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Why Plasma and Oxyfuel Complement Each Other

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Plasma and oxyfuel are known to be a productive combination. They have remained to be industry workhorses. Overtime, plasma and oxyfuel machines have become simpler and easier to use. They also require less operator intervention. Both oxyfuel and plasma have advanced in the past decade. Having both plasma and oxyfuel on the same machine allows the shop to take advantage of the strengths of each process. The shop achieves the required part accuracy at a far lower cost than if it used the high-accuracy plasma process to cut the entire part.

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Using both mechanized oxyfuel and plasma cutting can make plate fabrication far more efficient and flexible. As these technologies advance, fabricators can produce their parts smarter, faster, with the highest quality, and at lower cost. Regardless, the choice to use these technologies on separate machines or on one system is as individual as the application requirements.

Read the full article on this combination here.

Welding System Perfect for Joining Dissimilar Materials

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Automation Alternatives recently introduced a fiber laser welding system called RubyLaser that is perfect for joining dissimilar materials. Its spot size is as small as 0.001 to 0.002 in. and fast weld speeds allow the system to deliver high power density. These characteristics make it perfect for welding together materials that are not identical.

Typical materials include stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, nitinol and more.

Read the full article on RubyLaser here.

Using SPOT to Ensure Safety on the Job

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The acronym SPOT stands for four factors that play a huge role in keeping metalworkers safe while on the job. Here at Sullivan Precision, safety is our first priority. We introduce those four factors here. Continue reading Using SPOT to Ensure Safety on the Job

An Apple A Day…

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Is made from a 3-D printer??

Don’t worry, you won’t be eating these 3-D printed apples; rather, they are used to monitor the conditions in which your apples travel from farm to store.

These apples are specifically engineered to match the thermal response of real apples, meaning they will cool at a rate that is within 5% of real apples, compared to the 16% of water-filled fruit simulators. They can be placed among the real apples as they travel from cold stores to ripening facilities to stores.

Ultimately, the novel sensor system provides an improved method to identify any quality issues when transporting fruits. Creators hope to better pinpoint the location and reason for unexpected quality loss.

How do you like them apples?

You can read the original article here.

Build Your Next Home with 3-D Printers

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Taking technology out of the lab and into the world, ETH Zurich is working on the world’s first house made with 3-D printers and robots.

The home will be three stories tall and is expected to be completed next year.

Check out this great video from BBC to learn more.

 

New 3-D Printed Robot Can Go Just About Anywhere

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Engineers at the University of California have created a soft-legged robot whose body is made entirely from 3-D printing. The bases and caps of each leg are solid, metal components, while the length of the leg is soft and helps the robot adapt to move on nearly any terrain.

The hope for these robots is that they will be helpful in search and rescue missions, as well as observing endangered species without disturbing their natural habitat.

What is so cool about this new technology is the ability for a 3-D printer to produce multiple types of material. Shifting from hard material to soft with no gap between them makes the robot more durable and efficient.

Check out the robot in action here.

Written with help from BBC.

Four Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Manufacturing

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Continue reading Four Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Manufacturing

Energy Monitoring System to be Installed at the Olympic Winter Games 2018

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General Electric (GE) has partnered with the Olympic Games to install an Energy Monitoring System (EMS) that is “expected to enhance stability and reliability of power supply” at the 14 Olympic Games venues “through real-time energy monitoring…”

This system will ensure fast response and repair in the event of a power outage at any of the venues, as well as collect power consumption data that allows for more efficient power use during the 2018 Games and beyond.

GE is one of the many companies we work with, and we are excited to see how this system will make future Olympic Games more enjoyable than ever before.

You can read GE’s official press release here.

Plasma Cutting Since the 1950s

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Plasma cutting was first developed in 1957, and has seen many changes since then. The first plasma cutter was developed by engineers at Union Carbide Corporation and was used primarily for cutting stainless steel and aluminum plate. Throughout the 1960s, the cut quality and life of the consumable nozzles and electrodes in the cutting torch were improved. Continue reading Plasma Cutting Since the 1950s

What Is Happening In The Printed Metal Mesh Industry?

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The transparent conductive film (TCF) industry has been going through ups and downs in recent years. On one hand, multiple technologies have been developed as alternatives to the incumbent solution, whilst the incumbent suppliers drastically reduced their prices to protect their share in slow markets. And that’s just the beginning. Click below to read the full story from IDTechEx.

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BLANCHARD GRINDING

Sullivan Precision Plate has a grinder to meet almost every need. Grinding is where we have made our name, expanding on our services to meet the diverse needs of our customers & an ever-changing economy.
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STRESS RELIEVING

Thermal Stress Relieving is an annealing process that heats the metal below the austenite phase to reduce distortions or changes in dimensions that might occur after shaping.
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OXY-FUEL CUTTING

Oxy-Fuel Cutting will produce products that range from simple rectangles, circles, and rings, to intricate shapes custom-cut to specification.
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SHOT BLASTING

Shot Blasting is the operation of cleaning or preparing a surface by forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against it under high pressure.
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