stainless steel, and duplex stainless steel pipe welding and fabricating.The...

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Five-roll weld squeeze box designed for high-frequency induction welded profile, direct-weld roll forming

December 15, 2009

Rafter Equipment offers the RT-2000S five-roll weld squeeze box, designed for the high-frequency induction welded profile or direct-weld roll forming industry.The weld box uses a design that pushes...

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