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Automation in tube and pipe welding

March 11, 2008

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Robots make a lot of sense for tube and pipe welding. The return on investment for a typical robot system can be seen usually within six to 24 months, depending on the parts, complexity of the system, and learning curve of the manufacturer. Quality improvements are typically seen immediately. In addition, by tracking the process, manufacturers can make changes to improve production time and determine the throughput of the system for accurate part production projections.

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Setup or cover-up?

March 11, 2008

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Setting up the tooling for a tube or pipe bending machine isn't as simple as it seems. Many variables are involved, making this a difficult task. A further complication is the tendency for many operators to adjust various pressure settings to compensate for poor tooling setup. The bend might turn out okay, but at a cost—a loss of process control and shortened tool life. Using a simple four-step setup process is the key to good bending, process control, and optimal tool life. This setup procedure also facilitates troubleshooting.

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Press selection-sorting it out Part VII

March 11, 2008

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This multi-source article offers readers advice on the criteria to consider when buying a press. The article examines application suitability, drives, and controls as well as other considerations such as tonnage, frame construction, speed, and horsepower.

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Plasma cutting primer

March 11, 2008

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Plasma cutting is a widely used process in the welding industry that provides both speed and precision, but it doesn't happen by accident. Being knowledgeable about your cutting applications, and familiarizing yourself with cutting techniques, maintenance, and safety features, will allow for a productive plasma experience.

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Cheap labor—It's all relative

March 6, 2008

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Toronto, Canada's star.com reported March 5 that Ontario lost more than 77,000 manufacturing jobs from 2001 to 2006, according to the latest employment trends report from Statistics Canada. Labor market experts believe that trend is likely to stretch well into 2008 and beyond. Quebec lost...

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Hire 250 in one year, grab headlines

March 4, 2008

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A metal fabricator that hires 250 people in one year grabs attention.That's just what armored-part manufacturer Ultra Machine and Fabrication did yesterday afternoon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new, 101,000-square-foot facility in Shelby, N.C., west of Charlotte, amid the...

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Manufacturing activity declines

March 3, 2008

The Institute for Supply Managment's (ISM) index of manufacturing activity compiled from a survey of purchasing managers fell to 48.3 in February from 50.7 in January. Economists had predicted a...

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What CNC programmers wish you knew

March 1, 2008

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State-of-the-art CNC programming systems speed the first stage of CNC programming by allowing the programmer to import CAD models to define the geometry of the part. That's just the first part, however. To really speed up the design phase, CAD programmers should keep several tips in mind.

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Can changing a tire lead to a change in support for U.S. manufacturing?

February 28, 2008

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You know John Ratzenberger from his role of as Cliff in the television show Cheers. Today he's not only the host of John Ratzenberger's Made in America on the Travel Channel, but also an advocate for supporting the manufacturing base in the U.S. He"s been fighting the good fight by...

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FMA Foundation announces new scholarship program

February 28, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation has established 10 new scholarships of $500 each for students seeking careers in manufacturing. The new "GO-Brennan" Scholarships are tied...

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Location, location, location

February 27, 2008

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Among the featured stories on my Internet home page today was one that listed the best and worst states in the U.S. for finding jobs. This article appeared on the same day that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest mass layoff statistics. According to the BLS, the number of...

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Smaller parts make a stable whole

February 26, 2008

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When people think of manufacturing, they think of George's story. After working 30 years, the 59-year-old mechanical engineer was laid off in 2001 from a tube fabrication company. Earlier this week, the Homer Glen, Ill., resident, who didn't want his last name used, spoke to The Herald...

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2008 Fabricating Update Graph

Economy edges out other concerns

February 26, 2008

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The fourth annual Fabricating Update subscriber survey revealed that anxiety about the U.S. economy outranks other metal manufacturing industry concerns, including steel prices, the No. 1 concern the previous three years. Beating steel prices by a nose was the skilled-labor shortage. Find out what metal manufacturers think of these and other concerns.

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Leading indicators show labor market will be soft in March

February 26, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE(®) survey shows that employment expectations for March 2008 are down sharply in both the manufacturing and service sectors,...

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Go! Brennan

February 26, 2008

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Who can inspire a young person to pursue a welding career better than a peer who welds? How about a peer who also is a stock car driver? Racer and welder Brennan Palmiter has teamed up with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and Practical Welding Today® magazine to introduce more young people to manufacturing careers.

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