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Shielding Gas Primer GTAW

A shielding gas primer for GTAW

January 27, 2009

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With so many blends of shielding gas available, it can be a difficult task to determine which gas or gas blend best suits a particular GTAW application. To simplify that task, you must first understand the distinct properties that each gas or gas mixture brings to the table and how best to optimize the mixture once it's been determined.

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TRUMPF names vice president, lasers

January 27, 2009

Dr. Christian Schmitz is joining TRUMPF Inc. as the vice president, lasers, effective February 1. He will be located at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The announcement...

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Green machines

January 27, 2009

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Electric and hybrid electric-hydraulic press brakes give fabricators an energy-saving bending alternative.

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Metal former today, compression molder tomorrow

January 27, 2009

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The difference between a hydraulic press used to form metal stampings and a compression molding press used to form parts out of composite materials isn't that great. Could a metal former make the jump into composites forming? With a lesson in materials handling and some customers, a metal former might be able to make the jump.

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How do I calculate tonnage in progressive stamping?

January 27, 2009

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This article the complete STAMPING Journal® Ask the Expert column, as answered by columnist Dennis Cattell of The Minster Machine Co., and published in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue:

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Cutting with an industry workhorse

January 27, 2009

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To gain the most benefit from an ironworker's cutting stations, fabricators should select one with the right tonnage and blade characteristics for their applications.

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Laser and waterjet: friends or foes?

January 27, 2009

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Knowing the capabilities and drawbacks of laser and waterjet machines is the key in determining which is best for a particular application.

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Mining lucrative medical device prospects

January 27, 2009

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The medical device industry segment holds promise for growth, and profit for stamping companies willing to work within its regulations and challenges.

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Don't rule out plasma for cutting aluminum - TheFabricator.com

Don't rule out plasma for cutting aluminum

January 27, 2009

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In any discussion about how to cut metal, plasma cutting is right up there with laser and waterjet. The technology gets a bad rap, though, when the discussion turns to cutting aluminum. There are five preconceptions that many fabricators have about turning to plasma to cut aluminum. But according to three experts, new plasma cutting systems produce good results on aluminum.

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Stimulus bill spending should support American workers

January 26, 2009

On January 22, U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 49 of their colleagues co-signed a letter to the House leadership urging them to require any money spent under the proposed...

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Caterpillar announces job cuts

January 26, 2009

Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar has announced that it is cutting 20,000 jobs. The jobs include 12,000 employees—11 percent of the work force—and 8,000 contractors.The total comprises...

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Welcome to the factory

January 23, 2009

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A friend sent me a link to a band he heard on an Internet radio station. The band hails from downstate Illinois, and one of the bands I really admire, Uncle Tupelo, came from the same part of the country. So I gave it a quick listen.A day later I purchased the CD, The Places We Lived....

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A nice speech

January 21, 2009

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Whether or not you supported President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, you have to admit that he gave a nice inaugural speech. I listened to the speech (streaming online video) and turned off inaugural coverage after the entire ceremony ended. I really am not interested in watching...

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FARO wins Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award

January 21, 2009

FARO, a provider of 3-D measurement and imaging technology, has won the Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award from the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT).The National Center for Defense...

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Circular saw designed for fabricators, emergency services

January 20, 2009

Designed for mild steel, stainless, and aluminum, the SteelMax S9 9.25-in metal cutting circular saw cuts metal cool and clean without burring, heat distortion, or sparking. Featuring a 45-degree...

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