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U.S. trade deficit shrinks—imports, exports hit record highs

April 14, 2004

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced April 14 that total February exports of $92.4 billion and imports of $134.5 billion...

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Chao announces skilled trades initiative

April 12, 2004

On April 6, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the "Skills to Build America's Future" initiative, a nationwide outreach and education effort designed to attract young people and...

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Flux recovery vacuum designed for low maintenance

April 8, 2004

Weld Engineering Co. Inc. offers the Mighty-Mac-5000X-Mill heavy-duty submerged arc flux recovery vacuum and dust collector, designed for automatic cleaning and low maintenance.Made of heavy gauge...

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Fully integrated CO2 lasers introduced

April 8, 2004

Synrad Inc. has introduced the Firestar f400 and the Firestar f201 fully integrated laser systems for metal cutting, welding, and other industrial applications.The systems' footprints allow mounting...

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Replacement vacuum cups fit almost any vacuum equipment

April 8, 2004

Vi-Cas Mfg. offers replacement vacuum cups to fit nearly any type of vacuum equipment, including lifters, manipulators, pick-and-place systems (for sheet stock and scrap), vacuum hold-downs, packaging...

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Clamping system designed for orbital welding

April 8, 2004

The OrbiLine internal clamping system from Orbimatic is designed to facilitate well-aligned welded joints on tubular components.The system uses an internal clamping mandrel with individual fingers,...

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Projection laser creates virtual templates during setup, alignment processes

April 8, 2004

LAP Laser has introduced the CAD-PRO pattern projection laser that creates virtual templates during setup and alignment of manufacturing processes. The system projects a laser-light template onto the...

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Table positions container height, angle with single mechanism

April 8, 2004

The Z-Lift Tilter® from Southworth Products Corp. is designed to position a container's height and angle independently but with a single mechanism.The machine is suitable for applications that...

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Regulators designed to provide accurate pressure control, ensure gas purity

April 8, 2004

Airgas Inc. offers the Smart Indicating Regulator (SIR™) series of regulators designed to provide accurate pressure control while ensuring gas purity.The regulators have a purifier built into...

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Gas mask respirators offered

April 8, 2004

3M offers National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved gas mask respirators for use in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) environments.The full-facepiece FR-M40B...

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Tube straighteners process alloy steel tubes, aluminum

April 8, 2004

Bronx Taylor Wilson Ltd. has installed a 10CR5 10-roll tube-straightening machine at Shuan Hwa, Taiwan. The machine is being used to process alloy steel tubes up to 85 mm in diameter at speeds of up...

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Inspection, measurement software features 250 enhancements

April 8, 2004

FARO Technologies Inc. has released CAM2 Measure® 4.0, which features 250 enhancements over previous versions, including a new user interface that shares a common look and feel with the company's...

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Grinding machine maintains punching machine tools

April 8, 2004

TRUMPF has introduced the quicksharp® ITM grinding machine to maintain punching machine tools. The machine features updated electronic controls, a touch-sensitive keyboard, and LCD. A signal lamp...

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Laser pierce control now standard on cutting machines

April 8, 2004

TRUMPF's pierce control system (PCS) now is a standard feature on the company's TC L 3030 and TC L 4030 laser cutting machines.The system continuously monitors and adjusts pierce parameters in...

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Workstation safely laser marks large, heavy workpieces

April 8, 2004

The TRUMPF VectorMark® Workstation (VWS) 1200 is designed to mark large, heavy workpieces safely. The compact unit can handle big, heavy parts as well as a large number of parts lying side by...

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