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Sales and operations planning meets contract fabrication

October 16, 2014

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O’Neal Manufacturing Services, one of the country’s largest contract fabricators, has implemented a strategy called sales and operations planning, or S&OP, a process designed to improve not just sales forecasting, but the entire enterprise.

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Putting the finish first

October 16, 2014

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R & B Wagner, Milwaukee, has had a primary role in the construction industry for more than 100 years. From its early days as a blacksmith shop, the company has grown to become a designer and manufacturer of handrail components and systems; a contract manufacturer for OEMs; and a first-rate finishing company, providing top-notch polishing services for other fabricators and manufacturers. Manufacturing Operations Manager Kane Behling and President Rick Kettler shared the company’s story with Editor Eric Lundin.

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Improving metal cutting productivity

October 15, 2014

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“Benchmark Survey of Industrial Metal-Cutting Organization,” by the LENOX® Institute of Technology, identified three areas that fabricators need to focus on to improve efficiency and productivity in sawing operations.

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Global shifts in economies make U.S. manufacturing significantly more cost-effective

October 13, 2014

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For decades U.S. manufacturers looking to increase profits and remain competitive have moved plants and jobs offshore. Changing global economics have made doing so much less attractive. The U.S. is gaining cost advantages as other regions lose theirs.

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Plasma and oxyfuel: A productive combination

October 13, 2014

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Gaining flexibility to match individual plate fabrication requirements using both mechanized oxyfuel and plasma cutting can make plate cutting far more efficient. As these technologies advance, fabricators can produce their parts smarter, faster, with the highest quality, and at lower cost. Regardless, the choice to use these technologies on separate machines or on one system is as individual as the application requirements.

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How 2 green lubricant-makers landed on auto OEMs’ A-lists

October 13, 2014

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Gain insight into the arduous process of getting the official stamp of approval as a supplier to the automakers by reading how two green lubricant suppliers landed on the A-list.

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Weld shop 101

October 13, 2014

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According to the American Welding Society (AWS), there will be a shortage of approximately 290,000 welders in the U.S. by 2020. Education doesn’t fall on the shoulders of just high schools, community colleges, and technical programs, it also rests with industry professionals who have the space, equipment, and the expertise on staff to demonstrate the best practices. Arming educators with this information will only help make the next generation of welders that much stronger. For those of you who are in areas where getting hands-on training for industry leaders isn’t possible, here are a few questions educators tend to ask.

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Arc Welding 101: Negatives to whipping and weaving

October 9, 2014

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Q: When using GMAW on carbon steel materials 1/8 inch thick or greater, we use a whipping technique that you have described as a bad work habit. What are the negative effects of whipping or weaving?John S. A: As with many welding techniques, there is a time and place for everything, even whipping...

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Arc Welding 101: Sorting out SAW

October 8, 2014

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Q: What is the procedure qualification test for manufacturing pipe using submerged arc welding?Sandesh P. A: Pipe is manufactured by one of these four methods: electric resistance welding (ERW)/high-frequency induction (HFI) welding, seamless (plug/mandrel mill and extrusion), spiral welding, and...

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Arc Welding 101: Satisfying the weld inspector

October 7, 2014

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Q: We have a stiffener bar (continuity connection) in a column that calls for AWS D1.1 BTC-P4 for the flanges and fillet welds on both sides in the web. The stiffeners were field-welded. After assembling 35 connections, we discovered no fillet weld on the bottom side in the web. We can’t weld the...

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Arc Welding 101: What's up with a WPS?

October 6, 2014

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Q: Do I need a welding procedure specification (WPS) for my company when it is just me and all I do is on-site portable welding of a wide range of items?Steven B. A: Whether your company requires a WPS depends on the customers you serve. For example, if your company is hired to fabricate your...

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Electronics stamper uses hybrid press for precision parts

October 6, 2014

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Wiegel Tool Works stamps large, complicated automotive circuitry in high volumes for perfection-demanding applications. The manufacturer needed a fast press with a large bed and adjustable-stroke capabilities. It had a specially designed mechanical press custom-built for its unique needs.

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Filler metal facts

October 6, 2014

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The factors that influence filler metal consumption, such as joint design and the choice of welding process, are key to helping you better understand, anticipate, and monitor operational costs and the bottom line.

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Arc Welding 101: Vertical-up or -down in robotic welding?

October 3, 2014

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Q: We have a weldment that incorporates 0.375-in.-diameter steel rods and a 0.060-in.-thick sheet metal stamping of 1018 CR material. Each weld is the same, 0.75 in. long with a 0.25-in. fillet, perhaps including weaving. The assembly is fixture and welded robotically using GMAW with CO2 gas and...

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Arc Welding 101: Clearing up ASME B31.3

October 2, 2014

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Q: I am unclear about a section relative to the ASME B31.3 code for chemical plant piping.The area of this code referring to the type of welding process that is acceptable—328.2.2—states welding procedures qualified by others may be used, provided that the following conditions are met: The...

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