Selected articles from December 2011 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
A good machinist is hard to find. Why? It’s a mixture of factors. Machining suffers from the same image problem as the other manufacturing trades, so not enough people enter the field. But this country also lacks hands-on training programs.
Positives and negatives probably will pepper the business climate in 2012. Manufacturing has led the economic recovery. Unemployment will remain high, and businesses will still seek technical talent. Equipment spending probably will continue apace. So will company acquisitions, but they won’t be as prevalent as they could be. . Mixed together, these ingredients make for a good news-bad news gumbo in 2012.
Gas tungsten arc welding isn’t the easiest process to learn. With so many things going on at once, GTAW is a little like juggling while riding a unicycle. With practice, the welder’s eye, arm, hand, and foot coordination will improve.
Precision Sheet Metal User Groups consist of up to six noncompetitive, geographically dispersed metal fabricators. Group members have found they can learn a lot from others, especially from other shop owners who have endured and overcome similar business challenges.
Kysor/Warren, Columbus, Ga., cutomizes the refrigerated display cases and refrigeration systems for its customers. Unfortunately, it didn't have a very efficient bending operation to keep up with the production demands related to its diverse product line. To remedy the situation, the company purchased Wila precision ground tooling and installed hydraulic clamping systems on its press brakes.
This article explains how to examine and alter loading, bending, unloading, and quality checking operations to improve overall bending cycle times.
By keeping tabs on laser optics, gas flow, chiller performance, and machine cleanliness, a metal fabricator can ensure that a laser cutting machine is performing as it should and possibly lengthen the machine's working life as well.
Be sure to properly identify the hidden costs of material utilization to ensure that the gains outweigh the expense.
Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD users how to create a feature for the library so that it may be used in other models.
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