Selected articles from June 2013 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
Over the past few years, North Shore Steel has transformed its plate processing division into a provider of highly engineered, precision-cut and rolled components.
When John Force Racing took most of its manufacturing operations in-house in the early 2000s, the focus was on controlling quality and lead time. However, it didn't have a quick-response fabricating tool for 2-D cutting. It has since found that tool with its new waterjet
It doesn’t matter how mind-bogglingly fast upstream processes are if it takes forever and a day for parts to make it through the grinding department.
Advancements in nesting software development have made a real impact in terms of increased material utilization and machine uptime, but for a fabricator to get the most out of the nesting software, it needs to be fully integrated with the design and shop management software systems.
When purchasing a new automated cutting table or retrofitting an existing one, which process is best--oxyfuel or plasma? The nature of the application and cutting process both play a role.
In air forming, the bend angle does not depend exclusively on the angle of the die. So why does the die angle change? There are two separate but overlapping answers; one relates to narrow die openings, and the other pertains to larger dies.
While it is sometimes more economically favorable to use adhesives as an alternative to welding, a fabricator must consider many important points before making the changeover.
When Industrial Laser Systems was asked to fabricate a tubular frame for a military vehicle, it rose to the challenge to cut, makes some holes, bend, and swage the tube ends. The result is a tubular frame that is affixed to the outside of patrol vehicles; combined with Kevlar® netting, the system prevents explosive projectiles from hitting the vehicle, with great success.
Genzink Steel Supply and Welding has roots in structural fabrication. But after decades of diversifying in other sectors, the fabricator decided to leave the structural business to focus on contract fabrication--and the business is healthier because of it.
Dane Manufacturing looks nothing like it did a dozen years ago. More of its revenue now comes from contract fabrication and, thanks to several strategic acquisitions, produces several lucrative product lines.
This year’s Fab 40 list shows an industry in growth mode, though the amount of growth depends on the region and industries contract fabricators serve. Company leaders gave their outlook for the rest of 2013, and there’s more optimism than pessimism.
Collaboration between creative minds--employing some refreshing cut-to-the-chase rationality to uncover the best processes for the product at hand--may be why people catch the manufacturing bug.
Forecasting, while seemingly futile at times, is something fabricators should take seriously instead of dismissing it as some hocus-pocus best left to Wall Street analysts, politicians, and tarot card readers.
While completing an I-9 form may seem straightforward, it can quickly get complicated. Even employers with the best of intentions may find themselves trying to work through situations they never anticipated.
In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.
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