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Custom metal fabricator grows beyond sheet metal

August 4, 2015

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Nu-Way Industries, a fabricator near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, launched a new touchscreen display business, combining expertise in metal fabrication, assembly, and supply chain management.

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Safe and round with tube and pipe handling?

August 4, 2015

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Worker safety in U.S. manufacturing facilities has improved greatly over the past 25 years, but it's amazing the dangers that still exist in some operations. Tube and pipe facilities actually represent a segment of the fabricating world where some of these risks are most obvious. A look at a couple of tube and pipe scenarios proves what some companies try to get away with and how those safety risks can easily be addressed.

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Part identication in manufacturing: A mark of improvement

August 4, 2015

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The industrial marker is so pervasive that it’s often taken for granted. But it’s really a tool just like any other on the shop floor, and one marker doesn’t work for every application.

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4 tips on avoiding property tax sticker shock

August 4, 2015

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Planning for your next commercial property tax assessment boils down to having the right information at the right time, and using the right strategy.

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Organizational energy

August 4, 2015

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To attain high organizational energy, a company’s people need to be aware of the environment in which the company operates, and have the fitness and will to improve.

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The cycle continues

July 29, 2015

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Glenn Kay II, the 2015 PWTeacher of the Year, is a self-described workaholic with a passion for welding that was first fueled by competition. Today the 37-year-old has instilled that same passion in his students.

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Simulating the workplace in welding education

July 29, 2015

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West Virginia has launched an educational initiative designed to help welding instructors better prepare students for the workplace. Welder and educator Carlisle Smith explains the program, which is showing promising results.

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Putting together a plasma cutting system

July 27, 2015

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Choosing a plasma power supply is one thing; putting together an entire system is something else altogether. A complete plan includes an X-Y table, CNC system, software, and fume control.

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Cutting metal with cutting wheels

July 27, 2015

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Resinoid-bonded cutting wheels can address a variety of routine manual metal applications in which flexibility and portability are necessary. By following a few best practices, you can extend wheel life, promote safety, and improve productivity and efficiency within the process.

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Deburring: A standard operation?

July 27, 2015

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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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8 questions for efficient bending on the press brake

July 27, 2015

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At S&B Machine in Mobile, Ala., Head Programmer Danny Brown streamlines bending by making sure the right operators have the right information at the right time.

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Consumables Corner: Welding dissimilar metals using 309 stainless steel

July 27, 2015

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The Consumables Corner team counsels a company struggling with weld fusion when joining ferritic to carbon steel.

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Arc Welding 101: Cleaning material with brake cleaner before welding

July 24, 2015

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Combining welding and brake cleaners can lead to serious illness, permanent damage to your internal organs, or even death.

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Aluminum Workshop: The real deal when welding aluminum and steel

July 23, 2015

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Rumor has it that fabricating aluminum and steel components in the same building can cause contamination in the aluminum. Is this true or is it just a myth? Frank Armao has the answer.

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How to calculate the air-formed radius of different bend angles

July 21, 2015

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Using the 20 percent rule works well when calculating the floated radius in an air form, but what about the radius at different bend angles? To calculate this, we start with geometry to find the arc length and radius at different bend angles. We then manipulate these results by factoring in real-world bending conditions.

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