The Fabricator®

March 2002
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 March 2002 issue available online:

Organizational planning

March 28, 2002

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The author discusses the importance of eliminating duplicated responsibilities, even in small job shops. The effectiveness of a company is improved when each person is responsible for specific tasks.

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Build it or buy it?

March 28, 2002

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This article discusses the ins and outs of choosing a workable IT system for fabricators. It begins with the "envisioning phase" and works through analysis, development, and customization of systems.

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Taking the pain out of paint - Finishing—Part 1

March 14, 2002

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This article highlights two of the accepted industry specifications, which are provided by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). It covers many of the more salient topics, point by point, and explains them in detail.

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Electromagnetic force diagram

Will your weld hold up? Discovering and preventing incomplete fusion

March 14, 2002

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This article examines the common weld defect known as incomplete fusion. It takes an in-depth look at the causes of this problem, how it is detected, and how to prevent it.

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Hot rolled sheet coils

How important is sheet and plate steel flatness?

March 14, 2002

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This article examines flatness of steel, discussing the outcome of combining temper passing and leveling in the same line. It also provides the outcomes of experimentation on steel that has been leveled, temper passed, and both. Furthermore, it gives a few real world examples of who is using this process and what they are saying about it.

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Consolidation talk picks up speed

January 10, 2002

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As No. 4 steelmaker LTV prepares to liquidate, the integrated steel industry's heavy hitters are finally taking a serious look at consolidation

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What now? Every facet of steel industry watches, waits as change sweeps in

January 10, 2002

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There's no telling just what the steel industry will look like even in the next few months as the federal government mulls its options for protecting a domestic steel industry suffering through perhaps its most threatening slump ever.

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