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Technological advances in powder coating spray and recovery

February 24, 2017 | By Jeff Hale

Gone are the days of the large monolithic powder coatings systems that snaked around a shop floor and the need to have multiple booths for color changes. Technology advances now make more compact, one-booth systems capable of quick and easy color changes a reality.

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Tube finishing machine handles straights, curves

October 28, 2016

Situation Ferrita Sweden AB, Köping, Sweden, specializes in stainless steel exhaust systems, mainly for passenger cars. The company has an international reach, making systems for brands from all over the world. It also makes systems for niche models—the Chrysler Viper, Maserati GranTurismo,...

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Blast cleaning large fabrications efficiently

October 24, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Two blast room products aim to minimize the non-value-added time in manual blast cleaning.

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A review of surface finishing with elastic-bonded abrasives

September 1, 2016 | By Dr. Jan Koch

Elastic-bonded abrasives have been around for almost 100 years, but technological advancements associated with such abrasives are by no means complete.

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Tips for improving spray technician performance

August 30, 2016 | By Jeremiah Treloar

The desire to eliminate waste does not end after parts leave the metal fabrication area. Fabricators that run a paint line also have the opportunity to optimize the finishing operation as well. The first step is to invest in training of the spray technicians.

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Staying safe during deburring and grinding

June 1, 2016 | By Ingo Heiland

Certain potentially dangerous situations can be avoided on the shop floor with automated deburring and grinding technology.

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Applications: Deburring machinery improves quality, speed in flame-cut part production

April 28, 2016

Situation Eisen- und Stahlhandel Straub GmbH, a family-owned company based in Lichtenau, Germany, processes more than 4,000 tons of steel per month. The core business is cutting and bending concrete reinforcement steel and cutting, drilling, and sandblasting steel profiles. The company also...

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Plater-fabricator partnership thrives on three key strategies

April 18, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Establishing an effective plating process for demanding applications is one thing; running a successful plating business is something else altogether. The former requires technical know-how; the latter requires soft skills and business acumen. Gatto Industrial Platers has established itself as adept at both of these endeavors.

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Greener metal pretreatment process saves manufacturer time, money

March 1, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

When Quality Industries' 20-year-old pretreatment and powder coat system reached the point t which repairing it was too costly, the manufacturer replaced it with new automated system that was less waste-producing and faster. Upgrading its finishing process is part of the La Vergne, Tenn.-based fabricator's strategy to become a world-class supplier.

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How to boost first-pass transfer efficiency in powder coating

January 4, 2016 | By Frank Mohar

Boosting first-pass transfer efficiency should be the goal of any fabricating shop that runs a powder coating line. It prevents material waste and improves final coating quality. The fabricator just needs to stay on top of a few key variables in the powder coating operation to achieve better coating application.

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3 steps to optimize a finishing operation

November 30, 2015 | By Tom Morris

Metal fabricators are pressed for time, so many don’t dedicate the time to conduct a thorough analysis of something as trivial as abrasive disc usage. That’s a mistake, because a few simple steps can produce momentum that makes a more formal investigation into abrasive usage hard to ignore.

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Automated deburring: Safe and round

November 9, 2015 | By Dan Davis

JBT FoodTech’s Sandusky, Ohio, operation was struggling with its deburring activities. A production requirement, deburring was occupying skilled labor that was needed elsewhere in the facility. An automated deburring machine proved to be the answer for the company’s production dilemma.

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Electropolishing applications and techniques

October 27, 2015 | By Johnson H. Cutchin Sr

Electropolishing isn’t necessarily a standalone process; it often complements mechanical finishing. This article examines how two processes provide levels of smoothness, cleanliness, and corrosion resistance beyond those provided by mechanical finishing alone, as it applies to stainless steel base materials.

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The best of both worlds

August 24, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Typically, fabricators have had to choose between an aggressive cutting disc that is thrown away at the end of each shift or a long-lived disc that usually doesn't cut as well and causes the operator to push more while handling the power tool. Weiler Corp. has developed its X3 technology to bridge that gap.

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Deburring: A standard operation?

July 27, 2015 | By LaRoux K. Gillespie

According to LaRoux K. Gillespie, author of SME's Deburring and Edge Finishing Handbook, a shop can establish its own deburring standard, with the absence of one official standard in U.S. industry. It’s just a matter of communicating the specifics of the final edge finish.

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