The Fabricator®

November 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 November 2008 issue available online:

Strips of nitinol

Forming metal that 'remembers'

November 25, 2008

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Memry has built a business around shape-memory alloys, mainly for customers in the medical arena. It's a difficult, highly specialized field that managers at Memry are betting will grow.

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Fuel Storage Tanks

Getting the weld right the first time

November 25, 2008

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When a metal fabricating company moves into a new, larger building, it has a great opportunity to take a hard look at production flow. Victory Industrial Products, Batavia, Ohio, did just that and the results were extremely powerful.

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Optoelectronic Guarding

Getting close, bending safe

November 25, 2008

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Press brake operators work under some unique conditions that call for unique considerations in safeguarding.

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Waste not, want not

November 25, 2008

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For many bending applications, it is common practice to determine the necessary length of tube, run a few samples, make some minor adjustments, and then start production runs. The problem is that the initial evaluation may have been based on safe, by-the-book estimates and calculations. Re-evaluating a bending project might yield substantial material savings.

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Getting it there yesterday - TheFabricator.com

Getting it there yesterday

November 25, 2008

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Greenheck has made a science out of quick lead-times. For most products, customers can place an order and receive a custom fabrication within three to five days, and sometimes in less than 24 hours.

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Welding Sparks

Do your welds pass muster?

November 25, 2008

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For a job shop or manufacturer, maintaining weld quality begins with consistent shielding gas in the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. Consistently delivering the correct blend ensures proper arc characteristics and weld quality. Mixing technology, supply gas density, and gas usage patterns can affect the on-site gas blending system's ability to deliver a consistent blend.

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Composite Joining

Don't get stuck wondering about composites

November 25, 2008

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Automakers and other manufacturers are interested in utilizing composites more in their manufacturing operations. Composites come with their own set of challenges, and one of the most important challenges is how to join the engineered material to a metal correctly using an adhesive. When joining materials, adhesives evenly distribute loads and reduce labor time.

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Batched Punch Press Parts

Punching on demand

November 25, 2008

Until about a year ago, the staff at King Electrical Mfg. Co. manufactured parts by the thousands without much consideration of the actual demand for those parts. This doesn't happen anymore.

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Falcon 9 Rocket SpaceX

Rocket science, entrepreneur-style

November 11, 2008

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Managers, designers, and manufacturing engineers at Space Exploration Technologies have come up with a new way to design and manufacture a rocket.

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3-D CAD drawings in a 2-D world

November 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis discusses the importance of delivering a clear illustration and how it can make an impact on the final fabricated product.

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