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

Filter Content

Plasma torches now available for upgrade

February 28, 2011

Hypertherm has announced that its Duramax™ torch series now is available for upgrade on its Powermax1000® and Powermax1250® plasma systems. The torches use a new Conical Flow™ nozzle and spring electrode to help increase consumable life up to 55 percent, according to the company. They are...

Continue Reading

Seconn Fabrication opens Solar Fabricators

February 28, 2011

Seconn Fabrication has established Solar Fabricators, located down the street from Seconn headquarters in Waterford, Conn. The new company is designed to cater to small, local businesses; inventors; and entrepreneurs. It is equipped with facility upgrades, new equipment, and a staff of experienced...

Continue Reading

Joining Technologies, Fraunhofer partner to manufacture laser additives

February 28, 2011

Joining Technologies, East Granby, Conn., a developer of laser cladding, electron beam welding, and laser welding technology, has launched a new laser additive manufacturing division and entered into a formal cooperation agreement with Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), resulting in a...

Continue Reading

State of the unions

February 25, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Who would have thought that the No. 1 news story in Wisconsin so far wouldn't be the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory?  So continues the drama surrounding Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's effort to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees. The Republican-dominated Assembly...

Continue Reading

Fabricated spiral staircase

Old-school fabricator takes it one step at a time

February 25, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Shortly after the company was founded as a welding and repair shop in 1949, Wells-Osborn Spiral Stairs found a niche in building spiral staircases. Founder Bill Osborn bought some equipment and made some of his own. Some of Osborn’s original ideas and equipment are still in use at the company 60 years later.

Continue Reading

Sheet metal designed part

The power of sheet metal design

February 25, 2011 | By Grant Hagedorn

Effective sheet metal design should not set out to eliminate welding, but instead uncover the most cost-effective ways to manufacture a part. The best designs exploit strengths of the welding process and minimize its weaknesses.

Continue Reading

Kuka Robot

A shear and a robot, together at last

February 25, 2011 | By Jon Creese, Wayne Swift

Lane Steel Co. marries a guillotine shear and a robot—and frees a major shop floor bottleneck as a result, leading to greater throughput, better quality, and more flexibility.

Continue Reading

Whitecastle building

Hamburgers, metal, and mettle

February 25, 2011 | By Tim Heston

White Castle’s metal fabrication subsidiary has abided by continuous improvement principles for decades—long before Toyota became a major player in the United States.

Continue Reading

Dust collection system

Designing a dust collection system for weld seam remetallizing

February 25, 2011 | By Scott McLaughlin

OHSA seems to be taking an increased interest in worker safety and, according to OMB Watch, has been citing an increasing number of workplace violations. Tube and pipe producers who remetallize their product pay particular attention to OSHA Directive Number CPL 03-00-008, which deals with a hazard specific to remetallizing operations: explosive dust.

Continue Reading

contact angle in deep drawing

The importance of the contact angle in deep drawing

February 25, 2011 | By Seijiro Oshima

In deep drawing, if the contact angle between drawing stages is too large, cracks can appear and swelling can occur, resulting in scoring, curving, and imbalanced flange-lip roundness. Keeping the contact angle between 15 and 45 degrees is key to quality drawn parts.

Continue Reading

Press brake maintenance

The fundamentals of press brake maintenance

February 25, 2011 | By Bernard Accou

By regularly checking the four key areas of a press brake—hydraulic circuits, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and tooling—the operator can help to ensure that the brake is always ready to tackle the next bending job.

Continue Reading

Aircraft bookings boost durable goods orders in January; excluding transportation, orders show largest decline in two years

February 24, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in January increased $5.3 billion or 2.7 percent to $200.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase followed three consecutive monthly decreases including a 0.4 percent December decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased...

Continue Reading

5 ways to empower die designers for better die results -

5 ways to empower die designers for better die results

February 24, 2011 | By Mark Hansen

By improving communication, supplying critical requirements upfront, creating die standards, using advanced software, and powering up equipment, customers can get better dies, faster.

Continue Reading

Are small businesses optimistic enough to hire?

February 23, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Do you own or work for a small business? How's your business faring these days? Are you hiring?  February 16, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled "Putting Americans Back to Work: the State of the Small Business Economy." Speaking before the meeting, Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez...

Continue Reading

You can’t manufacture human rights

February 22, 2011 | By Tim Heston

The news from North Africa and the Middle East has been truly amazing lately. It’s a little scary for business owners and everyone else who depends on oil (in other words, nearly everybody).  Recent unrest in oil-rich Libya has sent oil prices skyward. But over the long term, expensive oil may...

Continue Reading