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Winning in commoditized markets

June 18, 2014

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The lowest-cost-producer business model is simple. If you have the lowest costs and prices, you win. But this model can be ruthless, too.

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FAB 40: How Nu-Way Industries uncovered a new way

June 17, 2014

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The Illinois contract fabricator ramps up its efforts toward operational excellence.

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Consumables Corner: Addressing cracking on free-machining steels

June 17, 2014

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Q: We are a small company that fabricates and welds various parts and products for numerous companies. One of our customers is supplying us with parts for a particular weldment. All of the individual parts are made from A36 steel except for one, which is made from 12L14 steel. We are using GMAW...

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FAB 40: Cupples J&J Co. builds and builds capacity

June 16, 2014

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Cupples J & J Co. Inc. has continued to invest in technology to meet existing customer demand.

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Consumables Corner: Identifying pockmarking causes in structural SAW

June 16, 2014

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Q: Our company manufactures various structural components, typically made from A36 or A572 steel grades in plate, I-beam, or channel. Based on the application we’ll use GMAW, FCAW, or SAW. On random occasions we experience pockmarking on the surface of the SAW joints. While the timing is usually...

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Fabricator/entrepreneur makes the most of everything Texas has to offer

June 16, 2014

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Native Texan and farmer Aggie Devin Gerland earned a degree in agricultural engineering and took a succession of engineering positions in and around Bryan, Texas. Now an entrepreneur with his own fabrication shop, Gerland is putting his farming and ranching experience to work, developing his own line of farm implements.

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No secret code for successful code welding

June 16, 2014

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Being a code welding shop with an ever-expanding customer base continuously challenges Andy J. Eagan Co. Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. New customer projects and keeping on top of certification demands require a talented and dedicated workforce. As a result, that’s where the company puts a lot of its focus.

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Consumables Corner: The thought process behind changing a weld process

June 13, 2014

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Q: Our company is using 0.045-in.-dia. mild steel solid wire for GMAW with 90 percent argon/10 percent CO2 shielding gas. A majority of our base metal is ¼ to 1 in. thick welded out of position about 30 percent of the time. We are considering a change in our welding process to reduce lead-times....

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FAB 40: Team approach helps Robinson Metal scale up

June 12, 2014

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Robinson's fabrication division has an internal structure that helps the company adapt to growth.

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FAB 40: Data analytics meets high-volume contract fabrication at OMS

June 12, 2014

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O'Neal Manufacturing Services, a nationwide fabricator with 11 locations, makes smart use of data to refine capacity planning and sales forecasting.

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FAB 40: Super Steel ramps up parts tracking

June 12, 2014

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Super Steel's initiative to track where jobs stand has effectively increased throughput and inventory accuracy, preparing the company for increased business. According to Super Steel's CEO, 2015 could be a breakout year.

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FAB 40: BTD and the quest for continued diversification

June 12, 2014

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BTD has gained a reputation for its ability to rapidly ramp up part programs. Now managers are looking at available markets and asking some big questions.

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Consumables Corner: Tackling root penetration problems

June 12, 2014

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Q: We are experiencing weld root penetration issues in our single- and multipass welds. Our base metal is A36, and we oxyfuel-cut it in thicknesses from ½ to 3 in. Most of the weld joints are standard T-joints with a few groove joints. We are using a 0.045-in.- dia. E71T-1C/M flux-cored wire with...

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Big-time fabricating

June 11, 2014

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Greiner Industries, Mount Joy, Pa., has been able to expand over the years because its owner senses opportunities that other shops want no part of. As a result, the company has emerged as an atypical fabricator with incredible fabricating capabilities.

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FAB 40: The story behind dramatic growth at MEC

June 11, 2014

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After a major acquisition, Mayville Engineering Co.—No. 1 again on the FAB 40—is poised for serious growth in the years to come.

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