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Mound Technologies wins $1.5 million contract from Army National Guard

October 15, 2009

Heartland Inc., a diversified company with businesses in steel warehousing and fabrication and petroleum retail and wholesale operations, today announced that Mound Technologies, Springboro, Ohio, its steel fabrication subsidiary, has received a letter of intent to furnish and install the...

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Retirement? Maybe, maybe not

October 14, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

I love online polls, especially those that allow takers to comment. There's a certain feeling of anonymity when you are sitting all alone in front of your computer screen that tends to make many of us more open when voicing our opinions through our keyboards. (Of course that same feeling of...

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HRB prices retreat

October 14, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB price for Oct. 12 fell 1.1 percent to $609 per metric ton, FOB the mill, eight consecutive rises. The World export HRB price fell 1.5 percent to $537 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive decline. The Chinese HRB...

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The power of walking away

October 13, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Talk of health reform has become frenzied in recent weeks. The latest compromises have bordered on desperation. We can't pursue the public option plan, to appease budget-weary politicians (and voters) and the insurance industry. We're uncomfortable about requiring everyone to buy...

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Workholding system's captured screw, dowel assemblies allow quick installation

October 13, 2009

Stevens Eng. Inc. and Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. have introduced the Unilock starter kit workholding system. The kit allows users to plug the components immediately into their production cell when it supports a Stevens Eng. mounting grid pattern to eliminate setup time. Other grid spacing is...

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Flashback arrester designed for medium gas consumption requirements

October 13, 2009

Witt-Gastechnik offers 85-20, a flashback arrester for medium gas consumption requirements in gas welding, cutting, and burning applications. It delivers up to 1,589 SCFH for acetylene and other oxyfuel gases.The arrester measures about 5.1 in. long and 2.4 in. in diameter. Two versions are...

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ERP software enhanced with human resource and sales order RMA modules

October 13, 2009

MIE Solutions has released version 10.4 of its MIE Trak production control and job tracking software for the manufacturing industry. The new release includes a human resources module and a new quality control module for sales order RMAs.It includes more than 100 changes and enhancements compared to...

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Extruded-material tube fittings aimed at oil, gas, and chemical markets

October 13, 2009

The Instrumentation Products Div. of Parker Hannifin has developed a production process for its A-LOK® tube fittings based on stainless steel extrusions. The technology is aimed at users in processing markets such as oil, gas, and chemical.According to the company, the uniformity of metal grain...

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Software facilitates process plan cost-optimization

October 13, 2009

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has developed a new software module that enables the rapid and transparent definition of cost-optimized process plans.AutoFormplusR1 users can rapidly evaluate different process alternatives and gain insight into related costs to identify a cost-optimized process plan. The...

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Stem-mounted brushes perform many cleaning, finishing processes

October 13, 2009

Weiler Corp. offers a line of stem-mounted brushes for cleaning and finishing recessed areas or IDs; cleaning and polishing dies, molds, and tools; deburring; cleaning welds; spot facing; and cleaning rust, paint, scale, and slag.The brushes come in wheel, cup, and end-brush configurations, each...

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Door interlock allows exit even when door is locked

October 13, 2009

Fortress Interlocks' DM-I door interlock features an internal release mechanism that allows exit from a dangerous area, even when the door is locked.The unit is mounted on the outside of the guard, allowing normal entry and exit using a Fortress key. It is fitted to the doorpost and allows...

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High-speed magnetic drill incorporates solid-state electronics, heavy-duty motor

October 13, 2009

Hougen Mfg. has introduced the high-speed model HMD508 portable magnetic drill. It incorporates solid-state electronics and a heavy-duty motor for power under heavy cutting loads.The high-speed gearing is designed to accommodate the company's carbide-tipped Copperhead™ annular cutter tooling...

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Pipe cutter, beveler also performs socket weld removal, chipless wheel cutting

October 13, 2009

The Small Diameter Split Frame (SDSF) from E.H. Wachs® is an externally mounted machine tool for cutting, beveling, and counterboring pipe from 0.84 to 4.5 in. in diameter. It also can perform socket weld removal and chipless wheel cutting.Lightweight and flexible, the unit is designed for...

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Sawing system cuts ferrous, nonferrous metals

October 13, 2009

Advanced Machine & Eng. Co. (AME) has announced the introduction of the AMSAW® S300 sawing system, designed to cut ferrous and nonferrous metals.Its capacity is 3 to 12 in., and it uses cermet or carbide-tipped, disposable or regrindable saw blades in diameters from 24 to 36 in. The spindle...

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Welding system software features updated graphical interface

October 13, 2009

Swagelok Co. has released new software for its Swagelok® welding system M200 power supply to help deliver increased performance in an updated graphical interface.The portable power supply weighs less than 50 lbs. and has a 200-amp capability for orbital welding. A high-resolution, 12.1-in....

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