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ESAB provides filler metals for construction of 1 World Trade Center

July 7, 2010

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced that several hundred thousand pounds of its filler metals have already been consumed in the construction of 1 World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) on the site of the former twin towers destroyed in the attack on...

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K&S expands welded assembly area with robotic weld cell

July 7, 2010

K&S Tool, Die and Mfg. Inc., Ixonia, Wis., has added a Panasonic Perform Arc robotic weld cell to its welded assembly area. "The addition of automated capacity allows us to meet the growing needs and customer demand," said Kevin Mullen, vice president of manufacturing. "Welded assemblies...

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Pulsed Nd:YAG lasers have pulse-to-pulse stability down to ±0.5 percent

July 7, 2010

JK Lasers has released two new pulsed Nd:YAG lasers. Designed for industrial processing, the lasers provide high peak powers and beam quality for welding and fine-cutting applications. The JK80PS allows peak powers of up to 3 kW to be delivered via a 100-μm fiber, and the JK150PS enables 5 kW to...

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Jib cranes support indoor, outdoor applications - TheFabricator

Jib cranes support indoor, outdoor applications

July 7, 2010

Konecranes produces jib cranes for overhead lifting in production lines, workstations, machining cells, and warehouses. The cranes support indoor and outdoor applications and are used in customer segments from small workshops to assembly lines and nuclear plants. An adjustable console bearing...

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Genesis Systems Group appoints senior director – global relations - TheFabricator

Genesis Systems Group appoints senior director – global relations

July 7, 2010

Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced the appointment of Makoto Matsuoka to senior director – global relations. In this role, Matsuoka is accountable for identifying and supporting the company's new domestic clients, as well as helping to establish and foster emerging...

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Press brake tooling designed for American-style press brakes - TheFabricator

Press brake tooling designed for American-style press brakes

July 7, 2010

Wila offers a new line of American Vintage precision press brake tooling for American-style press brakes. The tooling is manufactured in traditional imperial dimensioning using high-quality tool steel. All punches and dies are available in solid 20-in. lengths, 18.5-in. sectionalized sets, and...

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Rio South Texas initiative brings English-language proficiency to manufacturing workers - TheFabricator

Rio South Texas initiative brings English-language proficiency to manufacturing workers

July 7, 2010

South Texas College (STC), McAllen, Texas, has partnered with The Manufacturing Institute, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), and other regional partners to implement an English language proficiency program to boost literacy, educational attainment, and career advancement for workers in the Rio...

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Dust collector retrofit can be applied to all reverse-pulse-jet baghouses

July 7, 2010

Scientific Dust Collectors has introduced a new retrofit system for existing baghouse dust collectors. The retrofit can be applied to all reverse-pulse-jet baghouses. If the blowpipes can be removed, the company's supersonic nozzles can replace the old cleaning...

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Stick electrodes have improved weld puddle control - TheFabricator

Stick electrodes have improved weld puddle control

July 7, 2010

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Atom Arc 7018 Acclaim stick electrode. According to the manufacturer, the electrode has the same drive and dig as its original Atom Arc stick electrode, with improved weld puddle control for simplified out-of-position welding. The electrode...

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Straight-line track cutting system available in plasma and oxyfuel configurations

July 7, 2010

The Glider straight-line track cutting system from C&G Systems is available in plasma or oxyfuel configurations. It cuts up to 4.5-in.-thick plate with an oxyfuel torch and up to 1.25-in.-thick plate with a plasma power source up to 100 amps. The small, portable unit is suitable for use on job...

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Upfront welding inspection considerations

July 7, 2010 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welding inspection involves much more than simply checking the accuracy of welds after they are made. Inspectors must be knowledgeable about codes, standards, materials, and other fabricating processes.

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SHRM LINE survey: Hiring expectations in manufacturing sector grow slightly in July

July 6, 2010

The recent pattern of incremental job growth in manufacturing is expected to continue in July, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for July 2010. The manufacturing hiring index improved in July on a...

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Don't worry about the double-dip, worry about the new 'norm'

July 2, 2010 | By Dan Davis

The talk about the ol' double-dip recession continues. I don't buy it. I think it's just  the Unremarkable Recovery. I don't think that name will stick, but it's probably for the better. It doesn't do much for raising the morale of society. The simple fact remains that consumers aren't spending....

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If you do what you love, you’ll love what you do

July 1, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Most people would agree that working is an essential part of life, and the U.S. is a country whose citizens live to work. A 2004 study titled "Overworked in America" conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that one-third of U.S. employees were chronically overworked. In the book The...

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Doing what was always done doesn't cut it - TheFabricator

Doing what was always done doesn't cut it

July 1, 2010 | By Dan Davis

ABMyr, Belleville, Mich., is a manufacturer of finishing systems for its automotive clients, but at the heart of the company is its fabricating talent. That is what will serve the company best as it looks to rebound from the recent downturn.

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