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ESAB Acer DX Precisions Cutting Machine

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ESAB Cutting Systems introduces its new Acer DX High Speed Precision Cutting Machine. The Acer DX is designed to provide high-speed, high-precision plasma cutting for any size fabrication shop and features a compact footprint and easy installation. The machine also features ESAB’s m3 precision plasma system that allows the machine to cut and mark with the same plasma torch. Available on Acer DX in 200 or 360 amps, the m3 Plasma System combines multiple plasma cutting and marking features in a single easy-to-use system, producing high-quality precision cutting and marking on materials up to 1.25 inches thick. Precision cutting and accuracy are ensured on the Acer DX with the use of a three-axis precision gantry with rack-and-pinion drives; precision linear ways in both the x- and y-axis; a compact, unitized rugged design with welded and precision-machined frame; digital AC drives and AC brushless motors. The gantry features steel construction with machined mating surfaces for stiffness and accuracy; dual side drives; and precision heavy-duty gearboxes for smooth motion and long life. The machine reaches speeds up to 1400 ipm (35560 mm/min). The Acer DX is available with either a 5’x10’ or 6’x12’ working area.  The machine includes an integrated downdraft table with multiple zones and side clean-out doors for ease of cleaning. The machine is equipped with the Vision 51 CNC, a versatile control for flat plate cutting machines


Welding Pioneers CLIMAX Appoint V-P Global Operations

Thomas Pesch: Photo CLIMAX

Portable machining and welding systems company CLIMAX hire Thomas Pesch to further accelerate international growth in the role of Vice President of Global Operations. The move marks CLIMAX’s continued focus on growing its international market capabilities and improving operational efficiencies. Pesch joined the CLIMAX World Headquarters in Newberg, Ore., on December 2, 2013. “We are delighted to welcome Tom to the team,” said CLIMAX President and CEO Geoff Gilmore


Climax Offers Machining Solutions for Shipbuilders

Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc. announced expanded services for the worldwide shipbuilding market. Under this new business initiative, the company will provide comprehensive services that include engineering consulting services and specialized training in machining techniques, in addition to its line of portable machine tools. The move was made to support the needs of the shipbuilding market for industry modernization, improved productivity, and diversely skilled machinists.


MHI Licenses Deck Crane Technology

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) signs to allow the Korean company, SPP Machine Tech, to produce & market its cranes. The deck cranes to be licensed are two models, currently on the market, having a 36-ton hoisting capacity and a working radius of up to 26 and 28 meters, respectively. MHI will supply components for the cranes, including hydraulic machinery, to SPP Machine Tech.
 With this initiative, MHI aims at accelerating market penetration of MHI technology-based marine deck


Climax: the ACME of Economics for Shipyards

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Portable, cutting edge technology for critical shipyard applications.  Discussions that involve global shipbuilding in today’s complicated economic environment are anything but a cut and dried proposition. For example, international shipbuilding, slowed by the overbuilt containership and tanker sector and a lingering recession, finds itself retrenching for the next boom and hoping to capitalize on retrofit and repair markets that will very soon be the beneficiary of mandatory


Lankhorst Ropes Invests Euro 2M in Fibre Rope Test Machine

Leading deepwater rope manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division has invested Euro 2M  in a synthetic fibre rope test machine that, for the first time, will enable naval architects to run 'what if' scenarios to simulate the effects of storms and hurricanes on deepwater mooring lines. Located at Lankhorst Ropes’ fibre rope production facility in Portugal, the rope test machine will be used to test the mechanical performance and fatigue behaviour for a range of new materials


Bently Nevada Looks to Perfect Bearing Technology

Bently Nevada Corporation, already known to the marine market as a leading supplier of monitoring and diagnostic products and services for the rotating and reciprocating machinery, is taking the next step in their evolution as a machinery information and knowledge company. The company's protection systems are no strangers to gas and steam turbine main propulsion units, turbine and diesel generators, as well as other critical service equipment such as cargo pumps and fans


Steelwork Preparation Specialists Open Minnesota Facility

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Blast-One industrial solutions for OEM, shipyards, steel fabrication, and machine & equipment refurbishing open new manufacturing division. Ohio based Blast-One International recently opened its Blast-One Industrial Solutions (BIS) division centered in Burnsville, Minnesota. Blast-One Industrial Solutions (BIS) designs, manufactures, installs and commissions blast rooms, abrasive recycling equipment, abrasive recovery equipment, spray booths, dust collection systems, powder coating booths


CNC Tube Bending Machines from Schwarze-Robitec

The CNC 320 HD tube bending machine allows extremely small bending radii (1.5 x tube diameter) – even for large tubes and pipes with very thin walls and diameters up to 323.9 millimeters.

