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Fabricating food trucks

March 1, 2016

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A 70-year-old metal fabricating business in Buffalo, N. Y., came under new ownership in 2012 and in the ensuing years, the shop worked hard to get any business it could to build cash flow and a positive reputation. Two years later, the shop emerged with a maker of food trucks and custom hot and cold food stations for grocery stores. The fabricating business hasn't been the same since.

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Greener metal pretreatment process saves manufacturer time, money

March 1, 2016

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When Quality Industries' 20-year-old pretreatment and powder coat system reached the point t which repairing it was too costly, the manufacturer replaced it with new automated system that was less waste-producing and faster. Upgrading its finishing process is part of the La Vergne, Tenn.-based fabricator's strategy to become a world-class supplier.

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Punching on a press brake

March 1, 2016

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Looking to breathe new life into an older press brake? C-frame tooling can be used to turn that brake into a precision punching machine for some parts.

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Welder training—The fundamentals, Part II

February 23, 2016

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Oxyacetylene welding and brazing are among the first processes beginning welding students learn. This article focuses on the uses and techniques that may be unfamiliar to much of the welding community.

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Thinking about submerged arc welding?

February 18, 2016

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Knowing your applications will help you determine what auxiliary equipment you need to manipulate a submerged arc welding head and get the productivity you want.

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Improving metal forming performance

February 18, 2016

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What does your stamping operation do to improve metal forming efficiency? The key is to learn more about the metal, conduct practice runs in the virtual world, and pass along knowledge to co-workers.

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Press brake bending and notching: A symbiotic relationship

February 15, 2016

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Whether you are a press brake technician or you are programming in CAD, having a basic understanding of notching can lead to better products and a more efficient operation.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using 3-D geometry to create interactive documents

February 15, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the similarities between drafting and illustrating. The use of dedicated software is considered.

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How to crunch chronic defects with variables search

February 11, 2016

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Variables search is not a well-known quality tool, but it can be helpful in rooting out factors that produce scrap and rework at metal fabricating facilities. All that’s needed to identify the sources of quality problems is a dedicated group and a disciplined approach to the investigation process.

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Strength in numbers: How the Industrial Internet of Things applies to fabricators

February 11, 2016

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Just what is the Industrial Internet of Things, and what could it possibly mean to fabricators? Here’s how it can improve a welding operation.

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Process audits in manufacturing: Do as the accountants do

February 10, 2016

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The fab shop is ripe territory for unexpected (and usually bad) things to occur. The best operations prevent them by doing as the accountants do. They audit regularly.

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Part-marking on the move

February 10, 2016

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A new battery-operated, hand-held marking unit has capabilities and software that are often found only on much larger units.

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Totally enclosed waterjet cutting

February 10, 2016

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After having purchased waterjet cut parts as part of his old job, Dan Sarmiento thought he could develop a better waterjet cutting system. He had his handiwork on display at FABTECH 2015.

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Managing metal fabrication through the generations

February 10, 2016

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Although the study of generations is an inexact social science, it may help company leaders empathize, minimize conflict, and get everyone on the same page.

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Keeping pace with fabricating technology

February 10, 2016

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Quality is a given, but delivery time is not. Sjoberg Tool & Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, WIs., knows that, so it has relied on the latest machine tools over the last 40 years to squeeze time out of the production process. It must be working because customers keep coming back—with ever-increasing demands.

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