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October 26, 2016

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October 26, 2016
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U.S. Factories Batting .750
According to last week's Bloomberg survey of U.S. manufacturers, industrial production at factories climbed by 0.2 percent month-on-month for September, while capacity utilization rose to 75.4 percent, up 0.1 percent. It's the third time in four months that production of consumer goods and construction materials has risen.


"The drag from falling energy investment has abated," says Ryan Wang, an economist at HSBC Securities USA Inc., quoted here in a Bloomberg press release. "That should allow overall business investment to resume modest growth in the year ahead."

Success is Programmable—
Schuler ServoDirect Technology

Schuler’s reliable ServoDirect Technology is proven globally. Invest in your future Schulerwith a business strategy that competes on quality with higher throughput. Gain flexibility and credibility with your customers by implementing a change in your overall process to get better bottom-line results. The payback is in your future.
Hilma Quick Die Change Systems

Hilma offers hydraulic quick die change products with great clamping force control. Experience less downtime, and quickly clamp dies of many shapes, sizes and weights. Hilma systems permit safe, rapid change-over to new production lots. Visit our online catalog now at
PFA Makes Die Positioning Easy

PFA Mechanical Die Lifters are actuated by hand to the lifted position prior to die insertion and then released to lower the die. They are portable and can be taken from press to press. These units can be used in multiple presses, greatly reducing QDC equipment costs.
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> Today's News
> New Cut-to-Length Line at RC Trailer
> New VP of Product Strategy for
> Bermo Launches QOTE Onsite Quotation Services
> Lantek to Partner with Bystronic on MES System

VIVA Fabrication! Attend the 3rd Annual Fabricators Forum

Register now and learn how BIM can keep the dice rolling for your business. Hosted by Autodesk, the only conference dedicated to structural and mechanical contractors:

  • Learn from technical and business experts
  • Network with industry peers
  • Gain skills to grow your business

The Venetian Hotel, November 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

NEW VT-41000 Laser Cabinet: Work Lean by Organizing, Cleaning and Maintaining Fiber Laser and CO2 Laser Cutting Machine

Versatility’s NEW VT-41000 Laser Cabinet provides safe, secure and organized storage for laser lenses, laser nozzles, laser accessories and cleaning supplies.

  • Large compartment with lockable See-Thru Door and Shelf
  • Six lockable 15”W x 25-3/8”D drawers
    -Three 3" Deep Drawer
    - Two 5" Deep Drawers,
    - One 7" Deep Drawer, Working Height 6-1/2”
  • Mobile or forklift cabinet base
  • Standard Black Vinyl, Maplewood Laminate or Stainless Steel Top

Manufactured in the USA by Versatility Professional Tool Storage. Versatility also manufactures a complete line of cabinets and carts for press brake and punching tools.

You Ought To Know...
> Tailor-Made Materials via Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing
An article in 3D Metal Printing magazine describes how Fabrisonic, housed within the confines of EWI near the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, employs ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) to bond strips of metal foil to custom-build new types of materials. An example of such a product being made using UAM: critical electronic components that provide radiation shielding, by layering tantalum and Type 6061 aluminum to create one monolithic panel.

The machine used by Fabrisonic is additive-subtractive. At any time throughout the 3D metal-printing process, it can stop and machine in a groove or passage, and either insert a device (a sensor, for example) into the groove or just weld over the passage.

Here's the article.

Parker's Advanced Diagnostics Solution for Metal Forming and Fabrication

With Parker's wireless SensoNODE Blue sensors and SCOUT Mobile software, users can diagnose and track issues remotely for pressure, temperature, and humidity in real-time to address issues. The SCOUT Mobile app easily displays measurements and allows users to customize alarms and dashboards. Buy now online. Click 'Custom Configurator' and add product to cart for purchase.
Dexco Structural
Coil Racks

Dexco Structural Coil Racks are engineered to handle loads in excess of 80,000 pounds per level and provide more than 40' of vertical storage. Individual cradles safely accommodate variations in coil width and weight. Wide flange beams deliver greater strength and durability as compared to roll-formed steel. Learn more at
Cincinnati Inc.'s Latest Product Lines at FABTECH

Cincinnati Incorporated (CI), manufacturer of fiber and CO2 lasers, automation, press brakes, shears, powered metal presses, and additive manufacturing machines, will exhibiting at FABTECH 2016 (November 16-18, Las Vegas, NV). CI booth will be located in booth C31102 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The exhibit will feature the company's latest product lines—the CL-960 fiber laser with air assist cutting, the MAXFORM high-speed hydraulic press brake, the portable GOFORM electric press brake, and the newly released 3D printer—SAAM (Small Area Additive Manufacturing).
New Products
The latest in metalforming and fabricating products and technology. > Punch-Laser Combo Offers Unique Control Functions
> Small, Light Fume-Extraction Weld Gun
> Small Robots Ready for Work in Tight Spaces
> New Bandsaw Lineup Includes Tube Cutter
> Waterjet Mini Hopper Allows Operators to Easily Adjust Abrasive Flow

In This Issue:

> The Onus is on Die Designers support the desire of metalformers to do more work--and more complex work--in the die, and avoid costly secondary operations. Design and simulation software increasingly is the tool die shops use to meet the needs of their stamper customers; here's one shining example.

> Extreme Welding
A Minnesota maker of aftermarket parts for snowmobiles cut production time by more than 50 percent by switching to wave-pulse gas-metal-arc welding.
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> Press Controls
> Mechanical Presses
> Waterjet Cutting
> Awards of Excellence
> Automation
> Press Brake Forming
> Transfer-Automation
> Press Feeds
> Laser Cutting
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See also: Schuler Incorporated, HILMA Div. of Carr Lane Roemheld, Versatility Tool Works & Mfg., PFA, Inc., Dexco Industrial Storage, Cincinnati Inc.


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