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Robotic Press Cell in Action

Friday, April 04, 2008
 
Surf over to our Multimedia Center to check out the latest editorial video from the staff of MetalForming magazine. We recently visited the Trane plant in Tyler, TX, where a brand-new robotic stamping cell turns out louvered HVAC panels from galvanized sheetmetal. The cell features a coil-fed Minster mechanical press for blanking and louvering, and a series of three Macrodyne hydraulic presses for secondary operations. Four Motoman robots move blanks around the cell and stack completed panels 75-high for removal via fork truck. Check out the video now, at www.metalformingmagazine.com/video/ and look for the article in the June issue of MetalForming.
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METALFORM, FABTECH and AWS Welding Show
Combine to Form the Largest Metalforming,
Fabricating and Welding Exhibition in North America

Monday, March 31, 2008
 
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) have formed an alliance to bring together their respective trade shows beginning with the 2009 exhibition, to be held November 15-18, 2009, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. The new combined mega-show will offer a single exhibition where attendees can access the latest stamping, forming, fabricating, assembly and welding technologies, and can cost-effectively evaluate innovations and new technologies. The combined events will result in a single, must-see annual exhibition to serve the needs of manufacturers in North America and suppliers of materials, equipment and services in the technologies of forming and fabricating, tube and pipe, welding and cutting, and metal stamping and related processes. While the first official combined exhibition will take place in November 2009, the 2008 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show will feature a stamping pavilion re-branded as the METALFORM pavilion. The exhibition is scheduled for October 6-8, 2008, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.
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Esab to Develop Friction-Stir Welding for Stainless

Thursday, March 27, 2008
 
Esab Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, KY, has signed an agreement with MegaStir giving Esab worldwide license to manufacture and distribute friction stir-welding machines using MegaStir technology. MegaStir technology expands the use of friction stir welding to higher-melting-point alloys such as ferritic and duplex stainless steels and nickel-phase alloys. MegaStir is a strategic alliance between SII Megadiamond, Inc., North Provo, UT, and Advanced Metal Products, West Bountiful, UT. For more information, visit www.esabna.com.
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