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AMT: Year-end 2010 industrial laser shipments up 37 percent from 2009

April 6, 2011

Shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems in 2010 are reported at $356.2 million, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Unit sales jumped 44.9 percent for a total of 1,210 units. CO2 lasers accounted for 88.5 percent of the value of shipments, which is...

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NAM calls for swift passage of Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

April 6, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement today on the announced deal between the White House and the Colombia government on the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement: "This agreement is essential to job creation and our global...

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Welder metallurgy

Basic metallurgy for welders

April 6, 2011 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welders do not have to be metallurgy experts, but they do need to be knowledgeable about the chemical, mechanical, and physical properties of different materials.

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Manufacturing rockets: Metal fabricating what’s next

April 5, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This week I recalled one of my favorite television moments. During an early West Wing episode, one of the president’s advisers, Sam Seaborn, argues for the extension of NASA funding. After several minutes of heated banter, his counterpart asks why space travel is so important when we have so much...

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Tramec LLC acquires Hill Fastener Corp.

April 5, 2011

Gary Sullo, president of Tramec LLC, Iola, Kan., has announced that Tramec has acquired Hill Fastener Corp. located in Rock Falls, Ill., owned by Robert Hill, CEO. The acquisition positions Hill Fastener as an integral part of the Tramec LLC fastener business. According to the company, the legacy...

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Regal Beloit acquires technology company Ramu Inc.

April 5, 2011

Regal Beloit Corp., Beloit, Wis., has announced that it has acquired Ramu Inc., a motor and control technology company headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, backed by the venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. Ramu Inc. is a start-up company founded by Krishnan Ramu with a research and development...

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Mobile GMAW systems suitable for medium-sized construction, various repair work - TheFabricator.com

Mobile GMAW systems suitable for medium-sized construction, various repair work

April 5, 2011

Kjellberg Finsterwalde offers the KJELLmig 180, 230, and K350 mobile GMAW units. They are designed for medium-sized steel construction companies and for use in vehicle repair work, agriculture, industry, and craft. Using argon or mixed gases, the units can weld unalloyed, low-alloyed, and...

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Portable end prep tool designed to remove simply from tube and not catch on burrs - TheFabricator.com

Portable end prep tool designed to remove simply from tube and not catch on burrs

April 5, 2011

Esco Tool’s Ground MILLHOG® is a right-angle-drive, air-powered, portable welding end prep tool that features a clamp rib assembly incorporating a captive internal band and smooth clamp ribs. The ID clamping tool removes simply from the tube, does not catch on burrs, and is unaffected...

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Lincoln Electric to host pipe mill welding seminar in May

April 5, 2011

Lincoln Electric will demonstrate how to improve pipe welding processes at a free pipe mill welding seminar hosted at the company’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland, May 23-27, 2011. The five-day seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Topics will include: Latest advances in pipe...

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Slim safety door switches designed to fit in skinny spaces subject to water washdown cleaning - TheFabricator.com

Slim safety door switches designed to fit in skinny spaces subject to water washdown cleaning

April 5, 2011

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. has introduced D4GS-N slim safety door switches. Measuring 0.67 in. wide and featuring IP67 protection, the tongue-actuated unit is designed to fit in skinny spaces subject to water washdown cleaning. A reversible design enables either front or rear mounting,...

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Feeder handles 0.050- to 0.125-in.-thick steel sheets from 20 to 44 in. wide, 60 to 70 in. long - TheFabricator.com

Feeder handles 0.050- to 0.125-in.-thick steel sheets from 20 to 44 in. wide, 60 to 70 in. long

April 5, 2011

The Union Tool Corp. has introduced the new Union Sheet Feeder, designed to destack, align, and feed steel sheets from 20 to 44 in. wide and 60 to 76 in. long with thicknesses of 0.050 to 0.125 in. The unit can feed up to five parts per minute and features a PLC with operator touchscreen...

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Marmon/Keystone promotes value-added manager, adds equipment

April 5, 2011

Marmon/Keystone has appointed Ryan Burdette to the position of value-added manager, based out of the company's Norcross, Ga., branch. He covers the Florida, Georgia, and eastern Tennessee markets. Burdette joined the company in 2007 and since has advanced through multiple positions, most recently...

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SMS Elotherm North America names VP of engineering, development

April 5, 2011

Elotherm, a manufacturer of induction heating, heat-treating, and welding systems in Cranberry Township, Pa., has hired Josef Wagner as vice president of engineering and development. Before joining the company, Wagner worked at EFD Induction in Freiburg, Germany, where he was responsible for the...

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CNC ironworker has 30-in. plate and 8-in. angle shears

April 5, 2011

Trilogy Machinery Inc. has announced the recent sale of a Sunrise XY CNC ironworker. The 180-ton machine with 30-in. plate shear and 8-in. angle shear features a hydraulic plate shear hold-down, hydraulic punch stripper, pendant control, and interchangeable die blocks for up to 4 in. A...

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Single-point ground welding machine handles wire bundles of up to 0.79 sq. in. - TheFabricator.com

Single-point ground welding machine handles wire bundles of up to 0.79 sq. in.

April 5, 2011

Sonobond Ultrasonics has developed the SPG 2600 ultrasonic spot welding machine for manufacturing single-point ground terminals, which help solve the problem of electrical noise caused by today's intricate automobile systems. The unit's tooling is designed to gather as many as 18 wires into a...

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