January 6, 2017
More than 31,000 attendees came to the Las Vegas Convention Center for FABTECH® 2016. As always, new technologies didn’t disappoint. Exhibitors, conference speakers, and attendees all talked about positive changes ahead, about “closing the loop” to make their manufacturing organization one cohesive, determined unit, ready to compete.
January 4, 2017 | By Bob Rochelle
A robot is only a part of a robot-based automation system, whether the system is for welding or other applications. Regardless of the application, several components and functions are common to all systems. Controls, communication devices, operator interfaces, sensors, peripheral equipment, parts handling equipment, fixtures, safety features, and cable management devices are common components in all systems. Most projects require some personnel involvement as well.
January 4, 2017 | By Tim Heston
The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has developed a system that quickly oscillates the beam in specific patterns as it cuts, welds, or otherwise processes material. These patterns have the effect of “shaping” a laser beam, allowing the technician to tailor the beam’s shape to fit the application.
January 4, 2017 | By Paul LeTang
This overview provides a brief discussion of press drives, crowning systems, and tooling setup found on today's press brakes.
January 4, 2017 | By Eric Lundin
Editor Eric Lundin interviewed several of the people who were instrumental in the design, fabrication, and installation of the decorative façade that adorns FMA’s new office in Elgin, Ill
January 4, 2017 | By Bill Frahm
To improve a process, you need to measure the results and compare them against expectations. In many instances, a metal former needs to define key performance indicators and keep track of them to determine just how its shop is performing.
December 15, 2016 | By Kate Bachman
Colorado stamping manufacturer Qualtek Manufacturing installed a solar array on its warehouse and office with a wind power purchase agreement, and replaced inefficient heat treatment furnaces.
December 15, 2016
Considering the competitive state of the automotive industry, any kind of best practices sharing and collaboration among automotive OEMs would seem counter-intuitive. Yet, on the important topic of the environment, major automakers and top suppliers have been doing just that since they formed the...
December 15, 2016 | By Michael Sweet
Software integration that links toolroom data and processes with the rest of the company can uncover time savings, harmonize schedules, and unleash a wealth of information from which management can improve the business.
December 13, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith
Joints and symbols are an important part of the test to become a certified welding inspector. This article covers the components of a symbol and discusses different joint types.
December 7, 2016 | By Caleb Haven
When do you need to preheat before welding? Which preheating method is correct for your application? What do you need to consider to make the right choice? Read on.
December 7, 2016
Balfour Brickner Early Childhood Center at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan wanted a playground system suitable for the rooftop of the building that houses the center. The end result has the right look, plus durability and strength.
December 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston
The C-clamp is easy to take for granted. It’s an unchanging, almost timeless part of the typical workbench. It works well enough—but for one structural analyst, it didn’t.
December 7, 2016 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis shows seven different ways to deliver the same 3-D model.
December 6, 2016 | By Jonathan W. Michael, JD
When Prince died, dealing with his estate wasn’t simple. Believe it or not, owners of metal fabrication and manufacturing businesses could learn a lot about how to preserve the value of their companies and other assets by studying the rock icon’s death.