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How fabrication complements stamping

April 3, 2014

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Senior Editor Tim Heston talks with Alex Robertson, business development manager at Fisher-Barton South Carolina about how the business uses both fabrication and stamping to serve the mid-volume market. For more on Fisher Barton South Carolina’s operation, click here.

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Laser cutting on the level

April 3, 2014

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A laser cutting machine doesn’t care how hard or soft a metal is, but the material’s flatness matters immensely. That’s why so many service centers are investing in leveling processes that aim to equalize stresses, ensuring sheet metal stays flat after being cut.

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Armored cables withstand harsh environments

April 3, 2014

Mencom Corp. has introduced armored cables designed to prevent failures from harsh manufacturing conditions. They feature a stainless steel coupling nut and stainless steel armor jacket that prevent water damage from high-pressure washdown, cleaning chemicals, and extreme temperature. A...

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The next level of air bending

April 3, 2014

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In this excerpt from Sheet Metalworking: State of the Art, the concept of adaptive forming, a special form of air bending, is introduced and explained.

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Electronic control unit handles drilling applications on robots

April 3, 2014

Sugino Corp. has announced that its SSV2 Selfeeder™ servo series electronic control unit now has the capability to mount to robots for complex automated drilling applications. The system features a high-power motor and spindle speeds from 390 to 20,000 RPM for small-diameter drilling in...

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The wiper die’s role and rake

April 3, 2014

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Properly setting up the tooling on a tube or pipe bender can be a straightforward process, but misunderstandings and shortcuts can lead to poor setups. The wiper die’s rake angle is one such setting. Operators should beware that setting the tool to a specific gap at its trailing edge can lead to inconsistent setups.

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MC Machinery Systems launches new website

April 2, 2014

MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has launched a new website at www.mcmachinery.com, designed for mobile device accessibility and increased functionality. In addition to tech videos and machine specifications, the site offers news updates, technical articles, case histories, guest...

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Samco Machinery forms business alliance with Vaptech

April 2, 2014

Toronto-based Samco Machinery Ltd. has announced the formation of an alliance with Vaptech, Sofia, Bulgaria. The companies report they plan to foster a culture of advanced technological exchange and quicker product development in each other’s geographic areas. Vaptech is a manufacturer of...

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Metl-Span architectural panels used in Godfrey Hotel Chicago construction

April 2, 2014

Metl-Span has provided insulated metal panels for use in the construction of the new Godfrey Hotel Chicago. Chosen for their clean, modern tailored look, the CFA panels allowed for the installation of weather barrier, insulation, and vapor barrier with one product. The company provided 60,000...

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Gojo, Hanna Motorsports team to raise importance of healthy hands

April 2, 2014

Gojo Industries Inc., Akron, Ohio, producer of PURELL® Advanced instant hand sanitizer and skin health and hygiene products for away-from-home settings, has announced its return to U.S. drag strips as Hanna Motorsports jet-car racing team's title sponsor to promote healthy hands for automotive...

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Tool- and diemakers in short supply ... where does the fault line lie?

April 2, 2014

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A recent discussion on FMA’s LinkedIn site centered around the current shortage of tool- and diemakers. The problem is expected to worsen with time as older workers retire and not enough Gen Yers (Are we still on "Y"?) are ready to don their aprons. “If I tried to hire a tool- and diemaker... Continue Reading

Fine Tubes appoints technical/quality director

April 2, 2014

Fine Tubes, a Plymouth, U.K.-based manufacturer and global supplier of precision tubes, has announced the appointment of Phil Adderley as technical and quality director. In this role, he has overall responsibility for quality assurance and compliance, quality control, and technical and laboratory...

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Combi announces strategic partnership with Motion Control Robotics

April 2, 2014

Canton, Ohio-based Combi Packaging Systems LLC, a provider of customized end-of-line packaging equipment, and Motion Controls Robotics, Freemont, Ohio, a provider of robotic automation systems, have announced a strategic partnership to integrate robotic pick-and-place technology with ergonomic...

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Aleris acquires Nichols Aluminum

April 2, 2014

Aleris, a provider of aluminum rolled products and extrusions in Cleveland, has completed the acquisition of Nichols Aluminum LLC, a producer of aluminum sheet for the transportation, building and construction, machinery and equipment, consumer durables, and electrical industries in North America....

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Sample kit helps engineers find appropriate bearing material

April 2, 2014

The dry-tech® box from igus® Inc. is a sample kit designed to help engineers find the right bearing material for their applications. The box contains a set of card overlays that filter the bearing choices by criteria. The sample box includes an array of iglide® bearings, from iglide...

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