The Fabricator®

September 2010
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 September 2010 issue available online:

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX

September 16, 2010

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Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two end skirts and two side skirts.

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Lean inventory complements lean production - TheFabricator.com

Lean inventory complements lean production

September 16, 2010

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Controlling inventory, reducing setups, taking advantage of vendor managed inventory arrangements--add it all up, and one metal label manufacturer has become seriously efficient.

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Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program - TheFabricator.com

Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program

September 16, 2010

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Sharpening punch tooling consistently and correctly can help a fabricator save time and money in its punching operations. These suggestions can help a fabricator determine if the company is efficient as it can be with its maintenance program for punch tooling.

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The basics and benefits of modern deburring - TheFabricator.com

The basics and benefits of modern deburring

September 16, 2010

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When shops examine deburring technology, they have myriad options to consider. Carefully weighing the alternatives is paramount.

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Where the tool meets the sheet metal - TheFabricator.com

Where the tool meets the sheet metal

September 16, 2010

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Machine control really has defined what it means to be a metal fabricator. Boiled down, the job is about turning a design concept into a metallic reality, and the control interface is where the rubber hits the road.

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Roll forming: In search of the perfect metal forming application - TheFabricator.com

Roll forming: In search of the perfect metal forming application

September 13, 2010

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Four processes are primarily used to form metal in industry today: extruding, press brake bending, roll forming, and stamping. Roll forming is likely the least used of all of these processes, but given the right applications, it can prove to be the most cost-effective alternative.

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Welding the fast and narrow - TheFabricator.com

Welding the fast and narrow

September 13, 2010

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Advancements in SAW concentrate on faster deposition rates and narrow-groove welding. And today's controls, power supplies, and consumables are meeting industry's demand for process efficiency.

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How new waterjet technology simplifies the complex - TheFabricator.com

How new waterjet technology simplifies the complex

September 8, 2010

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Waterjet technology cuts angled bevels to simplify complex manufacturing. The waterjet now can cut complex angles in plate, angles that previously could be done only in a machining center.

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