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Same building, new people, new business - TheFabricator.com

Same building, new people, new business

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A Tulsa, Okla., job shop launches just as the economy starts to recover. The shop moved into a facility that was previously home to another, now defunct fabricator. The building is old--but everything else is new.

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How a shop devoted to improvement improved - TheFabricator.com

How a shop devoted to improvement improved

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

At a major automotive OEM, a support operation is devoted to continuous improvement projects for the assembly line, fabricating items as needed to make life easier for line workers. Unfortunately, the improvement shop wasn’t very organized. As managers soon realized, it was time to improve the improvement shop.

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Knowing the grammar of metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification provides broad foundational knowledge

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Several employees at Metcam, an Atlanta-area fabricator, underwent a relatively new program--the Precision Sheet Metal Operator, or PSMO, certification from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. The certification requires in-depth knowledge of a range of fabrication processes--providing the foundation for a versatile, cross-trained, highly valuable employee.

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Aerospace manufacturer champions employee ownership - TheFabricator.com

Aerospace manufacturer champions employee ownership

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This California fabricator finds success with its employee stock ownership plan. The ESOP gives everyone a stake in the business. ESOPs go against conventional wisdom in retirement planning, where the financial gurus promote investment diversification. But for LeFiell employees, investing in the ESOP has paid off--big time.

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How the sales function became so important - TheFabricator.com

How the sales function became so important

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Fred Wilke of Wilke Enginuity knows how important the sales function is. Small jobs helped the company grow, but in 2007 they were looking to take the company to the next level. It was time to concentrate on the larger contracts. Then the recession happened.

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Ansell Cut Protection White Paper

September 12, 2011

By: Ansell

Cut Resistance (i.e. CPPT value) is often the primary factor considered when evaluating cut protection because it can be readily measured. However, as this guide will show you, considering only cut resistance misses a larger part of the whole cut protection picture.

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Metalworking fluid features enhanced detergency

September 12, 2011

Chemtool Inc.’s NuSoL® Alumax 89 is formulated for use on nonferrous alloys; exotic ferrous alloys, including titanium, INCONEL® alloys, and MONEL® alloys; plastics; and composites. New surfactant technologies promote and enhance detergency for clean parts and machine surfaces. Other...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 102.9 percent from 2010

September 12, 2011

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $506.97 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 Technology...

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Microwelding conductive materials

September 12, 2011 | By Geoff Shannon, Paul Severloh

As the move toward part miniaturization continues, more and more companies are turning to microwelding for the precision joining of copper and other highly reflective materials, in particular, employing laser welding with a green wavelength.

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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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