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Bending Basics: The fundamentals of heavy bending - TheFabricator.com

Bending Basics: The fundamentals of heavy bending

January 2, 2014

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When bending on a press brake, thicker and harder plates require larger minimum bend radii. Finding the true minimum bend radius for steel or aluminum plate requires a little research. Nonetheless, the answers are there, waiting for you to find them.

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3 short stories about deburring - TheFabricator.com

3 short stories about deburring

January 2, 2014

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Deburring is a time-consuming but necessary fabricating operation. Metal fabricators that can minimize the time spent on finishing have a competitive advantage because they are getting parts out quicker to customers.

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Press brake training helps build a foundation for success - TheFabricator.com

Press brake training helps build a foundation for success

January 2, 2014

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Robbins Manufacturing of Fall River, Wis., has invested in an extensive training program, including machine-specific training, especially on the press brake. The company also has invested heavily in new technology, including a brake with automatic tool change. Both investments are paying off.

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The art of bevel cutting - TheFabricator.com

The art of bevel cutting

January 2, 2014

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The path to a quality beveled part evolves from hours, sometimes days, of trial and error. However, a part programmer can take specific steps to ensure beveling success.

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Die materials and wear in stamping AHSS, Part III - TheFabricator.com

Die materials and wear in stamping AHSS, Part III

December 12, 2013

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Editor’s Note: This article is Part III of a three-part series that reviews the die materials and die coatings used in forming AHSS. Part I, which appeared in the January/February issue, discussed the relationship between process conditions and tool failure mechanisms. Part II appeared in...

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Arc Welding

The continuing saga of one man’s welding career

December 10, 2013

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So, I’m half-awake and realize it’s Saturday, and I can sleep in. Then my toes start cramping, and I’m not about to let them wake me. So I start relaxing mentally while physically bending them back and forth, and then nod off. I guess my sleeping brain forgot to tell my toes I...

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Job shop estimating: Efficiency matters - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Efficiency matters

December 6, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating can be evaluated in terms of what the business needs.

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Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics - TheFabricator.com

Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics

December 6, 2013

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When a well-known architect was hired to design student housing complex at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she teamed up with Lisa Schirmer and a fabricator to develop a fence-and-gate system that would look good, invoke local flora, and provide security for the residents. The result is part fence, part art.

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Want to make your own products?

December 6, 2013

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This column is a bit of a change of pace, but like all the previous ones it is targeted to the real issues I see with contract manufacturers and fabricators. This column focuses on products, specifically, the products you may want to build and market under your company’s auspices versus someone...

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Tackling thin aluminum with GTAW for the first time - TheFabricator.com

Tackling thin aluminum with GTAW for the first time

December 5, 2013

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A welder tackling gas tungsten arc welding of thin aluminum for the first time might find it more difficult, but in reality, it's just different from the gas metal arc welding that he or she originally learned. Following these guidelines can help the welder make a smooth transition into thin aluminum welding.

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Electronic sensors augment error-proofing, quality control programs - TheFabricator.com

Electronic sensors augment error-proofing, quality control programs

December 2, 2013

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Manufacturing is changing—the old hands are retiring, and many left the industry suddenly in the wake of the 2009 downturn. The workforce is smaller and less experienced than before, yet the demands for quality and consistency have never been higher. Electronic sensing and measuring systems can help with inspection and error-proofing in this demanding situation.

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Cutoff choices for tube, pipe producers - TheFabricator.com

Cutoff choices for tube, pipe producers

December 2, 2013

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Like any mechanical system, a mill can run only as fast as its slowest component. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of various cutoff systems is the first step in making sure the cutoff keeps up with the rest of the mill.

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Fabricator switches saw blade, improves throughput - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator switches saw blade, improves throughput

December 2, 2013

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When fabricator SF Tube Inc. noticed a falling productivity in its welding department, it discovered poorly cut tube that required an added step, end facing, before welding. The band saw blade was the culprit, which led to one change, a different brand, but ultimately a handful of improvements in productivity.

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Hinging Success—on Hinges - TheFabricator.com

Hinging Success—on Hinges

December 2, 2013

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Midlake grew from a small garage shop to a precision sheet metal manufacturer with an unusual focus--on hinges.

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Big improvements in a short time - TheFabricator.com

Big improvements in a short time

December 2, 2013

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A.J. Antunes started down the path of lean manufacturing about a year ago. Its managers say they are in the "baby steps" of lean--but those steps have been pretty big.

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