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Stand apart in a crowded marketplace

August 29, 2014

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As a custom fabricator, you need to establish contrast—that is, why a customer should choose your company over others. You establish contrast not with generic platitudes, but by specifically addressing customer pain points and describing how you can eliminate them.

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Arc Welding 101: Achieving a good work lead connection

August 29, 2014

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Q: What makes a good ground connection, and why is it important? A: In a welding circuit, current needs to pass through as few connections as possible, and the circuit itself needs to be as short as is practical. On the positive (+) side for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), direct-current electrode...

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ABB opens two facilities in Wisconsin

August 28, 2014

ABB has opened an office facility in Wauwatosa, Wis., and an office and manufacturing site in New Berlin, Wis. Construction and renovations began in April 2013. At both facilities, a wrap of windows around the buildings allows sunlight to reach the center of interior spaces. All the lighting...

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Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies names award-winning suppliers

August 28, 2014

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, Plymouth, Mich., has announced the recipients of its 2013 Supplier Excellence Achievement Level (SEAL) Awards. The SEAL Awards are divided into gold, silver, and bronze levels for chemical and metal suppliers. A supplier performance scorecard is used to rank...

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Ergodyne hires CFO/VP of finance

August 28, 2014

St. Paul, Minn.-based Ergodyne, a provider of safety gear and work wear, has announced the addition of Sue Horvath as chief financial officer and vice president of finance. Horvath has more than 30 years of finance and operations experience, most recently serving as CFO for two privately held...

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Why similar fabricators can have very different financial results

August 28, 2014

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Contract metal fabricators may have similar assets and offer similar services, but have very different financial results. The differences may come from differing customer mixes, but it also comes from the fact that many shops have highly concentrated sources of revenue. Lose one big account, and financial results seriously suffer.

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Panel PC equipped with multicore CPUs

August 28, 2014

To help boost the performance of multitouch industrial displays via an all-in-one HMI and automation device, Beckhoff Automation has released the new CP22xx series panel PC. Designed for cabinet installation, the PC combines a multitouch interface with multicore processors for automation and...

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How to get scheduling right

August 28, 2014

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Many point to scheduling as one of the most challenging aspects of running a custom fabrication business. Why, exactly? Sometimes it’s the software, but quite often, it boils down to the inputs used to create the schedule in the first place.

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Exploring the versatility of laser vision systems

August 28, 2014

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For tube and pipe applications, laser vision systems are commonly used for seam tracking on the mill, but they are useful for many more applications—such as edge bevel measurement; strip width measurement and centering verification; mill process control; and coating control. For pipeline construction, they can verify the integrity of end face bevels and weld bead profile measurements.

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Software creates, shares visual work instructions for manufacturing

August 28, 2014

Visual Knowledge Share offers VKS software for creating, sharing, and viewing step-by-step visual work instructions in any manufacturing environment. It offers integrated quality check lists, automatic revision control, and live KPI graphs. Users can standardize upon best processes to help raise...

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Rectangular electromagnets lift up to 38,800 lbs.

August 28, 2014

Eriez® rectangular lifting magnets are designed to reduce labor power requirements and eliminate the need for slings, hooks, and cables in arduous attaching tasks. The line includes three standard models and lengths from 9 to 96 in. With a 2-to-1 safety factor taken with the magnet in the hot...

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Getting ready for the next generation

August 28, 2014

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The U.S. population is aging, as is the workforce. Employers of all sorts are doing what they can, or should be doing what they can, to prepare for increasing rates of retirement. If you're lucky enough to have (1) a pool of experienced workers, (2) a company culture that encourages the sharing of the tribal knowledge, and (3) an enthusiastic group of new recruits, you're just missing one element that can help to make the transition go smoothly.

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Metal cutting band saw offers high cutting capacity with space-saving design

August 28, 2014

MetalMizer has introduced the new MV2018 metal cutting band saw. The space-saving saw is designed to offer the same or greater cutting capacity of other saws in its class with 30 percent less machine depth, the company states. The motor drive system is mounted directly on the cutting head,...

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Consumables Corner: Eliminating porosity on galvanized steel

August 28, 2014

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Q: Our company manufactures storage rack systems made from mild steel and galvanized tubing. A majority of our parts are fixture-welded on a robot using 0.045-in.-diameter ER70S-6 wire with 90 percent argon/10 percent CO2 shielding gas. We have experienced problems with weld appearance quality and...

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Fabricator delivers a big fish story

August 28, 2014

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Lou Rodriquez finds out he has a talent for creating metal art and ends up with a fish tale that is easy to believe because people can see the result: a huge metal sturgeon that’s the talk of Port Huron, Mich.

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