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2017 metal fabrication forecast: Voyage into the unknown

November 29, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Before the election, industry watchers predicted more of the same slow growth the economy has seen for years. After the election, stock markets unexpectedly soared on the backs of companies that may benefit from a Trump presidency. One thing is for sure: The American political sphere heads into the unknown.

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Industry innovations at EuroBLECH 2016 reflect the need for speed

November 29, 2016 | By Robert Colman

At EuroBLECH 2016 the world’s machine tool makers and software developers showcased innovations aimed at reducing the time between part conceptualization and final delivery to the customer.

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Regulator controls laser assist gas delivery from any supply mode

November 29, 2016

CONCOA has introduced a high-pressure, ultrahigh-flow regulator designed to provide steady and reliable control in laser assist gas delivery applications supplied by both liquid and high-pressure sources.Providing primary control in systems requiring delivery pressures up to 750 PSIG and flow rates...

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Tangible Solutions adds 3-D metal powder-bed printers

November 28, 2016

Tangible Solutions has announced the addition of 3-D metal printing to its capabilities. The company is integrating five Mlab cusing machines and one M2 cusing machine from Concept Laser into its new, 25,000-sq.-ft. facility in Fairborn, Ohio. The Mlab machines will be dedicated to printing with...

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Structural fabrication, the next generation

November 28, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Structural fabrication is on the cusp of some big changes, and the entry-level employee of today will grow in a field that’s becoming increasingly digitized.

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Job shop estimating: A historical perspective Step 2

November 28, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis continues a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this second installment, he describes how an estimator can use the shop’s manufacturing history to refine the predictions of future expense.

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Lucifer Furnaces delivers high-temp furnace to Compacting Tooling

November 23, 2016

Lucifer Furnaces, Warrington, Pa., has delivered a model HS8-181224 dual-chamber, high-temperature furnace to Compacting Tooling Inc., McKeesport, Pa., to add capacity for CPM high-speed steel heat treating. The custom-designed furnace, powered with 42 kW, reaches 2,450 degrees F in the upper...

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Static eliminator preps parts for painting, packaging

November 22, 2016

Exair’s new Ion Air Jet™ removes static electricity, contaminants, and dust from parts before shrink-wrapping, packaging, printing, painting, or finishing. It has attained the CE and UL marks and is RoHS-compliant. New design features include a metal-armored, high-voltage cable to protect...

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When family matters

November 17, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Huffman Welding & Machine Inc., a family-owned and -operated job shop in southeastern Iowa, has always had big goals to grow and thrive in a competitive economic climate. So far they have been able to strike the right balance between pursuing those goals while maintaining the emphasis on people and their community – their family.

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Pennsylvania manufacturers highlight engineering careers to support STEM education

November 16, 2016

Applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge and skills to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context is the goal of Saucon Valley High School's (SVHS) Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program. Students enrolled in this curriculum recently visited...

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Metal fabrication and the metals markets prepare for a Trump presidency

November 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston

The presidency usually doesn't have much immediate, direct impact on the economy, despite the campaign rhetoric we hear. But is this time different?

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Wireless USB system shares data from PC to machines

November 14, 2016

ShopFloor Automations is developing the WiFi USB Connect, a wireless USB system for the manufacturing shop floor. It emulates a USB stick, allowing the user to share data from a PC to machines without the need for drivers. Data can be stored on a remote PC or locally in the 128-MB device’s...

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NIMS wins federal contract to grow apprenticeships in manufacturing

November 14, 2016

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), a Fairfax, Va.-based developer of skills standards and credentials for the manufacturing industry, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within...

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Workshops for Warriors secures patent for leveling machines on support surfaces

November 11, 2016

San Diego-based Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a nonprofit school providing veterans free training and nationally recognized industry credentials in CAD/CAM programming, CNC machining, and welding, has obtained a patent for its product that levels machines on support surfaces. The product offers a...

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Monitoring system offers insights into presses

November 10, 2016

The Machine Monitoring System from Schuler provides comprehensive press monitoring to help increase machine availability and production, improve part quality, and lower energy consumption. The system is part of the Smart Press Shop, a collection of products for networking in the field of forming...

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