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Miller system optimizes aluminum welding

Fabrication logo Miller Electric Mfg Co's new aluminum welding system features a newly enhanced Millermatic 350P all-in-one MIG/Pulse MIG welder combined with the new XR-Aluma-Pro gun to provide 4000- and 5000-series aluminum feeding and welding performance. This new system comes with everything necessary to weld aluminum “out-of-the-box,” including the Millermatic 350P, a 25-foot air-cooled XR-Aluma-Pro gun, reversible .035-inch-3/64-inch U-groove drive rolls, and a Teflon intermediate guide.

The Millermatic 350P includes new pulse programming to meet specific welding requirements of 4000- and 5000-series aluminum, while providing a more forgiving arc and increased consumable life. When combined with the XR-Aluma-Pro push-pull gun, special calibration software syncs the motor speeds in the gun and power source to provide optimal feeding.

An aluminum series-specific tension setting on the XR-Aluma-Pro eliminates wire-feeding problems and erratic arcs caused by setting too much or too little wire tension.

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Vacuum lifter equipped with steel A-frame

A heavy-duty electric vacuum lifter designed for continuous use handling metal ingots, hot rolled steel plate, granite slabs, concrete, and stone with rough surfaces is available from Anver Corp.

The Anver VPE 18L mill-duty vacuum lifter is an electric-powered lifter that features an all-welded steel A-frame and three large rectangular pads with foam seals for handling loads with rough surfaces up to 6,600 pounds. Built for continuous applications, standard features include parking stands, gauges, warning horns, red and green safety lights, and remote controls.

Equipped with an oversize pump and motor, the VPE 18L is built to be wobble-free for positioning heavy loads. Similar models with two to six vacuum pads and capacities up to 19,200 pounds are available, along with a variety of special-purpose vacuum pad materials such as silicone seals for high heat.

Literature and price quotations are provided upon request. E-mail Scott Dillon at [email protected] for more details.

Refill station for DX Series system

MIXPAC Equipment Inc offers the DXR refill station for quick and easy refilling of its DX Series dispensing system. The DXR helps to create a versatile and accurate system for two-component material dispensing.

The MIXPAC DX System offers the ability to dispense 1:1, 1.5:1, 2:1, 4:1, and 10:1 ratios for two component-reactive resins. Multiple hand-held dispensers can quickly be refilled with one DXR. The DXR refill station uses two transfer pumps that feed from five-gallon bulk containers of material, each equipped with follower plates to handle a wide range of viscosities.

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Posi-Clik fittings greatly reduce air leaks

Norgren Global Vehicle Technologies' new Posi-Clik fittings feature a “click” technology that allows installers to feel and hear when the connection is secured and installation is complete. With a reliable first-time connection, end-of-line rework due to insufficient tube insertion is eliminated. In addition, Posi-Clik fittings provide double-seal technology, incorporating both an environmental seal and an air system pressure. This prevents paint, dirt, and water entry and eliminates abrasion damage to pressure seals caused by contamination.

Other features and benefits of Posi-Clik fittings include:

  • By allowing more efficient tube connection, Posi-Clik fittings help reduce or eliminate build-up areas in manufacturing and provide better continuous process improvement.

  • Posi-Clik fittings can tolerate a wider range of temperatures than other fittings and connectors.

  • Posi-Clik tube supports are molded from high-strength plastics with a larger orifice size, resulting in greater flow for the same size fitting PIF size.

  • This technology is also available as a straight or shaped cartridge fitting. The Posi-Clik cartridge, which requires a much lower insertion force than current traditional cartridges, can be installed directly into an unmachined diecast port form or into the standard SAE port form.

Available in metric or standard measurement systems, Posi-Clik fittings can be installed with standard tools and require no special sockets. In case of incomplete assembly by the operator, the “double safety lock” feature of these fittings ensures that the body is retained on the adapter.

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Electronic torque wrenches supply accuracy

A line of electronic torque wrenches for measuring torque values on fastening applications is provided by Wright Tool.

The Computorq III E-Wrench digitally displays fastener torque specification settings, torque readings, and peak hold measurements on a LCD display. A keypad has selectable torque units and conversion readout in foot-pounds, inch-pounds, kilogram-centimeters, and Newton meters. It is available in 1/4" (Part #2473), 3/8" (Part #3474), and 1/2" (Part #4474) drive wrenches.

Offered in two drives, 3/4" (Part #6473) and 1" (Part #8473), the Wright Tool Computorq II wrench stores up to 4,000 torque values in memory. The Computorq II downloads individual torque values, or stored values can be directly downloaded to a printer, computer, or data logger via modem. All seven basic engineering torque units (foot-pounds, inch-pounds, inch-ounces, Newton meters, NM, Mkg, and cmkg) are provided on most models and are easily selected through the keypad.

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Hougen drill kits include RotaLoc cutters

Hougen Manufacturing produces four models of low- and ultra-low-profile portable magnetic drills that take advantage of cutting holes with the company's RotaLoc and RotaLoc Plus annular cutters featuring the Quick-Shank mounting design for fast, toolless changeouts.

