The Fabricator®

May 2008
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 May 2008 issue available online:

Panel bending workcell

Streamlined scheduling suits fabricator

May 13, 2008

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Indianapolis-based Estes Design and Manufacturing has made significant strides in adopting manufacturing-friendly information technology, marrying enterprise resource planning (ERP) and scheduling software to ensure work flows efficiently through the shop.

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Aida Stamping Press

Driven to integrate

May 13, 2008

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Changes come often in the steel industry--a business that sticks around long enough might eventually bear little resemblance to the version established at its inception. This is the case for Parkview Metal Products, Lake Zurich, Ill. The company opened in 1950 as a tool and die shop in Chicago, later moving and shifting its focus to automotive, electronic, and grill components. The company believes its culture is changing for the better and plans to continue developing its 5S initiatives, increasing its on-time delivery, and reducing its scrap rate.

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Vertical drilling machine

Diversity a blessing for Blessing

May 13, 2008

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Diverse customer base—from heavy equipment to medical—key to Blessing Industries' success

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Multigun resistance welding system

Resistance-weld more for less

May 13, 2008

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Costs associated with poor resistance weld quality often can be traced back to faulty electrode usage. With today's high cost of copper—to say nothing of the extra labor and lost production time—wearing out electrodes prematurely has become more expensive than ever.

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Free form nesting

Evaluating a CAM system

May 13, 2008

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The feature looks at what fabricators should be looking for in a CAM system, and how they can improve the efficiency of their machine tools, their work force, and their material utilization.

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Sport compact racing car

Fabrication business coming up races

May 13, 2008

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Mazworx, a shop that rebuilds engines for racing, fabricates custom parts for racing upgrades, and works on compact cars to prepare them for racing, is also involved in racing. The belief is that it can build up its reputation for racing parts through appearances at NHRA sport compact races throughout the Southeast.

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ButlerBuilt Plasma Table

Plasma delivers precision for top seat manufacturer

May 13, 2008

ButlerBuilt, a leading manufacturer of motorsports seating located in Harrisburg, N.C., finds a new plasma cutting system to be a much better improvement over the 15-year-old plasma table it dumped in early 2007.

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Edge treatments for roll formed parts

May 13, 2008

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According to OSHA and BLS data, safety in metal manufacturing has been improving. Workplace injuries and injury severity fell from 2000 to 2006. The biggest improvements have been in severe injuries, so minor injuries have gotten more attention lately. One such minor injury is cutting. Roll formers can do their part to prevent workplace cuts by focusing on deburring.

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Roll bender Powder River

New roll bender 'bales' out farm implement manufacturer

May 13, 2008

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Powder River, a Provo, Utah-based fabricator of farm implements, turned to KNUTH Machine Tools USA for a three-roll bender the company uses to make its round bale feeders for horses.

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Punch press nesting

Pushing nesting efficiency for the punch press

May 13, 2008

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Nesting for punching must not only consider the part geometry but also the tool boundary. Some nesting software can respect the tool boundary rather than just the part boundary. The software respects the integrity of the punched part, the skeleton, and tooling all at once.

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Machined-part modeling in 3-D CAD

May 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through the 3-D design of a coupling that needs to be machined. He starts off with a bad example of how to do it and works his way toward a much better process.

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