The Fabricator®

October 2005
The FABRICATOR® is North America's leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry. The magazine delivers the news, technical articles, and case histories that enable fabricators to do their jobs more efficiently. The FABRICATOR has served the industry since 1971. Print subscriptions are free to qualified persons in North America involved in metal forming and fabricating.

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Selected articles from the October 2005 issue available online:

10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 5

October 11, 2005

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When you want to bid on a government contract, getting the technical data you need, including specifications and drawings, is critical.

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Product liability

October 11, 2005

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By recognizing the myths and understanding the realities of protecting your business, you can make simple strategic refinements to help give you true peace of mind when it comes to product liability.

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Making the sale

October 11, 2005

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Many customers are brand-loyal. How you sell to these individuals, some of whom may have preconceived notions of what they want, will determine your sales success.

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Pairing the right hydraulic press with your application

October 11, 2005

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Choosing the right hydraulic press for your application is crucial. Identifying the right press capability up front can eliminate additional costs and startup delays. Four primary hydraulic press return capabilities are return on position, return on pressure, return on pressure with dwell capability, or combinations of the three. Shown is a press with return on pressure capabilities.

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'Star Wars,' move over: Presenting ... the Job Shop Trilogy

October 11, 2005

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Evaluating the gas equipment you need to produce the shielding mixture you want for optimal laser hybrid welding is critical. Different shielding gases yield different results and should be considered carefully for your specific application.

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Blanking questions have you on the edge?

October 11, 2005

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Reducing the damaging effects of fractures, burnishing, burrs, and rollover improves subsequent forming processes. The blanked edge condition can be improved by adjusting the punch and die clearance tolerance, shaving the area of the defected blanked edge, designing an appropriate contact profile of the tool and die, and understanding the mechanical properties of the sheet metal used.

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Laser cutting and welding with one tool

October 11, 2005

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Today's laser sources have the power and beam quality needed to cut and join metal in an expeditious and repetitious manner. The market demands that type of flexible production, so those characteristics are basic requirements in modern laser devices. The market demands also have promoted the idea of multifunctional processing. That has led to the development of a combination head capable of laser cutting and welding 3-D metal work pieces.

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