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March 14, 2011
January U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $371.41 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...
March 14, 2011 | By Tim Hensley
Even though metal-cored wires have been gaining popularity in recent years, there seems to be some mystery and misconceptions surrounding this filler metal. To better understand these wires it helps to consider the technology behind them and the applications for which they are best suited. Additionally, it is important to know the general characteristics of metal-cored wires, along with the ways they can provide potential improvements in the welding operation.
March 14, 2011
Steel Market Update has researched the status of various steel mills and manufacturing facilities in Japan that have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11. A report by John Packard posted on steelmarketupdate.com said that "according to a Saturday news report...
March 11, 2011 | By Dan Davis
At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit/6th annual Metal Matters, which just wrapped up late last week, I sat in on a discussion about ways to find good employees. The consensus among the 10 or so fabricators in this breakout session was that they are more than willing to train the right person for a...
March 11, 2011 | By Jim Ward
If existing coil feeding equipment is functioning, but productivity needs a boost, stampers can achieve measurable gains in their production efficiency through various types of upgrades to their coil handling and feeding equipment, including servo drives, variable speed controls, and operator interfaces.
March 11, 2011 | By Art Hedrick
The forms and positional tolerances called out on product designs often defy the physical abilities of the product's material. Proper product and process design, as well as pressure clamping, can help maintain strict tolerances.
March 10, 2011 | By Vicki Bell
This month's “Fabricating Update” e-newsletter featured comments from readers who had responded to the February issue's lead item about how difficult it is to find the skilled workers modern manufacturing needs. These comments sparked a flurry of responses that not only addressed how difficult...
March 10, 2011 | By George Winton
A wiper die is helpful for making wrinkle-free bends. Understanding how one works can help you decide if you need to use one.
March 10, 2011 | By Eric Lundin
Lasers have been in use for industrial purposes for decades, and their capabilities continue to develop. Many machines these days can cut sheet and tubular sections, and fabricators are finding that the laser’s programmability really broadens their capabilities.
March 10, 2011 | By Thomas Vacca
Choosing the right spring for working with HSLA is very important. The author recommends chrome nitrogen springs of well-known brands for proper quality control.
March 10, 2011 | By Bernard Swiecki
Automakers have held the ground on the sales incentives that had eaten away at the industry's profitability for a decade. As a result, many suppliers are reporting positive financial performances, revenue growth, and a return to functioning outside the panic mode of the last two years.
March 10, 2011 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.
CPF has conducted experiments using finite element simulation of the hot stamping process. The process can help manufacturers predict such final part properties as thickness, temperature, and hardness distribution.
March 10, 2011 | By Tim Heston
E-commerce now involves the full gamut of business communications, from quoting and paying invoices to job tracking. Technology, sources said, has made the supply chain more transparent, accountable, and efficient.
March 10, 2011 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis bypasses CAM software and uses his 3-D software to create a nest of parts.
March 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis
Emerson Network Power's Liebert Precision Cooling facility wanted to implement the idea of one-piece flow on its shop floor in Columbus, Ohio, but the only way that was going to happen effectively was with the introduction of an automated bending cell. The company found its answer with an electric panel bender from Prima Finn-Power.