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Put a Little Control in Your Quality

March 22, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

A recent trip to Switzerland taught me a lot about quality.Whether it applies to the $25,000 Swiss-made Omega watch I briefly had on my wrist or the high level of service at the region’s hotels and restaurants, the Swiss certainly know a thing or two about quality.But how do they get that way? I...

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P3 opportunities

March 22, 2017 | By Alma Johns

While the construction industry in general will benefit from the government's infrastructure plan, our metalworking industry in particular can exploit opportunities from this initiative too. The government’s $180 billion investment is a staggering amount. If a company’s products and services fit into the public infrastructure supply chain, it needs to successfully align its business strategies with this initiative.

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System controls deflection in press brake applications more than 4 ft. long

March 22, 2017

Wilson Tool International® has introduced Express Crowning, a new system to help control deflection or the “canoe effect” in press brake applications more than 4 ft. long. The system gives fabricators the flexibility to fine-tune the deflection-compensating curve of the unit to overcome the...

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Software provides validation for progressive dies, hot forming

March 22, 2017

AutoForm Eng. has unveiled its latest software version AutoFormplus R7 for process simulation. According to the company, the software offers flexibility and efficiency in process setup and final validation for all forming processes in general and, in particular, for progressive dies and hot...

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Fiber laser cutting systems reach G-level acceleration

March 21, 2017

Haco Atlantic North America has introduced the FL 3015 LU and FL 4015 LU fiber laser cutting systems. The carbon cutting head assembly offers rigidity combined with high dynamics, and the company’s “parallel kinematics technology” has allowed accelerations to reach G-levels. The automatic...

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Samco Machinery names fabrication supervisor

March 21, 2017

Toronto, Ont.-based roll forming equipment manufacturer Samco Machinery has named Jim Glamcevski to its production team as fabrication supervisor. A licensed machinist by trade, he has extensive experience in roles such as machinist, toolmaker, CNC programmer, CNC milling operator, and lathe...

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Carbide-tipped band saw blades offer engineered tooth set for aggressive cutting

March 21, 2017

Simonds Intl. has introduced CWT carbide-tipped band saw blades for production cutting operations such as in steel service centers, foundries, and aerospace sawing applications. The blades are suitable for aluminum block, aluminum gates and risers, aluminum automation (Mossner), INCONEL® alloy,...

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Universal vise paired with pallet

March 21, 2017

Jergens has introduced its 125-mm vise and 96-mm Drop & Lock™ pallet as a combination for VMCs and HMCs. The new multiaxis, low-profile, self-centring vise features a compact footprint for broad use on quick-change pallet systems. The vise is constructed from 4100 series steel and...

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Zirconia-alumina abrasive disc delivers long tool life

March 20, 2017

Pferd Inc. has introduced the POLIFAN® Z SG-Power flap disc. It features product enhancements that deliver up to 236 percent longer tool life than conventional flap discs, states the company. The zirconia-alumina abrasive delivers optimum stock removal on high-powered angle grinders at high...

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Grinder comes equipped with new control technology

March 20, 2017

Okuma’s new GA26W high-speed, compact grinder is now equipped with the company’s OSP-P300G CNC. This open architecture control runs on a Windows®-based platform and fully integrates the machine, motors, drives, and encoders, allowing for enhanced machine performance and true customization to...

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Roll benders can produce pipes more than 59 ft. long

March 17, 2017

Faccin SpA offers the HAV-2P series of NC pipe mill bending rolls for pipe production. The machines are constructed with sturdy electrowelded structures and fitted with three rolls in thermally treated steel alloys.The rolls are moved independently—the top roll moves vertically, the lower rolls...

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ABB sells its first robot manufactured in the U.S.

March 17, 2017

ABB has sold its first robot manufactured in the U.S., an IRB 2600, produced at the ABB Auburn Hills, Mich., facility. The robot was sold by ABB Value Provider CIM Systems Inc. to Hitachi Powdered Metals USA. The compact robot, painted with commemorative red, white, and blue paint, is used for...

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VMC incorporates AM technology

March 17, 2017

Mazak has released the Variaxis j-600AM (additive manufacturing) vertical machining centre, which is equipped with its Wire Arc-type metal deposition system. This AM system incorporates a standard wire arc-welding head mounted on the machine’s headstock to deposit material layer by layer and grow...

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Photo of drill producing small-diameter, deep holes.

Small Diameter + Deep Hole = Extra Diligence

March 16, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Drilling small-diameter, deep holes calls for added attention to process details from toolholder to tooling selection to clean coolant.

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3-axis profiling machine creates bores and contours

March 16, 2017

Mitsui Seiki has introduced the PJ812 Precision Profile Center, 3-axis CNC vertical jig mill engineered to perform high-precision contour machining and precise boring of components with critical tolerances. It is suitable for parts for the mould and die, optical, aerospace, and medical industries....

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