The Fabricator - Metal Fabricating News, Products, Articles, and More

The Fabricator provides metal fabrication professionals with market news, the industry's best articles, product news, and conference information from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

Filter Content

Abrasive product line to expand

November 8, 2010

Saint-Gobain Abrasives Inc. has launched a new Norton product expansion program for the metal fabricating industry. The company will introduce hundreds of new abrasive products over the next year for use on right-angle grinders, random orbital sanders, pneumatic die grinders, and large-diameter...

Continue Reading


Low-alloy welding wire designed to help improve weld quality on modified Grade 91 steels - TheFabricator.com

Low-alloy welding wire designed to help improve weld quality on modified Grade 91 steels

November 8, 2010

To help improve weld quality on modified Grade 91 steels used in high-temperature, high-pressure applications in the power generation and petroleum industries, Hobart Brothers offers its Tri-Mark® TM-B9 welding wire. This gas-shielded, flux-cored wire offers all-position welding capabilities...

Continue Reading

Miller Electric expands welding automation offering

November 8, 2010

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has entered into a strategic partnership with Panasonic Welding Systems Co. Ltd., a division of Panasonic Corp., to make Miller Welding Automation, a new business unit, the distribution route for Panasonic robotic welding arms in North America. The welding...

Continue Reading


Waterjet pump can run continuously at 60,000 PSI - TheFabricator.com

Waterjet pump can run continuously at 60,000 PSI

November 8, 2010

OMAX® Corp. has developed the new EnduroMAX™ pump for its JetMachining® centers. The pump runs at 55,000 PSI for 1,000 hours between required pump rebuilds, the company reports. It also can run continuously at 60,000 PSI. The pump operates at 85 percent efficiency. It uses...

Continue Reading

Laser-based seam finder for arc welding robots introduced

November 8, 2010

Motoman Robotics has introduced a new laser-based seam finder for its arc welding robots. The Accufast noncontact laser seam finder is compact, mounted inline with the welding torch, and compatible with Motoman Robotics' through-arm torch design robots. Macro job routines help simplify...

Continue Reading


Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part XI - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part XI

November 8, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis has turned his attention to the sliding charcoal plan, but this particular component challenges the top-down modeling approach that has been used up until this point in the project.

Continue Reading


A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters - TheFabricator.com

A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters

November 8, 2010 | By Tomm Frungillo

A form that covers the total cost of ownership gives a fabricator a useful tool for comparing the real costs of operating an existing dust and fume collector with different filters.

Continue Reading

SHRM LINE survey: Hiring in manufacturing expected to increase slightly in November compared with year ago

November 5, 2010

The U.S. private sector labor force is expected to make small gains in hiring in November, but the pace of job increases has slowed considerably in recent months, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November...

Continue Reading

A paradox in welding education

November 1, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

What's going on in welding education? That's a question I had to ponder when researching an article I was asked to write for the FABTECH® Show Daily, a publication distributed at this year's exhibition in Atlanta. It's a broad question that could go in many directions, but in my research I found...

Continue Reading

AmeriStar Manufacturing Inc

November 1, 2010

2600 – 9th Ave. Mankato, MN  56001 Phone: 507-625-1515 E-mail: fab@ameristarmfg.com Web-site: www.ameristarmfg.com By Bill Remes OPENED: 1908 WHY: Began as a small Minneapolis metal spinning shop. CAPABILITIES: Metal stamping (short- and long-run), CNC...

Continue Reading

ISM October ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

November 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Nov. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

Continue Reading

Great Dane Trailers breaks ground for Statesboro plant

November 1, 2010

Great Dane Trailers has begun building a new manufacturing plant in Statesboro, Ga. The project represents an investment of $33.5 million by the company and is expected to create more than 400 jobs over the next four years. The new plant will produce single- and multitemp refrigerated trailers to...

Continue Reading

AutoForm files patent infringement lawsuit against ETA

November 1, 2010

AutoForm Eng. GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland, has filed a lawsuit against Engineering Technology Associates Inc. (ETA), Troy, Mich., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit involves AutoForm's United States Patent No. 7,623,939 (the 939 patent), entitled "Method for...

Continue Reading

Economic analyst explains how U.S. can increase exports

November 1, 2010

Nobody doubts that the U.S. must get better at exporting, says Dr. Chris Kuehl. There was a call earlier in 2010 to increase exports by 5 percent in the next few years, but there was nothing to support that goal in subsequent speeches, and congressional action has actually made things worse....

Continue Reading


Mobile pallet wrapper wraps up to 25 loads/hr. - TheFabricator.com

Mobile pallet wrapper wraps up to 25 loads/hr.

November 1, 2010

GaleWrap, an ITW Corp. company, offers the GW-3500™ all-in-one mobile pallet wrapper and pallet jack as an alternative to conventional hand wrapping. The unit wraps up to 25 loads/hr., runs at 11 RPM, and offers a wrapping height of 71 in. The pallet is 32 to 40 in. wide by 48 in. long....

Continue Reading