Articles

Filter Content

Weighing Your Options

November 21, 2002

By:

Not all coil handling equipment is created equal. At first glance, conventional coil lines and straighteners-feeders seem to perform the same task, but when they are examined throoughly, these units are very different.

Continue Reading

The ROI for Quick Die Change

November 21, 2002

By:

Quick die change equipment is a capital investment, and i competes for funds with other capital investments. Therefore, it's critical to understand the benefits of implementing quick die change.

Continue Reading

Common tube and pipe image

Save money when ordering bends

November 21, 2002

By:

Bending tube and pipe has become increasingly popular throughout the metal fabrication industry. Bending inherently saves money over other fabrication methods, such as the cutting and welding of standard fittings or the use of cast elbows. However, fabricators can reduce costs further by following simple procedures while designing or ordering bends.

Continue Reading

Welder workstation layout

Working in a welder's wonderland

November 21, 2002

By:

A good welder is a lazy welder, according to Greg Lamm -- but when he says lazy, hemeans comfortable. His microwelding workstation has been set up with ergonomics inmind.

Continue Reading

Grip flow parts

Reducing Negative Tonnage

November 21, 2002

By:

Over time negative tonnage can cause significant press and die damage. Understanding the factors that influence the amount of negative tonnage can help you control it.

Continue Reading

Bill epps demonstrating a power hammer

The fire of creation

November 21, 2002

By:

Quaint hobby or growing craft? Read on and decide.

Continue Reading

Secrets of Using GTAW for Tools and Dies

November 17, 2002

By:

Tool and die welding can be a very lucrative service for a fab shop. However, tool and die welders are about as rare as brain surgeons because of a general lack of knowledge about the process and because of the extra expense it brings to a shop. This article offers a basic understanding of what's needed to add this service to your fab shop.

Continue Reading

Equipping Your Press With the Right Tonnage Monitor

November 15, 2002

By:

This article explains why it's useful to monitor press tonnage, the types of tonnage monitors available, the choices for mounting load sensors, calibrating a monitor, and options available for tonnage monitors.

Continue Reading

Merging research with manufacturing

November 7, 2002

By: ,

To thrive in competitive markets, manufacturers must innovate. Innovation often relies on research. However, most manufacturing firms lack the financial and human resources necessary to conduct research that leads to innovation.

Continue Reading

Lubes and the new materials: It's a different game

November 7, 2002

By:

Changes taking place in tube and pipe producing and fabricating may require you to review your lubrication strategies. One of these changes is the increased use of aluminum, aluminized steel, and stainless steel tubing.

Continue Reading

Fanning production rates

November 7, 2002

By:

Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a four-part series covering flatness and stability in cut-to-length, slitting, and tension leveling operations. This article discusses flattening solutions and the anatomy of a bend. Part I, which appeared in the October issue of The FABRICATOR®, discussed how flat-rolled metal gets unflat; Part III in the December issue will address how coil processors can make metal flat so it stays that way; and Part IV in the January 2003 issue will discuss new applications and options in leveling equipment.

Continue Reading

Tube cutting laser

Focusing on tube cutting lasers

November 7, 2002

By:

State-of-the-art laser technology for cutting metal tubes includes capabilities for cutoff, beveling, and cutting an infinite variety of shapes such as holes, slots, and notches. In this article, manufacturers of laser cutting equipment discuss the state of advancements such as automated loading and unloading of parts; simplified programming; automatedinspection of finished parts; and lights-out operation.

Continue Reading

Precision Blanking System

Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 2

November 7, 2002

By:

Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a four-part series covering flatness and stability in cut-to-length, slitting, and tension leveling operations. This article discusses flattening solutions and the anatomy of a bend. Part I, which appeared in the October issue of The FABRICATOR®, discussed how flat-rolled metal gets unflat; Part III in the December issue will address how coil processors can make metal flat so it stays that way; and Part IV in the January 2003 issue will discuss new applications and options in leveling equipment.

Continue Reading

Exterior view of aluminum-framed structure Scienceland, Shanghai, China.

Aluminum stands tall as a structural metal—Part 1

November 7, 2002

By:

Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a two-part article. Part 1 covers the properties, characteristics, and applications of aluminum as a structural metal. Part II explores the use of structural aluminum in the design of the U.S. Botanic Garden's conservatory in Washington, D.C.

Continue Reading

Hot Cold Thermometers

Sweltering heat, bone-chilling cold

November 7, 2002

By:

The weather affects welders no matter what climate they live in, and even more so out in the field. The key is to learn how to cope with extreme temperatures.

Continue Reading