October 30, 2014 | By Dan Davis
All Rite Industries, Lake Zurich, Ill., found success when it added robotic welding capabilities to its high-volume stamping business, but also found that its older fume extraction system couldn't keep up with the new cells. A new ventilation system helped to remove the shop floor haze.
October 16, 2014 | By Dan Davis
A new 6-kW fiber laser cutting machine holds the potential to expand the cutting opportunities for metal fabricators.
October 11, 2014 | By Dan Davis
Manufacturing Day has come and gone, but if metal fabricators really want to see people forget the old stereotypes associated with manufacturing, they should take every opportunity to welcome the general public into their facilities--not just waiting for one special day out of the year.
September 16, 2014 | By Dan Davis
IMTS 2014 is proof that the metal manufacturing of tomorrow is going to be a bit different than what is done today.
September 5, 2014 | By Dan Davis
The U.S. economy appears to be chugging along with no real obvious obstacles in the near future. Having said that, metal fabricators are ready should an economic slowdown emerge. Two major recessions in a decade will do that to a company.
September 4, 2014 | By Dan Davis
AGCO engineers don’t have to rely solely on the traditional product development process any longer. They have implemented a new virtual reality system that enables engineers to correct design flaws without having to build multiple prototypes. Now the tool is being used to build the company’s first generation of global agricultural equipment.
September 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis
A powder-on-powder process developed by Hartford Finishing in Wisconsin is providing customers with corrosion protection that they weren't getting with e-coat or other powder finishes.
August 28, 2014 | By Dan Davis
Lou Rodriquez finds out he has a talent for creating metal art and ends up with a fish tale that is easy to believe because people can see the result: a huge metal sturgeon that’s the talk of Port Huron, Mich.
August 22, 2014 | By Dan Davis
The only thing missing from the skilled worker shortage were rising wages for skilled workers that were apparently in demand. Could that be changing?
August 15, 2014 | By Dan Davis
Metal fabricators are a conservative lot, but that can be a very good thing, especially in light of the unpredictable times in which we live.
August 11, 2014 | By Dan Davis
The act of not reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. is just the latest example of how the extreme dysfunction found in Congress is slowing down what could be a more robust economic recovery.
August 7, 2014 | By Dan Davis
When it comes to waterjet cutting, most metal fabricators rely on virgin garnet as the abrasive that’s used in conjunction with the waterjet stream. After cutting is concluded, the abrasive can be collected and recycled as a filler for other construction-related products. An Auburn, Wash.-based company, however, thinks it has found a way to take the recycled material and return it to an almost-new state.
July 29, 2014 | By Dan Davis
Modern laser cutting technology can achieve speeds of more than 400 inches per minute, and that puts pressure on the automation used to load sheets and unload cut parts and skeletons. If the automated material handling system can’t keep up, the fabricator won’t be able to maximize uptime on the laser cutting machine.
July 29, 2014 | By Dan Davis
To bring in more high-volume work, Deltec Inc., Batavia, Ohio, needed to expand its laser cutting capacity. New fiber laser cutting technology proved to be the right fit.
July 21, 2014 | By Dan Davis
A consultant told the management of McAlpin Industries, Rochester, N.Y., that it was only a matter of time before the metal fabricator suffered a major safety incident. That spurred the shop to take steps to create a safety-first environment. Today, McAlpin Industries has been recognized with one of the top safety awards in manufacturing: the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association’s Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.