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Welcome to the FABTECH 365 e-Newsletter. Each monthly edition provides relevant industry news and technology updates, along with exciting announcements about the FABTECH exposition and conference. We hope you find it interesting and informative.

US Manufacturing Activity Picks Up

Manufacturing activity picked up modestly in March in a sign that improved weather may have lifted the economy but colder-than-normal temperatures and storms may still have held back growth. The Institute for Supply Management's index of factory activity increased to 53.7 from 53.2 in February, a smaller gain than economists expected. An index reading of 50 or higher indicates the sector is expanding.

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Improving Plate Bending Throughput

Bending plate is not a process that metal fabricators consider to be a highly efficient one. The blanks typically are large and awkward to handle. Fortunately, the proper tooling strategies can help. As fabricators experience increased demand for heavy-plate forming services for the shipbuilding, structural steel, and heavy equipment industries, they need to improve thick-plate bending throughput.

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Taking the Next Step in Additive Manufacturing

If you’re a manufacturer, you’ve likely heard the term “additive manufacturing” or “3D printing” too many times to count over the past year. The process involves making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. It is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of materials are deposited in different shapes. This differs from traditional manufacturing techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material, such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes).

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American Welding Online


Zig-Zag Servo Feeds Support Servo-Press Operations

Deep drawing tightly toleranced high-strength low-alloy steel airbag housings requires the full 13.5 in. of available press stroke. So, why limit press speed to a slower forming speed during the portion of the stroke when the tool is not in contact with the workpiece material?

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Super-Sized Ecoat For Oshkosh Finishing Services

In 2010 when Oshkosh Defense won the U.S. Department of Defense contract to build the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), they created a finishing area to paint the vehicles. In November 2013, they launched Oshkosh Finishing Services to provide high quality manufacturing, corrosion protection and top coat services for heavy duty industrial, specialty vehicle and commercial products companies throughout the Midwest.

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FABTECH Registration is Now Open

What does the future hold for metal manufacturing? Find out at FABTECH 2014 on Nov. 11-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. From the latest trends and end-to-end solutions in metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing, to the industry’s leading education and peer-to-peer networking, this year’s event provides the perfect opportunity to capitalize on the future.

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