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Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables - TheFabricator.com

Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables

September 12, 2011 | By Frank Laberi

For GMAW consumables in particular, several pitfalls exist that can shorten their life span. Taking the time to learn tips for keeping them clean and lasting longer can positively affect productivity, quality, and the bottom line.

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Trying not to forget 9/11

September 9, 2011 | By Dan Davis

You won't see any special editorial section devoted to 9/11 coverage in the pages of The FABRICATOR or its sister magazines. Frankly, everyone is wrapped up in preparing the large issues that coincide with FABTECH®, Nov. 14-17 in Chicago. Maybe that's a shame. I don't know. For me, memories of...

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Robotics technology advancements aid disaster relief, manufacturing

September 9, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

The events of 10 years ago forever changed our lives, our country. Like many of you, I spent the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 remembering where I was when the first tower fell, and recalling the variety of emotions that coursed through me as the events unfolded. To this day many of us view...

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A welding inspector’s tools of the trade - TheFabricator.com

A welding inspector’s tools of the trade

September 9, 2011 | By David Lucas

Weld inspectors, especially those who are new to the trade, put a lot of emphasis on the equipment needed to do the job: flashlight, mirror, high-low gauge, pit gauge, bridge camera, and a borescope. However, this isn’t the entire toolkit. A weld inspector also must be cognizant of the applicable codes, knowledgeable about the project owners’ specifications, and should carry a personal log book for making notes about conversations and inspections.

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Testing OCTG - TheFabricator.com

Testing OCTG

September 9, 2011 | By Harold Klempner

Hydrostatic testing of oil country tubular goods is done twice—once to test the weld seam, then again after the item is threaded and a coupling attached. Most hydrostatic testing systems test the entire length of the pipe both times, but a new unit, the box-end hydrostatic tester, tests just the threaded portion and the coupling, reducing the time and water needed for the second test.

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Fabricating antenna components - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating antenna components

September 9, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Mobile phone systems are mainly electronic, but a fabricated tube plays a critical role—known as a waveguide, this rectangular tube connects the transmitter to the antenna. Precise bending and forming are critical to manufacturing a waveguide that provides a strong, clear signal.

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3-D CAD: Well-behaved bend reliefs - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Well-behaved bend reliefs

September 9, 2011 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis is looking to refine a 3-D model so that it is easier to laser-cut. To do so, he relies on a popular addition to his modeling software package.

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The job shop schedule: Always imperfect, ever adapting - TheFabricator.com

The job shop schedule: Always imperfect, ever adapting

September 9, 2011 | By Tim Heston

There's one constant about job shops specializing in high-mix, low-volume manufacturing: change. Changes happen continually, which means schedules must continually adapt. Today, software is allowing job shops to ensure the production schedule reflects reality and, most important, continually adapts.

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Finding fabricating opportunities in the defense sector - TheFabricator.com

Finding fabricating opportunities in the defense sector

September 9, 2011 | By Tom Gerbe

Fabricators interested in exploring defense-related contracts need to do some homework before they get started, and they also need to understand that government agents aren’t manufacturing specialists. They buy products, not processes, so fabricators who are accustomed to selling services such as laser or waterjet cutting need to market the products they are capable of making.

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Manufacturing's Multiplier Effect - TheFabricator.com

Manufacturing's Multiplier Effect

September 9, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Sales at B&W Trailer Hitches dropped severely during the recession, but the fabricator had no mass layoffs. Instead, workers gave back to the community, fixing and repairing public parks, community centers, even employees’ homes. Judging by the company’s recent performance, such a strategy wasn’t just altruistic. It was good business.

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Uncertainty is the new certainty for metal fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Uncertainty is the new certainty for metal fabricators

September 9, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Metal fabricators reveal that their No. 1 concern is the economy, but that doesn't mean that business is horrible. In fact, fabricators appear to be optimistic about the future.

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Nesting software keeps the “lights-out” on - TheFabricator.com

Nesting software keeps the “lights-out” on

September 9, 2011 | By Cornel TerreBlanche, John Leuzinger

"Lights-out" laser cutting-defined as a machine laser-cutting parts without the need of operator intervention, typically during an unmanned evening shift-can only occur when the cutting head can move around the sheet unencumbered. Advanced nesting software can ensure that "lights-out" remains on.

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Waiting for welders won't work - TheFabricator.com

Waiting for welders won't work

September 9, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Many metal fabricators need new welding talent, especially as they look at new business opportunities and the impending retirements of some of their best workers. Unfortunately, the local trade schools aren't producing enough talented individuals who can step right in and contribute. That's why these businesses are becoming more aggressive in trying that becomes a part of their workforce.

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Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers - TheFabricator.com

Consumables make a difference in the welding of wind towers

September 9, 2011 | By Sev Johansson, Patric Wahlen

Advancements in consumables for the submerged arc welding process have made it possible to increase the strength of welds in wind turbine components while also increasing production efficiency.

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Folding out the waste - TheFabricator.com

Folding out the waste

September 9, 2011 | By David Prokop

Over the past decade metal folding technology has evolved significantly. Years ago most considered the process optimal only for large, unwieldy workpeices. But with fast, servodriven folding beams that can bend in both the positive and negative direction, the situation has changed dramatically.

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