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Wallover Oil appoints regional manager

April 15, 2010

Wallover Oil Co., Strongsville, Ohio, a manufacturer of industrial lubricants and cleaners, has appointed Jon Stansell as regional manager. He is responsible for increasing the company's business in Texas and Louisiana. Stansell has 16 years of experience in sales and service of metalworking fluids...

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Drawing and Stretching Diagram

DIEVESTIGATION: Draw or stretch? That is the question

April 13, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

When designing a part, you must decide which is the best way to form it. Should you draw it or stretch it? That depends on several factors, including forming depth.

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Satin finish weather protection

Industrial hand-held grinding and surface finishing — A primer on brush and mirror finishing

April 13, 2010 | By Tom Carroll

The proper finish is important for product quality and durability. This article discusses the steps required to brush- and mirror-finish stainless steel, nonferrous metals, and aluminum using both linear and angle grinders.

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Second-generation tube weld inspection system introduced

April 12, 2010

Xiris Automation Inc. has begun shipping its second-generation postweld inspection system. Designed to be installed right after the weld head in tube and pipe mills, the WI2000p inspects and detects a variety of quality issues related to the welding process. Using a high-resolution camera combined...

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Stainless steel electrodes designed to enhance productivity for specific applications

April 12, 2010

Arcos Industries LLC offers two bare-wire and covered stainless steel electrodes designed to help enhance productivity for specific welding applications. Arcos 320/320LR is primarily used for pipe welding. It maintains corrosion resistance and produces a high-purity weld deposit, which reduces weld...

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Tube bending lubricant leaves clean coating that does not build up on mandrel

April 12, 2010

Accu-Lube JL-12 is an opaque gel from ITW ROCOL(R) North America, formulated for tube bending applications. It can be pumped or hand-applied directly to the tube or bending mandrels, leaving a clean coating on the mandrel that will not build up over time. The lubricant is designed to stay where it...

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Large-format laser machine incorporates 6,000-W resonator

April 12, 2010

Bystronic has incorporated the ByLaser 6,000-W resonator into the ByStar L 4025 series of machines. The machine can process large-format sheets measuring up to 8 ft. wide by up to 39 ft. long. It uses a short-beam delivery system and autofocus to help increase accuracy and beam stability across the...

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Seam monitoring device designed for high-frequency longitudinally welded tube production

April 12, 2010

Blissenbach has introduced a seam monitoring device used in combination with ID scarfing tools for the production of high-frequency longitudinally welded tubes. The product monitors cutting edge chipping, scarfing depth, and misalignment of weld edges caused by imprecise forming. The area of the...

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CGI Automated Mfg. receives Excellent Supplier Award

April 12, 2010

CGI Automated Mfg., Romeoville, Ill., has received the 2009 Excellent Supplier Award of the American Purchasing Society. CGI is one of only two companies to earn the award in 2009, and the only U.S. company named Excellent Supplier. CGI was nominated for the award by Focal Point, a Chicago-based...

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Bilsing Automation adds manufacturing reps

April 12, 2010

Bilsing Automation North America, Clinton Township, Mich., has announced the addition of two Michigan companies — MJM Sales Inc. of Rochester and Michigan Automation LLC of Lake Orion — to its network of manufacturing representatives throughout North America. MJM Sales President Mitch...

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Main Steel Polishing sells Arlington, Texas, facility

April 12, 2010

Main Steel Polishing Co. Inc., Tinton Falls, N.J., has sold its Arlington, Texas, facility to TSA Processing of Houston. TSA, a nonferrous metals toll processor, approached Main Steel with an offer to acquire the Arlington facility to expand TSA's market footprint into the Dallas-Fort Worth area....

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Miro Tool adds waterjet technology

April 12, 2010

Miro Tool & Mfg. has added a Mitsubishi 510 Suprema waterjet machine with a 90,000-PSI KMT pump to its facility in Waukesha, Wis. The 40,000-sq.-ft. plant houses equipment for engineering, prototyping, tooling, stamping, fabrication, welding, assembly, and machining. The DX waterjet series is...

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Trilogy Machinery named U.S. agent for Sunrise ironworkers, punching machines

April 12, 2010

Trilogy Machinery Inc., Belcamp, Md., has entered into an agreement with Sunrise Fluid Power Inc. of Taiwan to become the new U.S. agent for its ironworkers and punching machines. The product line includes hydraulic ironworkers, CNC ironworkers, hydraulic punching machines, horizontal bending...

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Manufacturing needs to ditch the celebrity spokesperson

April 9, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Bear with me for a minute. I'm about to bring up the name Jesse James, but I'm not about to spend 500 words on this tabloid fodder. (This would be the guy behind West Coast Choppers, not the American outlaw of the 19th century Old West.) Of course, James is also the guy that stepped out...

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Welding passion leads to livelihood

April 7, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Two years ago, I wrote an article for thefabricator.com about Brennan Palmiter, a young race car driver and welder (then 16) who had teamed up with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and Practical Welding Today® magazine to introduce young people to manufacturing...

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