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New technology enhances ability

August 4, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Change, even for the better, often meets with resistance. If you are skilled at your trade, why do you need newer technology? Here’s why.

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Catalog highlights blowoff, cooling products

August 4, 2016

Exair’s Catalog 30 is a 192-page technical guide offering products for industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, coating, and static electricity applications. Featured products include air knives, stainless steel air jets, air wipes, vortex tubes, cold gun tool coolers, and...

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NCCA announces annual technical meeting lineup

August 3, 2016

The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA), Cleveland, has announced the lineup for its annual technical meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Sept. 26-28, 2016. The 2016 meeting will kick off with a special educational seminar on pretreatment with David Cocuzzi, NCCA’s technical...

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Striker Systems expands sales management

August 3, 2016

Striker Systems, White House, Tenn., has appointed CAD/CAM industry veteran Daren Sweat as regional sales manager. Sweat, who is responsible for all aspects of the sales process, has more than 25 years of experience, most recently as regional sales manager with Bystronic Inc., where he assisted...

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Safety light curtains cut installation, setup time

August 3, 2016

Orion safety light curtains from ABB Jokab Safety Products offer a simplified selection of functions and settings to help cut installation and setup time. The light curtains are available in three models, each with a different light curtain or light grid configuration. Orion 1 offers finger and...

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The Watermill Group acquires EMI

August 3, 2016

The Watermill Group, a Lexington, Mass.-based private investment firm, has acquired Experi-Metal Inc. (EMI), Sterling Heights, Mich., a provider of prototyping and complex metal formed parts and assemblies for the automotive, aerospace, and other industries. EMI complements its Watermill sister...

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Staying safe while using oxyfuel torches

August 3, 2016 | By Dave Marquard, Kurt Tarkany

The mere presence of oxygen in any sort of industrial application raises the chances of a catastrophic incident. Oxygen safety devices can help to reduce that likelihood.

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A fabricator founded on operator skill

August 3, 2016 | By Tim Heston

In quiet, rural New Ulm, Minn., technicians at DLC Manufacturing & Fabrication are perfecting the craft of cutting and bending sheet metal and plate, making clean cuts in steel 1.5 in. thick (and even thicker). It’s a small shop where skill runs deep.

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Transfer die simulation added to software

August 3, 2016

Accurate Die Design Software Inc. has announced that transfer die simulation has been added to the Logopress3 software available from the company. Reportedly, the software now allows for realistic simulation with various press types, including servo presses and link- motion presses. Varying...

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Fairbanks Morse to supply propulsion engines for first of U.S. Navy’s new oiler ships

August 2, 2016

Fairbanks Morse, Beloit, Wis., an EnPro Industries company, is supplying the main propulsion diesel engines for the USNS John Lewis, the lead ship in the U.S. Navy’s new T-AO 205 class of underway replenishment oiler ships. Two FM-MAN 12V 48/60 CR engines rated at just over 19,000 BHP each...

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Maker’s Row connects U.S. factories and entrepreneurs

August 2, 2016

Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Maker’s Row provides a platform that connects entrepreneurs with U.S. factories that can manufacture their products. Since launching in 2012, the organization has helped more than 100,000 brands make more than 2 million products by working with the growing community of 10,000...

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Cutting discs designed for titanium and brass

August 2, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has released the Zip Titan™ and Chopcut Titan™ cutting discs for cutting titanium and brass. Both discs have a silicon carbide-based formulation to prevent the materials being cut from overheating. This helps preserve the metals’ mechanical properties and...

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Electron beam or laser beam welding?

August 2, 2016 | By John DeLalio

Both laser welding and electron beam welding produce extremely high quality joints. Many consider laser welding first, simply because it’s less costly in many circumstances—but not all. Which to choose depends, as always, on the job at hand.

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GM Cadillac CT6 and ContiTech win 2016 Altair Enlighten Awards

August 2, 2016

General Motors’ Cadillac® CT6 and ContiTech’s polyamide rear cross beam for the 2016 Mercedes S-Class are the recipients of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Awards, which acknowledge innovation in vehicle weight reduction. The awards were presented during the 2016 CAR Management Briefing...

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Augmented reality reaches the manufacturing floor

August 2, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Augmented reality (AR) remains an emerging technology, but it eventually could change how hands-on tasks in manufacturing get done.

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