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Bystronic names service manager for Canada

May 17, 2010

Bystronic Canada Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., has named Michael Cummings as service manager for Canada. He has more than 14 years of technical services, R&D, and management experience. Bystronic Inc. is a provider of laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and press brake systems, system software, and...

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Automatic height control, seam tracking available for welding drive system - TheFabricator

Automatic height control, seam tracking available for welding drive system

May 17, 2010

Bug-O Systems has introduced two new accessories for the Modular Drive System (MDS): automated height control and seam tracking. The automated height control system provides automatic up/down positioning of the torch when using CV weld processes. Features include current set point control and...

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Liquid propane gas welding machine allows users to switch seamlessly between multiple processes

May 17, 2010

Designed for maintenance, repair, and construction, Lincoln’s Ranger® 305 LPG is an engine-driven welding machine that allows users to switch seamlessly between multiple processes. While liquid propane gas (LPG) is less common, it is required when operating in areas where gasoline and diesel...

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Bystronic hires press brake service engineer

May 17, 2010

Bystronic Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., has announced that Vincent Nylin has joined the company as press brake service engineer based in the Quad Cities, Ill., area. Nylin has more than 32 years of electromechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic experience. He is a retired U.S. Navy Fleet advanced technical...

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Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop - TheFabricator

Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop

May 17, 2010

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 709.1 clamping pads with threaded stems. The RoHS-compliant, metric-sized clamping pads have a body made of case-hardened steel with a black phosphate finish. The ball is hardened steel with a plain finish. Two types are available: with a smooth contact face, or...

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Attendees learn about combustible dust hazards at symposium - TheFabricator

Attendees learn about combustible dust hazards at symposium

May 17, 2010

Dantherm Filtration held its first symposium on combustible dust at its Thomasville, N.C., headquarters in March. More than 50 attendees learned about the causes of combustible dust fires and explosions and how to prevent them. They also learned about how NFPA requirements are applied to dust...

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Robotic welding positioner available in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side - TheFabricator

Robotic welding positioner available in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side

May 17, 2010

A heavy-duty, three-axis welding positioner configuration is available from Wolf Robotics in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side. The positioner has a Ferris wheel-type interchange between stations for operator loading and unloading while a robot is welding on the other side. The...

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Andy J. Egan receives Elite designation from MBPA

May 17, 2010

Andy J. Egan Co., a mechanical contractor and fabricator in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for by the Michigan Business and Professionals Association (MBPA). Egan received the Elite Award in communications — one of only 10...

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Weld seam inspection system determines size, position of all relevant defects in real time

May 17, 2010

A new sensor has been added to the VIROwsi welding seam inspection system from Vitronic. The system objectively inspects the seam and sorts out defective parts. It determines the size and position of all relevant defects such as pores, holes, undercuts, and seam geometry in real time. All results...

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Robotic blast machine automates processing trayloads of components

May 17, 2010

Guyson Corp. has introduced a robotic blasting system that incorporates a component-manipulating, six-axis robot and a shuttle transfer cart to fully automate processing of trayloads of components. The model RB-TRR-900 is designed for precise surface preparation, shot peening, and cosmetic...

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Chandler Products announces personnel changes

May 17, 2010

Chandler Products, Cleveland, has announced the retirement of Ron Siedler from the company. Siedler most recently served as the company's president after spending many years in the position of sales manager. Frank Pushpak has been named operations manager, and Glenn Gentile assumes the title of...

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Wilson Tool opens office in Mexico

May 17, 2010

Wilson Tool Intl., White Bear Lake, Minn., has opened a new office in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. The new office provides tooling systems, sales, and support. Jay Dienst, Wilson Tool’s vice president of sales for North and Latin America, oversees the operations. Wilson Tool Intl. is a...

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Fabricators on recovery and job creation

May 12, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

If you didn’t receive this week’s "Fabricating Update," you missed some promising numbers about the economic recovery and manufacturing jobs. Have no fear; I'm repeating them here, because they are worth repeating: The U.S. added 290,000 jobs in April, the largest monthly total since March...

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HRB price surge stalls: U.S. up 0.5%; Western Europe flat; World down 0.3%; China down 1.2%

May 12, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for May 10 was up 0.5 percent to $776 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eleventh consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price remained flat at $742 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 4.7 percent), ex-works, after five...

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sheet metal modeling bad design

The impossible dream

May 11, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

From the CAD operator's point of view, he can use several tricks for sheet metal modeling that can keep the design in the realm of can-do manufacturing—the land where the tooling and metal processing technologies are commonly available.

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