Articles 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, 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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Using forming assessment tools to make wise die-buying decisions

October 12, 2004 | By Art Hedrick

Establishing a good buying procedure is a critical aspect of the tool purchasing process. All too often tool supplier expectations are not communicated and executed effectively. Miscommunication can cause you to purchase a die that doesn't produce good parts, needs constant attention, wears out prematurely, or has other problems.

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A growing force in Washington, D.C.

October 12, 2004 | By Eric Lundin

If you take a thorough look at federal bureaus and agencies, you'll see quite an array of departments intended to promote a variety of industries and business-related activities. Many of them have been around for decades, and some are more than a century old. The United States Department of...

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Site-based telemetry systems streamline gas supply

October 12, 2004 | By David Bell

Photo courtesy of TRUMPF Inc.Metal fabricators continue to find new applications for carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers. New uses combined with increased just-in-time processing, and lights-out operation place greater demands on laser, assist, and process gas supply and delivery...

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When hurricanes come

October 12, 2004 | By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Many people watched with awe as the recent barrage of hurricanes hit the Caribbean and southeastern United States. Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne caused destruction that totaled billions of dollars and, regrettably, took the lives of many people. We sympathize with all those who experienced Mother Nature's wrath and had their lives turned upside down.

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Optimizing consumable life in mechanized plasma cutting

October 12, 2004

If you don't stay on top of torch maintenance and replacing consumables, an efficient cutting process can quickly become a lot more expensive to operate.

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Servo-driven mechanical presses meet HSS head-on

October 12, 2004 | By James Landowski

A recent mechanical stamping press innovation, the servo drive is designed to meet challenges related to stamping high-strength steels (HSS).

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Prefinishing trends towards growth

October 12, 2004 | By Kate Bachman

Since its introduction in the 1960s, coated coil has become the raw material of choice for some industries, and its demand has increased steadily, according to the National Coil Coating Association (NCCA). Coated steel and aluminum coil is being used predominantly in the building industry as...

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Stamping CEO hopes to strengthen U.S. manufacturing

October 12, 2004 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Using his experience in the manufacturing industry, Don Wainwright plans to help improve the U.S. manufacturing industry through his position as chairman of the Department of Commerce's newly created Manufacturing Council.

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Certifying the quality of your tube and pipe

October 12, 2004 | By Sharon M. Bentzley

In a perfect world, quality assurance and certification of materials would not be issues. In the tube and pipe industry, however, flawless raw materials and finished goods are not givens.

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Welding hazards affect nonwelders too

October 12, 2004 | By Karen Hamel

Although a fully clad welder can appear somewhat overdressed, each piece of protective clothing is necessary to ensure personal safety. Welders who shun safety equipment often have scars or health problems as reminders of shortcuts they took.

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Preventing welding-related fires

October 12, 2004 | By Vicki Bell

Before welding, professional and hobbyist welders must be knowledgeable about potential fire hazards and safe practices. They also must examine the work area and adjacent areas, welding equipment, and consumables for hazards and take appropriate measures to ensure safety.

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Fact, fiction, and the feds

September 14, 2004 | By John DiGiacomo

The government is looking for companies like yours: machine shops, fabricators, and other manufacturers, that can provide it with what it needs to fulfill its mission and that of the armed forces. However, many myths stop businesses from thinking about doing business with the government.

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Caring for your contact tips

September 14, 2004 | By Julio Villafuerte

The contact tip is one of the smallest and relatively inexpensive components in a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) system, but it can cause catastrophic failure and production downtime, highly penalizing productivity.The basic function of the contact tip is to transfer welding current to the consumable...

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Getting your assets in order

September 14, 2004 | By Richard Green

A new 4-kilowatt laser just hit the floor. The technician will arrive on Monday to install it. It's your responsibility to make sure the gases arrive. The preinstallation manual was faxed to your local gas supplier, and all is well.Not so fast. Other gas matters can affect cost and efficiency. The...

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A Great Combination

September 14, 2004 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Dwarfed by his largest sculpture to date, artist Gary Beals collaborated with K-zell Metals to create this piece for the University of New Mexico.The stainless steel centerpiece for a grouping of sculptures at the University of New Mexico is a first for its creators for several reasons.First, the...

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