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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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Using GMAW-P with aluminum and stainless steel

November 5, 2013

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Welding aluminum and stainless steel can be challenging. Pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW-P), can help meets those challenges, while boosting productivity and reducing weld defects.

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The basics of liquid and powder coatings - TheFabricator.com

The basics of liquid and powder coatings

November 5, 2013

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Metal fabricators know that once a metal product leaves its doors that it has lost its ability to guarantee delivery. The fab shop is at the mercy of its subcontractors. That scenario has more fabricators considering in-house finishing capabilities. This guide is designed to help that decision-making

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Cutting away at band sawing costs - TheFabricator.com

Cutting away at band sawing costs

November 5, 2013

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For years the band sawing operation was a bit of a tortoise, at least relative to other processes in sheet metal, plate, and structural fabrication. Compared to other cutting operations—be it with a laser, plasma torch, or turret punch press—it took a long time for a saw to cut...

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Going cellular: A year later - TheFabricator.com

How cellular manufacturing can work in contract manufacturing

November 5, 2013

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For the past year one contract fabricator in Georgia has operated under the cellular manufacturing concept. Even in the shop’s high-product-mix environment, the concept is working—even thriving.

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Apple picking for the 21st century - TheFabricator.com

Apple picking for the 21st century

November 5, 2013

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Phil Brown Welding of Conklin, Mich., designed and fabricated the Apple Harvester, a machine that makes picking apples easier, faster, and allows for picking at night, not just during daylight hours.

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How the automatic backgauge changed everything - TheFabricator.com

How automated backgauging on a press brake changed everything

November 5, 2013

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The automatic backgauge, which began to permeate shop floors in the 1970s, really was a revolutionary step forward. In fact, without this step forward, sheet metal fabrication wouldn’t be the business it is today.

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Turning up the heat on tube hydroforming - TheFabricator.com

Turning up the heat on tube hydroforming

November 1, 2013

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Although hydroforming has gotten a lot of publicity in the last 20 years, a similar but lesser-known process, high-temperature metal gas forming, has been in use for more than 15 years. Because HTMGF works at elevated temperatures, it is useful for making complex shapes in titanium and aluminum, and it is making inroads into other industries as well.

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Establishing a die preventive maintenance program, Part I - TheFabricator.com

Establishing a die preventive maintenance program, Part I

November 1, 2013

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To realize the importance of a good die preventive maintenance program, all a stamper has to do is recall the last time a press line shut down because of a major die problem. The downtime and reaction of the frustrated customer likely are hard to forget. The associated costs, however, aren’t typically documented. That shouldn’t be the case, because those costs can be very important in trying to convince management that a robust tooling maintenance program is worth every cent invested in it.

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