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Two-axis hydraulic press can be configured for various tonnages, frame designs, control packages - TheFabricator

Two-axis hydraulic press can be configured for various tonnages, frame designs, control packages

May 24, 2010

Phoenix has developed a two-axis press that provides for forming, compaction, and compression processes, as well as R&D and quality testing. Operating in a pressure-over-time mode, the press employs a Delta motion controller and a Micrologix 1100 to provide synchronized application of...

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Laser weld seam inspection system introduced

May 24, 2010

Kent Corp. has introduced a new post-weld seam inspection system for GTAW and laser welding mills. The system records mismatch, roundness, concavity, and undercut. Standard equipment is accurate within 0.001 in., and higher-resolution cameras are available. An alarm can be set to notify the...

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Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area - TheFabricator

Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area

May 24, 2010

The Pivot 180 from Big Ass Fans is the company's first oscillating fan engineered to mount on a column and cover an area equivalent to four tennis courts. The 6-ft.-dia. fan, suitable for tight spaces or areas with ceiling obstructions, oscillates horizontally to provide 180 degrees of airflow...

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Just happy to have a job?

May 19, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

In the last few years, as more and more jobs have disappeared, those who have remained employed have considered themselves very lucky. No matter how much they've been pushed to do more with less, or how many benefits they've lost, many of these workers have adopted the mantra: "Just happy to have a...

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The laser is 50, and still beaming

May 17, 2010 | By Tim Heston

On May 16, 1960, Theodore Maiman of Hughes Labs became the first person on the planet to build light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation—or laser. (Thank goodness the acronym stuck.) On Sunday, the laser turned 50. I’m willing to bet that on that day in 1960, Ignacio “Nacho”...

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Bystronic names service manager for Canada

May 17, 2010

Bystronic Canada Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., has named Michael Cummings as service manager for Canada. He has more than 14 years of technical services, R&D, and management experience. Bystronic Inc. is a provider of laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and press brake systems, system software, and...

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Automatic height control, seam tracking available for welding drive system - TheFabricator

Automatic height control, seam tracking available for welding drive system

May 17, 2010

Bug-O Systems has introduced two new accessories for the Modular Drive System (MDS): automated height control and seam tracking. The automated height control system provides automatic up/down positioning of the torch when using CV weld processes. Features include current set point control and...

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Liquid propane gas welding machine allows users to switch seamlessly between multiple processes

May 17, 2010

Designed for maintenance, repair, and construction, Lincoln’s Ranger® 305 LPG is an engine-driven welding machine that allows users to switch seamlessly between multiple processes. While liquid propane gas (LPG) is less common, it is required when operating in areas where gasoline and diesel...

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Bystronic hires press brake service engineer

May 17, 2010

Bystronic Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., has announced that Vincent Nylin has joined the company as press brake service engineer based in the Quad Cities, Ill., area. Nylin has more than 32 years of electromechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic experience. He is a retired U.S. Navy Fleet advanced technical...

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Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop - TheFabricator

Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop

May 17, 2010

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 709.1 clamping pads with threaded stems. The RoHS-compliant, metric-sized clamping pads have a body made of case-hardened steel with a black phosphate finish. The ball is hardened steel with a plain finish. Two types are available: with a smooth contact face, or...

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Attendees learn about combustible dust hazards at symposium - TheFabricator

Attendees learn about combustible dust hazards at symposium

May 17, 2010

Dantherm Filtration held its first symposium on combustible dust at its Thomasville, N.C., headquarters in March. More than 50 attendees learned about the causes of combustible dust fires and explosions and how to prevent them. They also learned about how NFPA requirements are applied to dust...

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Robotic welding positioner available in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side - TheFabricator

Robotic welding positioner available in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side

May 17, 2010

A heavy-duty, three-axis welding positioner configuration is available from Wolf Robotics in load capacities of 1,102 and 1,653 lbs. per side. The positioner has a Ferris wheel-type interchange between stations for operator loading and unloading while a robot is welding on the other side. The...

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Andy J. Egan receives Elite designation from MBPA

May 17, 2010

Andy J. Egan Co., a mechanical contractor and fabricator in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for by the Michigan Business and Professionals Association (MBPA). Egan received the Elite Award in communications — one of only 10...

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Weld seam inspection system determines size, position of all relevant defects in real time

May 17, 2010

A new sensor has been added to the VIROwsi welding seam inspection system from Vitronic. The system objectively inspects the seam and sorts out defective parts. It determines the size and position of all relevant defects such as pores, holes, undercuts, and seam geometry in real time. All results...

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Robotic blast machine automates processing trayloads of components

May 17, 2010

Guyson Corp. has introduced a robotic blasting system that incorporates a component-manipulating, six-axis robot and a shuttle transfer cart to fully automate processing of trayloads of components. The model RB-TRR-900 is designed for precise surface preparation, shot peening, and cosmetic...

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