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Are you imprisoned by your information technology?

February 17, 2015

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With rapid application deployment platforms, software can be tailored to an individual company's needs in a very short time frame.

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Teaching: A metal fabricator’s secret sauce

February 17, 2015

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Bob Moehlman has welded pipe for more than 50 years, including 30 years at Superior Pipe Fabricators, a Los Angeles-based shop he helped launch in 1984. The shop’s success hasn’t come by using the latest and greatest pipe welding technology, but instead through teaching—showing the inexperienced employees the ropes, developing their talent, and giving them a career.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Table-driven models

February 16, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows why using a design table makes sense for those models in which reasonably limited changes take place.

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Bending Basics: 6 steps to successful die selection for press brakes

February 16, 2015

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Choosing the right die for an application hinges on the tooling and press brakes you have, and the tonnage limitations of both.

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Welding technician and welding technologist—what’s the difference?

February 12, 2015

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Technician, technologist—just semantics, or is there a marked difference between the two? In welding, there is a definite difference.

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OSHA shines spotlight on metal fabricating

February 10, 2015

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For the sake of maintaining a safe work environment and keeping the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigators out of business operations, metal fabricators should be aware of the areas where they can improve their own safety performance. OSHA’s citations provide a guide to where the focus should go.

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Holy fabrication work!

February 10, 2015

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Design Fugitives of Milwaukee tackled a project for a church that required as much creative muscle as it did fabricating power to bring the ideas to life.

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R&D Update: Examining lubricant performance in forming of AHSS

February 5, 2015

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Lubrication plays an important role in stamping, as it reduces friction at the tool-workpiece interface. Reducing that friction also reduces die and tool wear in large-volume production, which in turn increases tool life. It also allows smoother flow of the sheet material into the die cavity and...

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Intelligent part identification: Keeping track of it all

February 4, 2015

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Modern forming technology has made kit-based part flow much easier. But when you’re dealing with a dynamically nested sheet, with kits of different parts, pieces can get lost in the mix. Fabricators can tackle this problem with intelligent nesting and part identification.

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Using laser velocimeters to improve tube and pipe production

February 4, 2015

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Accurate and reliable length and speed measurements are critical parameters that help tube and pipe producers increase yield, improve quality, and reduce production costs. The relentless improvement in electronic technology, accompanied by falling prices, have made laser-based measurement systems more capable and affordable than ever before.

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An exit strategy for the metal fabrication job shop owner

February 3, 2015

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In their book Cashing Out of Your Business, authors Kathleen Richardson-Mauro and Jane M. Johnson tackle not just the nuts and bolts of selling an enterprise—revenue concentration, profitability, health of the market—but also the personal elements. When an owner sells a business, his or her life changes in a dramatic way.

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The pursuit to be the best value-added supplier

January 29, 2015

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Waukesha Metal Products, a metal fabricator and metal former based in Sussex, Wis., wasn't going to survive in the long run being a simple stamper of simple metal parts. It needed to reinvent itself and constantly look for ways to evolve if it were to grow and improve its chances of success in the face of more demanding customers. Its in-house knowledge and talent, investment in capacity, and contributions to the overall manufacturing cause are improving its long-term viability. They also have helped the company earn the 2015 Industry Award from The FABRICATOR.

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Quality springs forward with 3-D printing

January 29, 2015

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Newcomb Spring Corp. makes its quality assurance more efficient by upgrading its inspection equipment and investing in 3-D printing. The company’s move shows how advanced inspection and additive manufacturing work together.

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7 Press automation trends lean toward continued integration, acceleration

January 29, 2015

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Automation trends culled from FABTECH and other products introduced throughout 2014 indicate more integration, acceleration are to come in 2015.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Metal marking

January 28, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the CAD operator through the process of creating a drill index.

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