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Industrial-duty vacuum cleaner handles high volumes of dry materials

March 23, 2010

Exair Corp.'s new Heavy Duty Dry Vac™ is an industrial-duty vacuum cleaner that has been engineered to vacuum high volumes of dry materials. The wear-resistant design is suitable for the cleanup of abrasive materials such as steel shot, garnet, metal chips, and sand and also can be used for...

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Wire feeder/welding machine designed for GMAW, FCAW on mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum

March 23, 2010

Lincoln Electric has updated its POWER MIG® 216 wire feeder/welding machine line with the new 216 model for GMAW and FCAW on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. The machine, which provides 30 to 250 amps, arrives spool gun-ready, allowing welders switch quickly to aluminum wire welding...

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Robotic welding cell control features slim design, touchscreen operation

March 23, 2010

Wolf Robotics has introduced a robotic welding cell control that features a slim design with touchscreen operation. Numerous control screens are used to control the welding process, including system diagnostics, overall equipment effectiveness, automatic cycling, service, and alarms. The control...

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Rebuilt shears offered

March 23, 2010

Wysong Mfg. offers rebuilt Wysong mechanical shears, as well as remanufacturing capability to current users of its machine tools. The mechanical shears are compliant with OSHA and ANSI and include a new warranty, new electronics, new gauging systems, and a new mechanical drive system. All parts are...

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Laser cutting machine enhanced with 6000 W resonator

March 23, 2010

Bystronic has introduced an enhanced version of its BySpeed 3015 laser cutting machine, which features the ByLaser 6000 W resonator, a power package designed to deliver up to a steady 6 kilowatts to the cutting head for consistent high-quality cutting across a broad range of materials. Among the...

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Material handling conveyor driven by patented air bellows technology

March 23, 2010

Midbrook Inc. has released the Shuttle Pro material handling conveyor for the stamping and material handling industries. The pneumatic transport (shaker) conveyor is driven by patented air bellows technology to move scrap, finished products, and other materials. According to the company, the air...

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Alphabet Soup

How to get from ABC to ERP

March 23, 2010 | By Adria Iles

Ever wonder what all those business software acronyms mean and which, if any, package can help you cost-effectively run your shop more efficiently? Newer systems integrate with the basic accounting, spreadsheet, and human resource packages used by smaller companies.

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Health care and the angry citizen

March 22, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Talking with various contract metal fabricators over the past few months, I now realize what health care insurance means to them and other small-business owners across the country. Providing health care is a moral imperative. Sure, providing good benefits makes a shop competitive. But at the end...

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Offshoring not what it once was

March 18, 2010 | By Dan Davis

We live in extraordinary times. You can tell because people are creating their own words, and society adopts them without questions. It's fantabulous. Metal fabricators should embrace this new word with open arms: Re-shoring. Manufacturing jobs that once went overseas because of low-cost labor are...

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The green fields of America

March 17, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

As I write this, it's March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day - - and as a member of the Irish diaspora, I'm wearing green and playing the CD Murphy's Irish Pub as I work. This is the one day of the year that I immerse myself in my ancestry. I’m an American first and foremost, but who I am as an...

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TRUMPF Inc. donates power tools to Haitian rebuilding effort

March 17, 2010

TRUMPF Inc. recently donated 10 of its TruTool S130 power tools for use in Haiti's reconstruction efforts. The company made the donation to Relief International, a non-profit agency rated four stars by Charity Navigator. The power tools will be used for Relief International's shelter program and...

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Do not count on those manufacturing backlogs

March 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Not a day goes by that I don’t remember how lucky I am. OK, I’m lying. Most days I don’t give it a second thought, though I know I should. My parents got a second mortgage so that I could leave college without having to worry about paying back student loans. How could they do this? Well,...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged during next three months

March 16, 2010

According to the March 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged from the February report, with expectations that orders and shipments will continue to rise or at least remain constant...

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Michigan Roll Form purchases Tru-Tech

March 16, 2010

Michigan Roll Form Inc., Fraser, Mich., a provider of metal fabricating machines and related tooling, has purchased the intellectual property and inventory items of Tru-Tech Tool and Machine Company, as of March 2010. The purchase includes all machine and tooling designs/records, parts inventory,...

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Angle grinder has autobalancing flange

March 15, 2010

Metabo Corp. has introduced the 6-in. WEPA14-150 Quick small-angle grinder. Its autobalancing flange, pressed onto the spindle, replaces a traditional backing flange. Ball bearings automatically offset out-of-balance conditions present in the grinding accessory while the tool is in use to help...

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