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Sawing system designed for both ferrous, nonferrous materials

March 15, 2010

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. (AME) offers the AMSAW® S300, a sawing system designed to cut both ferrous and nonferrous materials. It has a capacity of 3 to 12 in. and uses saw blade diameters from 24 to 36 in. The system allows for cut lengths up to 30 in. and multi-indexing when length...

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Load turner has small footprint, operates like rotating C-turner

March 15, 2010

Sweed Machinery Inc. offers a new bundle turner for repositioning of large stacks of metal plates and coils. The unit is compact, taking up less space than a standard C-turner, yet loads and unloads on the same side like a much larger rotating C-turner. The unit has an open design, so that all its...

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Long-reach robots suitable for processing large parts

March 15, 2010

The high-speed MH series robots from Motoman Inc. have a flexible design that allows them to be used for applications including coating, dispensing, material cutting, handling, and welding. The long reach of the MH50 model and the extended reaches of the MH50-35 and MH50-20 make these robots...

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Dayton Progress named to Quality Leadership 100 list

March 15, 2010

Dayton Progress has been named to the Quality Leadership 100 list of companies for 2010 by Quality magazine. The company placed 89th out of more than 800 manufacturers across most industries participating in the ranking. Companies were surveyed on criteria such as scrap and rework as a percentage...

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Green Steel conference to focus on environmental sustainability

March 15, 2010

Steel Business Briefing, Pittsburgh, is hosting its first Green Steel conference, focusing on environmental sustainability in the global steel industry, on May 20 and 21 at the Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C. According to Steel Business Briefing, the iron and steel industry is...

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Solar Mfg. adds sales support in Pacific Northwest

March 15, 2010

Solar Mfg. Inc., Souderton, Pa., has formed an agreement with Kelly LeBard, owner of Hartley Sales Corp., to provide sales representation in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Hartley Sales Corp. supplies heat-processing equipment to Northwest companies from offices in Portland, Seattle, and...

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United Performance Metals approved for laser processing of GE parts

March 15, 2010

United Performance Metals, a supplier of specialty stainless steel and high-temperature alloys in Hamilton, Ohio, has received special process approval from GE Aviation covering the laser machining and cutting of parts. The addition of the approval allows the company to expand the scope of its...

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Fabricating facility offered for sale in South Carolina

March 15, 2010

Heavy fabricators have the opportunity to purchase a turnkey facility in Clarendon County, S.C. The building is equipped and tailored for a heavy manufacturing operation, and a skilled labor pool is ready to begin work immediately. The building's current owner is ready to sell with equipment in...

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Faith in metal fabricating

March 12, 2010 | By Dan Davis

I came across the Web site for JRS Custom Fabrication Inc. down in Ocala, Fla., last week. Someone sent me an e-mail so I checked it out. When you visit the site, you'll notice a Bible verse from 1 John 1:3. Make no mistake; this company's guided by the Lord's words. As its mission statement...

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'Our most-used machine is so old ...

March 10, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

... that the hydraulic cylinder doesn’t have a conventional seal, but uses rings of packing to slow the flow of hydraulic fluid.'  This is just one of the comments we received yesterday in response to the March "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter that addressed companies' reluctance to invest in...

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HRB prices rise

March 10, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for March 8 surged 5.4 percent to $706 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the seventh consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price surged 4.2 percent to $625 per ton (on a Euro basis, it was up 4.5 percent) for the second...

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Cretors & Co Stamp of Americana

Older than Oscar® — Part II

March 9, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

While it may seem as though movies and popcorn have always co-existed, the automatic popcorn machine actually was invented by Charles Cretor in 1893—before the first motion picture premiered. A century and a quarter-century later, manufacturer C. Cretors & Company, Chicago, celebrates its anniversary, success, and outright survival—bending and adapting through two world wars, the Great Depression, the advent of automobiles, television, the electronic age, dot.comera, globalization—and motion pictures.

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oil canning.

Preventing oil canning problems

March 9, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

Oil canning cannot be cured by coining, beating, or reshaping the metal. Instead, it must be prevented by ensuring the sidewalls are not subjected to radial compression.

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squid head gripper

The squid head and the stamping press

March 9, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A stamper streamlines part handling, replacing the grunt work with a part manipulator, and designing a flexible manufacturing cell. In the end, the company's efforts improved worker ergonomics and part quality.

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irwin seating company

Older than Oscar

March 9, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

Family-owned, fifth-generation manufacturer Irwin Seating Co., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. has been thinking about the comfort and functionality of the public seating it has manufactured for more than 100 years. The company's 35 presses are used to stamp the components that support the seats, mount them to the floor, and attach them to the backs; as well as pivots, brackets, and other internal mechanisms. Irwin does all the stamping, welding painting, and upholstery work in its 470,000-sq.-ft. facility. Some of the seating company's recent projects include the stadium seating for the New Jersey Devils, Miami Heat, and the Indiana Colts.

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