Fabricating

Fabricating involves all manufacturing activities related to the bending, cutting, and forming of metal. This section covers the machines and technologies involved in fabricating metal components from sheet metal, plate, or tube. More specifically, this includes press brakes, tube bending machines, stamping presses, laser cutting machines, plasma cutting machines, oxyfuel cutting machines, waterjets, punching machines, and laser/punch combination machines.

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Premier Tech announces three acquisitions

February 22, 2017

Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec-based Premier Tech has announced three business acquisitions, two in Europe and one in the U.S. The companies have combined revenues of $50 million and employ nearly 90 people. It is a total investment of $30 million for the purpose of enhancing the positioning of the...

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Fiber lasers deliver power up to 1,000 W

February 22, 2017

Amada Miyachi America Inc. has released four new LF series fiber laser welding machines in power levels from 250 to 1,000 W. Offering the control required for small component welding and fine precision cutting of metals, the lasers are suitable for microspot welding, seam welding, and precision...

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Empire Machinery takes on Salvagnini product line

February 22, 2017

Empire Machinery announced this week that it has partnered with The Salvagnini Group, headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, to sell the company's machines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. According to Empire, with an increasing demand for automated and customized bending, laser cutting and...

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Shearing system package introduced

February 21, 2017

COMEQ Inc. has announced the availability of the Primeline shearing system package. Swing-beam shears are available for materials up to ¾ in. thick and 20 ft. long. The shearing system features adjustable rake angle with a low cutting angle for processing thin material. When the operator inputs a...

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Multitasking machine features multilaser deposition technology

February 21, 2017

Mazak has introduced the Integrex i-200S AM (additive manufacturing), a new hybrid multitasking machine technology with a multilaser deposition system, enabling both additive and subtractive capabilities.It performs turning, milling, and drilling, as well as additive manufacturing and laser marking...

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Band saw blade with chips.

Control the top 3 areas of band saw frustrations

February 17, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Band saw operators offer tips to reduce difficulties in the three areas identified by fabricators as the most frustrating--machine downtime, blade failure, and operator error.

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Astrex lands funding for lightweight auto parts development

February 17, 2017

Earlier this week, it was announced that Astrex Inc. of Lakeshore (near Windsor) will receive a repayable contribution of up to $17 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency's (FedDev Ontario) Advanced Manufacturing Fund. The investment will enable Astrex, a manufacturer of auto parts,...

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Fitz’s Mobile Welding gets new home in Harbour Grace

February 16, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In January, Bay Roberts, N.L.-based Fitz’s Mobile Welding Inc. closed on the purchase of the former S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, N.L. Fitz's is a welding and fabrication business that serves the mobile and in-shop service needs of the marine, construction, structural, and...

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Cladding reimagined at JEBCO

February 14, 2017 | By Rob Colman

JEBCO Industries is a Barrie, Ont.-based fabrication shop that serves the needs of the mining, oil and gas, petrochemical, and water treatment industries. Its work on process equipment encompasses design, fabrication, coatings and linings, installation, commissioning, and repair. The area where the...

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BLM Group USA appoints North American sales director

February 13, 2017

BLM Group USA, manufacturer of tube and sheet metal processing equipment, has announced the appointment of Andrew Dodd as North American sales director. The announcement was made by Dr. Jeffrey Ahrstrom, president and COO. Dodd will direct BLM’s regional sales team in laser, bender and machining...

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General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to update Canadian Army's LAV fleet

February 10, 2017

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has been awarded a CA$404 million contract amendment by the Government of Canada to upgrade 141 Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III vehicles. The upgrades will enhance the performance and survivability of these Canadian designed and manufactured vehicles. It also...

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Updated pipe stands have customizable base

February 10, 2017

IRCO Automation has updated its standard pipe stand line. Pipe stands provide a stable platform to support pipe spools, usually being rotated by a welding positioner. The pipe stands feature an upper support structure mounted on a customizable base. The upper support has drop-in wheel assemblies...

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Magna unveils ultralight door module

February 9, 2017 | By Rob Colman

Magna International Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, announced it has developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves a 42.5 per cent mass savings compared to an average current production door. The announcement was...

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Walter announces appointment of new president and COO

February 9, 2017

Walter Surface Technologies, Pointe-Claire, Que., announced the appointment of Marc-André Aubé as its president and chief operating officer. Before joining the company, Aubé was president and COO of GardaWorld Protective Services. A trained engineer with an MBA and a CFA, Aubé’s professional...

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Burs improve surface finish in aluminum, nonferrous metal applications

February 6, 2017

Pferd Inc. offers the ALU/NF CUT line of carbide burs for use on aluminum, brass, copper, and tin, as well as harder materials such as alloys with a high SiC content, titanium, titanium alloys, and bronze.The burs come in a variety of shapes and dimensions, with shank diameters of 1/8 and 1/4 in....

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