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Grinding wheel designed for carbon, stainless steel - TheFabricator.com

Grinding wheel designed for carbon, stainless steel

May 1, 2012

Klingspor's new A 30 M two-in-one grinding wheel is formulated for grinding welds on carbon and stainless steel applications. The grain and bonding structure helps ensure consistent grinding, fast cutting, and extended life, the company reports. The wheel is available in type 27...

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Misting, oscillating fan cools like 11 tons of air conditioning

May 1, 2012

Big Ass Fans offers the Yellow Jacket fan with a high-pressure misting system and oscillator. These improvements, together with the fan's established airflow, produce a cooling effect equivalent to 11 tons of air conditioning, the company states. Several accessories and mounting options are...

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The importance of coming home - TheFabricator.com

The importance of coming home

May 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Minnesota-based E.J. Ajax has been recognized as one of the safest metal stamping plants in North America. It has received this recognition in part by developing good safety practices, requiring PPE, and installing machine safeguards. But most important, both managers and employees have fostered a sustainable safety culture.

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Made to order, for emergency - TheFabricator.com

Made to order, for emergency

May 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

No one would argue that at least some elements of lean manufacturing apply to most operations, but Horton Emergency Vehicles is a made-to-order vehicle manufacturer. Certainly, Horton’s highly custom approach didn’t fit a assembly-line model--right? As it turned out, the people at Horton didn't follow the conventional wisdom--and that decision paid off.

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Steady flow, steady profits - TheFabricator.com

Steady flow, steady profits

May 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

ETM Manufacturing invests in continuous improvement training. Since initiating these efforts in 2007, the company has less than doubled its headcount, but tripled annual sales.

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Automated deburring basics - TheFabricator.com

Automated deburring basics

May 1, 2012

Integrating the right automated deburring system requires a comprehensive look at application requirements, including part sizes and profiles, material grades, thicknesses, and required finishes. But once a shop has examined all of the variables of automated deburring, it can reap the benefits and, perhaps most important, make the primary cutting operation much more consistent.

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The new shop on the block - TheFabricator.com

The new shop on the block

May 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Rob Howell, a 38-year-old fabricating veteran in Phoenix, Ariz., opened his fab shop more than a year ago and has experienced a lifetime's worth of lessons in the months since. The biggest lesson: Just because you own a business doesn't mean you know how to run a business.

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How soft skills make a shop successful - TheFabricator.com

How soft skills make a shop successful

May 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

When hiring, Jay Manufacturing Oshkosh managers don't look for technical skills first. Instead, they concentrate on elements that are difficult to teach--that is, the soft skills.

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Are cordless hand tools ready for metal fabricating? - TheFabricator.com

Are cordless hand tools ready for metal fabricating?

May 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Odds are people laughed at the idea of a cordless hand tool ever replacing a corded tool on an assembly line, but the sight of a bank of charging stations at a major manufacturing plant is increasingly common. With that in mind, could more cordless tools be found on the fabricating shop floor in the future?

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Big bending jobs lead to high-tonnage press brake - TheFabricator.com

Big bending jobs lead to high-tonnage press brake

May 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

When a fabricating operation serves customers in the defense, heavy equipment, mining, and power generation industries, you know they are working with really thick and high- strength material. It's a big job and requires big equipment. It's also the main reason that Merrill Fabricators purchased a 2,000-ton, 38-foot press brake.

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Turning the brights on the automotive industry - TheFabricator.com

Turning the brights on the automotive industry

April 27, 2012 | By Bernard Swiecki

2012 has the markings of a transitional year for the automotive industry. If the sales and efficiency gains achieved by the industry, which began in 2009, can be sustained, there is ample reason to believe that salad days lie ahead of automakers, suppliers, and dealers alike.

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How to obtain stamping equipment financing - TheFabricator.com

How to obtain stamping equipment financing

April 27, 2012 | By Justin Masterman

Capital expenditures are necessary for any successful manufacturing business. Stamping is no exception. Here are four easy ways for you to be well-prepared to apply for a loan to finance an unexpected (or planned) new equipment purchase.

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Your press is talking. Are you listening? - TheFabricator.com

Your press is talking. Are you listening?

April 27, 2012 | By David Klemm

All machines have a story to tell. Are you listening? Just like a person wo has a cold, the voice of a machine changes when it is "sick." Most times, if you listen, the machine will tell you whatís wrong.

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Nail stamper seeks tooling tough as nails - TheFabricator.com

Nail stamper seeks tooling tough as nails

April 27, 2012

Powernail, a Zurich, Ill.-based manufacturer of hardwood flooring nails stamps 1 billion of these L-cleats and E-cleats from flat 0.062 steel annually. The company was looking to improve the lifespan of the high-speed stamping dies his company uses to stamp the hardware. The company purchased die sets made of tungsten carbide, which improves the strength and wear resistance. Since then, Powernailís dies last four times longer than they had, tooling changes are less frequent, and it produceshigher-quality nails.

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New tools pick up material handling pace - TheFabricator.com

New tools pick up material handling pace

April 27, 2012 | By Peter Stephan

A variety of robotic tooling advances support technologies for moving parts through presses while increasing tooling changeover flexibility, reducing die set risks, creating efficiencies, and protecting against part damage.

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