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Welding aluminum

June 30, 2009

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The first step in learning about welding aluminum is learning about the various alloys themselves (cast and wrought)—the digits used in the aluminum designation system, the properties of the various alloys, and the considerations in matching a filler metal to a base material.

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Innovators, gumption, and tenacity

June 29, 2009

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This country seems to be itching for the next big thing, those game-changing innovations that drag us out of our economic malaise. General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt knows this, and it's why his company announced a $100 million investment in an R&D center 25 miles west of Detroit. As the...

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Reusing waterjet cutting abrasive

June 29, 2009

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For shops that cut using a waterjet machine, the abrasive in the pressurized stream of water, which allows the system to cut away metal, is a significant capital investment. Because of recent technology developments, a fabricator now can recycle the abrasive material and use it several times. But before a shop invests in this type of equipment, it should first consider the types of abrasive material that are available, as well as how the recycling technology works.

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Venting on the subject of clean shop air

June 29, 2009

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A shop owner should want the best ventilating technology for its thermal cutting operations. It keeps employees safe and protects the company from potential liability situations. With that in mind, the feature poses five questions that every shop should ask itself about its ventilating efforts as it regards thermal cutting operations.

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Mate opens new, expanded European headquarters, manufacturing facilities

June 29, 2009

Mate Precision Tooling has announced the opening of its new and expanded European headquarters and manufacturing facilities. Centrally located in Frankfurt Germany, the new facilities culminate a...

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Airgas continues Operation Homefront support with second $100,000 donation

June 29, 2009

Airgas Inc., a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and welding, safety, and related products, today marked the upcoming Independence Day holiday by reaffirming its commitment to...

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Focusing on bent tubing

June 29, 2009

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Measuring the bends and straight sections of a bent tube can be tricky and time-consuming, especially if the tube has a large number of bends in several directions. Photogrammetry, also known as optical measurement, uses a booth equipped with several digital cameras to make a digital image of the part, allowing fast, easy measurements.

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Maybe they like Mr. Green Jeans instead?

June 26, 2009

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We are planning editorial for 2010 already around the offices of The FABRICATOR. We end up talking about trends, economic prospects, and requests from readers. Some of the ideas will emerge as features next year, and others will remain on the back burner.One trend that we have been following for a...

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Getting close to remote laser welding

June 26, 2009

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Remote laser welding is a fairly new kid on the block in terms of joining metal in North America. But it makes complete sense for those high-volume applications where resistance spot welding is used commonly.

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Whatever happened to ... ?

June 25, 2009

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News stories come and go. Today"s topic of interest likely won"t hold many readers" attention tomorrow, so every day reporters pick up the hot topics and run with them after dropping any that are more than a few days old. Care to dust off a few aged issues? This isn"t the news. I guess you could...

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Automotive supplier expands operations in Michigan

June 25, 2009

PTM Corp. has announced the addition of a 600 ton Eagle press in its Fair Haven, Mich., metal stamping facility.According to PTM sales manager Steve Kuhr, "The decision to purchase the new equipment...

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Durable goods orders up 1.8 percent in May

June 24, 2009

New orders for U.S. manufactured goods rose by a stronger-than-expected 1.8 percent in May.Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast that orders would decline 0.6 percent in May after a revised 1.8...

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HRB prices on the way up

June 24, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for June 22 soared 10.9 percent to $446 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price...

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Proud to build the building

June 23, 2009

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Oprah, I'm not. And I don't have a book club. But this morning, I read about a book in USA Today that I believe might appeal to thefabricator.com's visitors. In fact, I'm guessing many of you could have written it. I plan to read it; maybe you'll want to also.The...

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Purging the plenum for better laser cutting

June 23, 2009

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Typically, compressed air or nitrogen circulates in the plenum to ensure that water, dirt, dust, smoke, haze, and solid particulate matter are absent so that the mirrors in a laser resonator do not become cloudy. In recent years, membrane air dryer systems that provide drying and removal of particulate matter have been developed for flushing the beam path.

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