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Bending one bumper at a time

August 25, 2015

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When Grant Mallicote’s father had a bumper-crumpling collision on the family’s ranch, Grant figured he could save his dad a few dollars by fabricating a replacement bumper. He used some tube, plate, a welding torch, and some ingenuity to make a bumper, and eventually it became a bumper business, Bodyguard Truck Accessories.

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Harvesting a bumper crop of bumpers

August 24, 2015

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When Grant Mallicote’s father had a bumper-crumpling collision on the family’s ranch, Grant figured he could save his dad a few dollars by fabricating a replacement bumper. He used some tube, plate, a welding torch, and some ingenuity to make a bumper, and eventually it became a bumper business, Bodyguard Truck Accessories.

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Oilfield components fabricator finds success in sawing heavy-wall tube

August 24, 2015

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When oilfield components and systems supplier Tri-Alta used an old manual band saw for cutting tube to length, it experienced no shortage of difficulties in blade failures, inaccurate cuts, and part misalignment. The company invested in a modern band saw from Behringer with automated downfeed pressure sensing, blade tension monitoring, and a material handling system.

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The best of both worlds

August 24, 2015

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Typically, fabricators have had to choose between an aggressive cutting disc that is thrown away at the end of each shift or a long-lived disc that usually doesn't cut as well and causes the operator to push more while handling the power tool. Weiler Corp. has developed its X3 technology to bridge that gap.

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What to look for in railing and frame welding fixtures

August 17, 2015

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Welding fixtures, an important component of the fabrication process, have come a long way. Today’s fixtures make railing and frame welding easier, safer, more productive, and cost-efficient.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Table-driven design

August 12, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through the creation of a hex nut and shows how this exercise can be applied to other threaded creations.

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Predicting the inside radius when bending with the press brake

August 12, 2015

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You can use some common rules of thumb to predict the inside bend radius when air forming, and the results you get are usually close enough, but with the help of a few online calculators, you can get even closer.

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Oxyfuel cutting thick, fast—and safely

August 11, 2015

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An oxyfuel cutting gas from MagneGas Corp. cuts thick plate with a highly concentrated flame. The gas—created from liquid biomass via plasma gasification—has in a mechanized setup cut 3.5-in.-thick plate at 18 IPM. The company also says that the gas is especially safe because it’s lighter than air.

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How to work with your industrial plating provider

August 10, 2015

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When it comes to working with your plating provider, good communication is key. The more your plater knows, the better the plating results will be.

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Peace of mind with single-piece flow

August 4, 2015

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The Minneapolis manufacturing facility for Unison Comfort Technologies was being stretched to the limits trying to keep up with orders for its HVAC products. New fabricating technology was seen as the only way to meet current production needs and add capacity, but the company needed a new approach to its part flow as well if it were to make the most of any reshuffling of the shop floor.

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Modula uses automation to produce automated storage units

August 4, 2015

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The Modula U.S.A. plant in Lewiston, Maine, is the result of a $6 million investment in new equipment, a new focus on manufacturing automated vertical storage (AVS) units, and a renaming by Italian parent company System Logistics. Cost-competitive production resulting from integrated, automatic sheet metal fabricating equipment from Salvagnini was key in the company’s decision to locate in the United States.

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Dodging the drought – in business

August 4, 2015

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While the much-publicized drought in California has wreaked havoc on the state overall, from the economy to simple daily living, one Santa Ana fabricator is versatile enough to avoid a drought in new and returning business.

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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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