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Bending tube greener and cleaner

June 9, 2014

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For many, ideas such as green and sustainability are synonymous with recycling, but recycling is just one small part of doing things in a greener way. Minimizing the consumption that later needs to be recycled (waste) is an important aspect, too. Among tube and pipe fabricators, one area that can yield big benefits is lubricant consumption.

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Consumables Corner: Defining current density

June 5, 2014

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Q: Our company manufactures cylindrical structures, including tanks and smokestacks made from A36 or A572 material. The material is burned to size on a plasma table and mechanically beveled. Process limitations cause gaps in the joints during fit-up. We use a 0.045-in.-dia. solid wire with a 75...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: What are the best practices for progressive-die maintenance?

June 5, 2014

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Q: I manage a toolroom of 15 toolmakers. We supply the automotive connector industry primarily. I am looking for best practices on progressive-die maintenance. Do you recommend any die maintenance procedures? A: I am literally inundated with questions on the proper way to maintain progressive...

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BIM’s past, present, and future

June 2, 2014

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To understand how building information modeling promises to further change the structural steel fabrication business, you have to know how it evolved over the years.

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Arc Welding 101: When to use updated AWS D1.1

June 2, 2014

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Q: I currently use the AWS D1.1-2006 edition and was wondering if I should get the 2010 edition. Dan C. A: Take a look at Section 4.2.1 of your D1.1-06 edition, referred to as “Clause” in later editions. It states, “The use of earlier editions shall be prohibited for new...

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CUTCO Corp. uses engineered abrasives to create a new finish

June 2, 2014

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After several decades of operating large "cut-down" machines in search of the perfect finish for its cutlery, CUTCO Corp. decided to look for a new cutting-edge way to deliver the same results, but more efficiently. It found an answer with engineered abrasives and new finishing machines.

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Inverter helps manufacturer achieve improved arc starts, arc control

June 2, 2014

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The welders at JATCO Environmental Inc., a manufacturer of steam-to-liquids condensers for natural gas extraction, had a problem with striking and maintaining a good arc. When the company switched from a rectifier-based unit to an inverter-based unit, the welders found that the arc starts and weld characteristics were greatly improved.

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The ripple effect of high-speed laser cutting

June 2, 2014

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With solid-state laser technology upping throughput in fabricating shops, managing flow from cutting to bending to downstream processes has never been more important. A panel discussion at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit provides some insight into the right combination of modern machine tools and software that can help fabricators stay on top of this production challenge.

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Commoditization: Is it inevitable?

May 30, 2014

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The digital revolution has changed the game of metal fabrication. How can business owners differentate their companies? Contributing writer Dick Kallage begins a new series to answer that question.

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Arc Welding 101: Oscillation during welding - Why?

May 30, 2014

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Q: What are the reasons to oscillate a weld process? Vince H. A: Oscillation helps a steelworker using electroslag to fabricate components for San Francisco’s Bank of America building; it helped to minimize the arm fatigue of a pipefitter as he built Louisiana’s River Bend nuclear power...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part II

May 29, 2014

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After defining the project in January, columnist Gerald Davis is now set to make a virtual prototype of the Shashlik Grill in 3-D CAD.

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Design like a pro! Three steps to creating eye-catching ads

May 27, 2014

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So you’ve decided to advertise and grow your business. Three steps are necessary for creating an effective ad that will make your audience take notice and act.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product presentation

May 26, 2014

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Knowing the nuances of generating an image opens the door for a wide range of possibilities.

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Having a hard time relating to millennials?

May 26, 2014

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In this Q&A, Diane Thielfoldt, co-founder of The Learning Café, shares some ideas about how metal fabricating companies can convince young people that manufacturing is full of careers worth pursuing.

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Courage over fear

May 26, 2014

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After trying her hand at various traditionally female-oriented careers, an Alabama woman, on a mission to provide the best life for herself and her newborn son, found courage to ask a shipyard for a job. That courage ultimately sparked a chain of events that led her to a fulfilling career.

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