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Joy Global closes Milwaukee facility

May 13, 2016

Joy Global, a manufacturer of mining equipment located in Milwaukee, has permanently closed its welding and heavy fabrication operations there. The facility was idled in November 2015. The closure eliminates 130 jobs. The remainder of the company’s operations in Milwaukee are not affected by...

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Dorner acquires Geppert-Band

May 13, 2016

Dorner Holding Corp., the parent company of Dorner Mfg. Corp., Hartland, Wis., has announced the acquisition of Jülich, Germany-based Geppert-Band, a manufacturer of belt and modular belt conveyors. Dorner Mfg. Corp. manufactures industrial and sanitary conveyor systems. The addition of...

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Consumables Corner: Breaking down CTOD and CVN testing

May 13, 2016

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Q: We're a job shop and much of our work is customized or unique. Because of this, we have to work with multiple welding codes and sometimes we have to verify welding procedures. We have been bidding on some new projects that have welding crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) requirements. How is...

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CMM delivers high-speed scanning

May 13, 2016

Hexagon Mfg. Intelligence has unveiled the Global Evo CMM, designed in collaboration with Pininfarina design house. Central to the design is Compass, a vibration-reduction technology that acts as a suspension system for the CMM. With this technology, the machine can compensate for vibrations...

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Arc Welding 101: Defining a fillet weld with D1.1

May 13, 2016

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Q: I'm auditing a fab shop and have a question regarding the AWS D1.1 code. The shop is referring to the corner joints in the plates encompassing the columns as fillet welds, yet there is no faying surface. D1.1 says a fillet can have up to 3/16-in. misalignment (with certain stipulations), which...

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Manufacturing wages and the front-line worker

May 12, 2016

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Manufacturers have serious turnover when it comes to front-line workers. And then there's the issue of pay.

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Aluminum Workshop: The perks of a push-pull gun for GMAW

May 12, 2016

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Q: I will be getting into aluminum welding much more than I have in the past. I want to buy a new set of equipment for gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and I’ve already picked out the power supply and feeder. Should I buy a push-pull gun or stick with the simpler and less expensive push-only gun? A:...

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SMDI recognizes Honda and Gestamp for use of AHSS

May 12, 2016

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), Washington, D.C., a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has awarded the Automotive Excellence Award to Honda R&D Americas Inc. and Gestamp for their work in implementing AHSS in a hot-stamped rear frame. Shawn Crichley,...

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PCX Aerostructures taps skilled engineering resources with internship program

May 12, 2016

PCX Aerostructures LLC, Newington, Conn., has announced it is again partnering with Central Connecticut State University to provide paid internships to mechanical engineering students as part of a continued focus on fostering interest in aerospace manufacturing. A PCX internship gives students...

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Methods Machine Tools appoints COO

May 12, 2016

Sudbury, Mass.-based Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, 3-D printing technology, automation, and accessories, has appointed Jerry Rex as COO. He has been in the manufacturing industry for 40 years, with more than 25 years of management experience. Rex most...

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Orbital wrapper permits plastic film change without entering machine

May 12, 2016

TAB Industries LLC has unveiled new machine guarding on its TAB Wrapper Tornado line of orbital stretch-wrapping machines. The steel guarding includes a side-access door that allows workers to replace plastic film rolls without entering the interior of the machine. When the door is opened, the...

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Moving beyond the traditional coordinate measuring machine

May 12, 2016

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Coordinate measuring using robust camera technology means that fabricators may no longer have to construct jigs or learn programming software to conduct quality checks of parts.

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D&S Mfg. adds double-initial-pinch angle roll

May 12, 2016

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has acquired a new 308HV4 Carell double-initial-pinch angle roll. The machine increases the company’s roll bending capabilities. While existing fabrication equipment allows D&S to roll parts up to 10 ft. long, the new machine increases the company’s...

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Fiber laser cuts 3-D formed and shaped parts

May 12, 2016

BLM Group USA has introduced the LT-Free, a 5-axis fiber laser machine designed for cutting 3-D formed or shaped parts such as bent tubes, hydroformed tubes, welded assemblies, and stamped or flat sheets. The machine can make cuts very close to each other to allow nesting of parts on a single bent...

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2016 FAB 40 preview: Preparing for a bigger market pie

May 11, 2016

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Revenue growth from 2014 to 2015 was essentially flat, depending on the fabricator's customer mix, but most are predicting busier times ahead.

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