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HRB prices revisit the bottom

February 11, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™United States hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Feb. 9th dropped 3.5 percent to $554 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the 13th consecutive decline. The...

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Guard Gate Interlocking Switches

Safeguarding against robotic welding hazards

February 10, 2009

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Safety light screens, safety interlock switches, and two-hand controls are three types of safeguarding devices that can be used as part of a comprehensive safety system for robotic welding setups in your shop.

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Manufacturing Transportation Equipment

New dimension, familiar direction

February 10, 2009

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H.W. Metals offers punching, shearing, arc welding, machining, oxyfuel cutting, and standard and high-definition plasma cutting. The company found that there was more and more work it couldn't do for its customers because some jobs required laser-cut parts. The company decided to purchase a laser to expand capabilities in its current markets by offering an alternative to plasma cutting. In October, the company installed a Prima Maximo laser cutting system, which will allow the company to provide more capabilities to existing customers.

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Shickle Corp Employees

'We are all Shickels'

February 10, 2009

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Shickel Corp., Bridgewater, Va., has a very diversified customer base, a strong manufacturing tradition, and a commitment to exposing youngsters to the exciting world of manufacturing. For all those reasons, this 70-year-old company is the recipient of The FABRICATOR's 2009 Industry Award.

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Survival—Are factors other than the economy dragging down your operation?

February 10, 2009

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Art Hedrick, longtime consultant to the sheet metal stamping industry, has observed three internal factors that can negatively affect an operation. In this economic climate in which so much is at stake, you want to make sure that your business does not suffer from these self-destructive characteristics.

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Wireless GTAW pedal has 100-ft. range, multichannel adjustability

February 10, 2009

The Freedom Pedal® serves as a wireless replacement for a GTAW machine's corded pedal. It offers a 100-ft. range, an elevation positioning system, steer tabs, ergonomic shaping, and multichannel...

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Data collection software helps shops become paperless

February 10, 2009

MIE Solutions has created shop floor data collection software running on Windows® that makes use of production scheduling to enable a manufacturing shop to become paperless.MIE Trak Kiosk data...

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Weld tracking laser camera developed for same material thickness butt welding

February 10, 2009

The Quanta from Servo-Robot is a high-resolution laser camera for butt welding applications, including same material thickness. It is designed for welding processes such as laser, GTAW, and plasma...

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Centrifugal disk finisher designed to keep tiny parts from disappearing

February 10, 2009

A new centrifugal disk finisher has been introduced by ALMCO KleenTec Inc. The model ACDF-75 has a bowl with a spinning disk at the bottom. The disk propels the abrasive media upward against the...

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Cut-resistant work gloves rated at ANSI level 4

February 10, 2009

Magid Glove & Safety offers CutMaster® XKS™ work gloves. Manufactured from the company's XKS yarn, these machine-knit gloves earn an ANSI cut level 4 rating, which the company says is as...

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Bimetal band saw blades offer increased fatigue resistance, tooth durability

February 10, 2009

Challenger™ bimetal structural band saw blades are available from M.K. Morse. They are constructed using PTP™ technology, a proprietary process which, in combination with specialized tooth...

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Reciprocating blades for pneumatic saws introduced

February 10, 2009

The L.S. Starrett Co. has introduced a line of saw blades designed for pneumatic reciprocating saws. The blades use the company's bi-metal unique® technology, which joins two strips of high-speed...

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Light-duty manual band saw cuts tubes, pipes up to 8 in. at 90 degrees

February 10, 2009

The Kalamazoo Machine Tool model H235 manual band saw is designed for light-duty cutting of tubes, pipes, light structural shapes, and small solids up to 8 in. at 90 degrees. The saw has a...

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Hot stamping press accommodates complex automotive components

February 10, 2009

Interlaken's turnkey, fully automated hot stamping press system is suitable for volume manufacturing of complex automotive components from strong, light materials. According to the company, the press...

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CAD/CAM nesting software enhanced

February 10, 2009

Jetcam Intl. has announced the release of version 16.06.00 of Expert CAD/CAM nesting software for punching and profiling machines.Tool teach facilities have been added, which allow the company's...

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