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OEE module for CAD/CAM software examines, reports on equipment productivity and performance - TheFabricator.com

OEE module for CAD/CAM software examines, reports on equipment productivity and performance

October 11, 2010

LVD Strippit has added an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) module to its CADMAN® family of offline software. The module examines and reports on equipment productivity and performance; provides analysis in simple graphical charts; presents real shop floor information; and monitors...

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Sertom opens North American customer support center

October 11, 2010

TSG North America LLC (The Sertom Group) has expanded its presence in the North American market by opening its newly expanded sales and service center in Roscoe, Ill. The company provides Sertom machines for medium to heavy plate and structural fabrication applications. Equipment includes plate...

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Universal ball-and-socket shields make drills, grinders, and band saws safer - TheFabricator.com

Universal ball-and-socket shields make drills, grinders, and band saws safer

October 11, 2010

Universal ball-and-socket shields are available from Rockford Systems for use on drills, grinders, and band saws. The shields place a barrier between operators or other employees in the area and flying chips, sparks, and coolant generated from the tool. The shields are furnished with heavy...

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Evaluating product integrity with eddy current - TheFabricator.com

Evaluating product integrity with eddy current

October 11, 2010 | By Joe Jessop

Tube and pipe producers and fabricators who are familiar with the conventional encircling coils used in eddy current testing might be interested in learning more about this technology. Eddy current can be used on a variety of product shapes and does more than detect cracks. It can detect relative hardness and hardness changes (good for verifying heat treatment) and the presence or absence of physical features such as splines and threads.

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Hammering parts with hydroforming - TheFabricator.com

Hammering parts with hydroforming

October 11, 2010 | By Teruaki Yogo

Conventional hydroforming uses a continuously increasing pressure to form the part. Another process, hammering, relies on a hydraulic system that alternates between a programmed high pressure and low pressure.

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Thermadyne Holdings Corp. agrees to be acquired by Irving Place Capital

October 8, 2010

St. Louis, Mo.-based Thermadyne Holdings Corp., a global manufacturer of metal cutting and welding products and accessories, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Irving Place Capital, a middle-marker private equity firm, in a transaction valued at approximately...

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Jensen Precast launches new metal fabrication division: Jensen MetalTech

October 8, 2010

Jensen Precast, Sparks, N.V., a manufacturer of precast concrete products, including utility vaults for electric fiber optic, gas, telecommunications, and water infrastructure, has launched Jensen MetalTech, a division of the company that engineers and manufactures steel and aluminum access...

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The Bradbury Group acquires Hilleng International and Diecraft

October 8, 2010

The Bradbury Co. Inc., acting through its subsidiary, Bradbury Australia, Pty Ltd, has announced its further expansion into the southern hemisphere. The new company has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets and intellectual property of Hilleng International and Diecraft. The deal is...

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Equipment investment and hanging fruit

October 5, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Several weeks ago I visited Ometek Inc., a contract manufacturer near the Columbus, Ohio, airport. After reading the manufacturing news this week, I started thinking about the company’s bending department. Here’s why. This week the business world learned what it pretty much already knew. The...

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Martinek Manufacturing

October 5, 2010

Martinek Manufacturing’s third building is a 40,000-sq.-ft.facility. 42650 Osgood Road Fremont, CA 94539 510-366-2837 MARTINEK.COM By Mark Martinek OPENED: 1988 WHY: We were getting tired of trying to vacuum all the metal shavings out of our carpets at...

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Specialty fabricator goes wireless with GTAW foot pedals

October 4, 2010 | By Brent Williams

Tangled up in cable clutter in your welding shop? An Orlando, Fla.-based fabrication shop reduced clutter and improved safety by using wireless GTAW foot pedals.

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The evolution of turret punch press processing

October 4, 2010 | By Lloyd Keller

Improvements in turret punch presses have increased their capabilities and eliminated the need for many secondary operations. These improvements, which include automation options and the ability to perform contour cutting, tapping, and other processes, make these systems viable alternatives to laser machines.

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Robotic welding of heavy plate sections - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding of heavy plate sections

October 4, 2010

When mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, Houston, Pa., redesigned its line pans for coal removal, it increased the size and thickness of the equipment. The redesign provided the perfect opportunity to move to an automated welding cell to keep up with the additional 150 lbs. of filler metal that would have to be added to each line pan.

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Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty? - TheFabricator.com

Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty?

October 4, 2010 | By David Bellamy

From tacking operations that require short arc-on times to completing long, continuous welds on thick plate, the welding gun needs to offer the appropriate welding capacity for the job.

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New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering - TheFabricator.com

New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering

October 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A Baltimore job shop remained on the growth path throughout the recession by circumventing the traditional job bidding process and gaining a serious foothold in the export market.

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