The Fabricator®

March 2009
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 March 2009 issue available online:

Birdnesting causes downtime

Smooth wire feeding, smooth welding

March 24, 2009

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A recent study analyzed wire feed practices, tested variables, and took initial steps at developing a scientific knowledge base that ultimately could take the trial and error out of wire feed setup.

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Smooth moves with GMAW

March 24, 2009

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Getting comfortable and attaining a clear view of the arc can make gas metal arc welding a lot easier.

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Measuring Tape

Precision measurement 101

March 24, 2009

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It's more important than ever for your employees—particularly entry-level personnel—to learn to use measurement tools to their full potential.

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Magnetic Die Clamping

The ins and outs of magnetic die clamping

March 24, 2009

For the right application, magnetic die clamping can add significant flexibility to a stamping operation, eliminate physical clamps, and simplify maintenance.

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Selling during good times, bad times

March 19, 2009

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Although tough times are upon us, an economic downturn doesn't have to put all plans on hold. If you own a middle-market company (one that has a transaction price between $5 million and $250 million) and you are interested in selling it, a slumping economy is no reason to hesitate. In fact, putting your company on the market during a slowdown can have several benefits.

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You can plasma cut it, but can you weld it?

March 10, 2009

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Time spent on extensive weld prep easily can eliminate any gains made from faster plasma cutting. Put another way, it doesn't matter how fast a plasma cuts if the resulting cut face can't be welded efficiently.

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Bending with kid gloves

March 10, 2009

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Polyurethane film, inserts, pads, and bottom dies can help prevent marring and, in some cases, allow the die to take on a variety of materials and gauges, including perforated metal and diamond tread plate.

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Modeling in a 3-D CAD system

March 1, 2009

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Among the tools in the 3-D CAD toolkit—extrudes, revolves, sweeps, and lofts—the first two can be used to create identical parts, but they don't work the same way. Depending on which process you choose, the time the computer needs to model and rebuild the part can vary substantially.

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