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December 4, 2009 | By Dan Davis
Unison Industries, an aerospace partsmanufacturer, found out that a metalfabricator can offer a lot to theirmanufacturing efforts.
December 3, 2009 | By Eric Lundin
The mood in manufacturing seemed to shift sometime during the summer. Granted, it couldn't have gotten much worse from the spring, but at least the dark mood didn't last any longer than it did. The PMI, an index compiled by the Institute for Supply Management, broke through 50 percent in August....
December 3, 2009 | By Dan Davis
General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind.,had a 0.25-in. part that forced them tochoose between stamping and laser cutting tofabricate the part. Luckily, the companydiscovered an oxidation removal machine thathelped to make laser cutting with oxygen thelogical choice for the job.
December 3, 2009 | By Dale Elenteny
Synthetic lubricants now can take on a greater variety of stamping applications.
December 3, 2009
Barton Mines Company, a supplier of waterjet abrasives and waterjet replacement parts, has introduced the TRIDENT2 integrated diamond cutting head.The TRIDENT2 combines all the advantages of an integrated diamond design with the versatility of a replaceable orifice.According to the company,...
December 3, 2009
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the seventh consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®Commenting on the report, Norbert J. Ore,...
December 2, 2009 | By Vicki Bell
With all the buzz about Tiger Woods, you may not have seen the flurry of reports post FABTECH, such as this one that appeared in today's Rockford Register Star newspaper, that offer glimpses of where metal fabricating companies stand in the recessionary cycle.According to the article, Farley...
December 2, 2009 | By Tim Heston
Roll forming technology has adapted to a manufacturing market that demands short runs and quick response.
December 2, 2009 | By William Whiteside
A time analysis in a fabrication business is much more than just a study of labor functions. When done correctly, time analysis considers the total picture of an operation.
December 2, 2009
If a face-to-face meeting can't be held, thenit is incumbent upon the 3-D CAD crew toproduce other kinds of documents tocommunicate the same information tocustomers. Gerald Davis provides examples ofhow to do this.
December 2, 2009 | By Mike Rans
Friction saws are the conventional cutoff machines for tube and pipe mills. Drawbacks include hazards (noise and risk of breakage) and burrs they tend to generate. Tungsten-carbide-tipped (TCT) blades, which require more sophisticated sawing machines, run slower and safer, cut cleaner, and are less prone to breakage.
December 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston
As my toddler sculpted her mash potatoes into something resembling, well, a lump of mash potatoes, I looked around at the Thanksgiving table. Smiles all around, not only because my daughter's so darn cute (no bias on my part, of course), but also because they knew they didn't have to...
December 1, 2009
George Griebeler, 68, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona, after a short illness.To George, his proudest lifetime achievements were his wife Rita of 46 years; his four children, Kenneth, Christine, David and Michelle; and his five grandchildren.To the welding and fabrication...
December 1, 2009
Energy Steel & Supply Co., Lapeer, Mich., a fabricator that manufactures components for nuclear power plants, used to spend quite a bit of time on pre- and postweld heat treatment. After seeing a demonstration of an induction heating system, the company made the switch and enjoys the benefits of a faster, safer way to deliver heat to the components it manufactures.
December 1, 2009 | By David Lahrman
During pilgering, the dies endure extreme amounts of stress. Shot peening is a conventional, economic process for hardening the tooling, but its benefits are limited. Supplementing shot peening with laser shock peening where the stress is highest can help to extend the service life of the tools.