May 6, 2015 | By Simon Wainwright
A shop’s finishing team has the time and resources it needs to work safely. Time comes from proper scheduling and incentives that promote safe work practices. The resources come from five key areas: working environment, personal protection, fixturing and ergonomics, tools and abrasives, and power sources.
When fabricators need to remove lubricants or corrosion inhibitors from tube or pipe, they have no shortage of choices, both mechanical and chemical. However, they have a third option: Thermal. The intense heat developed in a plasma cleaning processes makes greases, oils, and contaminants inert.
January 8, 2015 | By Michael Streepey
Like any manufacturing process, powder coating has the potential to be dangerous if the right safety precautions haven’t been taken. By referencing a few key standards, a manufacturer can keep the powder coating line going and the operators safe.
October 16, 2014 | By Eric Lundin
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.
September 15, 2014 | By Larry Savage
As more metal fabricators look to increase value-added activities, they are considering adding a powder coating line. Before they do that, however, they need to know what's involved. They need to select a system that fits a specific footprint, can deliver the customers’ surface appearance and corrosion protection requirements, and meets budget constraints. In other words, they really need to do their homework.
September 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis
A powder-on-powder process developed by Hartford Finishing in Wisconsin is providing customers with corrosion protection that they weren't getting with e-coat or other powder finishes.
July 7, 2014 | By Patrick Carroll
As the demand for stainless steel increases, welders and metal fabricators need to understand how to obtain the proper finish.
June 30, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Hayden Corp. has persevered over a century of change. It began as a supplier of wire cloth sold to the papermaking industry. Now it makes use of some of the most advanced surfacing technologies available.
June 2, 2014 | By Dan Davis
After several decades of operating large "cut-down" machines in search of the perfect finish for its cutlery, CUTCO Corp. decided to look for a new cutting-edge way to deliver the same results, but more efficiently. It found an answer with engineered abrasives and new finishing machines.
April 28, 2014 | By Tim Heston
To avoid a heat affected zone and improve accuracy and throughput, fabricators can turn to nonthermal beveling options, incluiding milling, nibbling, and automated grinding
April 3, 2014 | By Robert J. McNamee
Automating a manual operation can pose several unique difficulties, based on the incoming workpiece and its finish and geometric requirements, but the benefits of reduced costs and increased safety for operators may be worth it.
March 14, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Most fabricators don’t think much about deburring or finishing a metal surface, but they should considering how much time is spent on the activity. The first step is to understand how a wire brush actually cleans and deburrs.
January 2, 2014 | By John Sockman
Deburring is a time-consuming but necessary fabricating operation. Metal fabricators that can minimize the time spent on finishing have a competitive advantage because they are getting parts out quicker to customers.
Metal fabricators know that once a metal product leaves its doors that it has lost its ability to guarantee delivery. The fab shop is at the mercy of its subcontractors. That scenario has more fabricators considering in-house finishing capabilities. This guide is designed to help that decision-making
October 9, 2013 | By Dan Davis
Laitram Machinery, Harahan, La., has been battling inconsistent edge preparation for years. It was simply a case of having no universally accepted standard to model a quality edge and having mutiple individuals deburr edges as they saw fit. New part finishing equipment has changed all of that, however.