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May 6, 2010
The countdown to FABTECH 2010 is underway as the event returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, November 2-4, 2010. This represents the first time in four years that the show will take place in the Southeastern corridor, a region that continues to see growth and expansion in metal...
May 5, 2010 | By Dan Davis
By now everyone has heard about the massive oil spill taking place in the Gulf of Mexico, a result of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig April 20. If you haven't, you'll also be shocked to know that bell bottoms have come and gone out of style again and that Abe Vigoda is still alive ....
May 5, 2010 | By Vicki Bell
For the nearly eight years I’ve been asking fabricators about the state of metal manufacturing, many have expressed the opinion that a primary contributor to the decline in U.S. manufacturing is an unlevel playing field with China. In stating their opinions, these fabricators typically mention...
May 5, 2010 | By Bill Bonow
The orbital welding process has seen significant advancements in electronic control technology that have helped open the door to a wider array of applications while making it more cost effective to use.
May 5, 2010 | By Kate Bachman
In the home appliance industry, designs are constantly updating to meet consumer tastes and changing market demands. For the stamping supplier forming a new bracket for a new design, high production volumes necessitated tripling the number of shifts. But tripling the number of shifts increased labor costs, as well as utility and material delivery costs. The stamper decreased the labor hours to resume a single-shift operation by implementing quick die change and magnetic die clamping.
May 4, 2010 | By Keith Packard
The X-factor, also known as the Bruscato factor, is an important equation for anyone welding with chrome-moly steel. The equation will help you test your filler metals for levels of phosphorus, antimony, tin, and arsenic that could make a weldment susceptible to temper embrittlement.
May 4, 2010
Proper organization of files and folders makes a designer's life a lot easier.
May 4, 2010
Different markets call for different approaches to business. But automation, integrated into the right application, can shorten leadtimes,a fact that doesn't change for any fabricator in any country.
May 4, 2010
Magnatech LLC has introduced a full line of enclosed autogenous orbital weld heads that incorporate digital encoder drive motors and eliminate the need for calibration. A patent-applied-for over-close collet clamping system and full-exchange water cooling system allow for true 100-percent duty...
May 4, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson
Like many companies, Ultra Machine and Fabrication Inc., Shelby, N.C., a fabricator of armored military vehicles, believed the welders should clean up their own weldments for spatter, slag, and other discontinuities. But when welders were spending less and less time under the hood, Ultra re-evaluated this philosophy and, as a result, implemented a separate postweld cleaning team.
May 4, 2010
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 12th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 3 by Norbert J. Ore,...
May 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston
Combination machines have brought the done-in-one concept to the heavy plate fabricator's shop floor.
May 3, 2010 | By Tim Heston
Omaha, Neb., became a worldwide business epicenter over the weekend. Its oracle spoke. Warren Buffett held his annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder extravaganza in Omaha. He spoke in the Qwest Center to some 40,000 investors, and afterward held a press conference to trumpet his message: Business...
May 3, 2010 | By Gene Ramsdell
A fab shop has diverse cutting requirements, so choosing the proper blades to suit all the required applications is vital.
May 3, 2010
International Technologies Inc. has introduced the Schröder Evolution series folding machine. Supporting either standard or up-and-down bending, the machine is available in thicknesses of 11 ga. to 0.25 in. and lengths from 100 to 198 in. Features include integrated front gauging, automatic tool...