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Reclaiming the disappearing press brake knowledge in your shop

January 14, 2010 | By Steve Benson

Expensive options on a press brake won't guarantee knowledge transfer from a veteran press brake operator to a shop floor rookie. For knowledge transfer to occur, a shop needs experienced workers that can communicate and a younger work force eager to learn because they see a future in metal fabricating.

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Design for manufacturability

January 14, 2010

Bachman Machine collaborates with customers,and often, tweaking the part design—just a little—enters the picture.

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Online program simplifies cable carrier configuration

January 13, 2010

igus® Inc. has announced the launch of a new E-Chain® Configurator program that enables users to custom build a cable carrier with cables and internal separators online quickly. The user then can generate CAD files and a parts list, or submit a quote request directly to igus.The program is...

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Hybrid linear bearing combines rolling, sliding

January 13, 2010

The DryLin® WJRM hybrid bearing from igus®, a manufacturer of cable carrier systems for automated machinery, has developed with the goal of reducing driving force, especially in applications involving the manual adjustment of machine-guard doors, partitions, and adjustable locks, or for...

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Energy tube cable carrier is airtight

January 13, 2010

igus®, a manufacturer of cable carrier systems for automated machinery, has developed the RX energy tube especially for the machine-tool industry that is almost 100 percent chip proof. The tube, which the company reports is airtight, protects cables and connected parts from metal chips and...

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Horizontal guiding system designed for long travel applications

January 13, 2010

Metal chips can be a problem in long travel or gliding cable carrier applications. To combat this, igus® has developed Guidelok, a horizontal guiding system designed for cable carriers in the machine tool industry in long travel applications up to 164 feet (50 meters).The system's open trough...

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The need to adapt, no matter what happens

January 12, 2010 | By Tim Heston

When I saw the words manufacturing and boom in one headline, I had to do a double take. An AllianceBernstein economist was especially optimistic, predicting that manufacturing may be gearing up for the biggest turnaround seen in 25 years. "The evidence points to a 20 percent jump in output in the...

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Power press safety sign comes in two sizes

January 12, 2010

Danray Products LLC has released a new safety sign for power presses. Registered with the U.S. copyright office, the sign addresses the main safety hazards created by moving slides and dies on power presses.The adhesive sign can be applied to mechanical, hydraulic, direct-drive (servo), and...

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Automated tube cutting system combines material handling, software, and single CNC workstation

January 12, 2010

Han-Kwang offers the series TL automated tube cutting system. It combines tube cutting technology with material handling, tubing software, and a single CNC workstation for nearly nonstop production of round, square, and rectangular tubes and shapes.The TL6015 system comprises four major parts: an...

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Plate saws available for both traverse and longitudinal sawing

January 12, 2010

Pat Mooney Saws offers the Nishijimax NHC-SQA automatic plate saws in two models.The NHC-850SQA is designed for traverse sawing of plate up to 3 in. thick and 24 in. wide. The NHC-8310SQA saws longitudinally, handling plate that is 4 in. thick and 20 ft. long.A saw spindle drive system results in...

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Servo press control automatically saves up to 10 stages of upper, lower slide movement limits per cycle

January 12, 2010

Wintriss Controls has introduced a new version of its SmartPAC 2 servo press automation control. It uses a linear sensor to monitor the slide position and can "learn" and automatically save the upper and lower limits for up to 10 stages of slide movement per cycle.The control allows users to select...

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End prep blades feature heat transfer chip breaker

January 12, 2010

Esco Tool offers MILLHOG® cutter blades for its welding end prep tools. Made from T-15 tool steel and TiN-coated for lubricity, the blades feature a chip breaker that transfers heat away from the pipe and into the chip.Designed to keep the cutting edge cool and prolong blade life, they are...

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Tube bending tooling alternative to solid wiper tooling

January 12, 2010

Bend Tooling Inc. has introduced the patent-pending High-Pressure Wiper System™ as an alternative to solid wiper tooling.It is an assembly consisting of a solid steel body, a single- or double-sleeved bore insert that can be replaced without removing the system from the machine, and an...

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Crimping machines accommodate both small and large assemblies

January 12, 2010

Lillbacka Powerco has introduced the Finn-Power 120 UC and 140 UC crimping machines for tube and pipe, hose assemblies, and other fastening and joining applications.These serial production models are designed for high-volume production and accommodate both small and large assemblies. Their...

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Radial-shape flap disk recommended for angle grinders with at least 1,200 W output

January 12, 2010

The POLIFAN® Curve SG-Plus flap disk from PFERD INC. precision-grinds fillet welds on steel and stainless steel workpieces. The radial shape allows for aggressive grinding with the bottom and edge of the flap disk, as well as the top edge.The disk, recommended for use with high-powered angle...

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