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26 Commerce Road and the life of the small manufacturer

February 4, 2016

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A small industrial building just off the highway in northeast Pennsylvania has seen a few businesses come and go. Their stories tell a lot about what it’s like to be a small manufacturer in the U.S.

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The Cutting Top 20

February 4, 2016

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These top 20 cutting and gouging tips will help get you on your way to cutting efficiently and with good quality.

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Improving 400 series weld seams in tube, pipe production

February 3, 2016

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Chromium is a miracle element when added to iron, combining with oxygen to form chromium oxide, the compound that prevents rust in stainless steels. The downside is that it also impedes bonding, making stainless difficult to weld. Using a flux can help by improving weld quality and allowing faster welding speeds.

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Moving the family metal fabrication shop

February 2, 2016

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Shop owner Tom Brizek knows all about moving a metal fabrication operation. His shop, TAB Industries, is in the middle of its fourth move in nine years. When, where, and how should a shop relocate? Brizek gives some insight.

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Technology Spotlight: Part-marking on the move

February 2, 2016

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A new battery-operated, hand-held marking unit has capabilities and software that are often found only on much larger units.

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Modern hydraulics: Six advanced capabilities for stamping presses

February 2, 2016

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Advanced hydraulics and intelligent drive systems are now available to provide greater metal forming precision and to improve stamping press productivity and product quality.

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Structural tube fabrication: Getting a solid connection for HSS

February 1, 2016

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One architectural fabricator has developed a connection and fabrication system for the modular construction of hollow structural sections, or HSS. Such connections show just how efficient modular construction can be.

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Considerations for designing parts for laser cutting

February 1, 2016

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Laser cutting has been a widely accepted fabricating technology for almost 20 years, yet with more new blood entering the industry, some fabricators lack a deep understanding of the cutting technology. This tip sheet aims to boost their laser cutting IQ.

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Reggin Industries Reinvents Procedures to Create a Whale of a Sculpture

February 1, 2016

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The beauty and grace of a baleen whale were the inspiration of the Sei sculpture designed by Michael Yahgulanaas and fabricated by Reggin Industries, Calgary, Alberta, for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Mall at the Vancouver Airport. Fabricating the smooth, curved lines of the sculpture with a mirrored stainless steel exterior within a tight time frame required a disciplined, revised production flow and innovation.

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Brushing up sheet metal assembly

February 1, 2016

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Scratching a cosmetically critical part during assembly can be costly. This is where choosing the right material for the assembly table surface can be critical. It’s here that the table brush may be able to help.

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Have a tool- and diemaker shortage?

February 1, 2016

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The skilled-worker shortage has become a much-discussed topic at industry events and conferences, at FABTECH®, around the water cooler, at association meetings, and in trade publications and in general audience media. It’s even a buzzword in the U.S. presidential campaigns.

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Being better while being bigger

February 1, 2016

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Metal fabricating represents a vital chunk of the U.S. manufacturing industry, and Mayville Engineering Co. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., shows just how big a business it can be. The fabricator has more than $300 million in annual sales and multiple locations, yet it is still trying to focus on what makes even the smallest fab shop successful: quick turnaround of quality products at a fair price. In recognition of the company's growth and success in maintaining a positive culture, The FABRICATOR has honored MEC with its 2016 Industry Award.

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Arc Welding 101: Writing a WPS for an unlisted material

January 29, 2016

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Paul Cameron clears up an issue regarding an unlisted material.

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Consumables Corner: Selecting the right welding process and filler metal for repair work

January 29, 2016

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The Consumables crew assists a reader tasked with repairing a tower crane.

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Aluminum Workshop: What not to do when excessive contact tip burnback occurs

January 29, 2016

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Frank Armao explains why contact tips are important in the welding process and what you shouldn't do to remedy burnback problems.

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