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Amark to open fabrication plant in North Carolina

July 19, 2010

Amark Corp., Suffolk, Va., has announced plans to convert a vacant plant in Elizabeth City, N.C., into a fabrication shop to cut, weld, and fabricate steel structures and assorted metals. The company makes steel and pipe for general and industrial construction use. Amark plans to create 43 jobs...

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Sodick names national service manager - TheFabricator

Sodick names national service manager

July 19, 2010

Sodick Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., has appointed Ramiro Perucho as national service manager. He has worked in the machine tool industry for more than 12 years. Perucho started at the company as a service engineer and later was promoted to assistant service manager and then Midwest service manager....

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Presses with 80- and 110-pressure capacities introduced - TheFabricator

Presses with 80- and 110-pressure capacities introduced

July 19, 2010

Haco has introduced the HPE80 and HPE 110 presses, with 80- and 110-ton pressure capacities, respectively. The bottom table base measures 23 by 31 in., while the moving cylinder base is 15 by 15 in. Depth is set by limit switch or through pressure setting. A two-hand control comes standard with...

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Conference to focus on wind energy opportunities for suppliers

July 19, 2010

The two-day Wind Energy Conference, Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is designed to help manufacturers identify and capitalize on the wind energy supply chain. Sponsored by Green Manufacturer magazine, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association...

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Press brake capacity expanded - TheFabricator

Press brake capacity expanded

July 19, 2010

Bystronic has announced the expansion of the standard capacity for the Xpert press brake up to 1,100 U.S. tons and 33 ft. in length. With its hydraulic crowning system, the machine is suited for the bending of heavy plate and very long parts. A multiaxis controller directs the pressure...

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New welding electrodes introduced - TheFabricator

New welding electrodes introduced

July 19, 2010

Kjellberg Finsterwalde Elektroden und Zusatzwerkstoffe GmbH offers three new welding electrodes. The high-alloyed Finox 29/9 Gold rod electrode is designed for joint welding, buffering layers under hard alloys, and surfacing of difficult-to-weld steel. Typical applications are the processing of...

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Lasers equipped with power-saving mode - TheFabricator

Lasers equipped with power-saving mode

July 19, 2010

Bystronic has incorporated a power-saving mode into all machines equipped with the ByLaser 6000 and ByLaser 4400BCL series resonators. The mode reduces the electrical power consumption of the complete laser cutting system by 50 to 70 percent during standby or noncutting times, the company...

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Robot provides working envelope of nearly 360 degrees

July 19, 2010

Toshiba Machine's TH-A series of SCARA robots is equipped with rigid gears for each axis to provide quick acceleration and deceleration. The line is identical to the company's TH series, with the exception of the gears and the robot's working envelope: axis one and axis two combine to provide a...

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Metal forming companies anticipate little change in business conditions in next three months

July 19, 2010

According to the July 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies anticipate little change in business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 119 metal forming...

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Manufacturers provide value, not just jobs

July 16, 2010 | By Dan Davis

When metal fabricators get together and talk about improving the image of manufacturing, the talk normally progresses to politicians. The fabricators lament that the elected officials just don't understand the value that their shops bring to the community and, as a result, don't support their...

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Accelerating business with EB welding - TheFabricator

Accelerating business with EB welding

July 16, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Thanks to a specific vision and a high-end equipment purchase, C.F. Roark Welding & Engineering Co. Inc. is anything but ordinary. Founded in 1949, the company specializes in electron beam (EB) welding of complex, specialty parts and components for the aerospace, defense, and research industries. In a short amount of time it has carved a niche as the premier EB welding firm of the Midwest.

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Autogenous orbital GTAW of large, high-purity tubes - TheFabricator

Autogenous orbital GTAW of large, high-purity tubes

July 15, 2010 | By Barbara K. Henon, Y.K. Tan

Autogenous orbital welding on large projects has become nearly routine with large numbers of successful welds completed with very low reject rates. Thus it is very easy to become complacent. However, installers need to be alert to potential problems and take immediate action when a problem occurs.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VII - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VII

July 15, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis turns his attention to fasteners as it's time to shore up the support structure.

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Update on press and press brake safety standards - TheFabricator

Update on press and press brake safety standards

July 15, 2010 | By Jeff Ashcroft

Updates to the ANSI standards are meant to harmonize press and press brake safety standards from all parts of the world. Once accomplished, a manufacturer can feel confident that its plants meet the latest safety standards no matter where those facilities are in the world.

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New product idea-Quirky or not?

July 14, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

When I woke up the other day, I had this idea for a product. Seriously, the perfect name for it came to me immediately. I’m not going to tell you what it is, because I want to do some research and see if it already exists — and also because you might laugh, or steal my idea. And if it doesn’t...

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