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Evaluating product integrity with eddy current -

Evaluating product integrity with eddy current

October 11, 2010 | By Joe Jessop

Tube and pipe producers and fabricators who are familiar with the conventional encircling coils used in eddy current testing might be interested in learning more about this technology. Eddy current can be used on a variety of product shapes and does more than detect cracks. It can detect relative hardness and hardness changes (good for verifying heat treatment) and the presence or absence of physical features such as splines and threads.

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Hammering parts with hydroforming -

Hammering parts with hydroforming

October 11, 2010 | By Teruaki Yogo

Conventional hydroforming uses a continuously increasing pressure to form the part. Another process, hammering, relies on a hydraulic system that alternates between a programmed high pressure and low pressure.

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Thermadyne Holdings Corp. agrees to be acquired by Irving Place Capital

October 8, 2010

St. Louis, Mo.-based Thermadyne Holdings Corp., a global manufacturer of metal cutting and welding products and accessories, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Irving Place Capital, a middle-marker private equity firm, in a transaction valued at approximately...

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Jensen Precast launches new metal fabrication division: Jensen MetalTech

October 8, 2010

Jensen Precast, Sparks, N.V., a manufacturer of precast concrete products, including utility vaults for electric fiber optic, gas, telecommunications, and water infrastructure, has launched Jensen MetalTech, a division of the company that engineers and manufactures steel and aluminum access...

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The Bradbury Group acquires Hilleng International and Diecraft

October 8, 2010

The Bradbury Co. Inc., acting through its subsidiary, Bradbury Australia, Pty Ltd, has announced its further expansion into the southern hemisphere. The new company has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets and intellectual property of Hilleng International and Diecraft. The deal is...

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Equipment investment and hanging fruit

October 5, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Several weeks ago I visited Ometek Inc., a contract manufacturer near the Columbus, Ohio, airport. After reading the manufacturing news this week, I started thinking about the company’s bending department. Here’s why. This week the business world learned what it pretty much already knew. The...

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Martinek Manufacturing

October 5, 2010

Martinek Manufacturing’s third building is a 40,000-sq.-ft.facility. 42650 Osgood Road Fremont, CA 94539 510-366-2837 MARTINEK.COM By Mark Martinek OPENED: 1988 WHY: We were getting tired of trying to vacuum all the metal shavings out of our carpets at...

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Specialty fabricator goes wireless with GTAW foot pedals

October 4, 2010 | By Brent Williams

Tangled up in cable clutter in your welding shop? An Orlando, Fla.-based fabrication shop reduced clutter and improved safety by using wireless GTAW foot pedals.

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The evolution of turret punch press processing

October 4, 2010 | By Lloyd Keller

Improvements in turret punch presses have increased their capabilities and eliminated the need for many secondary operations. These improvements, which include automation options and the ability to perform contour cutting, tapping, and other processes, make these systems viable alternatives to laser machines.

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Robotic welding of heavy plate sections -

Robotic welding of heavy plate sections

October 4, 2010

When mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, Houston, Pa., redesigned its line pans for coal removal, it increased the size and thickness of the equipment. The redesign provided the perfect opportunity to move to an automated welding cell to keep up with the additional 150 lbs. of filler metal that would have to be added to each line pan.

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Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty? -

Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty?

October 4, 2010 | By David Bellamy

From tacking operations that require short arc-on times to completing long, continuous welds on thick plate, the welding gun needs to offer the appropriate welding capacity for the job.

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New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering -

New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering

October 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A Baltimore job shop remained on the growth path throughout the recession by circumventing the traditional job bidding process and gaining a serious foothold in the export market.

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A rundown on rolling machines -

A rundown on rolling machines

October 4, 2010 | By David Donnell

A metal fabricator needs to know what it will be bending before truly being able to specify what type of plate or sheet roll bending machine it needs.

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The fabricator's apprentice

September 29, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday I ran across an item about a U.K. company, Ladbrook Engineering, that has taken on its first apprentice in 20 years. In an article published on, Ladbrook's Manufacturing Director Paul Goodman is quoted as saying, "Capable and experienced engineers are very difficult...

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HRB prices stumble — World up 1.3 percent; Western Europe flat; U.S. down 1.1 percent; China down 2.2 percent

September 29, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for September 27 rose 1.3 percent to $623 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fifth consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price stayed flat at $692 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 4.5 percent), exworks, after rising two weeks...

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