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Torch height control continuously samples, automatically adjusts arc voltage

June 21, 2010

The new ArcGlide® THC torch height control is available from Hypertherm. It is engineered to continuously sample and automatically adjust the arc voltage. This helps ensure the torch is always the right distance from the plate so consumables reach their intended life expectancy. Productivity...

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Autodarkening helmet has 2.5 light state, 10.5 dark state

June 21, 2010

A new addition to the ArcOne® Carrera™ program is the Tradesman® single-shade, autodarkening helmet. It packs a light state of 2.5 with a dark state of 10.5. The racing-style helmet weighs 14 oz. and has the highest level of eye protection, the company...

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PennEngineering appoints two sales associates

June 21, 2010

Fastener manufacturer PennEngineering®, Danboro, Pa., has named Austin Washington as global accounts manager for the company and Jeff Rindskopf as director of sales for 3V Fasteners Co. Inc., a subsidiary of parent PennEngineering. Washington manages major global business accounts with...

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Understanding the cost of ownership

June 17, 2010 | By Dan Davis

There is a reason that I work for someone else: I don't have that desire to strike out on my own to build a business. The entrepreneurial gene can't be found in my DNA. So when I'm chatting with business owners, I'm doing so with a lot of respect for their accomplishments. If the shoe were on my...

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HRB prices fall 2.3% to 8.6% in Western Europe, China, U.S., and World

June 17, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for June 14 fell 2.3 percent to $711 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 2.5 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive decline. The Chinese HRB ex-works price dropped 3.2 percent percent to $517 per ton for the third consecutive...

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What do fabricators think of Obama's factory visits?

June 16, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Much of the media, including The Fabricator Blog and "Stamping News Brief," have covered President Obama's visits to factories in recent months. The June issue of "Stamping News Brief" asked subscribers whether they think the visits are strictly PR, fact-finding missions, or both. Here's what...

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DIEVESTIGATION: Important considerations when designing deep-drawn parts

June 16, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

What is deep drawing? What part parameters require the process? What must you consider when designing a deep-drawn part, and when should you consider an alternate process, such as spinning?

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Knowing the grammar of metal fabrication

June 15, 2010 | By Tim Heston

John McPhee is a hero of mine. As one of the best nonfiction writers out there, the Princeton professor and contributor to The New Yorker magazine can turn any subject into a pleasurable read. He’s written about geology, the merchant marines, physics—heck, even an entire book on oranges....

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to dip during next three months

June 15, 2010

According to the June 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to dip during the next three months, an indication of the summer slowdown typically experienced by the industry. Conducted monthly, the report is an...

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TRUMPF LaserLab now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center

June 14, 2010

Where does laser power come from? How can lasers be made even stronger — and why do we need them to be power-packed in the first place? These are just a few of the questions answered at TRUMPF’s LaserLab, now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford. Visitors...

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Lincoln Electric promotes two to global industry segment positions

June 14, 2010

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, has named Peter Pletcher as director, global consumable development, and Ferry Naber as director, global machine development. Both are new positions within the company's global marketing and product development organization. Pletcher, based in Cleveland, is...

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Hydro Aluminum names new leader for North American extrusion business

June 14, 2010

Matthew Dionne has taken over leadership of Hydro Aluminum's North American extrusion business in Linthicum, Md. The company has reorganized its extrusion business, dividing its Extrusion Americas unit into two new sectors. Dionne is president of Extrusion North America, while Extrusion South...

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Motoman, Yaskawa Electric America combine

June 14, 2010

Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America Inc. have announced that they are combining to form Yaskawa America Inc. The Motoman operations in Dayton, Ohio, will form the Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa America; the Yaskawa Electric America Inc. operations in Waukegan, Ill., will form the Drives &...

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Whirlpool to close Michigan facility

June 14, 2010

Whirlpool Corp. has announced plans to close its machining facility in Benton Harbor, Mich., at year-end 2010 or early 2011, eliminating 216 jobs. The announcement follows a comprehensive review of asset utilization of the company’s laundry manufacturing facilities. The company's new laundry...

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90-degree clamp holds workpieces from the outside, leaving unobstructed space inside for welding

June 14, 2010

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the 90-degree Corner Magnet™ for holding workpieces from the outside, leaving unobstructed space inside the workpiece for welding. The boomerang-shaped magnet is a 90-degree magnet square in reverse, with the 90-degree edges on the inside walls of the...

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