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January 2016

Flextec 350X and LN-25X with CrossLinc Technology

Flextec 350X

The Flextec® 350X Standard and Construction models and the portable LN-25X wire feeder are equipped with a groundbreaking new communications technology that is suited for the construction, barge and shipbuilding industries. CrossLinc™ Technology, noted by an 'X' in each product name, enables full voltage control at the wire feeder WITHOUT an additional control cable. Instead, voltage control commands are transferred between feeder and power source, even when hundreds of feet apart, using a standard copper WELD cable. MORE

Comparing Structural Beam Fabrication Solutions

PythonX II

The PythonX® II robotic plasma cutting system is one fast way to make significant productivity gains over traditional beam preparation equipment. This all-in-one system takes 20 percent of the floorspace and processing time, at 20 percent of the price of conventional equipment. MORE 

Construction Growth Forecast Up

Management consultant FMI Corporation recently revised its construction industry forecasts upward for 2015 and 2016. According to, the company indicates 2015 will record a 10 percent growth rate and 2016 is expected to grow at an 8 percent rate. MORE

Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends in 2016

ELFA, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, has announced top anticipated trends in the $1.6 trillion capital goods acquisition business, of which $1 trillion is typically financed. Moderate growth is anticipated due to a number of factors, including rising interest rates, new lease accounting rules, pending elections and a number of wild card factors. MORE 

$380 Billion in Oil and Gas Projects Deferred

This Offshore Engineer article cites a Wood Mackenie study indicating that $380 billion in upstream oil and gas projects have been put on hold as a result of the fall in oil prices. Just in the last half of 2015, 22 projects were shelved, on top of 46 projects already deferred. The crisis is causing oil companies to accelerate standardization and innovation to drive down costs to begin to match lower oil prices. MORE

Gaining Competitive Advantages Through Workforce Development

According to Compact Equipment, an investment in people and close attention to matching millennials to their native skill sets will allow construction companies to gain advantage moving forward. Following the layoffs of the recent recession, 86 percent of construction employers report skilled labor shortages. Millennials, currently 34 percent of the workforce and expected to grow to 50 percent by 2020, are well suited to assist in the adoption of new virtual design and integrated project tools. MORE

Cutting Systems