Lincoln Brunner

Contributing Writer



Shop Management | Articles

Exercising control

November 20, 2003 | By Lincoln Brunner

This three-phase, mid-frequency inverter is a dual-gun projection welding machine with a pneumatically operated lift table for the workpiece. Although mid-frequency technology isn't new, North American buyers are increasingly turning toward their benefits, equipmentmakers say.Getting control over...

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Pinpointing future laser welding markets

October 23, 2003 | By Lincoln Brunner

Aficionados of laser welding technology at times must feel a little like telephone vendors beamed back to 1603. They know almost everyone is going to use them in the future, but getting buy-in today can be like hawking loans at 25 percent-lots of interest and few takers.

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Stamping | Articles

Hydraulic presses make their mark

September 25, 2003 | By Lincoln Brunner

Just like hydraulics technology itself, the market for presses based on it is fluid and dynamic. And for the first time in a while, the tide may be turning in favor of its practitioners.As many manufacturers report prosperity and strong prospects for it in the near future, the hydraulic press...

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Roll Forming | Articles

Roll formers look for a win

September 25, 2003 | By Lincoln Brunner

Many systems enable users to download a DXF drawing directly into the roll forming line's computer.Not everyone can be the New York Yankees, or even the roll forming version—especially in today's economic climate.It would be nice, though. The Bronx Bombers have used a fat wallet and keen scouting...

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Bending | Articles

Press brakes: the quest for a happy ending

June 26, 2003 | By Lincoln Brunner

Screen some press brake owners and manufacturers these days, and it's like they're all reading from the same script:

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Stamping | Articles

Handling the rush

May 29, 2003 | By Lincoln Brunner

Think delicate: an antique vase, velvet gloves, the sweet sound of string music. Then imagine a typical stamping operation: bam-bam, metal on metal, all day long.

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Shop Management | Articles

Up in the air

September 12, 2002 | By Lincoln Brunner

Aerospace business in the U.S. will improve, but not without a bit more time in the doldrums, according to Boeing's CEO.

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Longer slabs, lower costs

August 8, 2002 | By Lincoln Brunner

Unshored, deep steel decking that spans 20 feet—it's a good concept on paper, but can it serve customers in the real world? At least one engineer is convinced it can, and he's taking his message to the masses.

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Harmony Atlas Sculpture

Arc Welding | Articles

Peace Plaza's unique art symbolizes universal hope

July 25, 2002 | By Lincoln Brunner

If a mark of a great work of art is the degree to which it mirrors the artist's personality, then Lee Sido's latest public sculpture might be a masterpiece.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

Expanding Their Reach

June 27, 2002 | By Lincoln Brunner

Expandable-casing pipe is being used by some aggressive OCTG players, causing oil companies to look at deep water and land based wells in a whole new light.

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Shop Management | Articles

The new face of manufacturing on the Net

February 14, 2002 | By Lincoln Brunner

Making the Internet pay has proven more difficult than a lot of first movers in the metals business made it sound in the late '90s. Thefabricator.com talked to a few people trying to capitalize on the lessons learned from all those no-brainers that turned into no-gainers.

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Shop Management | Articles

Consolidation talk picks up speed

January 10, 2002 | By Lincoln Brunner

As No. 4 steelmaker LTV prepares to liquidate, the integrated steel industry's heavy hitters are finally taking a serious look at consolidation

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What now? Every facet of steel industry watches, waits as change sweeps in

January 10, 2002 | By Lincoln Brunner

There's no telling just what the steel industry will look like even in the next few months as the federal government mulls its options for protecting a domestic steel industry suffering through perhaps its most threatening slump ever.

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'It's gonna be painful' Metal industry players note little to reassure them in days ahead

November 15, 2001 | By Lincoln Brunner

Manufacturers were hurting before September. How do things look now? Well ... they could be better, industry players say.

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Shop Management | Articles

Huge possibilities, tiny tools Nanotechnology--the science of small--could change the metals industry in a very big way

March 13, 2001 | By Lincoln Brunner

Nanotechnology is just beginning to blossom as a practical topic of interest for the manufacturing industry. Just how big an impact will nanomaterials have in our lifetimes? We're sure to find out soon.

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