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Smart equipment choices in structural fabrication

December 18, 2014 | By Nick Hajewski

Structural fabricators have a plethora of equipment options to choose from these days, and all the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing what’s available, as well as keeping a few basic factors in mind, can help a structural fabricator make an educated choice.

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One metal fabricator, two value streams

December 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston

For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.

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End effector tips to keep the press running

October 31, 2014 | By Rob Pitera

Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.

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Giving a welding robot some eyes

October 22, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Vision systems for a welding application usually are reserved for critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new audience.

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5 common myths about robotic welding systems

June 9, 2014 | By Vic Lubieniecki

Subscribing to common myths about robotic welding systems can cause headaches and prevent you from making the most of your investment.

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Stamper rounds out automation suite with rigid transfer

May 5, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

Stamping manufacturer A.J. Rose, Avon, Ohio, supplies precision-formed, deep drawn, metal products and assemblies such as transmission pistons, torque converter components, impellers, engine timing rings, ABS, water pump components, accessory drive pulleys, AC compressor clutch components, and numerous other powertrain components. The stamper needed the transfer system for a new transfer press to be robust and rigid to minimize tooling bar deflection and vibration. In addition, the system had to be compatible with existing tooling and to integrate well with a servo press’s variable speeds and modes

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Robotic welding issues and challenges

February 3, 2014 | By Chris Anderson

Thanks to intuitive teaching, which eliminates the need for highly skilled programmers and saves valuable job setup time, robots now are making inroads in small job shops.

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The evolution of precision robotics - TheFabricator.com

The evolution of precision robotics

November 6, 2013 | By Douglas Hixon

Robotics can tackle more precision applications than ever before, thanks to better manufacturing techniques for the robot arms themselves, as well as software that has made robots more intelligent.

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Un robot para soldadura—en continuo movimiento - TheFabricator.com

Un robot para soldadura—en continuo movimiento

September 13, 2013 | By Richard Stokes

La variabilidad de la demanda es un hecho inmutable de la fabricación metálica por contrato. La mezcla de clientes de un fabricante puede cambiar, y con ésta, la mezcla de productos. Debido a ello, el taller tiene que estar listo para cualquier cosa. Para ser competitivos,...

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Digitizing press automation - TheFabricator.com

Digitizing press automation

April 22, 2013 | By Romain Bournet

Simulating press line automation can eliminate many headaches and solve problems before the physical integration process. But that simulation needs an accurate CAD file showing the placement of all press line components. Here, 3-D digital scanning technology fills a need.

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Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts - TheFabricator.com

Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts

April 19, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

When Oddello Industries, a supplier of fabricated assemblies to OEMs in a variety of markets, was invited to bid on a contract for a high-end adjustable mattress foundation, it searched for a piercing machine and a cutting machine that could handle the tubular portion of the project. It combined the two machines into a single integrated unit that processes more than 15 miles of tube per day.

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A welding robot--on the move - TheFabricator.com

A welding robot--on the move

March 7, 2013 | By Richard Stokes

When a robotic manufacturing system needs to be moved, particularly between remote sites, the cost of the move can be a significant percentage of the original cost of the system. But this doesn’t always have to be the case.

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Structural steel automation at the end of the line - TheFabricator.com

Structural steel automation at the end of the line

January 7, 2013 | By Dan Davis

Machine tool developers have done a great job of automating many of the operations associated with structural steel processing over the years. Automated cutting, drilling, and marking are widely adopted in the industry. The same, however, can't be said for assembly and welding, but that could be changing.

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Through-arm robotic GMAW gun

Selecting, installing, and maintaining a through-arm robotic GMAW gun

September 10, 2012 | By Ryan Lizotte

In recent years, through-arm robots have begun to replace conventional over-the-arm models. Following these selection, installation, and maintenance guidelines for a through-arm robotic GMAW gun can help you make a smooth transition.

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Sensing changes in automated welding - TheFabricator.com

Sensing changes in automated welding

September 7, 2012 | By Andrew Short, Stephen Thacker

Can automated welding be a useful tool in the random world of fabricating, where material make-up is inconsistent and weld-prep results in non-aligned edges? With a vision system, automated welding indeed can be the right tool for the right application.

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