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Pros and cons of commercial specifications for tubular products

February 10, 2016

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Modern, mass-produced tube and pipe products come in three main varieties: extruded, welded, and drawn over mandrel. The standard specifications that apply to the most common type, welded, occasionally come under scrutiny. Are commercial tolerances tight enough? Editor Eric Lundin captured a discussion on this topic at TPA’s 2015 conference, Pipe & Tube Lincoln (Sept. 23, Lincoln, Neb.)

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Refueling, repairing, refurbishing, redeploying a supercarrier

February 10, 2016

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Every aircraft carrier is built to last, and the nuclear propulsion systems mean they don’t need port calls to fuel up, but even the most well-built and durable carriers need an overhaul after 25 years at sea. Editor Eric Lundin visited the USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN 72, to learn about the refueling and complex overhaul process from contractor Newport News Shipbuilding.

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Lean manufacturing prepares lawn care OEM for the future

February 10, 2016

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After rapid growth, a commercial lawn care OEM prepares for the future with better part flow, better production controls, better communication, and better planning. The company’s continuous improvement initiative is well on its way.

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26 Commerce Road and the life of the small manufacturer

February 4, 2016

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A small industrial building just off the highway in northeast Pennsylvania has seen a few businesses come and go. Their stories tell a lot about what it’s like to be a small manufacturer in the U.S.

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The Cutting Top 20

February 4, 2016

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These top 20 cutting and gouging tips will help get you on your way to cutting efficiently and with good quality.

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Improving 400 series weld seams in tube, pipe production

February 3, 2016

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Chromium is a miracle element when added to iron, combining with oxygen to form chromium oxide, the compound that prevents rust in stainless steels. The downside is that it also impedes bonding, making stainless difficult to weld. Using a flux can help by improving weld quality and allowing faster welding speeds.

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Moving the family metal fabrication shop

February 2, 2016

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Shop owner Tom Brizek knows all about moving a metal fabrication operation. His shop, TAB Industries, is in the middle of its fourth move in nine years. When, where, and how should a shop relocate? Brizek gives some insight.

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Technology Spotlight: Part-marking on the move

February 2, 2016

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A new battery-operated, hand-held marking unit has capabilities and software that are often found only on much larger units.

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Modern hydraulics: Six advanced capabilities for stamping presses

February 2, 2016

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Advanced hydraulics and intelligent drive systems are now available to provide greater metal forming precision and to improve stamping press productivity and product quality.

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Structural tube fabrication: Getting a solid connection for HSS

February 1, 2016

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One architectural fabricator has developed a connection and fabrication system for the modular construction of hollow structural sections, or HSS. Such connections show just how efficient modular construction can be.

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Considerations for designing parts for laser cutting

February 1, 2016

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Laser cutting has been a widely accepted fabricating technology for almost 20 years, yet with more new blood entering the industry, some fabricators lack a deep understanding of the cutting technology. This tip sheet aims to boost their laser cutting IQ.

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Reggin Industries Reinvents Procedures to Create a Whale of a Sculpture

February 1, 2016

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The beauty and grace of a baleen whale were the inspiration of the Sei sculpture designed by Michael Yahgulanaas and fabricated by Reggin Industries, Calgary, Alberta, for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Mall at the Vancouver Airport. Fabricating the smooth, curved lines of the sculpture with a mirrored stainless steel exterior within a tight time frame required a disciplined, revised production flow and innovation.

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Brushing up sheet metal assembly

February 1, 2016

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Scratching a cosmetically critical part during assembly can be costly. This is where choosing the right material for the assembly table surface can be critical. It’s here that the table brush may be able to help.

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Have a tool- and diemaker shortage?

February 1, 2016

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The skilled-worker shortage has become a much-discussed topic at industry events and conferences, at FABTECH®, around the water cooler, at association meetings, and in trade publications and in general audience media. It’s even a buzzword in the U.S. presidential campaigns.

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Being better while being bigger

February 1, 2016

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Metal fabricating represents a vital chunk of the U.S. manufacturing industry, and Mayville Engineering Co. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., shows just how big a business it can be. The fabricator has more than $300 million in annual sales and multiple locations, yet it is still trying to focus on what makes even the smallest fab shop successful: quick turnaround of quality products at a fair price. In recognition of the company's growth and success in maintaining a positive culture, The FABRICATOR has honored MEC with its 2016 Industry Award.

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