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Rotary straighteners for tube and pipe

September 25, 2009

Although six-roll straightening machines were the industry standard for decades, 10-roll machines provide twice as many bending moments and therefore turn out straighter, rounder tube.

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Welding her way outside the box

September 25, 2009 | By Amanda Carlson

Suburban Chicago artist Pamela Olin first picked up a welding torch five months after giving birth to her second child. Sixteen years later Olin still has a welding gun in hand, but now she wants to educate other women on thinking outside the box and considering welding as a hobby or as a career option.

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Mild steel to HSS: Not just a spec change - Part I

September 25, 2009

Stamping high-strength steel, rather than mild steel, requires a different press system design approach. Standard presses are not designed to withstand the forces associated with HSS. A link drive can reduce the impact when the upper die touches the blank holder, and a heavier-than-normal press frame minimizes deflection.

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Making the most of metals

September 24, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

Editors know that fab shop owners wear many (many, many) hats, and depending on the size of the shop, have to be equal parts accountant, purchasing agent, sales manager, marketing guru, safety officer, shop supervisor, process troubleshooter, training manager, human resources department, and maybe...

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Laser enhanced with file-transfer capabilities

September 24, 2009

The Consumable Products Group (CPG) division of Mitsubishi Laser brings the flexibility of today's file-transfer capabilities to Mitsubishi Laser. The Calmotion USBCNC disk reader control acts as an interface between commercially available USB flash memory and any CNC control with an available...

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Machine combines wire EDM, waterjet technologies

September 24, 2009

Mitsubishi's MD+CELL combines the MD+PROII wire EDM with a Suprema DX44 waterjet for high speed and precision in one automated unit. The machine is designed to minimize operator intervention and maximize unattended run time for piece-part manufacturers.The MD+CELL uses a Mitsubishi MELFA six-axis...

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ACS Precision acquires Mitsubishi LXP laser machine

September 24, 2009

ACS Precision LLC, Mercersburg, Pa., an 11,900 square-foot flexible job shop that focuses on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas recently added a certified pre-owned Mitsubishi Laser to its equipment list. The 4000 watt Mitsubishi LXP can process material up to 0.75-in.-thick steel...

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Antidumping, countervailing duty cases filed against fastener imports from China and Taiwan

September 24, 2009

On Sept. 23, Wiley Rein LLP filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission against imports of standard fasteners from China and Taiwan. The petitions, which were filed on behalf of Nucor Fastener, St. Joe,...

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Hose partsmaker's lean journey leads to transfer press cell conversion

September 24, 2009

Lean manufacturing and an integrated transfer press cell conversion helped deep-draw stamper Truex, Pawtucket, R.I., to diversify its product mix and expand into new markets.

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accelerating diemaking

Accelerating Diemaking

September 24, 2009

There are several ways to shorten the die design-build-die tryout process to keep diemaking from becoming a bottleneck.

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All about welding ... mostly

September 23, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Last week, I attended the Schweissen & Schneiden International Trade Fair Joining Cutting Surfacing, commonly known as the Essen Welding Show, in Essen, Germany. The show comes around every four years and attracts thousands of attendees, primarily from Europe and Asia. This was my first time...

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LSA Laser moves to new facility

September 23, 2009

LSA Laser, Plymouth, Minn., a precision laser processor of components and assemblies for the medical device industry, has moved to new 26,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and office facilities.Located at 5015 Cheshire Parkway North in Plymouth, the new facilities more than double the size of its previous...

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McHenry County (Illinois) EDC to hold manufacturing matchmaking event

September 23, 2009

McHenry County Economic Development Corp.'s (MCEDC) Business Accelerator for Innovation and Collaboration (BAIC) is hosting its second annual McHenry County Manufacturing Matchmaking Event on October 27, 2009. This free event for manufacturers is being held at the Holiday Inn, Crystal Lake, Ill....

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Drawing the bead on weldments

September 23, 2009

Columnist Gerald Davis has a new project thismonth: Model a cage that will hold about 528 lbs. (240 kg) of batteries. Because afictional project manager has not settled onthe specific battery spacing or on thestructural members to use, Davis showsreaders how to make it easy to change thesize as well as the materials used in the cage.

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Flat responsibility in sheet metal modeling

September 23, 2009 | By Gerald Davis

The most important role of a CAD operator is to verify that the design can be flattened. Columnist Gerald Davis provides some guidance on that subject.

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