Selected articles from January 2013 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
A careful examination of metal artist Dave Regier’s work reveals a seamless melding of abstract and realism.
Selecting the proper equipment, locating that equipment in the right spot on the shop floor, and using the right hardware can help to introduce new efficiencies and reduce costs in a fabricator’s joining and assembly operations.
Machine tool developers have done a great job of automating many of the operations associated with structural steel processing over the years. Automated cutting, drilling, and marking are widely adopted in the industry. The same, however, can't be said for assembly and welding, but that could be changing.
Five-axis waterjet cutting is not something you see in every fabricating operation. But for some applications where tube or precise edge cutting might be required, it makes total sense.
Taiwanese metal manufacturers have grown from small, family involved entrepreneurial shops to world-class suppliers of parts and technology.
Will a new employee perform well? What will the new tax environment be? These challenges and more create levels of uncertainty that drive business decisions.
Cambridge Engineering made the transition from batch manufacturing that threw labor at production problems to one-piece flow and continuous improvement. A good corporate culture played a critical role.
Press brake guru Steve Benson describes how the method of bending—coining, bottom bending, or air forming—is very influential on how an inside bend radius is achieved.
When a fabricator doesn't have money tied up in raw material just sitting around, that cash can be invested elsewhere to help the business. Unfortunately, many shops don't recognize that. That's where leaning on service centers can help.
Columnist Gerald Davis begins a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this first installment, he describes how an estimator needs to understand what processes are needed to quote accurately, as well as to determine which jobs align with the shop's mission and capabilities.
More than 26,000 people affiliated with the metal fabricating industry showed up at FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas in mid-November not to lose money, but to learn about new technologies and processes that could help them reduce production costs and put more of their money back into their own pockets.
Columnist Dick Kallage explains why a private company should be interested in establishing its market value even if it isn't for sale.
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