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Sharpe Products acquires fifth all-electric tube bender

April 25, 2011

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., has purchased its fifth all-electric tube bending machine, a 90-mm Lang bender. The machine can bend up to 3.5-in.-OD tube and features multiradius stacking and rolling capabilities. According to the company, the bender delivers high accuracy and repeatability,...

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Ophir gets new name, expands facilities

April 25, 2011

Ophir Photonics, formerly known as Ophir Laser Measurement Group, has announced the expansion of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facility in Logan, Utah. The plant, now 30 percent larger, features beam profiling design, manufacturing, testing, service, and a power and energy service and...

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Michael Gold

April 25, 2011

ASTM Intl. Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Alloys, W. Conshohocken, Pa., has presented consultant Michael Gold of Gold Metallurgical Services LLC, North Benton, Ohio, with the ASTM Award of Merit. The Award of Merit, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM's highest...

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Autodarkening filter offers one-touch mode adjustment - TheFabricator.com

Autodarkening filter offers one-touch mode adjustment

April 25, 2011

Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced the Jackson Safety W60 TrueSight, a new autodarkening filter (ADF) for welders that offers one-touch mode adjustment, intuitive digital controls, and improved visibility. According to the company, the ADF is the only one on the market with separate...

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Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading - TheFabricator.com

Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading

April 25, 2011

Combi Packaging Systems LLC offers the SW-10 stretch wrapper. The semiautomatic machine features basic components and no formal installation requirements. The pallet wrapper's manual mechanical core braking film tensioning system simplifies threading of the film. The simple control panel and...

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Steel drills, taps designed for maintenance, construction, industrial markets

April 25, 2011

Greenfield Industries has introduced the Cle-Force™ line of high-speed steel drills and taps for the maintenance, construction, and industrial markets. Available in many sizes, including metric, the line includes general-purpose and heavy-duty drills in a variety of lengths and styles, including...

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Tool deburrs parts on punch press

April 25, 2011

Wilson has introduced a tool that deburrs parts on the punch press. Available for TRUMPF® or thick-turret-style punch presses, the tool coins a small chamfer on the cut edge to deburr straight lines or arcs, including acute angles and very small radii. The ball assembly design helps reduce setup...

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Amada to build laser manufacturing center in California

April 25, 2011

Mitsuo Okamoto, president and CEO of Amada Co., Ltd., has announced plans to broaden the company's global manufacturing capabilities. In addition to its manufacturing centers located in Japan and France, Amada has unveiled plans to build manufacturing centers in China and the U.S. The new...

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Fiber lasers make their mark on thin-gauge cutting

April 21, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The eyes don't lie. Solid-state lasers can hum. I've seen these fiber lasers running at EuroBlech 2010 in Hannover, Germany, and FABTECH 2010 in Atlanta. Most recently I witnessed another "fiber" laser at INTECH North America, TRUMPF's customer event at its headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The...

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Trickle-down effect of rising fuel costs

April 20, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday's "Tube Talk" e-newsletter discussed rising gas prices and the effect the increase is having on small businesses. More than 64 percent of small business owners polled on DollarDays.com said revenue is down as a result of increased gas prices, and more than a quarter said they will have...

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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association names 2011 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners

April 20, 2011

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has announced the 2011 FMA/CNA Safety Awards winners. Open to all FMA and Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA) company members, the program recognizes metal fabrication companies that adhere to excellence in safety....

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Two ways to manage manufacturing risk

April 19, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Last week I visited two facilities that focused on low- to medium-volume manufacturing. Both customize products to meet customer needs. Both tout quick response and comprehensive customer service. Yet in many respects, the two couldn’t have been more different. A week ago today I pulled into the...

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A method to job shop software madness

April 19, 2011 | By Adria Iles

Choosing job shop software can be a daunting task. How can you be sure to choose a system that accomplishes the tasks you want and provides the best return on investment?

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Timken to increase capacity across steel plants

April 19, 2011

The Timken Company will increase its annual steelmaking capacity by 120,000 tons across its steel manufacturing facilities in Canton, Ohio. The company is achieving this boost through a series of improvements at its Harrison Steel Plant that build upon and further leverage the $60 million...

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DeWys Manufacturing invests in new technology

April 18, 2011

West Michigan-based metal fabrication company DeWys Manufacturing Inc. has announced that it has invested in an automated loader/un-loader for its new laser cutting systems. The company recently acquired a new Amada Pulsar 2415 4kW 5 ft. by 16 ft. Production Laser System from Amada America. The...

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