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Is it time to put a robot in front of a press brake?

June 8, 2009

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North American fabricators have not been as active in adoptingautomated bending cells as their counterparts in other parts of theworld. But that may be changing. These five questions can help afabricator decide how to justify the case for a robotic press brake.

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Exal Corp. wins metal decorating award

June 8, 2009

Exal Corp., a manufacturer of extruded aluminum packaging, has received the 2009 "Best In Category" Quality Award for Excellence in Metal Decorating from the International Metal Decorators Association...

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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II - TheFabricator.com

Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II

June 7, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing launched a program to tackle sensor technology in an effort to errorproof the pressroom.

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Pulling for the underdog

June 4, 2009

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I'm always pulling for underdogs. They receive little respect, and their stories are often more fascinating than those darlings standing in the spotlight.That's why I'm pulling for GM. No one thinks it has much of a chance for a recovery, and people are calling the $20 billion...

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It ain't easy being Fritz

June 4, 2009

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GM filed for bankruptcy, and now it"s time to stand around and criticize. And criticize. And criticize some more. Enter GM bankruptcy into a search engine and you"ll see a flood of articles, editorials, and blogs that provide no shortage of criticism for the company. The supposed mistakes and...

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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part III

June 4, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing adds in-die projection welding to its capabilities, eliminating secondary operations and significantly reducing labor costs.

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Orbital welding technology breaks new ground

June 4, 2009

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Automated orbital welding technology has evolved to the point where one welding system can perform multiple processes and adapt welding parameters in real-time.

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Curbing waste at Power Curbers

June 4, 2009

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Equipment manufacturer streamlines part flow and drastically reduces WIP and raw stock inventory. Once a part hits the floor, it never goes onto a rack.

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Hypertherm wins Cornerstone Award for corporate social responsibility

June 4, 2009

Hypertherm, a supplier of plasma arc metal cutting technology, has received the 2009 Cornerstone Award from New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.The award, presented by Governor John...

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'Humans are smarter than apes'

June 3, 2009

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In past posts, I've mentioned that I'm a tennis fan. The last few days have been quite exciting in the tennis world as No.-1 ranked, four-time French Open champ, Rafael Nadal, was defeated in the fourth round by No. 23-ranked Robin Soderling, a Swedish player who never won so much as a...

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Deere announces Ottumwa layoffs

June 3, 2009

Deere & Company has announced that the majority of production employees at the John Deere Ottumwa Works will be laid off until later this year to ensure that factory production is aligned with market...

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Teeing up orbital welding

June 3, 2009

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Two technologies improve the quality and decrease the cost of fabricating high-purity systems, such as those used in the food and beverage, dairy, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor industries. These two techniques are mechanically formed T connections and orbital welding. A common question is this: Can orbital welding be used on mechanically formed T connections? The answer is yes, but fabricators need to understand the limitations and restrictions of this combination.

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The economics of selecting a coil feed line

June 2, 2009

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Factoring in the economics inherent in a small footprint—if a building expansion is required for a larger line, for example—a space-saving line may be the most economical option. Categories of space-saving coil feed lines, from the least expensive to the most expensive,are the paddle loop, space saving, and synchronous.

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Armored and ready to make a difference

June 2, 2009

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Doug Bergeson of Bergeson Technology, Dawson, Minn., saw the carnage that improvised explosive devices caused in Iraq, so when he came on, he worked on a solution. He has one now and wants others to know about it.

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LISSMAC opens U.S. headquarters

June 2, 2009

LISSMAC GmbH of Bad Wurzach, Germany, a manufacturer and distributor of construction machinery; special purpose equipment, including SBM sheet metal processing machines; and handling equipment, has...

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