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Johnson Controls Supports Tailored-Tube R&D Project

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
A research project launched in March 2014 to study the hydroforming of laser-brazed tailored steel and aluminum tubes has garnered the financial backing of Johnson Controls. The research team combines scientists from the Institute for Integrated Production and the Hanover Laser Center. Johnson Controls hopes the project can help it reduce the weight of automotive-seat backs and reduce part count. Here’s more info.

Houston to Host Welding/Cutting Conference

Friday, August 22, 2014
The new Miller and Hobart Technology and Training Center in Houston, TX, will host the Gulf Coast Welding and Cutting Technology Conference and Expo September 10-11, 2014. Attendees will tour the 23,000-sq.-ft. center, sit in on educational seminars, view live equipment demonstrations and enjoy networking opportunities with industry leaders. Learn more and register to attend at

Fabricator to Open Big-Time Powder-Coating Facility

Friday, August 22, 2014
Chief Fabrication, Grand Island, NE, a division of Chief Industries, will soon open a new powder-coat facility said to be one of the largest in the United States. The facility, capable of applying primer and top coat in one pass to parts as long as 17 ft., features a 170-ft. seven-stage stainless-steel cleaning system and 1300-lb. part capacity. Line speed peaks at 12 ft./min.;


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