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Angle Grinder

Shake, rattle, and the toll

August 26, 2008 | By Amanda Carlson

Operating an angle grinder is a tough job. Find out what angle grinder manufacturers are doing to make the tools more user- friendly, including lightening the weight, enhancing antivibration measures, and improving safety.

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ASME and AWS welding codes—Similarities and differences

August 26, 2008 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welding codes are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of welding and are used to qualify welders. Predominate among welding codes in the U.S. are those authored by ASME and AWS. This article provides a brief overview of the similarities and differences in these codes.

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5S—The foundation for lean and safe

August 26, 2008 | By Michael Taubitz

Lean, a popular term in manufacturing, most often is associated with organizing and eliminating waste on the shop floor. However, lean is also very effective in the office environment. Having a lean operation across the board improves efficiency, productivity, and safety. This article discusses the benefits of 5S and how to implement it.

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Cycling through a business transition

August 26, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Lori and Traci Tapani, co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, aren't your typical metal fabrication managers. Together, they've managed to diversify their family business into a thriving, stable enterprise.

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Heavy Plate Fabrication Welder

Ultrafabrication, ultraexpansion

August 26, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Ultra Machine & Fabrication, through significant capital outlays, has built an infrastructure ready to complete in the heavy plate market.

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SeaWorld Orlando

(Un) memorable fabrication

August 12, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Oceaneering's structural fab operation has built "dark ride" vehicles for theme parks around the world. It has custom-fabricated and erected aluminum components for a mammoth advertisement overlooking Times Square. It has welded a structural mount that holds up the recovered World Trade Center antenna, now on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. And it has fabricated and erected duplex stainless steel bridges over killer whale pools at the San Diego and Orlando SeaWorld® parks. That's quite a portfolio of jobs, and all of them quietly have gotten their start at a structural fabrication facility on the outskirts of Baltimore.

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One easy piece to model

August 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis believes it's a shame when a shop doesn't use its 3-D CAD software to its fullest potential. That's why he takes the reader through a modeling tutorial.

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Intelligent business investments in uncertain economic times

July 29, 2008 | By Dave Lechleitner

When the going gets tough, businesses have a tendency to make broad, sweeping budget cuts, sometimes without taking into consideration the long-range effect of the proposed cuts. Key investments in certain areas can streamline processes, improve operations, and ultimately have a positive effect on the bottom line.

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Car body frame

Getting work from the New Domestics

July 15, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

Stampers can take some steps to position themselves for work from automotive "transplants." In some cases, it's just a matter of being there, literally, by locating nearby. Furthermore, it's important to adhere to the unique requirements for materials and practices.

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Getting a handle on 3-D CAD modeling

July 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis provides the reader with a brief overview of some of the handy 3-D CAD tools he uses when doing basic modeling techniques.

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A matter of life or death

June 30, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Journalist Tim Russert's death from a heart attack caused many of us to think about what might transpire should a cardiac arrest or other life-threatening event happen to us at work. Responsible, sensible companies have first-aid programs designed to minimize damage and increase the likelihood of survival.

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Chemical Containers

What fabricators need to know about REACH

June 30, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

The registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals (REACH) legislation enacted by the European Union is a complicated chemical management program that could affect manufacturers worldwide, including metal fabricators. This article sheds light on the legislation and provides resources to answer fabricators' questions about REACH.

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Silicon Valley stamper sizes up, down electronics

June 17, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

California electronics stamper Scandic Springs Inc. faces challenges of stamping ever-shrinking electronics components as well as stamping larger parts, such as enclosures.

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Traci and Lori Tapani

Accounting for growth in lean manufacturing

June 17, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Lean manufacturing has a negative, often unexpected, impact on the balance sheet--but those negative effects are short-term.

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No time to waste

June 17, 2008 | By Eric Lundin

For the past decade or so, the headline stories have painted a grim picture for the world's economies. The Asian financial crisis (1997) was followed by a free-fall in stock prices (2000) and a recession that stalled many of the world's leading and emerging economies (2001), leaving many to wonder...

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