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Lucas-Milhaupt launches new Web site

February 9, 2010

Lucas-Milhaupt, a Handy & Harman Co. in Milwaukee, has established a newly designed Web site at www.lucasmilhaupt.com. It includes a knowledge base section that provides insight on brazing fundamentals, information on proper brazing procedures and joint design, and case studies. All of the...

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Chrysler to invest in Michigan engine plant

February 9, 2010

Fiat SpA has announced that it will build a new, more fuel-efficient engine for Fiat and Chrysler vehicles at a plant in Dundee, Mich., near Detroit. Production of the 1.4-l, four-cylinder engine will begin in the fourth quarter of 2010. It will power the Fiat 500 minicar, which will be made in...

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New standards released for metal powder testing, bearings

February 9, 2010

New 2010 editions of two powder metallurgy (PM) standards have been issued by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). The 130-page Standard Test Methods for Metal Powders and Powder Metallurgy Products contains 39 individual standards on terminology and recommended methods for testing metal...

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JETCAM signs new distributors for Syria, Lebanon

February 9, 2010

JETCAM Intl. s.a.r.l., Monaco, has named two new distributors for its CAM, nesting, and automation products in Lebanon and Syria. Kessmeyan Group, based in Beirut for 25 years, and Rockwell Machinery, based in Damascus for 15 years, are suppliers of CNC machines for sheet metal, milling, turning,...

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LAI launches upgraded Web site

February 9, 2010

LAI Intl. Inc. has upgraded its Web site, www.laico.com, to highlight its capabilities for precision contract manufacturing. The site includes more images of the company's advanced machining processes, along with finished components and subassemblies. It also features current articles, a newly...

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Structural welding design, specification seminars scheduled for spring

February 9, 2010

The Steel Structures Technology Center, Howell, Mich., has announced its spring 2010 seminar on the design and specification of welding for steel-framed structures using the AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code - Steel, the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, and the AISC Seismic...

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Schuler announces new service, management appointments

February 9, 2010

Schuler Inc., Canton, Mich., has named Andy Osborn as service sales and engineering manager, appointed Rick O'Donnell as service technical manager, and hired Brad Hagemeyer as human resources manager. Osborn is responsible for developing the company's service sales presence and ability to bring...

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Jet Edge hosts AMT, NTMA executives

February 9, 2010

Jet Edge Inc., a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet systems, recently hosted Douglas K. Woods, president of the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and Robert L. Akers Jr., chief operating officer of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), at its St. Michael,...

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Fronius announces staff additions

February 9, 2010

Fronius USA, Brighton, Mich., has hired Michael J. Ludwig as market segment manager for shipbuilding/platform/power generation for the welding division. He has more than 27 years of experience in the field of welding engineering. Ludwig's experience ranges from structural and bridge work to the...

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Virtual welder training system developed

February 9, 2010

Fronius has developed Virtual Welding, a training tool that consists of a simulated torch and workpiece, a PC, and a screen. The arc and the weld seam are virtual creations. A magnetic tracking system converts hand movements into a virtual world displayed on a screen or 3-D glasses. An extra sensor...

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Dievestigating Die Stamped Parts

DIEVESTIGATION: Designing stamped parts

February 9, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

In his first installment of DIEVESTIGATION, a new column about using research and data to solve stamping problems, tool and die expert Art Hedrick discusses how the metal specified during part design affects downstream operations and costs. What should you consider when selecting the metal?

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vertical compression benders

Making a workhorse run

February 9, 2010 | By George Winton

Vertical compression tube benders have been around for more than 50 years (see Figure 1). Historically associated with high-volume bending, these benders continue to play a role in production environments where parts have just one or two bends. Also known as press benders, they...

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servomotor upgrade kit

Retrofitting a mechanical press with servo technology

February 9, 2010 | By Enrique Pano

For the right applications, retrofitting a mechanical press with a servomotor can speed productivity and add flexibility.

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ironworker accessories

Reinvigorating your ironworker

February 9, 2010 | By Lyle Menke

Metal fabricators need to meet the challenges that new customers present, but they may not be in the position to invest in new equipment. With a small investment in accessories, however, that ironworker in the corner of the shop may be the answer to their production predicament.

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sure iron work corrugated pieces

Bending perforated weathering steel: Not a pedestrian challenge

February 8, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Sure Iron works takes on a fabricating challenge: bump-bending perforated weathering steel plate sections with edges that aren't designed to be perfectly square.

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