New automated cutting machine. ESAB Cutting Systems introduces SGX, a compact, automated cutting machine for plasma and oxy-fuel cutting. ESAB’s SGX carries up to three tool stations, including up to two oxy-fuel torches and one plasma station. Advanced features include a touch-screen CNC with built-in automatic nesting, as well as automatic gas controls and plasma automation powered by m3 Plasma technology...
Ready to weld aluminum. Using this sample of an aluminum trailer sidewall, Lincoln Electric demonstrated its integrated aluminum welding packages. The power source, designed for DC but capable of running on AC, provides a variety of processes in one machine. Match that with an aluminum wire feeder and the company’s Gem Pak bulk wire, the system can be set up quickly to begin welding. The recently introduced Gem Pak bulk wire container can keep the aluminum wire flowing smoothly, relying on the weight of a layer of plastic “gems” to manage the decoiling of the wire so that it does not kink...
World’s fastest laser. The Whitney division of MegaFab claims to have the world’s fastest laser. Equipped with up to six kilowatts of power, the laser can accelerate to 6 G. Tables up to 13 x 100’ are available. www.megafab.com
Keeping it Klean. The new Klean Sweep automatic slag removal table is designed to take care of the dross associated with laser, plasma, and oxy-fuel cutting operations. Developed by Koike Aronson/Ransome specifically for the company’s Versagraph cutting machine, it also can be used on other machines, too. The Klean Sweep self-cleaning cutting table removes slag without requiring production to stop. www.koike.com
Keeping cool, breathing easy. The folks at RoboVent have come up with an interesting combination—integrating dust collection and air conditioning. The new RoboVent Ice first cleans the air and then sends the filtered air across the cooling coil. Because the air has been filtered first, there is virtually no need to clean the coil.
Water as a shielding gas. Thermal Dynamics is using water in its plasma cutting system to reduce consumable costs while producing cuts that require no secondary processing. When cutting stainless steel, J P Kinos explains, nitrogen is the best choice for plasma gas, while a mist of tap water is used as the shielding gas...
Lightweight inverter. ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has added Aristo Mig 4004i Pulse power source to the Aristo family of welding equipment. Using the latest inverter technology, the new Aristo Mig 4004i Pulse can be matched up with the Aristo Feed 3004 or 4804 wire feeder.
Choice of voltage. ESAB Welding & Cutting Products introduce a multi-process welding machine with 230V 3-phase or 460V three-phase power...
Big capabilities in a smaller package. The new Dimension 650 multiprocess welder from Miller Electric Mfg Co provides power-intensive output for heavy welding as well as precision arc characteristics designed for thin-metal welding. The machine, packaged in an all-aluminum case, protects against “dirty power” commonly found on jobs, preventing power fluctuations from affecting performance or reliability...
Zipper welder. Technically, no, this automated welding carriage is not intended to weld zippers, but it can simplify the process of welding tanks. The system is composed of two components—box rail assembly with carriage and the modular drive tractor. Bug-O Systems offers 8-ft and 10-ft box rail assemblies for the carriage to travel. www.bugo.com
Automated cutting. The new HBE Series automated saws from Behringer are designed to provide automated cutting at a price that is lower than anticipated. Features include cast iron components for reduced vibration, inclined band wheels that extend blade life, electrically driven chip brush, and automatic cutting pressure control. www.behringersaws.com
Holding steady. Hydraulic hold-downs are now available on select Geka ironworkers, according to Geka’s Jvier Gomez and Don Letourneau of Comeq. The hold-downs can be used to keep material secure when shearing plate or angle. www.comeq.com
Quick cuts. The Messer Metal Master XCell features a fast (.5-g) acceleration speed. The MetalMaster Xcel is two machines in one—a plasma/fiber laser combination. This can increase productivity by making critical cuts with the fiber laser and less critical cuts with the plasma torch—all without moving the part to another piece of equipment. www.messer-cs.com/us
Horizontal press from Edwards Manufacturing can generate 15 tons of force. It accepts a variety of tooling that enables it to form, shear, brake, straighten, and punch mild steel. A digital encoder makes to possible to fabricate within 0.01” repeatability. Jordan Loehr demonstrates. www.edwardsironworkers.com
Powerful uppercut. Jerry Kroetch demonstrates the SUP 500 cold saw available from Scotchman Industries. The upcut saw cuts precise miters in nonferrous metals. The saw can make 45° cuts in 4 ¾-inch square material or 5 ¾” x 4 ¾” stock. The safety hood contains a safety switch that will not allow the saw to operate when the hood is open. www.scotchman.com
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