The Fabricator®

November 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 November 2007 issue available online:

Plasma cutting image

The life and times of plasma cutting

November 6, 2007

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Plasma cutting has become a process of choice for many because of its cost-effectiveness. However, this wasn't the case when the technology was introduced because of short consumable life. Technological innovations over the years, however, helped to change that.

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Hydroformed tubular part

Forming a new approach

November 6, 2007

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Attendees of the fifth Hydroforming Conference and Exhibition, organized by the Tube & Pipe Association, International, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, learned that hydroforming technology is not dead yet.

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Waterjet Cutting

Increasing waterjet cutting profitability

November 6, 2007

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Last year an estimated 1,500 waterjets were sold worldwide, almost 800 of those in North America. As more waterjets are purchased, veteran and new waterjet owners must look for ways to increase profitability and remain competitive.

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Lubricant Waste

Reducing lubricant waste

November 6, 2007

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The best strategy for waste reduction is to reduce waste generation. Stampers have several strategies available, such as switching to metalworking fluids formulated for long life and instituting a fluid management and maintenance program.

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Structural Steel

6 structural steel lessons not found in books

November 6, 2007

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Unfortunately, the proper structural steel education is not taking place before young men and women hit the shop floor. Trade and welding schools give you the basics about fabricating, but you learn a lot more on the job. To help that information exchange, an old-school structural steel fabricator shares six thoughts.

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End Forming Stainless Steels

End forming stainless steels

November 6, 2007

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Successful end-forming requires much more than designing the tooling and selecting a machine. Fabricators have many choices in tooling (substrate, temper, and coating) and in the end forming machine design. Investigating all the options is necessary for creating an efficient setup.

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Cold spraying

Protecting magnesium alloys from corrosion

November 6, 2007

Finding cost-effective solutions for protecting magnesium alloys from corrosion has become paramount in automotive design. Corrosion protection through cold spray might be the answer.

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Metal Pier

Holding up under 'pier' pressure

November 6, 2007

A manufacturer and installer of steel docks in Ontario, Canada, purchased new welding equipment that gave the company increased reliability in adverse weather conditions.

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