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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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Ace Metal Crafts moves headquarters

September 8, 2011

After 51 years in the same location in Franklin Park, Ill., Ace Metal Crafts has moved to an 82,000-sq.-ft. plant in Bensenville, Ill. The company performs stainless steel fabrication, using laser cutting, forming, welding, sanitary finishes, and value engineering. The move to a much larger plant...

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Dörken Corp. celebrates 10th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Dörken Corp. celebrates 10th anniversary

September 8, 2011

Dörken Corp. USA, Grass Lake, Mich., an operating unit of Dörken MKS-Systeme, Herdecke, Germany, and a manufacturer of corrosion-protection coating systems, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company’s presence in North America. Invited guests, including personnel...

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Pipe sander/grinder helps render seams invisible - TheFabricator.com

Pipe sander/grinder helps render seams invisible

September 8, 2011

CS Unitec's Pipe-Max weld seam grinder/pipe sander helps render weld seams invisible and can produce satin to mirror finishes on stainless steel, aluminum, and high-quality metal pipe and handrails. With a 14.5-amp, variable-speed (950 to 3,500 RPM) electric motor that provides high torque, the...

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Lincoln provides equipment for car-heist movie - TheFabricator.com

Lincoln provides equipment for car-heist movie

September 8, 2011

Lincoln Electric teamed up with Picture Car Warehouse, Northridge, Calif., to serve as the exclusive welding supplier for the car-heist motion picture "Drive," produced by OddLot Entertainment. Ted Moser, owner and founder of Picture Car Warehouse, chose Lincoln Electric to provide the welding...

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Bunting Magnetics adds to manufacturing team

September 8, 2011

Bunting® Magnetics Co., Newton, Kan., has announced the addition of three new design engineers within its technical services department. Matthew Mason, Cory Dreiling, and Brandon Bousquet, all recent graduates of Wichita State University (WSU), will initially concentrate on the material handling...

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Welding outfits cut material up to 8 in., weld material up to 3 in. - TheFabricator.com

Welding outfits cut material up to 8 in., weld material up to 3 in.

September 8, 2011

Thermadyne® Industries' Victor® brand offers newly configured Journeyman® Select outfits that come standard with ESS4 Edge series regulators and environmentally friendly packaging. In addition to the regulators, the outfits also include the 2460 cutting attachment and the 315 FC torch handle...

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Resistance seam welding machine upgraded - TheFabricator.com

Resistance seam welding machine upgraded

September 8, 2011

The RSX26 resistance seam welding machine from techMatrix LLC has been upgraded to work with larger, more powerful weld controllers up to 6.0-kA output. This makes the air-cooled, tabletop seam welding machine suitable for joining highly conductive foil materials such as copper, aluminum, and...

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