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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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2-D laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers - TheFabricator

2-D laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers

June 14, 2010

Mazak Optonics Corp. offers the SuperTurbo-X Mark III RTC 2-D laser cutting system for cutting thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers. A rotary table is standard equipment for cutting round pipe up to a maximum diameter of 14.76 in. and square tubes up to 6 in. The 16.14-in....

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Gear shaping machine can be paired with vertical turning center, grinder - TheFabricator

Gear shaping machine can be paired with vertical turning center, grinder

June 14, 2010

Bourn & Koch Inc., a partner in the Star SU LLC go-to-market cooperative, offers the 1000VBS CNC gear shaper. The 40-in. machine has an 8-in. stroke capability and can be paired with the company's 1000VBT vertical turning center or 1000VBG vertical grinder. The shaping head is mounted to the...

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CNC ironworkers, punching machines introduced

June 14, 2010

Trilogy Machinery Inc. has introduced the Sunrise line of CNC ironworkers and CNC punching machines. On machines with a 20-in. or larger throat depth, an optional, factory-installed, semiautomatic CNC positioning table is available for plate and angle. The operator positions the plate against the...

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Thermadyne adds to marketing, sales force

June 14, 2010

Thermadyne Industries Inc., St. Louis, a manufacturer and marketer of metal cutting and welding products, has announced that Tony Coco, Bill Wehrman, and Vickie Marshall have joined the company's marketing and sales team. As director of channel marketing and national accounts, Coco is...

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'Hackman' retires from LENOX after 48 years - TheFabricator

'Hackman' retires from LENOX after 48 years

June 14, 2010

LENOX®, a manufacturer of power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder, and band saw blades in East Longmeadow, Mass., has announced the retirement of Lee "Hackman" Breton from a 48-year career with the company. Breton started at LENOX in 1962 on the manufacturing floor. During that...

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Automated liquid penetrant testing system inspects for surface defects in base metal and welds

June 14, 2010

ARC Specialties has introduced an automated approach to the final inspection process in liquid penetrant testing (LPT). The Automated Liquid Penetrant (ALP) inspection system incorporates a Cognex CCD camera with software written by the manufacturer to inspect parts for surface defects in both the...

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So the government shows up and says, 'I'm here to help'

June 11, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Ask any metal fabricating business owner or manager what the government can do to help them out, and the response is pretty typical: "Stop trying to help." The last attempt that comes to mind is President Barack Obama's offer of a tax incentive to hire people. Business owners found it laughable....

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Prioritzing U.S. infrastructure needs

June 11, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Author and co-founder of New America Foundation gives his insights regarding the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure and provides tangible ways the federal government can address the situation.

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Fast tracking with W44 beams - TheFabricator

Fast tracking with W44 beams

June 11, 2010 | By Michael F. Engestrom

A truss railroad bridge that was destroyed in a massive flood was replaced within a year thanks to a fast-tracked rebuild effort that featured W44 beams.

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Cleaning up (slowly) in the gulf

June 10, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

It’s no secret that the Transocean oil spill is among the largest man-made environmental disasters of all time. Given the impact, the word spill itself is a huge understatement. Gusher or torrent or catastrophe would be more accurate. An early estimate of 5,000 barrels leaking per day appears to...

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Signs point to more jobs

June 9, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Among the leading news items yesterday was an Associated Press story about job openings rising in April to the highest level in 16 months, a statistic that offers hope of increased hiring in the coming months.  The latest U.S. Department of Labor's Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey (JOLTS)...

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ABB appoints Michael Mahfet to head its robotics business in North America

June 9, 2010

ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies, has announced the appointment of Michael Mahfet as vice president and general manager of its robotics business in North American, according to Rick Hepperla, regional president of the company's Discrete Automation & Motion division. Mahfet, who...

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President Obama and the Stamping Press

June 8, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Business owners in the metal fabrication industry are getting to be old hands at hosting top dogs from Washington on both sides of the political aisle. Several years ago President Bush visited Fox Valley Metal-Tech in Green Bay, Wis., and gave a speech. Last year Vice President Joe Biden visited...

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How to set up an internship program - TheFabricator

How to set up an internship program

June 8, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Insight from a metal fabricator and the head of Kansas State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides companies with good tips for setting up an internship program.

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