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  February 23, 2012

Who is the King of Metalworking?
Have you ever liked a metalworking product so much you wanted to crown it king? Online voting is now open for the King Awards Competition. Choose your favorite metalworking product ranging as well as over 70 products in 10 other categories to decide who has the best new industrial products in 2012. Click here to start the voting process and enter for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
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Innovation in Resistance Spot-Welding for Aluminum
For a critical Porsche component, an automotive supplier found a welding technology for a repeatable process that creates high-quality joints of diecastings with sheet, in different thicknesses.
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Welding Using Medium-Power Fiber Lasers
Fiber lasers have been extensively deployed in advanced manufacturing applications, such as precision cutting, micromachining, and rapid prototyping: their performance advantages in terms of beam quality, depth of field, parametric dynamic range, wall-plug efficiency, process versatility, reliability, and cost, have been well recognized. What’s becoming clear now is that single-mode, medium-power optical fiber lasers are well suited to precision welding of metals across a diverse range of applications.
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Long-Range Inductive Proximity Sensors Increase
A new model sensor incorporates a multi-coil design that allows it to sense all metals, both ferrous and nonferrous, at the same distance, without the need to de-rate the sensing distance based on target material. The developer said its sensors were designed specifically for welding applications. The PTFE coating helps protect the sensor from weld slag and weld flash generated during the welding process. Beyond their enhanced application flexibility, the sensors also provide users the opportunity to standardize on a smaller number of sensor designs, which can lower supply chain and tool crib stocking costs, especially for welding operations.
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New President at Hypertherm
Metal-cutting system specialist Hypertherm Inc. elevated its vice president and general manager Evan Smith to the role of president. Hypertherm founder and CEO Dick Couch will remain as chief executive and chairman of the firm’s board of directors. Also, the company said its chief financial officer would be expanding his role: Carey Chen will oversee Hypertherm's air plasma and related product lines as CFO and vice president/general manager of Light Industrial Businesses.
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$200-Millon Project for Caterpillar
Caterpillar Inc. will build its new small-track tractor and mini-hydraulic excavator plant in Athens, Ga. The $200-million project will begin during the first quarter of this year, with manufacturing expected to begin in late 2013. Caterpillar indicated it expects to hire up to 1.400 workers for the operation, which it expects will take up to five years to reach full production.
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