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Why did an architect need a solid nesting program? - TheFabricator.com

Why did an architect need a solid nesting program?

October 9, 2013

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SHoP Construction Services sought out a nesting program to help it create exact-sized panels for the huge Barclays Center project in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the effort resulted in an award-winning architectural and fabricating effort.

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Leading the way to a prosperous future?

September 20, 2013

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My son’s high school had its annual Parent Night on Wednesday. Parents actually get to experience the student’s schedule, albeit in a much abbreviated time frame. (Classes lasted only eight minutes.) It’s a great way to meet the teachers and get the real scoop on what may be happening in the...

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Don't forget the maintenance

September 5, 2013

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An author recently posed this question to me: “Do you think this submission is too negative?” His article was focusing on what metal fabricators do to destroy their machine tools—and he couldn’t have been more correct with his approach. At least, that’s what servicepeople tell me. They...

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Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?] - TheFabricator.com

Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?

September 5, 2013

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The 2013 What Keeps You Up at Night? survey of The FABRICATOR readership reveals that fabricators are taking steps to ensure that recent growth is not a short-term occurrence, but a long-term trend.

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Hardware insertion meets automation - TheFabricator.com

Hardware insertion meets automation

September 5, 2013

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Star Precision Fabricating, Houston, has always had hardware insertion capabilities since it opened its doors in the early 1990s. It has added more machines as the need for additional capacity has emerged. The latest automated equipment addition is making a huge difference in the speed at which it processes assembly work.

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6 ways to make large-sheet-bending easier - TheFabricator.com

6 ways to make large-sheet-bending easier

September 5, 2013

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Bending large sheet metal parts does not represent the majority of work for most metal fabricators, but it can be a significant portion for those shops that have the capability to do it. These equipment considerations and processing tips can help make a big bending job easier to accomplish.

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Working to attain the dream

August 30, 2013

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Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. People might debate whether King’s “dream” has materialized truly in today’s society, but at the very least, a majority of Americans have more freedoms today than they or their ancestors...

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Could this be it?

August 16, 2013

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Welcome to the wonderful world of stability. At least that’s how many metal fabricators see their business. In the inaugural Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, 43 percent of fab shops surveyed indicated that the business...

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All for one and none for all

August 9, 2013

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Metal fabricators don’t have a lot in common when trying to compare one job shop to another. The same goes for the customer segments they serve—with one major exception. Most don’t, and have no desire to, work with the automotive industry. That’s quite the statement given the desire of...

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Fabricator finds versatility in panel bender - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator finds versatility in panel bender

August 9, 2013

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In the early 2000s, Innovated Machine & Tool Co., Newport News, Va., tried a robotic press brake for a bending job and found that it worked out well--for that job. Unfortunately, when the contract ended, so did the useful life of that robotic press brake. Since then, the shop hasn't had to worry about machine obsolescence because its panel bending technology is helping it stay on top of all sorts of bending work.

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It's the fabricating process, not the fabricated product - TheFabricator.com

It's the fabricating process, not the fabricated product

August 1, 2013

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In the Japanese language, monozukuri means "the way something is manufactured." Japanese fabricators realize that it is the means by which they consistently make quality parts and keep ahead of international competitors.

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Safety: The never-ending battle - TheFabricator.com

Safety: The never-ending battle

August 1, 2013

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A fabricating shop floor can be a very dangerous place even when all types of safety precautions are taken. Fab shops that ignore safety are putting their employees--and ultimately the business--at great risk.

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Laser focus on an ever-changing market

July 25, 2013

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“We don’t think one size fits all. It depends on the application,” said Al Bohlen, national sales manager, Mazak Optonics Corp., to a crowd of fabricators attending a seminar during the company’s Laser Technology Days event in late July. The days of a fabricating shop owner deciding he...

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Skilled-worker shortage?

July 12, 2013

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After multiple e-mails from readers over the past couple of months claiming that our constant referencing to the skilled-worker shortage is a disservice, I figured it’s best to come clean. They are right. It’s not a skilled-worker shortage; it’s a...

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Special tooling makes short work of large-part production - TheFabricator.com

Special tooling makes short work of large-part production

July 12, 2013

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Any fabricator that has had to wrestle with large panels or thick plate in a press brake has to wonder if something can be done to make the job easier. In many instances, specialized tooling can help.

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