The Fabricator®

August 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 August 2008 issue available online:

Heavy Plate Fabrication Welder

Ultrafabrication, ultraexpansion

August 26, 2008

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Ultra Machine & Fabrication, through significant capital outlays, has built an infrastructure ready to complete in the heavy plate market.

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Lori and Traci Tapani Closeup

Cycling through a business transition

August 26, 2008

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Lori and Traci Tapani, co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, aren't your typical metal fabrication managers. Together, they've managed to diversify their family business into a thriving, stable enterprise.

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AHSS Stamping Simulation Software

AHSS stamping simulation: All things being (not) equal

August 26, 2008

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Given complete and accurate material data, software should have no trouble simulating the stamping of advanced high strength steel.

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Fiber Laser

Are you getting enough fiber in your metal fabricating diet?

August 26, 2008

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With sales forecasts predicting that fiber laser sales will increase by 16 percent, to $323 million, in 2008—$112 million of that in metal processing industries—this year is being called the year of the fiber laser. A closer look at the technology shows why this might be true.

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GTAW Welding

GTAW the thin line

August 26, 2008

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Gas tungsten arc welding thin metals can bring up an array of problems. Fortunately, best practices can prevent those problems from occurring in the first place.

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When does a punch/laser make sense? - TheFabricator.com

When does a punch/laser make sense?

August 26, 2008

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Hawkeye Industries Inc., Tupelo, Miss., was getting more and more orders for parts that required both punching and laser cutting. To meet the growing demand, the company purchased a combination punch/laser machine. Some shops are more suited than others to this technology—combination machines can increase profits for some companies, and costs for others. Shop owners should keep five key things in mind when evaluating and purchasing a combination punch/laser machine.

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ASME Section IX, production welding positions

Welder training essentials: Positioning it right

August 26, 2008

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Communicating the right welding position is vital for any welding application. Otherwise, a welder might find himself welding in positions for which he is not qualified--and that's not a good thing.

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Ace Metal crafts executives

Getting lean, job shop style

August 26, 2008

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Ace Metal Crafts has promoted its own brand of lean that, more than anything, gives employees ownership over the process.

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SeaWorld Orlando

(Un) memorable fabrication

August 12, 2008

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Oceaneering's structural fab operation has built "dark ride" vehicles for theme parks around the world. It has custom-fabricated and erected aluminum components for a mammoth advertisement overlooking Times Square. It has welded a structural mount that holds up the recovered World Trade Center antenna, now on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. And it has fabricated and erected duplex stainless steel bridges over killer whale pools at the San Diego and Orlando SeaWorld® parks. That's quite a portfolio of jobs, and all of them quietly have gotten their start at a structural fabrication facility on the outskirts of Baltimore.

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One easy piece to model

August 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis believes it's a shame when a shop doesn't use its 3-D CAD software to its fullest potential. That's why he takes the reader through a modeling tutorial.

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