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Marking machine produces all layout on structural steel section in single pass

July 11, 2011

Peddinghaus Corp. has released the PeddiWriter automatic layout marking machine. The stand-alone machine produces all layout on a structural steel section in a single pass. Incorporating two independent Hypertherm ArcWriting torches within a four-axis layout marking system, the machine allows...

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Portable DC welding machine delivers up to 200 amps for SMAW and GTAW

July 11, 2011

Thermadyne® offers the Thermal Arc® 201 TS portable welding machine that delivers 100 amps on standard 115-V circuits for SMAW and 150 amps for GTAW. When used on 208- to 230-V circuits, maximum output is 200 amps for either welding process. The unit's power and portability make it suitable for...

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Mixed signals: Hiring rate declines in July; recruiting difficulty rises

July 11, 2011

Manufacturers and service-sector companies will add jobs at a lower rate in July compared with a year ago, yet HR professionals are still struggling to recruit workers for key positions, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE)...

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Should you automate your welding operation?

July 11, 2011 | By Robert Ryan, P. Eng., MBA

If conditions are right, automating your welding operation can improve quality and productivity. Careful consideration of various factors can help you determine if automation is appropriate for your application.

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HPTR's past, present, and future—Part II - TheFabricator.com

HPTR's past, present, and future—Part II

July 11, 2011 | By Albert Nerino, Chris Nagele, John Reinhart, Mark Deaver

Editor's Note: This article is the second of a two-part series. Part I examined the development, design, and functions of the high-precision tube roller (HPTR). Part II discusses the HPTR’s current role and modern applications. At its creation, the high-precision tube rolling (HPTR) mill was...

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Activity Based Costing

July 10, 2011

By: Exact JobBOSS

Flat shop rates don’t provide a true cost picture. ABC provides a simple approach to analyze true cost and is now being applied even to small job shops.

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Aluminum welding Q&A: About soot, porosity, and equipment

July 8, 2011 | By Phil Mosquera

What causes soot and porosity in aluminum welding? Do I need a push/pull gun with my GMAW machine to weld aluminum? Are robots practical for my aluminum application? These questions are answered in this first installment of a new column on thefabricator.com.

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Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes - TheFabricator.com

Avoiding mix-ups with shielding gas mixes

July 8, 2011 | By David Bell

Today's job shops must be prepared to deal with a variety of materials for fabrication and welding. As each material may require a different mixed shielding gas for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), familiarize yourself with these gases and the most efficient supply methods for various applications.

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Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer - TheFabricator.com

Gas equipment for CO2 laser cutting: A primer

July 8, 2011 | By John Karpus

Precise assist gas delivery is essential in CO2 laser cutting. The resonator is a key component, especially if gas delivery will be uninterrupted for unattended machine operation. Assist gas volume and pressure also must be appropriate for the application to ensure the best results.

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5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about - TheFabricator.com

5 wire-feeding advancements welders need to know about

July 8, 2011 | By David Veverka

Modern wire-feeding technology can boost welders' performances and overall productivity. If they are working with old feeding equipment, disadvantage

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One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table - TheFabricator.com

One laser head, one plasma torch, one cutting table

July 8, 2011 | By Douglas Shuda

The fiber laser and plasma systems share similar delivery systems. Neither require any kind of optical alignment between the power source and cutting head. The two thermal cutting processes share many similarities, from an integration standpoint, which is why the two now can be integrated onto a single cutting table.

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Toll processor far from finished - TheFabricator.com

Toll processor far from finished

July 8, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Becky and Michael Miniea purchased processing company that was in dire financial straits in the months after 9/11, and with a commitment offerings and its customers, Specialty Metals Processing is now in a position to survive whatever this economy can throw at it.

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Choosing the best transfer solution - TheFabricator.com

Choosing the best transfer solution

July 8, 2011 | By Doug Knapke

Servo transfer modules can help transform unused stamping press capacity into a viable metal forming resource. However, before a stamper can explore this newfound capability, it needs to determine just what type of transfer technology makes sense.

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Induction key to complex beam rolling job

July 8, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Shop rolls beams for a unique place of worship--using an unusual process Abstract: Hardwick Co., a rolling shop in Birmingham, Ala., used its unusual induction beam rolling process to form beams into complex shapes involving multiple radii. Without such capability, the impressive design of the Ave Maria Oratory would not have been possible.

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The skilled worker’s pursuit of happiness

July 5, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This week’s pomp, sparkle, and pyrotechnics celebrated, among other things, Jefferson’s inspirational sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty...

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