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Plasma Cutting | Articles

Filter bag, housing manufacturer finds faster cutting process for aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel

November 22, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

When industrial filter and filter housing manufacturer Filter Technology Inc. had one too many late and substandard shipments of steel components, it took matters into its own hands and started cutting pipe and making plate components using a band saw and machining centers. Then its staff went to FABTECH and saw a Soitaab plasma machine with a bed for flat parts and chucks for pipe.

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Automation and Robotics | Articles

Shopping cart manufacturer rings up productivity gains with automated bending cell

November 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Shopping cart manufacturer Technibilt has been incorporating automation little by little over the last few decades, but recently took a big step when it solicited bids for a transfer system that would bend and punch tube to make shopping cart frames.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Artist keeps ’em guessing

November 3, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Metal artist Chris O’Rourke goes a little further than most artists do, focusing on attention to detail. Many fabricators are more than a little mystified as to just how he did what he did, and most are equally perplexed when they realize how much time and effort he puts into his work.

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Tube and Pipe Production | Articles

Tube producer eliminates weld problems one flaw at a time

October 24, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Tube production is always a matter of juggling a great number of balls at once and dealing with relentless competitive pressure. For companies that provide tube for automotive applications, the risk of a recall is an additional burden. Longtime auto industry supplier Middletown Tube Works found a diagnostic tool that assists its eddy current system in evaluating the tube production process.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

Civil War re-enactors take aim at metal fabrication

August 31, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and many miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War re-enactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

Where metal fabrication and history intersect

August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and a lot of miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War reenactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.

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Tube and Pipe Production | Articles

Small manufacturer, big output

August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

James Steel & Tube isn’t the biggest, most high-profile tube producer, but because it is a small company, it is extremely versatile. It has gone through several transformations since it was founded in 1961, and under the guidance of current president Jim Petkus, it is going through another transition.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

Tube fabrication equipment manufacturer takes a holistic view of sustainability

July 7, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Sustainability and green technology are no longer buzzwords, but comprise a host of enduring manufacturing practices. Equipment manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec has rolled out numerous developments to conserve energy, consumables, material, and other resources.

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Tube and Pipe Production | Articles

Building bridges for the 21st century and beyond

July 7, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Fabricator and bridge erector used oxyfuel for years, but changed to plasma and benefitted from faster, more precise cuts.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

Great gates!

July 5, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

After learning to weld on the family farm and honing his skill during his college years, Josh Foster decided to augment his steady, part-time job with a fabrication business. Big Creek Metal Works makes all sort of items, from large ranch gates to small art items, specializing in custom work.

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Shop Management | Articles

Growth strategies for fabricators

May 26, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Many small businesses grow quickly in the early years, but eventually growth hits a plateau. Big gains in additional growth come from gaining new customers or acquiring another company. In Going to Market, a presentation at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit, Lisa Wertzbaugher, sales and marketing manager for fabricator Superior Tube Products, discussed a four-part strategy for expanding the company’s sales, revenue, and profitability.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

What’s new in the tube and pipe industry?

May 26, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Eric Lundin provides an overview of many of the technologies displayed at the 2016 Tube Düsseldorf expo.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Salesman turns entrepreneur, artist, welder

May 9, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Working for a steady paycheck isn’t for everyone. Welding artist Kirk Yazel did that for nearly 20 years, but eventually his entrepreneurial spirit took over. He had been making steel garden decorations for some time, and he managed to turn his hobby into a full-time job.

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Finishing | Articles

Plater-fabricator partnership thrives on three key strategies

April 18, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Establishing an effective plating process for demanding applications is one thing; running a successful plating business is something else altogether. The former requires technical know-how; the latter requires soft skills and business acumen. Gatto Industrial Platers has established itself as adept at both of these endeavors.

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Laser Cutting | Articles

Best practices for laser cutting tube, pipe, profiles

April 18, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Interviews with BLM, LVD Strippit, Mazak, and TRUMPF reveal tips and tactics for buying, handling, cleaning, cutting tube. Other topics include machine maintenance, software upgrades, and operator training.

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