New product announcements: 06/02/2010 Welding Power Source: Versatile The Flextec 450 multiprocess welding power source can deliver up to 500 amps of power and has updated inverter technology, which provides faster arc response, lower power consumption and lower overall weight. The machine’s multiprocess capability includes stick, Touch Start DC TIG, MIG and flux-cored welding, as well as arc gouging up to 3⁄8-in. carbon. The Flextec 450 has a rugged case and can withstand rough environments. Variable arc force allows for use with different materials and a hot start for work on thin materials. Lincoln Electric; 888-355-3213; www.lincolnelectric.com Preserve Hearing: Noise-Level
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.