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Airgas acquires A&R Welding Supply

December 7, 2004

Airgas Inc. has acquired A&R Welding Supply Inc., an industrial gas and welding supply distributor with locations in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, Calif. The two branches now operate as Airgas...

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Aristo Machines receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

December 7, 2004

Aristo Machines Inc. received its ISO 9001:2000 Certification from ABS Quality Evaluations Inc. in Oct. The company designs, manufactures, and services tube end forming systems.

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AIDA acquires Manzoni and Rovetta

December 7, 2004

AIDA has acquired Manzoni and Rovetta. Dr. Guido Puccio, commissario of Manzoni Group S.p.A. in Amministrazione Straordinaria, and Kimikazu Aida, president of AIDA Engineering Ltd., the parent company...

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Zetec obtains PDI qualification for piping weld inspection technology

December 7, 2004

Zetec has obtained a performance demonstration initiative (PDI) qualification for a technique to inspect austenitic and ferritic piping welds using phased array technology.The qualification is...

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Faro appoints president/COO

December 7, 2004

Faro Technologies Inc. has announced the appointment of Jay Freeland as president and COO.Freeland is a 12-year veteran of General Electric Co. He began his career with GE in its financial management...

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IPSCO finalizes plate heat treating location, supplier

December 7, 2004

IPSCO Inc. has selected Mobile, Ala., as the location to build its new continuous plate heat treating operation. It has awarded LOI Inc., Pittsburgh, the major contract for designing and supplying...

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Pipelines to China

December 7, 2004

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Joe Shooshani was smoking a cigarette outside Hall 4 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). He had traveled from Los Angeles where he owns Bobco Metals, a metals service center offering a range of services, including forming, bending, welding, and fabricating. Shooshani was in...

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Forming advanced metals

December 7, 2004

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The demand for lightweight components continues to be a primary driver in the automotive industry.

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Growing interest in a growing market

December 7, 2004

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Although India had a heavily socialist economy for much of the past few decades, the country has experienced remarkable growth since the opening of its economy in the early 1990s.

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Cams, cams, and more cams

December 7, 2004

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How do you choose a store-bought cam for your stamping operation? Hundreds of cam designs are available today from numerous suppliers. Choosing the one that best fits your needs, as well as your budget, sometimes can be very confusing.

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Finding simplicity and efficiency in servo press feeds

December 7, 2004

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Upon their debut in the 1960s, servo press feed systems were hailed as the technology for the future. They were recognized for their productivity advantages, a result of digital setups that quickly dialed in feed length and speed parameters, with controlled acceleration and deceleration rates, job...

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ME Four-Twelve concept car

The evolution of automotive stamping

December 7, 2004

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Magna International is an excellent example of a supplier adapting to OEMs' demands for suppliers to increase their capabilities. Magna not only provides parts, but also currently assembles the Jeep Grand Cherokee® in Graz, Austria.In August Magna announced plans to open a facility to assemble...

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Regaining flatness in stamped parts

December 7, 2004

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Of all the geometric tolerances that are difficult to achieve, flatness is one of the hardest. Most stampers probably would much rather try to make a complex-shaped, thin, high-strength steel deep-drawn part than hold a small-tolerance part requiring a tight flatness.Achieving part flatness is a...

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Preventive maintenance on sawing equipment

December 7, 2004

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Usually no more than 30 to 60 minutes are needed to do all of the necessary checks and maintenance on band saws. This is a small investment of time in relation to the cost savings that can be attained by maximizing the life of the machine and blade.

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High-performance coating helps stamper fight downtime

December 7, 2004

Depending on the severity of the application, some stamping dies require frequent reconditioning or recoating. However, some coating processes are done at such high temperatures that the dies become distorted and unuseable, requiring further regrinding. Omni Mfg. encountered this problem in stamping a heavy-duty hinge. It then discovered FortiPhy UltraEndurance™ from Phygen Inc., which increased the hit count on its dies from 20,000 to 200,000 between recoatings. The coating is applied at a relatively low temperature, so distortion is not a factor.

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