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President Obama and the Stamping Press

June 8, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Business owners in the metal fabrication industry are getting to be old hands at hosting top dogs from Washington on both sides of the political aisle. Several years ago President Bush visited Fox Valley Metal-Tech in Green Bay, Wis., and gave a speech. Last year Vice President Joe Biden visited...

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How to set up an internship program - TheFabricator

How to set up an internship program

June 8, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Insight from a metal fabricator and the head of Kansas State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides companies with good tips for setting up an internship program.

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Cold drawing principles - TheFabricator

Cold drawing principles

June 8, 2010 | By Laurence Shaheen

Understanding that drawing a tube requires more than just pointing and drawing is a good start to a successful draw. Procuring the raw material, pointing, drawing, straightening, and finishing are the five steps fabricators need to keep in mind.

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3-D CAD on the grill, Part VI - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part VI

June 8, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis reminds CAD designers that it is a good practice to test parametric links as the design progresses.

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Planning 101: Hydroforming automation - TheFabricator

Planning 101: Hydroforming automation

June 8, 2010 | By Mike Bollheimer

Developing an automated cell of any sort requires detailed planning,and hydroforming is no exception. All elements, from tube debundling to scrap removal, are like pieces of a puzzle—and if any one of them is missing or doesn’t fit, the entire system becomes ineffective.

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Building a stronger welding program

June 7, 2010 | By Don Knight

Bellingham Technical College launched its Welding Rodeo in 2002 to spur enrollment and raise its public profile. Now one of the premier welding competitions in the Pacific Northwest, the event has helped the school triple its enrollment in welding and expand its program/skill offerings.

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Which cable carrier is right for your application?

June 7, 2010 | By Joe Ciringione

Carrier systems designed to protect your machinery’s cables and hoses can help prevent damage and improve your processes. Which of the many available systems is right for your operation?

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Multiprocess welding machine delivers up to 500 amps

June 7, 2010

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Flextec™ 450, a multiprocess welding power source designed for fabrication, construction, automotive, production, and educational applications. The new machine features Lincoln’s Flexible Technology™, which delivers up to 500 amps of welding power. The...

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Friction-drive conveyor system can move loads from 250 to 2,500 lbs.

June 7, 2010

Jervis B. Webb Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Daifuku Co. Ltd., has expanded its conveyor product line with the introduction of its new friction-drive conveyor system. The conveyor is suitable for overhead and inverted power and free conveyors and can be used to move anything from car bodies to...

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Five-axis cutting head introduced - TheFabricator

Five-axis cutting head introduced

June 7, 2010

TECHNI Waterjet™ has released the PAC 60™ (Precision Angle Control) five-axis cutting head. The machine is capable of a true angle up to ± 60 degrees with continuous...

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Integrated sawing, machining center designed for tubing, solid bar industries

June 7, 2010

Rattunde Corp. has introduced the ACS + CFMcurve integrated sawing and machining center for the tubing and solid bar industry. The ACS sawing function uses electronics, servomotors, and custom-developed software to control the saw blade during the cutting process. A proprietary sawing algorithm...

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Kjellberg Finsterwalde opens plasma application center

June 7, 2010

Kjellberg Finsterwalde has opened what it says is Europe's largest plasma center, in Finsterwalde, Germany. In April about 160 customers and partners from nearly 20 countries visited the new Application Center, where they followed demonstrations of underwater plasma cutting with the HiFocus...

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Coe delivers fully integrated blanking line to Toyotomi America

June 7, 2010

Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, Mich., has shipped and commissioned a new blanking line with AIDA-America, Dayton, Ohio, to automotive stamping supplier Toyotomi America, Springfield, Ky. Standard Coe equipment was integrated with an AIDA 400-ton blanker to provide a turnkey system...

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Kemper America moves to larger warehouse

June 7, 2010

Kemper America Inc. has relocated to a larger warehouse in Alpharetta, Ga., and added new staff. The company provides central and mobile welding smoke and dust collectors....

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Ogihara America names president

June 7, 2010

Ogihara America Corp., a Thai Summit Group company in Howell, Mich., has named Chumpol Rangson as president. He replaces Hiroaki Sugiura, who has served as company president since 2008. Rangson comes to the company from Thai Summit Autoparts Industry, where he served as director of overseas...

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