The Fabricator®

October 2007
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 2007 issue available online:

American Standard's facility

A new standard in forming bathtubs

October 9, 2007

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The main hurdle to automating American Standard's bathtub forming line in its Salem, Ohio, facility was integrating new material handling tools into the older press line.

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Nitrogen assist gas delivery

Achieving efficiency with occasional high-pressure, high-flow nitrogen use

October 9, 2007

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Several modes of nitrogen assist gas supply exist, but with choice comes the potential of saddling your business with overhead costs that make it difficult to compete. The best approach is to map out a growth strategy, using each option's performance and value, that coincides with monthly nitrogen usage.

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Laser cutting cell

Successful automation isn't automatic

October 9, 2007

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As with so many other ventures in life, successfully implementing a laser automation system rests on one key practice: communication.

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Ridin' the storm out Part III

October 9, 2007

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Automotive Tier II supplier of ride control components Tennessee Stampings installed an 800-ton transfer press to get to get new business from European customers, and expanded its facility to accommodate the new press, as well as a new underground conveyor system.

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San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

Dealing with Mother Nature's wrath

October 9, 2007

Protecting a two-mile-long, 10-lane bridge from earthquake damage is not an easy task. Replacing the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge requires the talent and time of numerous design firms and fabricators and tens of thousands of workers. One of the more interesting fabrication...

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Rofin laser welding image

The evolution of scanners for remote welding applications

October 9, 2007

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Remote laser welding operations, many of which rely on a laser scanner to deflect the beam to the weld area, require high-beam-quality lasers. Years ago this meant that they were used only with high-power CO2 lasers. As the beam quality of Nd:YAG, disk, and fiber-optic lasers have improved, these lasers also have become suitable for remote welding, allowing the scanners to be smaller and faster.

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