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Rebuilt shears offered

March 23, 2010

Wysong Mfg. offers rebuilt Wysong mechanical shears, as well as remanufacturing capability to current users of its machine tools. The mechanical shears are compliant with OSHA and ANSI and include a new warranty, new electronics, new gauging systems, and a new mechanical drive system. All parts are...

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Laser cutting machine enhanced with 6000 W resonator

March 23, 2010

Bystronic has introduced an enhanced version of its BySpeed 3015 laser cutting machine, which features the ByLaser 6000 W resonator, a power package designed to deliver up to a steady 6 kilowatts to the cutting head for consistent high-quality cutting across a broad range of materials. Among the...

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Material handling conveyor driven by patented air bellows technology

March 23, 2010

Midbrook Inc. has released the Shuttle Pro material handling conveyor for the stamping and material handling industries. The pneumatic transport (shaker) conveyor is driven by patented air bellows technology to move scrap, finished products, and other materials. According to the company, the air...

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Alphabet Soup

How to get from ABC to ERP

March 23, 2010 | By Adria Iles

Ever wonder what all those business software acronyms mean and which, if any, package can help you cost-effectively run your shop more efficiently? Newer systems integrate with the basic accounting, spreadsheet, and human resource packages used by smaller companies.

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Health care and the angry citizen

March 22, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Talking with various contract metal fabricators over the past few months, I now realize what health care insurance means to them and other small-business owners across the country. Providing health care is a moral imperative. Sure, providing good benefits makes a shop competitive. But at the end...

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Offshoring not what it once was

March 18, 2010 | By Dan Davis

We live in extraordinary times. You can tell because people are creating their own words, and society adopts them without questions. It's fantabulous. Metal fabricators should embrace this new word with open arms: Re-shoring. Manufacturing jobs that once went overseas because of low-cost labor are...

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The green fields of America

March 17, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

As I write this, it's March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day - - and as a member of the Irish diaspora, I'm wearing green and playing the CD Murphy's Irish Pub as I work. This is the one day of the year that I immerse myself in my ancestry. I’m an American first and foremost, but who I am as an...

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TRUMPF Inc. donates power tools to Haitian rebuilding effort

March 17, 2010

TRUMPF Inc. recently donated 10 of its TruTool S130 power tools for use in Haiti's reconstruction efforts. The company made the donation to Relief International, a non-profit agency rated four stars by Charity Navigator. The power tools will be used for Relief International's shelter program and...

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Do not count on those manufacturing backlogs

March 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Not a day goes by that I don’t remember how lucky I am. OK, I’m lying. Most days I don’t give it a second thought, though I know I should. My parents got a second mortgage so that I could leave college without having to worry about paying back student loans. How could they do this? Well,...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged during next three months

March 16, 2010

According to the March 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged from the February report, with expectations that orders and shipments will continue to rise or at least remain constant...

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Michigan Roll Form purchases Tru-Tech

March 16, 2010

Michigan Roll Form Inc., Fraser, Mich., a provider of metal fabricating machines and related tooling, has purchased the intellectual property and inventory items of Tru-Tech Tool and Machine Company, as of March 2010. The purchase includes all machine and tooling designs/records, parts inventory,...

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Angle grinder has autobalancing flange

March 15, 2010

Metabo Corp. has introduced the 6-in. WEPA14-150 Quick small-angle grinder. Its autobalancing flange, pressed onto the spindle, replaces a traditional backing flange. Ball bearings automatically offset out-of-balance conditions present in the grinding accessory while the tool is in use to help...

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Robotic welding system has optional gas, water cooling

March 15, 2010

Fronius USA has developed the TransSteel Robotics system with optional gas or water cooling for robotic steel welding. The system is compatible with robots produced by leading manufacturers. Steel transfer technology and a digital inverter power source form the basis of the new robotic welding...

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Sawing system designed for both ferrous, nonferrous materials

March 15, 2010

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. (AME) offers the AMSAW® S300, a sawing system designed to cut both ferrous and nonferrous materials. It has a capacity of 3 to 12 in. and uses saw blade diameters from 24 to 36 in. The system allows for cut lengths up to 30 in. and multi-indexing when length...

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Load turner has small footprint, operates like rotating C-turner

March 15, 2010

Sweed Machinery Inc. offers a new bundle turner for repositioning of large stacks of metal plates and coils. The unit is compact, taking up less space than a standard C-turner, yet loads and unloads on the same side like a much larger rotating C-turner. The unit has an open design, so that all its...

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