The Fabricator®

October 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 October 2010 issue available online:

How a shop devoted to improvement improved - TheFabricator.com

How a shop devoted to improvement improved

September 13, 2011

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At a major automotive OEM, a support operation is devoted to continuous improvement projects for the assembly line, fabricating items as needed to make life easier for line workers. Unfortunately, the improvement shop wasn’t very organized. As managers soon realized, it was time to improve the improvement shop.

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

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part X

October 26, 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 skewer supports.

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best time for a business turnaround? Now. - TheFabricator.com

The best time for a business turnaround? Now.

October 22, 2010

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If your company is bleeding cash, there's no time like the present to start a turnaround effort. The sooner you start, the better, and know that the company's future is at stake.

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Better shielding gas flow, efficient welding - TheFabricator.com

Better shielding gas flow, efficient welding

October 21, 2010

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After an automative supplier examines its automated and manual welding operations, it discovers greater efficiencies after analyzing and optimizing shielding gas flow.

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Better cladding, better inspection - TheFabricator.com

Better cladding, better inspection

October 14, 2010

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Hot-wire GTAW and inspection advances are meeting the oil and gas industry's ever-increasing need for cladding.

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Robotic welding of heavy plate sections - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding of heavy plate sections

October 4, 2010

When mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, Houston, Pa., redesigned its line pans for coal removal, it increased the size and thickness of the equipment. The redesign provided the perfect opportunity to move to an automated welding cell to keep up with the additional 150 lbs. of filler metal that would have to be added to each line pan.

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Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty? - TheFabricator.com

Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty?

October 4, 2010

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From tacking operations that require short arc-on times to completing long, continuous welds on thick plate, the welding gun needs to offer the appropriate welding capacity for the job.

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New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering - TheFabricator.com

New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering

October 4, 2010

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A Baltimore job shop remained on the growth path throughout the recession by circumventing the traditional job bidding process and gaining a serious foothold in the export market.

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A rundown on rolling machines - TheFabricator.com

A rundown on rolling machines

October 4, 2010

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A metal fabricator needs to know what it will be bending before truly being able to specify what type of plate or sheet roll bending machine it needs.

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