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

Ancient Metalworking

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Metalworking hasn’t always looked like it does now. Continue reading Ancient Metalworking

Different Gases Used in Oxyfuel Cutting

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Inspiring the Younger Generations to Work in Machining

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In May, the Mazak Midwest Technology Center hosted the 26th annual Precision Machining Competition to honor excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. Over 250 students from 19 local high schools submitted more than 300 parts for this year’s contest, which culminated with an awards ceremony on May 11.

Read the full press release from Mazak here.

The Demand for Metal is Rising

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The price of metal has fluctuated the last few years, and strong prices have never been consistent; until now. According to Olympic Steel Inc. Chairman and CEO Michael Siegal, “Market conditions in 2014 feel much more like those of an expanding economy rather than the sputtering economy we have experienced in recent years.”

Hazardous weather played a major part in this year’s first quarter slump for Olympic, but according to Siegel: “We’re seeing demand growth across a wide spectrum of our customer base led by industrial machinery and heavy equipment manufacturers. Our customers tell us they are optimistic going into the second half and steel producers announced another price increase in late June.”

Increase in demand and sales has been seen across the entire metals industry. Aluminum, steel, tube and pipe businesses have seen a considerable increase in the second quarter of 2014. Olympic Steel distributed 17 percent more flat-rolled products in the second quarter of 2014 than it did in 2013. This was the best quarter for these specific products since 2008.

Without weather interrupting production, the end of 2014 looks to be one of the best quarters for the metals industries in a considerable amount of time.

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Original Article published on August 13, 2014 in Modern Medals

Original Article written by: Corinna Petry

$148 Million Metal Research Center to be Built in Detroit

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On Wednesday July, 23rd it was officially announced that there is going to be a federally funded metals research institution built in Detroit, MI. This institution, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, will cost around $148 million.

The focus of the institution is to move new, top of the line metals from research into automobiles, aircrafts and ships used in commercial settings as well as the United States military.

A leading factor that went into the decision to pursue this institution, according to President Barack Obama, is the creation of jobs. The metals and technology industry has lost an immense amount of jobs to foreign markets, but this institution is creating jobs right here in the United States.

“I look forward to seeing the innovations that will come out of the institute that will transform American manufacturing.” – University of Michigan President Mark Schilssel

Click here to read the full article from macon.com

Full article written by: The Associated Press


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