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Sick of setup time at the press brake - TheFabricator.com

Sick of setup time at the press brake

May 2, 2013

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Alto-Shaam, Menomonee Falls, Wis., needed to find a way to reduce setup times for its low-volume, high-mix work associated with fabricating parts for food service equipment. The company found its answer with a panel bender that management had seen in action at a FABTECH tradeshow several years before.

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Stay safe and out of OSHA's way

April 26, 2013

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Fabricating shop owners—and business owners in general—have voiced concern about increased regulations that their companies have had to face since the election of President Obama, but that may be nothing compared to the trouble they might find if they run into trouble involving the Occupational...

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Welding training under the arc light - TheFabricator.com

Welding training under the arc light

April 25, 2013

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Virtual weld training tools have emerged in recent years, and some organizations have looked to them to help beginners learn welding basics before firing up the arc. Meanwhile, others are looking for a training device that better reflects the real-world activities associated with welding in a manufacturing environment. A new training device has emerged to bridge that virtual world with the real world.

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Surviving the storm - TheFabricator.com

Surviving the storm

April 24, 2013

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Hurricane Sandy wasn't kind to Architectural Grille, Brooklyn, N.Y., in late October 2012. Waters from a nearby canal flooded the shop and ultimately destroyed all fabricating equipment, which was paid for. The insurance companies and local officials didn't offer much help either. The Giumenta family didn't throw in the towel, however. They are determined to rebuild and do it with the latest technology available.

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Bending software speeds up production - TheFabricator.com

Bending software speeds up production

April 17, 2013

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The speed of fabricating is increasing at a rapid pace, but the press brake remains a bottleneck for many companies. Laser cutting and punching machines can run unattended if necessary without the need to program a robot, but the same can't be said for a press brake. Human operators still are pretty much a necessity. Advancements in bending software, however, can help to streamline the bending process. Fabricators only need to give it a try.

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Manufacturing forecast: Sunny days ahead

April 12, 2013

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Is current economic news making you unenthusiastic about the rest of this year and 2014? The editors at The Kiplinger Letter say not to fret. Manufacturing's future in the U.S. appears to be pretty good in the near term. In the early April newsletter, editors suggested that, even though...

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Fiber laser helps job shop cut thick metals - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser helps job shop cut thick metals

April 8, 2013

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After selling his metal fabricating business in 2006, Jim Lee is back in the game with North Topeka Fabrication. But even in the short time that he was gone, metal fabricating technology has advanced and forced him to ask how the shop could apply new technology to grow the business. That led the company to invest in a fiber laser cutting machine, and the decision has thrown the shop into the thick of new business opportunities.

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Dysfunction junction

April 5, 2013

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How could the U.S. Congress screw up funding job training programs? Manufacturers need specialized workers, and the unemployed need training for those unfilled positions in manufacturing. Sounds simple, right? Nothing is simple nowadays. In mid-March Republicans in the House of Representatives...

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College basketball and cross-training

March 22, 2013

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'Tis the time of year when people might be secretly paying more attention to NCAA basketball tournament games than work and, in some cases, actually leaving work early to watch the afternoon first-round games. Even though March Madness might sap worker productivity, it still might hold meaning for...

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Time to start planning for additional capacity

March 14, 2013

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Can you expand capacity to the point where you can keep up with OEM customers? If not, you better start pulling together a formal plan. OEM customers aren't going to wait around. "It's getting to the point where we can't work with companies that don't have long-term capacity plans," said Warren...

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News you can use

March 8, 2013

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Last week more than 100 metal fabricators gathered for The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit in Palm Harbor, Fla. The conference attendees seemed optimistic as most are in the midst of coping with expanding business opportunities. But with such pressures come concerns. Everyone apparently is looking...

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The reinvention of stamping - TheFabricator.com

The reinvention of stamping

February 28, 2013

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The days of 1 million unit orders for simple metal blanks are over. But this doesn't mean that stamping can't survive in today's manufacturing environment. A.T. Wall Co. believes it can successfully position stamping as a go-to manufacturing process for parts that were at one time exclusively made through machining.

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New developments in tool steel - TheFabricator.com

New developments in tool steel

February 28, 2013

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Two new tooling steels can help stampers improve production efficiency. The metal formers just need to open their minds to the new possibilities.

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New manganese exposure guidance

February 15, 2013

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Metal fabricating companies that seek to provide the safest work environments for their employees might be interested to know that the job might get a little harder in the welding department. The leading industrial health and safety organization that regularly issues guidance for certain toxic...

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Developing shop employees for the field - TheFabricator.com

Developing shop employees for the field

February 15, 2013

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Companies involved in heavy-duty metal fabricating and fieldwork discuss the traits they want to develop in their own workforces.

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