An Arbor Adapter Assembly has a quick-release change feature that adapts the spindles of the firm's other drill models to use the two RotaLoc series of tools. The company has widened the convenience and performance of these fast-change tools by adding three cutter kits for each tool series. Each kit contains three cutters, with diameters dependent upon the kit selected, along with three centering pilot points. The kit packaging is constructed of plastic and has molded “nests” or pockets for the tools to rest in.

The kits containing RotaLoc cutters (for use with the HMD115 ultra-low-profile truck frame drill) are #17700 with 1/2, 5/8"- and 3/4"-diameter cutters; the #17701 includes 9/16"-, 13/16"-, and 15/16"-diameter cutters; the #17704 kit has cutters ranging in diameters of 13, 15, and 18 mm — all providing 3/4" depth of cut.

New kits with RotaLoc Plus cutters (for use with the HMD 150 low-profile rescue drill) are the #17800 with 1/2"-, 5/8"-, and 3/4"-diameter cutters; the #17801 featuring 9/16"-, 11/16"-, and 13/16"-diameter tools; and the #17804 package that has 14-, 16-, and 18 mm-diameter cutters. All of the RotaLoc Plus tools have a 1" depth of cut capacity.

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SmartLine Barrel Blaster handles small parts

The SmartLine Barrel Blaster enables processing of a variety of small parts that conventional machines cannot handle. With an easy-to-install, space-saving design, the Barrel is ideal for contaminant removal (no sand), peening, and surface finishing. Because the Smartline Barrel Blaster reduces pinch point problems, it allows smaller parts to tumble uniformly in the abrasive blast for optimum cleaning and surface preparation. It is suited for parts that are too small for conventional endless rubber belt and metal barrel machines. The SmartLine Barrel Blaster comes in four models with a tumbling barrel capacity ranging from 3 to 18 cubic feet.

This unit ships in one piece ready to set in place. It is pre-wired for immediate connection to the user's power supply and ventilation.

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Weldcraft WP-24 torches made for intricate welding

Weldcraft designed its WP-24 TIG torch series especially for intricate welding applications that require improved joint access. The series includes three air-cooled torches: the WP-24 (standard), WP-24F (flexible neck), and WP-24FV (flexible neck, valved combination), each of which is rated at 80 amps at 60 percent duty cycle. A water-cooled version, the WP-24W is rated at 180 amps at 100 percent duty cycle.

The WP-24 series include a balanced, featherweight torch body with an insulating gasket that prevents shielding gas leakage. Together, these components increase operator comfort and control, and help minimize weld discontinuities.

Each torch is 7½ inches long and features a 3/4-inch-diameter handle, making it comfortable and easy to maneuver. Available 60° or 90° head angles increase access into tight areas.

The WP-24F torch includes a flexible neck that bends in any direction to further improve operator comfort and to maneuver into challenging welding angles or tight areas. For welding operators who desire both increased flexibility and gas flow control, Weldcraft's WP-24FV is available.

For higher amperage applications that require access into confined areas, the WP-24W offers an efficient cooling system without adding to torch size.

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AFS expands line of inserts

Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) has expanded its line of Marson brand Klik-Nut threaded inserts. This extended line will include ribbed, hex body, neoprene/brass, rivet-nut, poly-nut, thread-sert, and quad leg type threaded inserts. The inserts will be available in a range of sizes, materials, and finishes off the shelf.

In addition to threaded inserts, the Marson brand also includes manual and air-powered, spin-spin installation tools, and kits containing a supply of inserts and matching tools.

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For versatile parts assembly, try Daubert Chemical

How much more efficiency would be added to a production process by using a single adhesive for both sheets as well as general parts assembly purposes? Maximum throughput and production efficiency were what Daubert Chemical Co engineers were after when they developed a line of adhesive products offering a range of open times for film applications (sheets) or beads (for general assembly).

The open times range from 10 to 45 seconds (film) and one to three-minutes for bead. What it adds up to is a product line that accommodates sheets and parts, all in a single adhesive product. If production calls for sheet or parts assembly and an adhesive is desired that can also accommodate vinyl films, resin-impregnated paper foils, and wood veneers, Daubert has the answer.

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Metalloy Vantage D2 wire from Hobart can cut costs

Based on the success of its Tri-Mark Metalloy Vantage, Hobart Brothers is now offering Metalloy Vantage D2 (AWS E90C-D2) gas-shielded metal-cored wire for high-strength, low-alloy steels. Vantage D2 helps improve productivity and reduce end-users' welding costs by providing higher deposition rates and faster travel speeds than equivalent ER80S-D2 solid wires for greater overall throughput.

Because Vantage D2 produces weld toe lines with minimal silicon deposits and spatter, the wire reduces the need for parts preparation and minimizes post-weld cleanup and its associated costs. When used with higher content Argon shielding gas blends (90% argon/10% carbon dioxide), Vantage D2 provides excellent wet-in to help eliminate rework due to lack of fusion or other weld discontinuities.

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