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5 steps to improve the welding environment

November 5, 2014

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Achieving the optimal welding environment is important for many reasons, including worker health and safety and OSHA compliance. These five steps can help you achieve that environment.

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Arc Welding 101: Uphill MIG

November 5, 2014

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Q: What patterns is used in uphill gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and what amperage should I use on 0.25-in. plate using 75 percent argon/25 percent carbon dioxide shielding gas? Where I work—I build farm equipment—there’s no need for uphill welding, so I like to practice at lunch. August F....

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Aluminum Workshop: Busting the universal filler myth

November 4, 2014

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Q: My friend told me that he never worries about what grade of aluminum alloy he is welding on. He always uses 1100 filler. He says since 1100 is essentially pure aluminum and doesn’t contain any alloying elements, that you can use it to weld any aluminum alloy. Is this true? It would eliminate a...

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Arc Welding 101: How to motivate a welder

November 4, 2014

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Many people have asked me how to motivate welders in the shop. The following are some ideas. Money. If a shop doesn’t pay well, it won’t attract good welders. Health benefits and a 401(K) plan show that a company cares about its employees. Safety. Shops must be safe to work in; every worker,...

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Arc Welding 101: Best practices for aluminized steel

November 3, 2014

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Q: Which process, filler rod, and shielding gas work best for welding aluminized steel? A: Aluminized steel resists fire, heat, corrosion, and oxidation. It’s used in many applications, such as weather shielding and exhaust systems. Steel is hot-dipped in an aluminum solution, which provides...

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Strategic developments compress timelines, reduce costs for hydroforming

November 3, 2014

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Successful hydroforming isn’t just about the technology; often it’s about the strategy. A forward-thinking die development plan, global die standardization, and knowledge about forming materials other than mild steel are three components that can go a long way in making hydroforming a viable option.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Some boundaries in solid modeling

October 31, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis goes back to the future and shows readers what solid modeling can—and can’t—when trying to mock up a 3-D CAD model of an antique hair clipper.

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Sustaining fabricating success

October 31, 2014

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Located in the Pacific Northwest, P&A Metal Fab is not in a hotbed of North American metal fabricating activity. That hasn't stopped it, however, from growing into a successful and award-winning supplier of metal fabricating services. It's all about continuously improving the entire organization, not just the shop floor.

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End effector tips to keep the press running

October 31, 2014

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Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.

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Arc Welding 101: Preparing for an overhead certification test

October 31, 2014

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Q: A carpenter friend of mine has taken some night-school welding courses and needs help getting certified in overhead welding. He uses steel beams to support the homes he builds and would like to weld them himself. How should he prepare for and take an overhead welding certification test?...

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Reinventing the caster wheel

October 30, 2014

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It sounds funny, but casters really are the wheels that assist in the smooth part flow that lean manufacturing demands.

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The human side of selling a business

October 30, 2014

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Cancer greatly altered the ownership sitatuation for GH Metal Solutions in 2005, but several years of hard work to put the company on a new growth path helped the fabricator to find just rhe right owner.

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The bright side of proper fume extraction

October 30, 2014

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All Rite Industries, Lake Zurich, Ill., found success when it added robotic welding capabilities to its high-volume stamping business, but also found that its older fume extraction system couldn't keep up with the new cells. A new ventilation system helped to remove the shop floor haze.

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Arc Welding 101: Hands-off MIG education

October 30, 2014

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Q: I recently bought a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machine, and I’ve also just completed a beginner’s welding course at the local college. Unfortunately, the basics don’t explain enough about the controls, such as voltage, wire speed, and stickout, and how they affect the weld penetration,...

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Where is your press brake tooling?

October 30, 2014

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An organized workspace is an efficient workspace. Press brake technicians should have all the tools they need to perform a changeover. Unlabeled punches and dies, stored haphazardly on a rack, on the floor, or in boxes, only make their jobs harder.

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