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Precision CAD assembly

The real world of 3-D CAD assemblies

December 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis describes the benefits of working with 3-D CAD assemblies.

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Nobody's favorite word—Layoffs

November 25, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Mass layoffs are occurring with greater and greater frequency. With proper planning, some may have been avoidable. Some troubled companies may be able to find alternatives to layoffs, and all can take steps to minimize layoff pain for both the displaced workers and those who remain on the job.

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Getting it there yesterday

November 25, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Greenheck has made a science out of quick lead-times. For most products, customers can place an order and receive a custom fabrication within three to five days, and sometimes in less than 24 hours.

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Fuel Storage Tanks

Getting the weld right the first time

November 25, 2008 | By Dan Davis

When a metal fabricating company moves into a new, larger building, it has a great opportunity to take a hard look at production flow. Victory Industrial Products, Batavia, Ohio, did just that and the results were extremely powerful.

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Strips of nitinol

Forming metal that 'remembers'

November 25, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Memry has built a business around shape-memory alloys, mainly for customers in the medical arena. It's a difficult, highly specialized field that managers at Memry are betting will grow.

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Falcon 9 Rocket SpaceX

Rocket science, entrepreneur-style

November 11, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Managers, designers, and manufacturing engineers at Space Exploration Technologies have come up with a new way to design and manufacture a rocket.

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Waterfall scene

The price of green: Stewardship and prosperity

November 11, 2008 | By Simon Wainwright

Time spent researching green cleaning products and determining what's right for your operation is time well spent. Approach your green initiative as a new business venture. Be wary of greenwashed products and make smart decisions. Both the planet and your bottom line will thank you.

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3-D CAD drawings in a 2-D world

November 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis discusses the importance of delivering a clear illustration and how it can make an impact on the final fabricated product.

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FSI Fabrication Welder

Growing season: Fabricating for agriculture

October 14, 2008 | By Tim Heston

FSI Fabrication makes products that help farmers quickly and accurately transport feed, grain, and other material.

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Japanese metal fabrication

Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data

October 14, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Overseas, metal fabricators have many of the same issues as those stateside, including lack of skilled labor and outsourcing to low-labor-cost countries. In Japan, fabricators tackle those issues by taking automation to new levels.

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Thinking inside the box

October 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis delves into why top-down design might be useful when modeling a metal fabrication in 3-D CAD.

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Enterprise resource planning

Automated collection of real-time production data

September 30, 2008 | By James Finnerty

Considering that raw data from the shop floor forms the basis for all production reports, companies need to eliminate possible shortfalls in collecting this data. That's where automatic data collection can help.

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Weld training

But anybody can weld, right?

September 16, 2008 | By Rick Cowman

Welding is a craft that requires both proper training and practice. Training your welders can have a very positive effect on your operation. A well-trained welder is more likely to produce high quality welds efficiently and weld safely. He also may be more satisfied with his job and stick around longer

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3-D CAD strengthens customer bond

September 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis asks his fabricating readers if they know what it truly takes to keep up a fully functioning 3-D CAD software system.

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Ace Metal crafts executives

Getting lean, job shop style

August 26, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Ace Metal Crafts has promoted its own brand of lean that, more than anything, gives employees ownership over the process.

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