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Contract Manufacturer Increases
EDM Capacity to Tackle “Tall Parts”

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
“Our new wire-EDM machine (a Mitsubishi BA24 model, with a 16.5-in. Z axis) gives us the capacity to do tall EDM parts,” says Bobby McIntire, marketing and sales manager at G&H Diversified Manufacturing L.P. The Houston, TX, contract manufacturer includes on its process resume CNC laser cutting, manual and robotic welding, precision machining and sheetmetal fabrication, and wire-EDM. Its new Mitsubishi EDM machine features the new V350 power supply with anti-electrolysis technology, and PM4 control that allows process automation from rough to finish machining. Its healthy Z-axis height allows G&H to process the tall parts common among its customers working in the oil industry. Learn more at; G&H Diversified is online at

Virtual-Reality Welding System
Earns Innovation Award

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The VRTEX 360 virtual-reality welding system from Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, OH, has earned the 2011 Heinz Sossenheimer Award from the International Institute of Welding (IIW). The award is given every two years in recognition of “innovative software solutions making a decisive contribution to improving the long-term quality and/or safety of applications in the fields of joining, cutting or coating.” Lincoln introduced the VRTEX 360 in 2009 as an educational and training system, to allow students to practice their welding technique in a simulated environment;

Seminar Addresses How to Increase
Capacity Without Adding Manpower

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Increasing laser-cutting capacity without the burden of added manpower is the theme of a seminar being presented by Mazak Optonics Corp., slated for Anaheim, CA, March 10, 2011. Presentations and a plant tour (of Pinnacle Precision Sheet Metal) will highlight the use of automated material handling to increase throughput of laser-cutting machines, particularly for job shops facing smaller lot sizes, shorter backlogs and a lack of skilled workers. Learn more at


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