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Driving change, not fork trucks

May 28, 2015

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Quality Industries has changed a lot in two years, and in another two years it will change even more. A new management team is putting a new emphasis on engineering and continuous improvement.

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Rob Key Designs: Fabricator in the national spotlight

May 27, 2015

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Tulsa, Okla.-based Rob Key Designs is among 100 businesses featured in the Small Business Revolution project, an initiative showcasing successful small businesses in the U.S. How did this fabricator become successful? Owner Rob Key shares some insight.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design for function

May 27, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of using CAD to develop a better design.

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Different people, different perspectives on lean

May 27, 2015

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Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces continuous improvement.

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An artist and welder in equal measure

May 26, 2015

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San Francisco-based metal artist leans on creativity and production welding know-how to create sculptures that are simple in appearance but complicated in execution.

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FMA $500,000 grant supports Harper College manufacturing education

May 26, 2015

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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) partnered with Harper College, Palatine, Ill., with a $500,000 sponsored gift to support Harper College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program and the Harper College Promise Scholarship program.

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Turning to milling for weld preps

May 26, 2015

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Preparing tube or pipe ends for welding with a portable tool is one way to get the job done, but for complex end forms and high-volume work, a stationary beveling machine is the way to go.

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Decision-making in metal forming

May 21, 2015

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We live in the Information Age. But for many in manufacturing faced with costly decisions in design and manufacturing, it can seem like the Way Too Much Information Age. Large volumes of data and information are available from myriad sources. But publishing accessibility is widespread and easy,...

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Cheese, metal fabrication, and the future skilled worker

May 21, 2015

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Over the past two decades, Millerbernd Systems has evolved into a complex entity--part fabricator, part automation systems provider. It also launched a local education initiative to ensure talent remains in the pipeline.

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Stamper performs subassembly superbly

May 21, 2015

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DieMasters Inc. grew from a small diemaker shop to a 100-employee stamping contractor. The company added value to its bottom by making assemblies, which now comprise 70% of its revenue. The assemblies are a metaphoric representation of the company itself, which makes products diverse in every way possible—size, type, market, materials, complexity. While Diemasters’ success is the result of a concerted effort, President and CEO Virgil DeLay pulls the company together and keeps the band on cue with a well-defined production system.

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Talking about the next generation of fabricators

May 15, 2015

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While many people turned their back on manufacturing careers, Kyle Layman couldn't wait to get started. Now he's the impetus for growth at Layman Fabrication, North Vernon, Ind., while dad gets to focus on the fabrication activity that he's always loved.

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EBE Reduced Raw Material and Tightened the Production Belt for Fat-zapping Device

May 14, 2015

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Production difficulties due to the complex design of a heat exchanger for ZELTIQ® Aesthetic Inc.’s CoolSculpting® equipment designed to selectively reduce fat caused the company to fall behind on shipments. A redesign by Electron Beam Engineering Inc., Anaheim, Calif., reduced the amount of 5052 aluminum needed by about 15 percent, simplified production for a 20 percent time savings, and upped quality to over 99 percent. The 15-in.-long electron beam welds are pressure-tight, narrow, and do not require postweld finishing.

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Measuring weld heat to evaluate weld integrity

May 14, 2015

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Eddy current and ultrasonic testing are suitable for tube and pipe mills and have been used for weld seam flaw detection for decades, but a new process, thermography, is an alternative. By measuring the heat signature of the weld seam as it cools, it provides information about weld integrity at and below the surface.

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Choosing a welding process for tubular profiles

May 14, 2015

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Roll formers that want to branch out to welded profiles need to know about the main welding processes – GTAW, laser, and induction. This article compares and contrasts each process so roll formers can determine which is best for particular applications.

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Welcome to the world of “positioneering”

May 13, 2015

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A welding positioner can eliminate potential waste associated with inefficient material handling and help to improve weld quality. The key is finding the right positioner for the job.

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