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Brandt steps up with plan to save shuttered Saskatoon manufacturing facility

March 24, 2017

The Brandt Group of Companies has entered into a binding agreement with US-based industrial liquidator Prestige Equipment and financial services company Hilco Global for the former Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. (MHPSC) facility in Saskatoon. The entire 22-acre parcel, located in the...

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Solid-state disk laser designed for Industry 4.0

March 24, 2017

TRUMPF has introduced the latest generation of its TruDisk disk laser. The compact, energy-efficient machine offers the ability to carry out condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, a basic prerequisite for successful implementation of lasers in digitalized and connected manufacturing...

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Metal spinning machines designed for Industry 4.0

March 24, 2017

Denn has introduced the NTR line of CNC metal spinning machines. According to the manufacturer, the series is designed under the terms of Industry 4.0, which encompasses a number of contemporary automation, data exchange, and manufacturing technologies.The user connects the machine to the Internet,...

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Virtual reality finds role in speeding fixture development

March 23, 2017 | By Rob Colman

Virtual reality is something that has been promoted in video game development for many years, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that a fully immersive headset was available on the market. Interestingly enough, industry is finding applications for the technology more rapidly than one might expect.

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Robotically welding grooved butt joints

March 23, 2017 | By Kevin McWhirter

Over the years article after article has been written about how robotics can help improve the quality and efficiencies of the welding process. Most of these articles tackle applications in which light-gauge components are welded in rigidly designed fixtures that provide excellent fit-up and minimal...

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Robotic welding power source upgraded with cold metal transfer process

March 23, 2017

Fronius is expanding the range of functions of its TPS/i Robotics power source. This system, designed for the requirements of robotic welding, can now be equipped with the cold metal transfer (CMT) welding process using a new additional package. The GMAW power source comprises interconnected and...

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Drawbridge-shelf style cart design provides flexibility in material handling

March 23, 2017

Creform Corp. has introduced a drawbridge cart designed to be towed by an NSI AGV. It is built so the AGV can tunnel underneath, and it features an A-HPL hitch that accepts the tow pin of the AGV unit.Four of the five shelves tilt up. This is suitable for a sequential operation that requires...

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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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