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Bold moves during the Great Recession

September 19, 2013

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Five years ago, Dane Manufacturing, a small fabricator and stamper in Dane, Wis., made a bold move. As the credit market was freezing, Troy Berg, company president, began looking for a bolt-on acquisition. That bold move paid off. Read the article.

Five Septembers ago: Metal fabrication and the financial crisis

September 17, 2013

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In hindsight, it’s ironic. It was early September 2008, and FABTECH was set to open in Las Vegas in a few weeks. Up until that point a hot bed of growth, especially in real estate. But then Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. Still, even a few weeks into the crisis, the metal fabrication...

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How a worldwide shipper acts like a job shop

September 9, 2013

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How is Maersk’s new Triple E class containerships—nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall—like a job shop? Forget the fact that, as reported by BusinessWeek, the behemoth is designed to go only 16 knots to save fuel. Sure, heat-capture devices use heat from the massive ship...

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The industry gets a quarterly physical - TheFabricator.com

The industry gets a quarterly physical

September 5, 2013

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According to the inaugural Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report, released in July, business isn’t horrible, but it’s not gangbusters either.

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Complete work instructions keystone of improvement - TheFabricator.com

Complete work instructions keystone of improvement

August 9, 2013

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Shops start improving by measuring and documenting what they already do, because they can’t improve what they don’t measure.

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The basics of wheel blasting - TheFabricator.com

The basics of wheel blasting

August 1, 2013

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Blast cleaning can be an extremely effective way to prepare a part for coating. But if the machine isn’t set up, maintained, or monitored properly, the operation can go awry.

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Punch tooling strategy for punching thousands and thousands of holes - TheFabricator.com

Punch tooling strategy for punching thousands and thousands of holes

August 1, 2013

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Carter Day International punches thousands of holes to make specialized screens. One screen can take several hours to punch. Problem is, the company doesn’t have enough volume to warrant using a specialized perforation press. So it uses a traditional turret punch press, but with highly durable tooling.

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The gut-punch of Detroit in bankruptcy

July 29, 2013

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In 2009 I landed in Detroit and saw a billboard I’ll never forget. I was on my way to FMA's ALAW, the Advanced Laser Applications Workshop, and there was a massive billboard advertising something you rarely if ever see on the interstate. Metal fabricator W Industries was touting its ability to...

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Inspiring fabrication: Making the top of One World Trade Center

July 29, 2013

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Kammetal Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., just fabricated a bit of history-cladding for the beacon atop the (fittingly) 1,776-feet-tall One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Company president Sam Kusack tells the story. Read the article.

Google Glass meets manufacturing

July 18, 2013

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We may be entering a new manufacturing age. OK, that’s hyperbole, but it’s one that comes to mind after you step back and think of just how far we’ve come, even during the past 10 years. First, consider the biggest challenges in U.S. manufacturing, most of which deals with high-product-mix...

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Integrating stamping, fabricating, and assembly - TheFabricator.com

Integrating stamping, fabricating, and assembly

July 12, 2013

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Genesee Stampings and Fabrication has undergone a strategic shift from its core stamping and fabricating business. It has added an assembly operation to the shop floor.

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A solid model for modernizing a fabricator - TheFabricator.com

A solid model for modernizing a fabricator

July 11, 2013

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Matot, a small dumbwaiter manufacturer in the Chicago suburbs, is a microcosm of high-product-mix, low-volume manufacturing. Fabricators no longer make it work on the floor. Instead, they adjust the model to suit the process.

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The entrepreneur and the engineer

July 9, 2013

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In our August print edition of The FABRICATOR will be another installment of Steve Benson’s Bending Basics series. Benson, president of consulting firm ASMA LLC, Salem, Ore., and a press brake guru who runs press brake certification seminars for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association,...

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Technology and procedures working in concert

July 8, 2013

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At LeanFab Workshop & Tours, organized by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, and held last month in Columbus, Ohio, Dave Lechleitner asked attendees to draw a pig. The presales principal at Exact Software, Minneapolis, wasn’t playing an odd joke. Instead, he was...

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Inspired fabrication atop One World Trade Center

July 2, 2013

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Kammetal Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., has seen its work reach the top. The company fabricated the uppermost part of the spire that now sits atop One World Trade Center.

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