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High-precision plasma system automates Chromalox’s cutting, beveling processes

December 17, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Chromalox, a manufacturer of industrial heating systems, relied on skilled workers do quite a few manual processes, especially cutting and beveling. As the supply of people with this skill slowly dried up, the company realized that it would need to invest in an automated system. It chose an Ultra-Cut 400 XT plasma power supply from Thermal Dynamics (Victor) and coupled it to a 6-axis CNC pipe-handling system from Watts Specialties Inc.

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Fiberglass tape that has your [weld’s] back

October 22, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Aquasol’s Fiback line of fiberglass backing tape, now available in high- and low-amperage options, gives welders a simple, safe, and reliable way to protect the back side of their weldments, even those that have a complex shape.

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Metal fab fortifies TV treehouses

October 16, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

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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Improving metal cutting productivity

October 15, 2014 | By Matt Lacroix

“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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Weld Cleanup Poses Challenges for Oilfield Workers

September 15, 2014 | By David Jescovitch

Attention to proper weld cleaning is especially critical in field applications.

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Getting Automated: Transitioning from hand-held to CNC plasma cutting

July 28, 2014 | By Bill Hodges

Transitioning from the manual plasma cutting process to CNC plasma cutting process might seem like a daunting task. However, if you enter into the process prepared and with the facts, you’ll find that the switch can be relatively painless and one that can help grow your business.

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Inventor, fabricator updates wheelchair concept

December 3, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

About a decade after his son was paralyzed in an automobile accident, Tim Swenson put a few ideas to work and built an all-terrain wheelchair. Although he was retired, Swenson garnered quite a bit of interest with his invention, so he founded Action Manufacturing and builds two wheelchair models to help people like his son enjoy the outdoors.

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5 things welders need to know about weld positioners

September 10, 2012 | By Jason Ladd

The concepts of positioning are the same for all weldments, large or small. A properly positioned weldment, regardless of the size, reduces welder fatigue, increases safety, improves weld quality, and saves on production floor space.

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Mechanized plasma cutting: Developments in high-definition technology improve versatility

November 8, 2011 | By Jim Colt

The plasma cutting process is best-known for its simplicity and its ability to cut virtually any metal. These qualities plus the productivity it yields have made plasma cutting a universally accepted metal cutting process with a range of capabilities and applications. Engineering achievements throughout the last 10 to 15 years have contributed to the improved performance of he process.

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Eliminating slag time in plasma cutting - TheFabricator

Eliminating slag time in plasma cutting

August 4, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Vac-Con, a Green Cove Springs, Fla.-based maker of sewer cleaning vehicles, regularly participates in continuous improvement programs to identify opportunities for increased efficiency on the shop floor. As part of one exercise, the manufacturer invested in an automated grinding machine, which helped to reduce labor costs and improve part quality.

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Successful plasma cutting counts on consumables - TheFabricator

Successful plasma cutting counts on consumables

July 9, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Clayton Gould, product marketing manager of torch consumables at Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., discusses the five hand-held plasma consumable components, how they work with one another to achieve a successful cut, and what operators should look for when evaluating whether consumables require replacing.

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Weld fixturing from virtual to reality

May 11, 2009

A Florida job shop saved on material costs by integrating modular fixturing set up in SolidWorks. The CAD-friendly system allowed the company to define the fixture and the completed weldment before it hit the shot floor.

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A briefing on portable milling tools:

February 24, 2009 | By David Schreiner

By following eight simple rules regarding material removal, lubrication, and tips for general use, you can be sure that you are operating your portable milling tool correctly.

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Fixturing on display

November 6, 2007

Satisfying the demand for highly variable order quantities, a fabricator of custom point of purchase displays innovated an efficicient robotic GMAW workcell suitable for producing as many as 10,000 parts or as few as 10 parts while also accommodating manual welding.

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Smooth landing for new airport terminal roof fabrication project

September 11, 2007 | By Kate Bachman

The new Indianapolis International Airport terminal is one of the first airport buildings to be designed, fabricated, and built to survive the type of attack inflicted on the World Trade Center on Sept.11, 2001. The heart of the new terminal is designed to be a circular space—a civic plaza dominated by its great, arched roof. Fabricating the specialty sloping barrel joists, serpentine structural trusses, and torpedo columns for the curvilinear rolling roof presented unique challenges.

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