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Why the stigma attached to factory work?

March 14, 2014

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People should spend less time pushing every student toward college and spend more time realizing what people are actually doing on a shop floor of progressive fabricating shops. They aren’t “laborers,” but skilled machine operators and technicians—typically without a traditional four-year degree. Any stigma that exists about today’s factory worker is no longer relevant.

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Machine bends and cuts tube in one process

March 14, 2014

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A typical bending machine process is feed-bend-feed-bend, or maybe feed-bend-feed- rotate-bend, until the feedstock is used up. However, this isn’t the end of the fabrication process, which includes a subsequent cutting step. The cut often means waste, especially for short-length parts, and the problem is compounded when the volume is high or the material is expensive. Read about how one bender manufacturer changed the process to feed-bend-separate-feed-rotate-bend-separate.

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Sustainable growth in the sunny Southwest

March 13, 2014

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You might have noticed the employees of CAID Industries Inc., Tucson, Ariz., walking around FABTECH 2013 with bright yellow shirts indicating that the fabricator was hiring. The company is looking for the right talent to help turn the $40-million-a-year business into something much larger.

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Rolling induction

Rolling induction preheating for roll-welded pipe

March 10, 2014

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Preheating pipe before welding can be a cumbersome, tedious task. A new technology, rolling induction heating, addresses some of the concerns associated with other heating methods.

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Improving plate bending throughput

March 10, 2014

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Bending plate is not a process that metal fabricators consider to be a highly efficient one. The blanks typically are large and awkward to handle. Fortunately, the proper tooling strategies can help.

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5 FAQs about keeping conveyors running smoothly

March 10, 2014

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A conveyor system only works as well as its weakest link. What are those weak links, and how do you recognize their signs of wear? What are the most critical components for optimal operations? How do you maintain the equipment and when do you know when to call in the calvary? This article answers those questions.

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Preventing weld defects through proper consumables care

March 10, 2014

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SMAW electrodes are magnets for moisture if they aren’t properly stored, maintained, or handled. Moisture—hydrogen—can ultimately lead to cracks when deposited into the weld puddle. You can minimize moisture pickup with proper electrode storage and handling procedures to ensure that consumables operate at optimal levels.

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Stamper draws deeply on diversification, technology, community to grow

March 5, 2014

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Established and growing Jagemann Stamping Co. recently expanded its facility in the charming Great Lakes coastal town of Manitowoc, Wis., to facilitate its continuous growth. The multicapable manufacturer of deep-drawn, progressive stamped, and fineblanked components drew on its ability to diversify to grow and prosper, reaching $80 million in annual sales and expanding by 50,000 sq. ft. and 130 employees last year.

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TUBE expo exhibitors agree that signs bode well for the coming year

March 3, 2014

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It’s no secret that Düsseldorf’s biennial tube and pipe expo, TUBE®, is a good way to gauge the industry’s health. The expo is 3 percent larger in 2014 than it was in 2012, and the exhibitors interviewed for this article expect good things from the industry in the coming year. These in-depth perspectives also revealed that upheaval in the U.S. energy industry is leading to changes that will have repercussions for decades.

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Better organization of assembly templates

March 3, 2014

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KSM Industries Inc., Germantown, Wis., found success building rack mounts for power equipment, but as the business grew, the number of templates did as well. The company needed a better organization plan other than putting the templates on pallets, hoping to find them when they were needed again.

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Waterjet small gear patterns

Big opportunities in waterjet cutting microsize parts

March 3, 2014

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Waterjet nozzle technology has progressed to the point where the cutting of parts and part features smaller than 0.012 in. is now possible.

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Optimal tooling approaches for punching AHSS

March 3, 2014

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The tried-and-true approaches that worked well to stamp first-generation steels are not as effective for stamping advanced high-strength steels (AHSS). Tests were conducted to determine optimal punch-to-die clearances, shear angles, and punch angles. Test results indicated that 12 to 15 percent punch-to-die clearances and -15- to +15-degree shear angles provided the longest punch and die life, and a 7-degree conical shear angle created the smallest burr growth.

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An 80/20 primer

February 28, 2014

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The 80/20 management method seeks to maximize results—such as sales or profits—by systematically deploying available resources only to the drivers that have the most impact. It sounds straightforward, but columnist Dick Kallage explains why this management approach is sometimes hard to execute.

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Automation relieves punching bottleneck

February 28, 2014

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Experience plus planning get more out of automation at Overlanders Manufacturing

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What does CAD/CAM and job shop management software integration mean?

February 28, 2014

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So much of metal fabricating activity today is focused on the elimination of waste, and one of the bigger steps a company can take is integrating its CAD/CAM software with its job shop management software.

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