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CTMA names new president

January 20, 2017

The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association has elected Steve Watson as its new president. Watson is president of Century Tools & Machinery, Mississauga, Ont., a distributor of tooling and workholding components. He started working at Century Tools in 1995, after graduating from the University of...

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Amada press brake tooling.

New Takes on Press Brake Tooling

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Press brake OEMs are introducing tooling options and automation to help fabricators extend their press brake abilities and reduce setup time for more efficient short runs.

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OMAX 80X waterjet at Universal Fabricating.

Universal Fabricating’s waterjet cuts out outsourcing delays

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Bringing waterjet cutting in-house helped Universal Fabricating respond to rush jobs, increase process efficiencies, and expand its markets.

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Turning photo from Sandvik Coromant.

In search of turning's sweet spot

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Manipulating turning speed, feed, and depth of cut can result in higher metal removal rates. High-pressure coolant directed at the cutting zone and high-speed inserts help.

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ONA Electroerosion acquires 30 per cent of AAEDM

January 19, 2017

ONA, Durango, Spain, has acquired 30 per cent of AAEDM, Ann Arbor, Mich., to add microhole EDM technology to its portfolio of EDM machines.Founded in 2009, AAEDM designs and manufactures EDM machines for high-precision microhole machining. According to ONA, this acquisition complements its growth...

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Software calibrates large-scale measuring volumes

January 18, 2017

Aicon 3D offers version 7 of MoveInspect software, which features a new calibration method, more interfaces, and a redesigned user interface. Calibration with both fixed reference field and scale bar allows calibration of large-scale measuring volumes. The new method “reference field and...

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Fiber laser cutting system features carbon fiber carriage, synthetic granite frame

January 17, 2017

Prima Power offers the Laser Genius 2-D fiber laser cutting system. High-dynamic linear motors help ensure a 15 percent increase in productivity compared with conventional drive systems, states the company. It has a variety of automation modules, and CNC proprietary management increases accuracy in...

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Honda of Canada Mfg. to Invest $492 million in Ontario

January 17, 2017

Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM), a division of Honda Canada Inc., announced that it will invest $492 million over the next three years to allow the company to modernize its Ontario manufacturing facilities and improve its manufacturing carbon footprint, which is part of Honda's global initiatives. Honda...

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RPM Rollformed Metal Products launches heavy steel division

January 17, 2017

RPM Rollformed Metal Products Ltd., Toronto, a manufacturer of custom roll formed metal profiles, recently announced its expansion into heavy steel fabrication. With the expansion, RPM added a second location in Toronto while keeping its main plant in Concord, Ont., focused on light metal...

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Acorn welding program makes strides in secondary schools

January 17, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In May 2015 the CWB Group, Canada's national welding certification body, launched Acorn, the first nationally available welding program in Canada. The Acorn program provides educators at both the high school and post-secondary levels with modules through which they can offer students a streamlined and immersive welding education. Now, through the CWA Foundation, the program has been adopted for secondary schools at the provincial level in some provinces and at the board level in a variety of cities elsewhere.

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Inverter conversion

January 17, 2017 | By Josh Wallace

Many welders who are used to working with an engine-driven welding machine in the field are surprised when they arrive in classrooms and are faced with newer inverter technology. Many times those who do a lot of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) in the field have older-style machines with basically an amperage and a voltage dial. Newer inverter machines make them feel unsure of what the buttons on the machine do or how they can customize the arc because the technology doesn’t work precisely the way their own welding machines do. This is a short primer on what makes inverter technology different, and how welders can use the technology for pipe SMAW.

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Rigaku Field-use analyzer

Don’t Get Fooled By A Fake ID

January 17, 2017 | By Jen Lynch

Metal identification has advanced quickly since the turn of the century. New technologies have helped transform the manufacturing industry from one where metal quality was unassured to a fast-moving market where metals can be identified with ease. Manufacturing companies looking for metal quality...

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Halbar Stainless Products Ltd. grows with new facility, laser investment

January 17, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In the history of any business, there is usually a point when you decide to either get bought out by a larger company or aim to be that larger company yourself. That’s where Edmonton’s Halbar found itself over the past couple of years. In response, the family-run fabrication shop has set its sights on growth, purchasing a second shop in Kelowna and investing in a CNC laser to speed up production at its headquarters.

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FABTECH 2016: Closing the loop for manufacturing perfection

January 17, 2017 | By Rob Colman

More than 31,000 attendees came to the Las Vegas Convention Center for FABTECH® 2016. As always, new technologies didn’t disappoint. Exhibitors, conference speakers, and attendees all talked about positive changes ahead, about “closing the loop” to make their manufacturing organization one cohesive, determined unit, ready to compete.

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Presto Lifts acquires ECOA Industrial Lift Products

January 17, 2017

Presto Lifts, Norton, Mass., has acquired ECOA Industrial Lift Products, Hialeah, Fla. “This is a near perfect extension for the Presto Lifts product range,” said Vice President Steve Albert. “In its 70-plus years of operation, Presto Lifts has developed a very complete range of lifting and...

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