Speed, volume and size of container ships are constantly increasing to facilitate international transport of growing quantities of goods. At the same time, shipyards are facing increasingly intense global competition. In Europe, the USA, Asia and even Australia, there is competition for customers from civilian and military shipping. In view of these developments, the focus is on the production processes in the shipyards: the motto is “greater speed, greater flexibility


Kvaerner Masa-Yards Licenses Shipbuilding Atomation

Kvaerner Masa-Yards (KMY) has signed a cooperation and licensing agreement for its newly developed and implemented automatic vision guided robot welding system with Pemamek Oy Ltd, a recognized Finnish welding automation supplier operating in international markets with main cooperation partner Esab. The new successful applications of machine vision guided robotics have opened a new era in the shipbuilding process. In the fabrication or


Iridium Partners with Trimble to Support Expansion

Iridium Communications Inc. announced an agreement with Trimble that expands the company's use of satellite communications in its core Transportation and Logistics (T&L) solutions beyond the North American market. Under the agreement, Iridium will provide satellite Machine-to-Machine (M2M)


Mitsubishi Super Skiving System

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed development of the "Mitsubishi Super Skiving System" for machining internal gears with high speed and outstanding precision. The new system has overcome technical issues characteristic of conventional skiving by use of an MHI developed


Messer to Debut MetalMaster Xcel

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Messer Cutting Systems said it has answered the call from manufacturers that have been demanding a faster, more accurate way of producing cut parts. Messer’s MetalMaster Xcel features traversing speeds of 3,000 IPM, a robust design, with high acceleration drives


Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

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Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for


GE Helps US Navy Improve Energy Efficiency

GE’s Power Conversion business was chosen by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to build a test system for a cleaner and more productive future in full scale testing of shipboard propulsion and electrical distribution systems at its Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES)


Tamtron Develops New Shackle Dynamometer

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Tamtron Group announced it has joined with selected customers to develop a device for measuring tension or pulling forces. This shackle dynamometer, also known as a shackle load cell, is suited for field tests due to its light structure that has been achieved by replacing the pin of the shackle


Rock Seven Launches Global Fleet Management System

Rock Seven launched its next generation solution for tracking merchant and offshore vessels. With no annual contract and Pay As You Go use, RockFLEET is designed to simplify and reduce the cost of single vessel and entire fleet tracking, supporting shipowners to increase safety and efficiency


Permanent Magnet Technology for Maritime Propulsion

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Multipurpose vessels, especially those that operate primarily at part loads, have been facing pressure when it comes to making money in today’s business environment. Returning to times of big profit margins will not happen soon without finding a radically different approach


GLDD, ESG in Steel Cutting Ceremony

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Eastern Shipbuilding is pleased to announce that on, Monday, September 15, 2014, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC “(Great Lakes”) (NASDAQ: GLDD) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) cut steel starting the construction of a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge ATB . 


Shock Test Machine Saves Navy Big Bucks

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The Navy's new Deck Simulator Shock Machine (DSSM) improves shipboard electronics reliability while reducing testing costs as equipment evaluations began in Philadelphia, saving the Navy $75,000 per test, as it meassures the effects of simulated underwater explosions on electronic equipment


Eastern Shipbuilding Start Construction of Dredge Barge ATB for Great Lakes

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  Eastern Shipbuilding is pleased to announce that on, Monday, September 15, 2014, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC  and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) cut steel starting the construction of a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge ATB


Maersk Drilling Name Ultimate Ultra-deepwater Drillship

Naming ceremony Maersk Voyager: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling’s fourth ultra deepwater drillship has been named in a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. Lene Berg, wife of Gregers Kudsk, Vice President in Maersk Drilling, named the drillship 'Maersk Voyager'.


All-electric Tube Benders Take a Step Forward

Unisons new machine brings the flexibility of all-electric pipe bending technology to large pipe sizes. Among many possibilities is the means to fabricate long and complex pipe shapes in single pieces.

The tube bending machine innovator Unison said it is moving the technology forward again, with the completion of a groundbreaking all-electric machine that is capable of bending tubes and pipes up to 9 inches/225 mm in diameter. The availability of all-electric machines at this new size level


Jet Edge Celebrates 30 Years in Waterjet Industry

Joined by Jet Edge employees and local business and government leaders, Jet Edge President Jude Lague cuts a ribbon to mark Jet Edge’s 30th anniversary in the waterjet industry. The ribbon cutting was coordinated by the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce.  Photo courtesy I-94 West Chamber of Commerce.

Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary Sept. 3 with a special open house celebration. Jet Edge’s anniversary event included a special ribbon cutting ceremony courtesy of the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce, a barbecue lunch, factory tours


Kalmar's Super Gloria Reachstacker for Egon Evertz

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  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from Egon Evertz KG for Super Gloria, the world's biggest reachstacker. The machine will be operated at Salzgitter Flachstahl for handling hot and cold steel slabs. The design and build project was completed by Kalmar in 12 months.






 
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