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thefabricator.com is the digital home of The FABRICATOR magazine, the metal fabricating industry’s foremost authority on manufacturing technology. Technical articles, case studies, and company profiles from The FABRICATOR and its sister publications, Practical Welding Today, The Tube & Pipe Journal, and STAMPING Journal can be found on this site. Additionally, thefabricator.com has a team of subject matter experts that write exclusively for the website, covering topics such as welding skills and metal forming basics.

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Punch Tooling, aka ...

August 9, 2005 | By Andy Spence-Parsons

New types of punch press tooling make it possible to perform many secondary fabricating operations on the turret press as well as standard punching—in some cases eliminating additional equipment and part handling, and reducing machine downtime. Not only are new part features possible on the turret press using these new tools, the reduced costs fabricators may achieve by using these tools to may make the tools a variable in DFM.

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Metal spinner takes on OSHA

August 9, 2005 | By Dan Davis

On May 10 Jerrold Dodd was not spinning a yarn about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The general manager and chief operating officer of a spinning company warned a congressional subcommittee about OSHA's aggressive action against his small company.

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The science of steel

August 9, 2005 | By Tom Bell

The spray form process is a new manufacturing technique that offers high alloyed tool steel with uniform carbide size and uniform carbide distribution. With less processing steps than P/M and properties better than ingot cast tool steel, SF is an option that offers nearly P/M performance with a cost closer to ingot casting.

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Get the most out of your press:

August 9, 2005 | By Dean S Phillips

All presses go up and down, but that's where the similarity among them ends. When its time to review your pressroom and research a new press, consider your manufacturing needs, the parts the press will run, all ancillary equipment, raw materials, and the dies that will be making the parts.

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How to choose the consumables you use - Part II

July 12, 2005 | By Mike Sammons

Several small but crucial components—back caps, collets and collet bodies, gas lenses, and nozzles—are key components in enhancing GTAW productivity. These components are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Optimizing these consumables can help to optimize welder uptime.

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Random radiography

July 12, 2005 | By Walter Sperko, P.E.

Fabricators and contractors always should check to be sure that the extent of nondestructive examination and the acceptance criteria required are understood clearly by all parties and documented in writing.

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Laser welding in Singapore

July 12, 2005 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Prototyping parts for projects with shorter lead times and meeting the automotive industry's mass production needs were two large goals for Amtek more than a year ago. Amtek turned to laser welding to meet its goals.

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Draw cushions for mechanical presses

July 12, 2005 | By Andreas Lauke

The use of a draw cushion in the lead-off press of a press line is recommended for the production of high-quality parts to guarantee constant quality through reproducible production parameters.

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Changing workplace raises safety and health questions

July 12, 2005 | By Vicki Bell

The current economy has altered the organization of work. This article discusses the changes and their impact on the work force in terms of job safety and health.

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The most important welding lesson

July 12, 2005 | By Marty Rice

Relating personal experiences, welding professional and instructor Marty Rice discusses welding hazards and stresses the importance of learning and following all welding safety practices.

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Tube and pipe loading

July 12, 2005 | By Bill Brady

This article discusses the hazards associated with manually loading and unloading tube and pipe. It describes one company's solution to making the process less hazardous.

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Welding rolled pipe in the 1G position efficiently

July 12, 2005 | By Butch Weidner

For welding in the 1G position (in which the tube or pipe rotates), solid wire is traditional filler metal. However, metal-cored wire is making headway as an alternative. Metal-cored wire requires no land at the bevel, is more forgiving of welding dirty metal, produces less spatter, and allows travel speeds up to inches per minute.

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Time and money

July 12, 2005 | By Anthony Nikodym, Tim Hensley

To choose the best tubular electrode, you should consider some basic factors relevant to any welding application: base metal, gas, weld size, and joint position requirements.

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Catch it if you can

July 12, 2005 | By Brian Maddox

For tube producers who need a colored coating with no volatile organic compounds, powder coatings have been the only choice until now. A new process provides this type of coating in a liquid form. The coating dries nearly instantly under ultraviolet light and performs well when subjected to a variety of tests.

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Applying lasers to appliances

July 12, 2005 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Three food service equipment makers spoke with The FABRICATOR about their investments in more automated fabrication equipment, especially lasers, and how these investments have paid off for them, even as the economy takes its time to recover.

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