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Lorain County Community College opens welding center

May 3, 2010

Lorain County Community College (LCCC), Elyria, Ohio, has opened a new welding lab and classrooms. The center, made possible with a $4.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, enhances the school's on-campus arm of the National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed). "The...

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400-amp plasma arc metal cutting system introduced

May 3, 2010

Hypertherm has introduced the HyPerformance® Plasma HPR400XD®, a 400-amp plasma arc metal cutting system. With patent-pending PowerPierce™, the system can pierce metal that is 60 percent thicker than the capacity of the company's HPR260 system and up to 25 percent thicker than any...

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Horizon Steel expands to new facility

May 3, 2010

Horizon Steel has announced an expansion of its Illinois operations through the acquisition of the former MC Steel Co.'s equipment and facility in Wheeling. In addition to a 72-in. cut-to-length line, a 24-in. slitting line with deburring capabilities, a sheared blanking line, and a second...

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Gauge detects welding wire level in drums, boxes

May 3, 2010

The Wire Wizard® wire level gauge from ELCo Enterprises Inc. detects the amount of wire left in weld wire drums or boxes. The gauge, which attaches to the cover of the drum or box, features magnetic wire detection that slides down the drum or box as wire is depleted. The level of wire...

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CGW hires application engineer

May 3, 2010

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels, Niles, Ill., has hired Rodney Neil Finch as application engineer. He is responsible for market growth in the vitrified product line and supports new and existing products in metal fabrication. He also will structure the application engineering department to improve...

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Abrasive flap disk features trimmable backing - TheFabricator

Abrasive flap disk features trimmable backing

May 3, 2010

Weiler's Trimmable Tiger® abrasive flap disk features a trimmable backing. The design enables the operator to trim away the back of the disk up to 0.375 in. from the original diameter, exposing more flap abrasive to help extend the life of the disk. The disk is flexible and conformable....

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Saluting civilians

May 1, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Some people might think that the only way to serve their country is by joining the military. If that were true, then this country, the men and women currently serving, and our national security would be in a world of trouble. Even though they don't receive much recognition, the fact is civilians...

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Welding metals of dissimilar strengths

April 30, 2010 | By Dean C. Phillips

Welding metals of dissimilar strengths requires that a welder consider some specific factors, to ensure a solid joint.

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A guide to portable magnetic drills

April 30, 2010 | By Jeff Miller

On-site hole-making is a common fabrication activity, but not much thought is given to the tool used for the job. As with any job, the right tool can make a real difference in how smoothly the operation goes.

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The 'hole' story about the Tampa Museum of Art

April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis

How does an architect create a building that mirrors the daylight and a nearby river? In the case of the new Tampa Museum of Art, architect Stanely Saitowitz turned to perforated metal panels that enveloped the entire building, all 96,000 square feet of building surface.

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Batteries power up to own the road

April 30, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

The automotive industry is looking to hybrid electric and fully electric vehicles to electrify the effort to lessen or eliminate fuel emissions and to achieve the new fuel standards. Lithium-ion is considered by many to be the most promising of automotive batteries because of its potential for longer ranges.

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Green efforts save greenbacks

April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis

When you are president of a company, you might observe things that others don’t even notice. That just comes with the territory when you are dealing regularly with profit and loss statements. Jon DeWys, president of DeWys Manufacturing, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based precision fabricator,...

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Simulation empowers toolmaking creativity

April 30, 2010 | By Guy Goodmonson

Stamping simulation software augments an experienced toolmaker's creativity.

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Big spill, bigger problem

April 29, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

What a difference a week makes. On April 19, Transocean Ltd.’s Deepwater Horizon rig was doing some exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of BP. After a six-year drought that started in 1994, BP had discovered several major oil deposits throughout the last decade: Marlin, 2000;...

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HRB price surge moderates

April 29, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for April 26 surged 6.3 percent to $742 per ton (on a Euro basis, it surged 8.8 percent), ex-works, for the fifth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price was up 3.2 percent to $772 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the...

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