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The ripple effect of high-speed laser cutting

June 2, 2014

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With solid-state laser technology upping throughput in fabricating shops, managing flow from cutting to bending to downstream processes has never been more important. A panel discussion at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit provides some insight into the right combination of modern machine tools and software that can help fabricators stay on top of this production challenge.

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Commoditization: Is it inevitable?

May 30, 2014

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The digital revolution has changed the game of metal fabrication. How can business owners differentate their companies? Contributing writer Dick Kallage begins a new series to answer that question.

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Arc Welding 101: Oscillation during welding - Why?

May 30, 2014

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Q: What are the reasons to oscillate a weld process? Vince H. A: Oscillation helps a steelworker using electroslag to fabricate components for San Francisco’s Bank of America building; it helped to minimize the arm fatigue of a pipefitter as he built Louisiana’s River Bend nuclear power...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part II

May 29, 2014

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After defining the project in January, columnist Gerald Davis is now set to make a virtual prototype of the Shashlik Grill in 3-D CAD.

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Design like a pro! Three steps to creating eye-catching ads

May 27, 2014

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So you’ve decided to advertise and grow your business. Three steps are necessary for creating an effective ad that will make your audience take notice and act.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product presentation

May 26, 2014

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Knowing the nuances of generating an image opens the door for a wide range of possibilities.

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Having a hard time relating to millennials?

May 26, 2014

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In this Q&A, Diane Thielfoldt, co-founder of The Learning Café, shares some ideas about how metal fabricating companies can convince young people that manufacturing is full of careers worth pursuing.

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Courage over fear

May 26, 2014

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After trying her hand at various traditionally female-oriented careers, an Alabama woman, on a mission to provide the best life for herself and her newborn son, found courage to ask a shipyard for a job. That courage ultimately sparked a chain of events that led her to a fulfilling career.

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The art of welding and friendship

May 19, 2014

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Ten years ago, three women enrolled in an art and sculpture welding class. Little did they know it would be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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To infinity and beyond—with the help of a filler metal

May 19, 2014

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4943 alloy is the first aluminum filler metal developed in the U.S., designed for use in wrought commercial applications, and registered with the Aluminum Association in over 50 years. It was designed primarily to provide a consistently high-strength alternative to filler metal 4043 while maintaining various advantages of 4043. The most interesting and comprehensive series of third-party tests were conducted by NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center for the James Webb Space Telescope project.

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Documenting a Defense

May 16, 2014

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Any product and its components could be subject to a liability claim. Just ask any car manufacturer and its suppliers. Do you know what you need to do in the event of even the hint of a lawsuit?

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Hitting print: The future of additive manufacturing

May 14, 2014

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Generations from now, when people everywhere simply may be hitting print to turn ideas into reality, making things won’t be so difficult—but determining when to hit print could mean the difference between success and failure.

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Quick response, Texas-style

May 14, 2014

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Sonny Pierce, who founded PI-CO Fabrication in 1982, had experience in starkly different fields—like bowling and bathtubs—that lacked one luxury contract fabrication thrives on: customer diversification.

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Arc Welding 101: Welder requalification testing - When and why?

May 13, 2014

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Q: If a welder is no longer welding but he wants to maintain his qualifications period of effectiveness, we require four hours of production welding time to maintain that qualification. Four hours doesn’t seem quite long enough to stay in the groove. What say you? Jeff P. A: As a good...

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How quick die change is changing

May 12, 2014

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Quick die change, introduced decades ago, has become a staple of lean manufacturing in most stamping shops. QDC equipment itself is being upgraded and their lines expanded to meet evolving requirements for speed and safety, including force evaluation systems on magnetic die clamping, auto-positioning, auto-clamping, thinner magnetic clamping plates, trackless carts, and automated storage and retrieval systems.

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