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Seeing GTAW through a new lens

January 9, 2007

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Not every welder uses a gas lens on his or her GTAW torch, but gas lenses should be considered for a variety of applications and for several reasons. Knowing what a gas lens does, how to choose one, and how to install and take care of one are critical to getting the most benefits out of it

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Punching through complacency to win a bid

January 9, 2007

Anderson Metals, a sheet metal fabricator with clients such as Volvo, Deere, and Cat, needed some specialized tooling in a hurry to win over a new client, Eaton Electrical. Its main punch provider didn't have the tooling in its inventory, so Anderson had to shake off the complacency that had set in and find another supplier. Happily, it found one that had the tooling in stock.<

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Dedicated manual tube bending

Are you dedicated to manual bending?

January 9, 2007

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At a time when automated equipment is the most popular and well-known method for bending tubes, there is still a demand for dedicated manual tube bending (DMTB) units to help fill a void that the use of CNC equipment sometimes creates.

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Benefits of autodarkening helmets come to light

January 9, 2007

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Autodarkening technology has established a firm place in the welding industry not only as a piece of equipment that provides excellent protection, but also as a means to improve welding performance.

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Press brake safety

Safety still pressing for press brakes

January 9, 2007

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The leading trend in press brakes safety is to ensure safety without sacrificing speed or hampering operators' ability to work efficiently, say press brakes manufacturers. This starts with tooling, including segmented or sectionalized tooling that is lighter and easier to handle; safety features that prevent unsecured tooling from falling, and fewer tool changes. It is further achieved with light curtains, camera and vision-based sensors, and mechanical side and rear guards, as well as automation and robots.

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Effects of shielding gas

7 effects of shielding gas

January 9, 2007

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Depending on your application, various components of your shielding gas blend can help or hurt you. Find out what effects shielding gas has on your weld and what you can do to get the best results.

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China's Unusual Tax Move

January 9, 2007

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The Chinese government's control policies are currently focused on controlling exports by increasing export taxes, said Patrick McCormick, World Steel Dynamics (WSD) managing partner. Normally, a value-added tax (VAT) is refunded on exports."Because of the growth of steel, and because they're...

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Metals upsets, offsets, and onsets in 2007

January 9, 2007

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Metal fabricators should see price relief on U.S. carbon steel hot-rolled band prices going into the first quarter of 2007, with prices expected to bottom out at $500 to $540 per ton early in the first quarter, depending on the mill source. In February through April, prices should begin to rebound...

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From Pens to Plasma Cutters

January 9, 2007

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What happens when an editor gets to weld? Let Senior Editor Eric Lundin share his first-hand experience. Visitors could try their hands at a variety of welding and cutting processes at Miller Electric's semitruck parked in Hall B at the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show in Atlanta , Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

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NAM on Fabricators' Top Two Concerns

January 9, 2007

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Following the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show keynote address, the fabricator.com's Web Content Manager Vicki Bell sat down to talk with the speaker, former Michigan Governor and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler.

Citing "Fabricating Update" survey results that steel prices and the skilled labor shortage are metal fabricators' No. 1 and 2 concerns, respectively, Bell asked Engler the following questions.

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Creating a leadership team that speaks, acts with one voice

January 9, 2007

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This article is based on a 2006 FABTECH® Intl. & AWS Welding Show seminar presented by Dr. Bob Rausch, a facilitator and coach for executives, managers, and their teams. It explains the importance of creating and energizing effective leadership teams, describes common team characteristics, and discusses potential defuelers and refuelers.

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Bystronic names president, North American operations

January 5, 2007

Bystronic Inc. has announced the promotion of Michael Zakrzewski to president of Bystronic Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Bystronic Group. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, Zakrzewski is responsible...

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Safety base module connects to control network in minutes

January 4, 2007

Fortress Interlocks has introduced an AS-interface (AS-i) control and safety base module for its eGard system that allows the system to be connected easily to an AS-i Safety at Work control network in...

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6-in. angle grinder has electronic speed stabilization

January 4, 2007

Metabo Corp. offers the WE14-150 electronic 6-in. angle grinder/cutoff machine with Tacho-Constamatic (TC) speed stabilization. The grinder can work at nearly 100 percent of the no-load speed (9,000...

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Nozzle design aids near-dry sawing

January 4, 2007

Accu-Lube® has introduced a new nozzle designed for near-dry sawing. The U nozzle allows the lubricant to be applied from behind the blade on the three sides of the blade.The nozzle attaches to a...

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