The EDAG Light Cocoon concept car is the visionary embodiment of a compact sports car with a completely bionically optimized and additively manufactured vehicle structure that is combined with an outer skin made from weatherproof textile material and a variable light design. (Photo courtesy of EDAG Engineering)
A functionally integrated, bionically optimized vehicle structure offers new potential for lightweight construction and greater manufacturing flexibility of automobiles.
An estimated 4.2 million employees now classified as exempt will become non-exempt because the new regulations significantly increase the minimum amount an employee must be paid to claim a white collar exemption. Effective December 1, 2016, exempt employees must be paid a minimum of $913 per week, or $47,476 annually. (Photo courtesy Poindexter Consulting Group)
Your shop only has a few months to prepare for the new government regulations that require employers to increase salary levels or pay overtime to millions of employees who are presently ineligible for such premium payments. Here are some insights into the challenges they may present that should be addressed without delay.     
Weld Mold 5551 flux-cored wire is well suited for extreme welding applications because of its higher physical properties and its performance ability to excel in higher temperatures. It is highly resistant to heat checking in environments where coolants are used, extremely abrasion resistant and tolerant of compressive loads. In addition, with a 30 percent higher deposition rating than typical flux-cored wire, it offers high weldability for general welding applications.
Costing about 50 percent less than comparable cobalt materials, 5551 flux-cored wire from Weld Mold retains superior hardness in temperatures up to 1,200 deg F.
The robust, compact VIS-P portable laser marker is air cooled for economical operation, with a standard marking area of 4.3 in x 4.3 in. As an option, it can operate without a PC by using the MarkAlone platform. It also accepts signals from PLC digital I/O for diagnostic output and control input, as well as Ethernet or serial connections.
The VIS-P portable laser marker from Automator America is ideal for marking metals, alloys, and anodized, painted surfaces of large, oversized components.
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