Selected articles from September 2010 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
Waterjet technology cuts angled bevels to simplify complex manufacturing. The waterjet now can cut complex angles in plate, angles that previously could be done only in a machining center.
Four processes are primarily used to form metal in industry today: extruding, press brake bending, roll forming, and stamping. Roll forming is likely the least used of all of these processes, but given the right applications, it can prove to be the most cost-effective alternative.
Advancements in SAW concentrate on faster deposition rates and narrow-groove welding. And today's controls, power supplies, and consumables are meeting industry's demand for process efficiency.
With 330 U.S. baby-boomers turning 60 every hour, according to the United States Census Bureau, a significant portion of the work force is retiring or will soon be retiring. Successful companies will be those that are able to manage a blended work force and keep employees working productively while ensuring that knowledge and skills are transferred to programs.
Controlling inventory, reducing setups, taking advantage of vendor managed inventory arrangements--add it all up, and one metal label manufacturer has become seriously efficient.
Sharpening punch tooling consistently and correctly can help a fabricator save time and money in its punching operations. These suggestions can help a fabricator determine if the company is efficient as it can be with its maintenance program for punch tooling.
Machine control really has defined what it means to be a metal fabricator. Boiled down, the job is about turning a design concept into a metallic reality, and the control interface is where the rubber hits the road.
When shops examine deburring technology, they have myriad options to consider. Carefully weighing the alternatives is paramount.
Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two end skirts and two side skirts.
Inventory matters when it comes to cash flow and overall profitability.
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