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Material selection for rotary draw bend tooling - TheFabricator.com

Material selection for rotary draw bend tooling

March 12, 2012 | By Bob Want

Understanding substrates and coatings, and how the coated surface interacts with tube or pipe during the bending process, is necessary to finding a cost-effective, capable combination.

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3-D CAD: Customization in project documentation - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Customization in project documentation

March 12, 2012 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the most convenient way to set up a bills of material and related title blocks.

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5 tips for a less stressful ERP migration - TheFabricator.com

5 tips for a less stressful ERP migration

March 12, 2012 | By Dan Davis

A migration from an older software package to a new enterprise resource planning software system is almost assured to test even the most forward-thinking metal fabricating organization. Every part of the organization is touched in this move, and everyone has to work together to ensure that initial business objectives are achieved once the software is rolled out. Luckily, preparation before actual software implementation can make a big difference.

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The subtle landscape of U.S. manufacturing

March 12, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Manufacturing companies aren’t all the same, and neither is worker pay. Reality is subtler than that. Despite all the complexities, though, the massive U.S. contract manufacturing base can’t grow if multinationals continually choose to build plants elsewhere.

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Learning from other fabricators

March 9, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Put two metal fabricators in the same room, and you might find a scene reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys. Those two individuals don't want anything to do with each other because one only wants to steal the other one's customers. Thankfully, all metal fabricators don't feel that way. It's one...

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Three’s company - TheFabricator.com

Three’s company

March 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Many weld instructors will tell you that the ability to hear plays a critical role in developing a skilled welder. But a deaf student from Tennessee is proving that character traits like determination and a strong work ethic are more important. It also helps to have a creative, patient teacher and a dedicated support staff.

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Offline programming and simulation in robotic welding - TheFabricator.com

Offline programming and simulation in robotic welding

March 9, 2012 | By Andrew Swary

Offline programming and simulation can help fabricators of all sizes to program parts quickly and more consistently, become more competitive through improved and accurate costing, and provide operational flexibility.

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Tales of TIG welding - TheFabricator.com

Tales of TIG welding

March 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding professionals of varying backgrounds share their personal journey through TIG welding; the helpful advice theyíve learned along the way; and the lessons learned from the occasional blunder.

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When, where, why to use nondestructive testing methods - TheFabricator.com

When, where, why to use nondestructive testing methods

March 9, 2012 | By Stuart Kleven

The type of inspection needed for piping systems depends on which code or standard is invoked for the project. Understanding the order inspection requirements can make or break a contractor. This article should shed some light on the various pitfalls that can be avoided by understanding the relevant testing requirements.

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Coupling starter accommodates pipe diameters to 13.375 in.

March 8, 2012

Brandt Engineered Products offers a coupling screw-on machine for screwing a coupling onto a pipe end before full torquing. The automatic machine is controlled from a touchscreen operator station. It uses electrical and pneumatic actuators to stage and then screw on the coupling, accommodating...

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Tension hydrotester updated

March 8, 2012

Brandt Engineered Products Ltd. has introduced improvements to its tension hydrotester. Hydraulic flow to the pressure intensification system has been doubled. Higher-flow vertical turbine pumps provide up to 1,200 GPM, and a 180 percent larger air purge valve results in less back pressure and...

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Energy-industry software predicts, prioritizes equipment failure

March 8, 2012

GE has introduced Proficy® SmartSignal® Shield 4.0 software for the oil and gas and power industries. It is designed to provide early detection of problems in large equipment to prevent surprise equipment failure. It also offers diagnostic guidance and prioritized actionable intelligence. The...

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Racine Metal-Fab to expand in Wisconsin

March 7, 2012

Racine Metal-Fab, a metal fabricator serving the commercial lighting, medical equipment, and energy industries, has announced plans to build a new plant in Sturtevant, Wis. The $8.5 million investment is expected to create up to 25 jobs....

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Central Steel and Wire names national account manager

March 7, 2012

Central Steel & Wire Co., Chicago, a distributor of metal products, has promoted Timothy Verbeke, a 23-year veteran of the company, to a newly created position of national account manager. In this role, he is responsible for developing overarching strategies to position the company with large...

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Deere to expand manufacturing capacity for large tractors

March 7, 2012

Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., will invest $70 million to expand the manufacturing capacity in its Waterloo, Iowa, operations, where the company builds large farm tractors. The expansion will increase capacity by more than 10 percent by the middle of 2013. When the improvements are completed,...

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