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Vertical tube bender allows user to store multiple programs of up to 12 bends each

April 15, 2010

Huth offers the model 3002 vertical tube bender. It features a programmable touchscreen control that prompts the operator step by step. Programmable automatic bending allows the user to store multiple programs of up to 12 bends each. The programs can have their values changed during a run without...

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Air filtration system automatically adjusts to compensate for filter loading

April 15, 2010

RoboVent has introduced the eDrive system, which uses a sensor to constantly monitor the airflow through an air filtration unit. Using a variable-frequency drive, the system automatically adjusts the motor's RPM to compensate for filter loading. According to the manufacturer, the system can help...

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Tube cutoff automation can be customized

April 15, 2010

Bardons & Oliver has announced that, as an authorized FANUC Robotics integrator, it can customize its CNC and rotating-head tube and bar cutoff equipment and turning machines with FANUC controls, motors, drives, and robotic loaders and unloaders. After the part is discharged from the machine, a...

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Automatic feeder for tube cutoff can be retrofitted

April 15, 2010

Continental Pipe and Tube Cut-Off Machines has introduced the PDS series programmable auto feeder. The system provides consistent cuts and is simple to set up and program, according to the manufacturer. The auto feeder, which frees the operator for other tasks, can be retrofitted to one of the...

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Isotech partners with AMALCO to offer hydroforming, deep drawing

April 15, 2010

Isotech Inc., Hatfield, Pa., a supplier of precision linear-motion products, has announced a partnership with AMALCO of Mountainside, N.J., to provide clients with hydroforming and deep-drawing manufacturing processes. AMALCO operates from a 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility and can meet Mil...

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MHI to build wind turbine manufacturing plant in Arkansas

April 15, 2010

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Tokyo, has announced plans to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, Ark. The plant, which will fabricate nacelles, a core component of wind turbines, is slated to begin operation in the second half of 2011, with an initial production capacity of...

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Kimberly-Clark Professional establishes Jackson Safety brand

April 15, 2010

Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga., has added Jackson Safety to its roster of global brands. The rebranding effort includes a new product logo that will begin appearing this spring on respiratory, hearing protection, and glove products. As part of a broader branding initiative,...

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Third NEWCAST trade fair coming to Dusseldorf in 2011

April 15, 2010

NEWCAST, 3rd International Trade Fair for Precision Castings, will take place June 28 - July 2, 2011, at the fairgrounds in Dsseldorf, Germany. Messe Dsseldorf North America, Chicago, is organizing a North American group stand, supported by the American Foundry Society (AFS). Companies wishing to...

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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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