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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to dip during next three months

June 15, 2010

According to the June 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to dip during the next three months, an indication of the summer slowdown typically experienced by the industry. Conducted monthly, the report is an...

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TRUMPF LaserLab now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center - TheFabricator

TRUMPF LaserLab now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center

June 14, 2010

Where does laser power come from? How can lasers be made even stronger — and why do we need them to be power-packed in the first place? These are just a few of the questions answered at TRUMPF’s LaserLab, now on exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center in downtown Hartford. Visitors...

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Lincoln Electric promotes two to global industry segment positions

June 14, 2010

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, has named Peter Pletcher as director, global consumable development, and Ferry Naber as director, global machine development. Both are new positions within the company's global marketing and product development organization. Pletcher, based in Cleveland, is...

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Hydro Aluminum names new leader for North American extrusion business

June 14, 2010

Matthew Dionne has taken over leadership of Hydro Aluminum's North American extrusion business in Linthicum, Md. The company has reorganized its extrusion business, dividing its Extrusion Americas unit into two new sectors. Dionne is president of Extrusion North America, while Extrusion South...

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Motoman, Yaskawa Electric America combine

June 14, 2010

Motoman Inc. and Yaskawa Electric America Inc. have announced that they are combining to form Yaskawa America Inc. The Motoman operations in Dayton, Ohio, will form the Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa America; the Yaskawa Electric America Inc. operations in Waukegan, Ill., will form the Drives &...

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Whirlpool to close Michigan facility

June 14, 2010

Whirlpool Corp. has announced plans to close its machining facility in Benton Harbor, Mich., at year-end 2010 or early 2011, eliminating 216 jobs. The announcement follows a comprehensive review of asset utilization of the company’s laundry manufacturing facilities. The company's new laundry...

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90-degree clamp holds workpieces from the outside, leaving unobstructed space inside for welding

June 14, 2010

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the 90-degree Corner Magnet™ for holding workpieces from the outside, leaving unobstructed space inside the workpiece for welding. The boomerang-shaped magnet is a 90-degree magnet square in reverse, with the 90-degree edges on the inside walls of the...

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2-D laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers - TheFabricator

2-D laser system cuts thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers

June 14, 2010

Mazak Optonics Corp. offers the SuperTurbo-X Mark III RTC 2-D laser cutting system for cutting thin to thick sheets, cubic components, taps, and chamfers. A rotary table is standard equipment for cutting round pipe up to a maximum diameter of 14.76 in. and square tubes up to 6 in. The 16.14-in....

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Gear shaping machine can be paired with vertical turning center, grinder - TheFabricator

Gear shaping machine can be paired with vertical turning center, grinder

June 14, 2010

Bourn & Koch Inc., a partner in the Star SU LLC go-to-market cooperative, offers the 1000VBS CNC gear shaper. The 40-in. machine has an 8-in. stroke capability and can be paired with the company's 1000VBT vertical turning center or 1000VBG vertical grinder. The shaping head is mounted to the...

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CNC ironworkers, punching machines introduced

June 14, 2010

Trilogy Machinery Inc. has introduced the Sunrise line of CNC ironworkers and CNC punching machines. On machines with a 20-in. or larger throat depth, an optional, factory-installed, semiautomatic CNC positioning table is available for plate and angle. The operator positions the plate against the...

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Thermadyne adds to marketing, sales force

June 14, 2010

Thermadyne Industries Inc., St. Louis, a manufacturer and marketer of metal cutting and welding products, has announced that Tony Coco, Bill Wehrman, and Vickie Marshall have joined the company's marketing and sales team. As director of channel marketing and national accounts, Coco is...

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'Hackman' retires from LENOX after 48 years - TheFabricator

'Hackman' retires from LENOX after 48 years

June 14, 2010

LENOX®, a manufacturer of power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder, and band saw blades in East Longmeadow, Mass., has announced the retirement of Lee "Hackman" Breton from a 48-year career with the company. Breton started at LENOX in 1962 on the manufacturing floor. During that...

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Automated liquid penetrant testing system inspects for surface defects in base metal and welds

June 14, 2010

ARC Specialties has introduced an automated approach to the final inspection process in liquid penetrant testing (LPT). The Automated Liquid Penetrant (ALP) inspection system incorporates a Cognex CCD camera with software written by the manufacturer to inspect parts for surface defects in both the...

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So the government shows up and says, 'I'm here to help'

June 11, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Ask any metal fabricating business owner or manager what the government can do to help them out, and the response is pretty typical: "Stop trying to help." The last attempt that comes to mind is President Barack Obama's offer of a tax incentive to hire people. Business owners found it laughable....

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Prioritzing U.S. infrastructure needs

June 11, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Author and co-founder of New America Foundation gives his insights regarding the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure and provides tangible ways the federal government can address the situation.

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