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Armor Contract Mfg. installs large-scale blast, paint system - TheFabricator.com

Armor Contract Mfg. installs large-scale blast, paint system

March 14, 2011

Armor Contract Mfg., Mason, Ohio, has installed a 3,100-sq.-ft., full-service blast, primer, and paint system, interlinked with a monorail system. "Objectives for our new capabilities include government shipping containers, UL-listed diesel fuel tanks, large industrial power genset enclosures,...

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Regulator, outfit design, packaging changed

March 14, 2011

Thermadyne® Industries' Victor® brand has made changes to the design and package of its CutSkill® series 250 (medium-duty) and 350 (heavy-/medium-duty) regulators and outfits. New features include color-coded knobs that identify gas type, a fabric-reinforced neoprene diaphragm, a zinc-aluminum...

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Abrasive cutter option allows sectioning in the X-axis direction - TheFabricator.com

Abrasive cutter option allows sectioning in the X-axis direction

March 14, 2011

Buehler's AbrasiMatic® 300 abrasive cutter now features the optional X-Bed for sectioning in the X-axis direction. The accompanying digital display tracks X-axis travel to help improve precision, consistency, and repeatability in serial (parallel) sectioning applications. The benchtop...

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Elgin Fastener Group expands through acquisition

March 14, 2011

Elgin Fastener Group has announced the latest addition to its expanding production capabilities through the acquisition of Silo Fasteners, Kansas City, Mo., a provider of fasteners for highway construction, concrete form, and general distribution. Elgin Fastener Group will relocate the Silo...

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Metal surface sander provides 4 in. of working tool width - TheFabricator.com

Metal surface sander provides 4 in. of working tool width

March 14, 2011

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels has introduced a metal surface drum sander and flap wheel drum line for large-scale metal finishing. The flap drum sander features electronic controls, a soft-start feature, and a variable-speed dial. It has an overload protection feature and high-speed capacity. The...

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Atlas Technologies announces management changes

March 14, 2011

Atlas Technologies Inc., Fenton, Mich., has changed its management structure. William Rogner has returned to the company as the interim general manager, joining veteran managers Randy Austin, vice president of applications, and Louis Weigele, human resources and purchasing manager. Kim Nation has...

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Welding machine designed for pipeline, construction, maintenance applications

March 14, 2011

Lincoln Electric has introduced the new SAE-300® engine-driven welding machine, designed for pipeline welding, as well as construction and maintenance applications. The new machine features the company's Dual Continuous Control™ technology, which allows the adjustment of two dials on the...

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January manufacturing technology consumption 188 percent higher than year ago

March 14, 2011

January U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $371.41 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...

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metal-cored wires

Demystifying metal-cored wires

March 14, 2011 | By Tim Hensley

Even though metal-cored wires have been gaining popularity in recent years, there seems to be some mystery and misconceptions surrounding this filler metal. To better understand these wires it helps to consider the technology behind them and the applications for which they are best suited. Additionally, it is important to know the general characteristics of metal-cored wires, along with the ways they can provide potential improvements in the welding operation.

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Steel Market Update reports on Japanese steel mills & manufacturing affected by earthquake

March 14, 2011

Steel Market Update has researched the status of various steel mills and manufacturing facilities in Japan that have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11. A report by John Packard posted on steelmarketupdate.com said that "according to a Saturday news report...

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Getting the good ones to stay

March 11, 2011 | By Dan Davis

At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit/6th annual Metal Matters, which just wrapped up late last week, I sat in on a discussion about ways to find good employees. The consensus among the 10 or so fabricators in this breakout session was that they are more than willing to train the right person for a...

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Coil processing equipment

Coil processing equipment—new or retrofit?

March 11, 2011 | By Jim Ward

If existing coil feeding equipment is functioning, but productivity needs a boost, stampers can achieve measurable gains in their production efficiency through various types of upgrades to their coil handling and feeding equipment, including servo drives, variable speed controls, and operator interfaces.

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Die Science: Attempting to defy the laws of physics, Part I

March 11, 2011 | By Art Hedrick

The forms and positional tolerances called out on product designs often defy the physical abilities of the product's material. Proper product and process design, as well as pressure clamping, can help maintain strict tolerances.

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Who's to blame for the lack of skilled workers?

March 10, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

This month's “Fabricating Update” e-newsletter featured comments from readers who had responded to the February issue's lead item about how difficult it is to find the skilled workers modern manufacturing needs. These comments sparked a flurry of responses that not only addressed how difficult...

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Copper tubing part diagram

Ironing the wrinkles out of copper tubing

March 10, 2011 | By George Winton

A wiper die is helpful for making wrinkle-free bends. Understanding how one works can help you decide if you need to use one.

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