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Arc Welding 101: Tackling trailer troubles

October 21, 2014

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Q: A routine preventive maintenance inspection on a steel flatbed trailer revealed cracking in the main frame beams. The trailer was purchased through a distributor, so it was returned the next day. We asked the manufacturer to send a qualified representative to inspect it and send us a proposal...

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Arc Welding 101: Certified to weld?

October 20, 2014

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Q: What does it mean to be an AWS-certified welder? Joe C. A: Certification can open doors, present opportunities, and put you out front in a tough job market. However, not all welders are AWS-certified. My younger brother Joe, a service manager for an import car dealership on the West Coast,...

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Fabricating thin with photochemical etching

October 20, 2014

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Faspro Technologies identified a manufacturing need inthe alte 1990s that could be met with the use of photochemical etching technology. It has since built a successful business serving the electronics industry.

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12 tips to improve your value stream maps

October 20, 2014

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Value stream mapping can be a tool to help identify and eliminate waste, but it’s easy to get lost in the details. These tips will help you keep your eye on the big picture, to ensure your VSM remains an effective tool for continuous improvement.

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Fabricating the future, layer by layer

October 20, 2014

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Additive manufacturing is changing fundamental concepts of design, engineering, and production. As part of this, metal additive processes, including powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition, are allowing industry to fabricate metal products in entirely new ways.

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Keeping safe while bending parts fast on a press brake

October 20, 2014

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Customers want parts right away, and newer laser cutting technology is producing parts quicker than ever before. If a fabricator wants the bending department to keep up, it needs press brakes that can bend parts quickly. Even with the increased bending productivity, however, fabricators don’t have to sacrifice safety.

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Part-time job brings full-time satisfaction

October 17, 2014

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After a career in welding and fabricating, Charlie Wolfe is semi-retired and working 25 hours a week at the local community college. However, his network of friends is vast and his reputation as a go-to guy for one-off projects and repairs is sterling, so he’s actually busier now then he was back when he worked 40 hours a week

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In-die indeed

October 17, 2014

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Take stamping production to its limits—and beyond—by taking advantage of in-die and inline capabilities afforded by state-of-the-art servo technology that integrates additional operations into the stamping process.

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Metal fab fortifies TV treehouses

October 16, 2014

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Pete Nelson, show host and treehouse builder on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, sought help refurbishing and fortifying a bridge stairway, and support foundation of the first two treehouses he had built on his original property for his own children. Building the treehouses had launched his successful treehouse-building business, Nelson Treehouse and Supply, Fall City, Wash. Nelson’s creations—and their design and build—is the subject of the wildly popular show. How does a man fortify a weather-beaten treehouse? The answer, my friend, is fabbing in the wind. Metal fabricator Architectural Elements stepped up to help.

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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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