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Still waters run deep

May 23, 2016

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Elaine Waters, the 2016 PWTeacher of the Year award winner, has taught, inspired, and intimidated the hell out of welding students for 30 years. This is her story.

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Applications: Electric press brakes set the pace for lighting products manufacturer

May 23, 2016

Situation: Kenall Mfg. is a manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting products for challenging environments. In late 2014 the company moved its production and office operations from Gurnee, Ill., to Kenosha, Wis., while also reducing its fabrication operation from three shifts to two....

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Consumables Corner: Breaking down CTOD and CVN testing

May 13, 2016

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Q: We're a job shop and much of our work is customized or unique. Because of this, we have to work with multiple welding codes and sometimes we have to verify welding procedures. We have been bidding on some new projects that have welding crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) requirements. How is...

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Arc Welding 101: Defining a fillet weld with D1.1

May 13, 2016

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Q: I'm auditing a fab shop and have a question regarding the AWS D1.1 code. The shop is referring to the corner joints in the plates encompassing the columns as fillet welds, yet there is no faying surface. D1.1 says a fillet can have up to 3/16-in. misalignment (with certain stipulations), which...

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Aluminum Workshop: The perks of a push-pull gun for GMAW

May 12, 2016

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Q: I will be getting into aluminum welding much more than I have in the past. I want to buy a new set of equipment for gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and I’ve already picked out the power supply and feeder. Should I buy a push-pull gun or stick with the simpler and less expensive push-only gun? A:...

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Moving beyond the traditional coordinate measuring machine

May 12, 2016

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Coordinate measuring using robust camera technology means that fabricators may no longer have to construct jigs or learn programming software to conduct quality checks of parts.

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When your GMAW gun's ablazin'

May 11, 2016

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Overheating is a symptom of what could turn into catastrophic gun failure. Striking the right balance between gun size and capacity can increase the efficiency of a welding operation and decrease problems, like overheating, that could damage the equipment.

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5 steps to lean assembly in the job shop

May 9, 2016

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Many think cellular assembly isn’t applicable to the job shop, but in fact, creating cells in custom manufacturing is nothing new. For shops that carefully identify product or process families, cellular assembly can help increase throughput dramatically.

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Which press brake is best?

May 9, 2016

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No press brake is best for every application, but you can find a press brake that’s best for you. To find that press brake, you need to match what’s available—hydraulic, hybrid, electric, mechanical, and other styles, along with the tooling—with what your operation needs.

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Metal fabrication on the move

May 9, 2016

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Koester Metals Inc. conquered its growing pains after the recession. It moved to a new facility to follow demand, improved and formalized training, and invested in new technology.

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Salesman turns entrepreneur, artist, welder

May 9, 2016

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Working for a steady paycheck isn’t for everyone. Welding artist Kirk Yazel did that for nearly 20 years, but eventually his entrepreneurial spirit took over. He had been making steel garden decorations for some time, and he managed to turn his hobby into a full-time job.

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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part III

May 5, 2016

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The oxyacetylene welding (OAW) process continues to be useful in equipment repair, both in industry and the home. This article focuses on specific uses and provides some how-to instructions.

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Maintaining good cut quality when using an abrasive saw

May 2, 2016

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A fabricator that can find the right abrasive wheel for the job, can figure out the right cutting speed and downfeed rate, and can find the right saw with enough power likely doesn’t have to worry about poor-quality cuts while abrasive cutting.

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Reporting to OSHA after a severe injury

May 2, 2016

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During their presentation at the FMA Annual Meeting, attorney David Jones, along with Doug Raff, owner of Paragon Industrial Controls, showed a lot about what a fabricator can expect during an OSHA inspection after reporting a major injury. They gave insights as to how companies can best navigate the OSHA inspection and citation process.

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Do you manage scrap properly?

May 2, 2016

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A metal fabricator checks incoming raw material before signing off on it. Doesn't it make sense to pay as much attention to the material leaving the facility? The potential return on the effort suggests "yes."

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