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Online Video Illustrates Sheetmetal-Fastening Technique--No Tapping or Secondary Ops

Monday, September 9, 2013
Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN, has produced a 4-min. video showcasing the capabilities of its Hybrid Threadform forming tool, used in CNC punch presses for applications where material thickness exceeds screw pitch. Displayed is a real-world application of the tool at Midland Metal Products, which significantly reduced costs for fabricating retail-industry point-of-purchase displays when compared to welding of self-clinching nuts. Here’s the video.

Ferris State Welding Engineering Department Receives Significant Donation

Monday, September 9, 2013
Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, WI, has donated more than $1 million worth of robotic-welding equipment and simulation software to the Welding Engineering Technology program at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. Included are three robotic-welding cells which Miller pledges to update every three years with new equipment, to ensure students stay on the leading edge of technology. More at

Specialty-Alloy Processor Adds Turret Head Slitter

Thursday, September 5, 2013
United Performance Metals (UPM), Hamilton, OH, has added an 18-in. turret head slitter to its production facility, capable of slitting coiled stock from 0.020 to 0.125 in. thick.  Compared to existing slitters, UPM expects the new machine to reduce setup times, increase line speeds and optimize operator efficiency. The slitter boasts a pressure bar system that eliminates scratching and minimizes camber, and an interchangeable rewind drum. UPM processes stainless-steel, nickel-, cobalt-, aluminum- and titanium-based alloys in sheet, coil, plate and bar;



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