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The right equipment for the application - TheFabricator.com

The right equipment for the application

December 2, 2013

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When any discussion takes place about metal fabricating in Europe, the focus almost always centers on automation because these shops have to cope with high-priced labor and strict regulations. That’s not so much the case for all European fabricators, however. Shops in Belgium are more interested in increasing throughput, and sometimes that may not call for advanced automation. They want equipment that is the right fit for their shops.

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2014 forecast: The big question mark - TheFabricator.com

2014 forecast: The big question mark

December 1, 2013

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2014 could be a banner year for the metal fabricaton business, or it could be a dud. Uncertainty reigns, and at the end of 2013, most of it focused on Washington.

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Lowering the learning curve - TheFabricator.com

Lowering the learning curve

November 27, 2013

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A Pennsylvania crane fabricator relies on virtual weld training to kick-start weld training for new hires.

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Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods

November 26, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating is supported by buddy checks, databases, and report cards.

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Four ways to measure team performance - TheFabricator.com

Four ways to measure team performance

November 25, 2013

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Most organizations assess their teams by looking at lagging indicators. But would it not be beneficial to diagnose a team’s potential and performance in real time? These four strategies can provide immediate feedback.

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The hidden costs in manufacturing

November 25, 2013

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Taken individually or in combination, hidden costs greatly affect a company’s financial and competitive performance.

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How one job shop retains skilled talent - TheFabricator.com

How one job shop retains skilled talent

November 25, 2013

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Southern Metalcraft Inc.’s average employee tenure is 20 years. Speaking on a shop tour during The FABRICATOR’s 2013 Technology Summit, the company founder described why employees rarely leave.

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Case Study: Stretch wrapper helps steel fabricator reduce labor, time, film consumption

November 19, 2013

A fabricator looking for a more efficient, less labor-intensive means of wrapping found a system that it says improved productivity, reduced product damage and wrapping inconsistencies, and saved on film use, while also saving worker wear and tear.

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How the welder shortage affects the infrastructure

November 19, 2013

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The qualified-welder shortage presents significant problems for infrastructure and power industries. New welders need to be recruited, and displaced welders may need to be retrained for today’s jobs.

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Switching from SMAW to self-shielded FCAW? - TheFabricator.com

Switching from SMAW to self-shielded FCAW?

November 18, 2013

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If you are considering making the change to self-shielded FCAW from SMAW, remember to consider the proactive measures you’ll need to take to make that transition successful. It’s important to have a solid understanding of the characteristics and operating requirements of the new filler metal being used to weld successfully with it.

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Control emissions with proper hood design - TheFabricator.com

Control emissions with proper hood design

November 6, 2013

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By effectively controlling harmful process emissions with capture hoods, fabricators can achieve a safe environment for workers as well as obtain process and operational benefits.

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The evolution of precision robotics - TheFabricator.com

The evolution of precision robotics

November 6, 2013

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Robotics can tackle more precision applications than ever before, thanks to better manufacturing techniques for the robot arms themselves, as well as software that has made robots more intelligent.

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The potential of collaborative manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

The potential of collaborative manufacturing

November 6, 2013

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As globalization took hold in recent decades, Tony Chirchirillo was keenly aware of how many viewed manufacturing. He decided to change that perception in an unconventional way—by forming a network of noncompeting, complementary companies.

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New robotic standards to improve safety and productivity - TheFabricator.com

New robotic standards to improve safety and productivity

November 6, 2013

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As technology has changed and improved, it became necessary to update robotic safety standards. The new R15.06 standard is designed to move to a more quantitative approach to safety and to improve production efficiency by streamlining interactions between users and robotic systems.

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A metal fabricator’s quiet transition - TheFabricator.com

A metal fabricator’s quiet transition

November 6, 2013

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The management buyout of the Schott metal fabrication division was, for many employees, a quiet affair. But transitioning to become an independent enterprise did call for major changes behind the scenes.

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