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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 have stood the...

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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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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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USMTC:Manufacturing technology consumption down 60.4% for 2009

February 8, 2010

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $219.60 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 22.9 percent...

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Kalamazoo Industries offers new full-line product catalog

February 8, 2010

Kalamazoo Industries is offering a new full-line catalog of all the company's equipment and accessories made in the U.S. The free catalog features benchtop and free-standing, wet and dry abrasive, cut-off and mitre saws for both steel and nonferrous materials; and saw arm assemblies for custom...

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Redesigned safety glasses come in eight different configurations

February 8, 2010

ArcOne's® redesigned 5000 Series safety glasses combine style and comfort in a lightweight frame. The 5000 series comes in eight different configurations including IR3 and IR5 for cutting, and polarized for outdoor activities. Outdoor mirrored versions are available in ice blue, red Revo, and...

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Hard hat respiratory system retrofits to welding helmets

February 8, 2010

ArcOne's® new Clean-Air Flow™ respiratory system with hard hat is the first of its kind allowing welders to retrofit any ArcOne welding helmet into a hard hat respiratory system, the company says. Available in different configurations, the system has been developed from the ground-up...

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My mom, the informant

February 5, 2010 | By Dan Davis

My mother is a retired elementary school teacher, and I'm married to a high school math teacher. Inevitably if the two are together for any length of time, the discussion turns to public education. The opinions are impassioned and obviously biased, but the input is valuable in understanding how a...

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'150 jobs for $1.3 million would be a steal'

February 3, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Among the items in last month’s “Tube Talk” e-newsletter was one about Leonard Maniscalco, who owns Sackett Systems Inc., Bensenville, Ill. This small-business owner wants the government to give him a $1.3 million grant. In return, he’ll create 150 new jobs. According to Chicago Tribune...

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The dangers of hiring on the cheap

February 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Despite the drama at Toyota (talk about the risk of standardized parts) and the political sideshows in Washington, on the main stage of American life, something’s happening. Business is decidedly better. As Chris Kuehl, economist for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, put it in a...

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