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Improving productivity with submerged arc welding

May 25, 2010

Submerged arc welding (SAW) can be performed in various ways, from the simplest process using a single wire and DC power to more advanced twin-wire and tandem operations. Choosing the right SAW process for your operation can help you increase deposition rates and productivity.

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Developing and implementing a successful forklift training program: Six tips

May 25, 2010 | By Kelly Langdon

Have all potential operators in your facility been properly trained in forklift safety? Follow the tips in this article to tailor your training for your specific operation. Your employees and bottom line will thank you.

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CML USA names manufacturer's representative - TheFabricator

CML USA names manufacturer's representative

May 24, 2010

CML USA Inc. Ercolina, Davenport, Iowa, has hired Mike Robbins of MH Metal to serve as manufacturer's representative responsible for Wisconsin and Illinois. CML manufactures tube, pipe, and profile bending and metalworking...

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FMA wins 2010 public relations award for job campaign - TheFabricator

FMA wins 2010 public relations award for job campaign

May 24, 2010

A public relations program created and conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., and its public relations firm, L.C. Williams & Associates, Chicago, has captured a prestigious 2010 Golden Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC)....

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Schuler appoints distributor for New England, East Coast

May 24, 2010

Schuler Inc., Canton, Mich., has named Northeast Press Sales Co., Cicero, N.Y., as distributor for 10 states in New England and the East Coast. Schuler supplies metal forming and stamping equipment for the automotive, appliance, packaging, defense, and general stamping markets. Lee Walz, owner of...

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Flap disks conform to curved, irregular surfaces

May 24, 2010

Weiler’s Big Cat™ abrasive flap disks are designed with a thickness and large flap size to conform to curved and irregular surfaces. Multiple layers of coated abrasive material expose sharp, fresh grains as they slowly wear away. According to the company, the disks last 30 to 40 percent longer...

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AIDA-America expands distribution network for Tennessee

May 24, 2010

AIDA-America, Dayton, Ohio, has named Productive Stamping Solutions Inc. as the exclusive distributor for Tennessee. AIDA designs, manufactures, and services metal stamping presses and metal forming automation...

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Electronic hand wheel simplifies changing formats, positioning objects with numerous axes

May 24, 2010

Heidenhain Corp. offers the HR 1120 electronic handwheel to help simplify retooling and setup processes in machine automation systems that require changing formats or positioning objects with numerous axes. The handwheel is used in association with the machine control. Despite its compact...

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European manufacturer of all-electric, CNC tube benders creates U.S., Canadian partnership

May 24, 2010

Herber Eng. AB, Värnamo, Sweden, has formed a strategic partnership with Innovative Tube Equipment Corp. (ITEC), Rockford, Ill., and Montreal, to be its exclusive sales, applications engineering, technical support/service, and installation group for the North American market. Herber designs and...

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Compact cradle/straightener/feeder suitable for medium- to heavy-gauge applications

May 24, 2010

Coe Press Equipment has introduced a new compact cradle-straightener-feeder (CSF) design featuring an improved material threading process and a hydraulic pilot release mechanism to help improve press feeding accuracy. The machine is suitable for medium- to heavy-gauge applications (0.040 to 0.375...

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Two-axis hydraulic press can be configured for various tonnages, frame designs, control packages - TheFabricator

Two-axis hydraulic press can be configured for various tonnages, frame designs, control packages

May 24, 2010

Phoenix has developed a two-axis press that provides for forming, compaction, and compression processes, as well as R&D and quality testing. Operating in a pressure-over-time mode, the press employs a Delta motion controller and a Micrologix 1100 to provide synchronized application of...

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Laser weld seam inspection system introduced

May 24, 2010

Kent Corp. has introduced a new post-weld seam inspection system for GTAW and laser welding mills. The system records mismatch, roundness, concavity, and undercut. Standard equipment is accurate within 0.001 in., and higher-resolution cameras are available. An alarm can be set to notify the...

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Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area - TheFabricator

Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area

May 24, 2010

The Pivot 180 from Big Ass Fans is the company's first oscillating fan engineered to mount on a column and cover an area equivalent to four tennis courts. The 6-ft.-dia. fan, suitable for tight spaces or areas with ceiling obstructions, oscillates horizontally to provide 180 degrees of airflow...

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Just happy to have a job?

May 19, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

In the last few years, as more and more jobs have disappeared, those who have remained employed have considered themselves very lucky. No matter how much they've been pushed to do more with less, or how many benefits they've lost, many of these workers have adopted the mantra: "Just happy to have a...

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The laser is 50, and still beaming

May 17, 2010 | By Tim Heston

On May 16, 1960, Theodore Maiman of Hughes Labs became the first person on the planet to build light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation—or laser. (Thank goodness the acronym stuck.) On Sunday, the laser turned 50. I’m willing to bet that on that day in 1960, Ignacio “Nacho”...

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