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LAI recognized by Northrop Grumman

May 15, 2009

LAI International Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, was honored by Northrop Grumman as a Platinum Source Preferred Supplier for...

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Welding Update for Infrastruture:Heating up takes time

May 15, 2009

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The good news about a worldwide ­recession is that steel prices are back down from their record highs of 2008. The Producer Price Index for hot-rolled bars, plates, and structural shapes, which includes a lot of bridge steel, dropped 7.5 percent from February 2008 to February 2009."The extreme...

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Welding Update for Infrastruture:Building the bridge to anywhere

May 15, 2009

Stinger Welding Inc. has only been around for 12 years but quickly has established itself as a premier fabricator of bridges and bridge components in the southwestern U.S. Two years ago a projectinvolving an Oakland, Calif., bridge sent the company into thespotlight for its efforts in fabricating 12 girders in just eight days.

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Keeping the (fire) door open

May 14, 2009

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A manufacturer of fire doors, in the South Bronx grows a business through market diversification and automation, just a few miles north of some of the most expensive real estate on earth.

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HAL 9000 2.0

May 13, 2009

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Scanning news releases yesterday, I quickly passed over those with headlines that reminded me that this is not the best of times economically—there was no shortage. Ditto for the political surveys predicting the unqualified success or the unmitigated failure of potential congressional...

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Making waterjet-cut parts more fatigue-resistant

May 12, 2009

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Among the factors that contribute to the fatigue life of waterjet-cut parts are part geometry, cutting method, and finish. Properly designing parts, using the optimal cutting quality for the part, and choosing the best finishing process can increase fatigue resistance significantly.

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5 process applications to tackle during a slow economy

May 12, 2009

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The decision to upgrade a section or an entire coil processing line involves plenty of intelligence gathering from the shop floor if the right decision is to be made.

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Motorized sheet lifter moves blank stacks up to 42 ft. long

May 12, 2009

Bushman Equipment has designed a sheet lifter and crane system for a steel and aluminum blanking company that needed to move blank stacks up to 42 ft. long.The heavy-duty, motorized sheet lifter is...

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Unicable's rotating power connection relieves stress

May 12, 2009

Tregaskiss has introduced the TOUGH GUN™ LSR (Low-Stress Robotic) unicable. It includes a rotating power connection that relieves stress caused by routine cable torsion and features a protective...

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Aluminum filler metals meet AWS Specification A5.10

May 12, 2009

Hobart Brothers has added two new lines of aluminum solid welding wires and GTAW cut lengths to its McKay® brand of filler metals. The company joined in a strategic relationship with Maxal...

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Device tests longitudinal strength of flange-to-pipe welds

May 12, 2009

EST has introduced the Reverse Pressure GripTight (RPGT) for testing the longitudinal strength of flange-to-pipe welds. By isolating the area between a test flange and the test plug, the...

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V-blocks facilitate cutting with 14-in. saws

May 12, 2009

The M. K. Morse Co. offers Metal Devil® V-blocks for cutting with 14-in. saws. The blocks strengthen clamping performance of a saw's vise system by holding round, square, and rectangular materials...

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Air compressor/generator/welding machine welds at up to 350 amps

May 12, 2009

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the Trailblazer® 302 Air Pak™ gasoline engine-driven welding machine, generator, and air compressor. It is designed to serve as a self-contained power...

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Air gun delivers 23 lbs. of blowing force

May 12, 2009

Exair's new single-air-nozzle Super Blast Safety air gun delivers 23 lbs. of blowing force, equivalent to the force of 30 ordinary air guns. It is suitable for long-distance, wide-area blowoff,...

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Preblast roll conveyor provides flexible surface preparation method

May 12, 2009

The Wheelabrator® model 1824 structural preblast roll conveyor machine provides a flexible surface preparation method for a variety of structural shapes prior to fabrication. Preblasting helps...

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