The Fabricator®

August 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 August 2009 issue available online:

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Flat responsibility in sheet metal modeling

September 23, 2009

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The most important role of a CAD operator is to verify that the design can be flattened. Columnist Gerald Davis provides some guidance on that subject.

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Saying 'yes' when others can't

August 1, 2009

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IMEC, a small job shop in southwest Missouri, invests in automation not necessarily to increase capacity, but to increase flexibility.

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Stick welding: Tips for top performance

August 1, 2009

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A beginning stick welder can produce better welds by paying attention to the five basic elements to establish a good, consistent technique: current setting, length of the arc, angle of electrode,manipulation of electrode, and speed of travel.

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Beginning the lean manufacturing journey

August 1, 2009

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LAI International, Scottsdale, Ariz., is a precision manufacturer that supplies specialized parts to many of the most-demanding OEMs in the world. Even with that success, the company realized there was still room to improve. As a result, it embarked on a lean journey and is seeing immediate results.

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KO'ing keystrokes

August 1, 2009

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A transformer manufacturer completely automates folding machine programming.

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To think 'in tube'

August 1, 2009

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A tube laser spurs a shop to think about design and metal fabrication in a new way.

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Don't forget the fixturing

August 1, 2009

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Don't forget a component of the system sometimes can dictate whether a robotic welding integration succeeds or fails: the fixturing.

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Bending nonround tubing

August 1, 2009

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While bending round tube and pipe involves many variables and challenges, the difficulties in bending nonround shapes are more numerous and complicated. Among the most common shapes are square, rectangular, and oval (elliptical and flat-sided). None react to the bending force in the same way that round shapes do, so understanding how the material reacts is the first step in learning about bending nonrounds.

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