The Fabricator®

December 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 December 2009 issue available online:

trumps trumatic punch laser machine

Punching holes in aerospace manufacturing theories

December 4, 2009

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Unison Industries, an aerospace partsmanufacturer, found out that a metalfabricator can offer a lot to theirmanufacturing efforts.

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general sheet metal works oxide removal machine

Finishing off oxide layer problems

December 3, 2009

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General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind.,had a 0.25-in. part that forced them tochoose between stamping and laser cutting tofabricate the part. Luckily, the companydiscovered an oxidation removal machine thathelped to make laser cutting with oxygen thelogical choice for the job.

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synthetic lubricants

Synthetics take on tough jobs

December 3, 2009

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Synthetic lubricants now can take on a greater variety of stamping applications.

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roll forming fully automated adjustments

Roll forming gets flexible

December 2, 2009

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Roll forming technology has adapted to a manufacturing market that demands short runs and quick response.

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time analysis shop floor efficiency

Creating a time analysis to measure shop floor efficiency

December 2, 2009

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A time analysis in a fabrication business is much more than just a study of labor functions. When done correctly, time analysis considers the total picture of an operation.

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3-D CAD design communication skills

December 2, 2009

If a face-to-face meeting can't be held, thenit is incumbent upon the 3-D CAD crew toproduce other kinds of documents tocommunicate the same information tocustomers. Gerald Davis provides examples ofhow to do this.

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