The Fabricator®

November 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 November 2010 issue available online:

Another day, another economic recovery - TheFabricator.com

Another day, another economic recovery

November 12, 2010

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One Columbus, Ohio, job shop recovered quickly from the recession. The organization has a history of financial conservatism and pragmatism—and today’s black ink is a testament to the shop’s success.

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Using watts, again - TheFabricator.com

Using watts, again

November 12, 2010

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A West Coast metal fabricator, Laser Cutting Northwest developed a product called the regenerator, which generates electricity from exhausted air. One application includes dust collectors for laser cutting systems. Installed into the shop’s own systems, the regenerator produces enough electricity to power a third of the shop lights.

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

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part XI

November 8, 2010

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Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis has turned his attention to the sliding charcoal plan, but this particular component challenges the top-down modeling approach that has been used up until this point in the project.

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A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters - TheFabricator.com

A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters

November 8, 2010

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A form that covers the total cost of ownership gives a fabricator a useful tool for comparing the real costs of operating an existing dust and fume collector with different filters.

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22 possible causes of weld metal porosity - TheFabricator.com

22 possible causes of weld metal porosity

November 1, 2010

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Porosity is a weld defect that is fairly common, but also fairly easy to fix. What issues contribute to weld porosity? This checklist gives a welder a good idea of what might be causing the problem.

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Are you maximizing your nesting efforts? - TheFabricator.com

Are you maximizing your nesting efforts?

November 1, 2010

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Making cost-effective designs has become a basic requirement in manufacturing, and proper nesting can contribute to this overall goal.

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New technology developments in the fold - TheFabricator.com

New technology developments in the fold

November 1, 2010

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Bidirectional bending was a big step forward in the capabilities of folding machines. However, the technology continues to advance with the emergence of faster folding speeds, more tooling flexibility, wider working envelopes, and more specialized folding capabilities.

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The brain and brawn of modern automation - TheFabricator.com

The brain and brawn of modern automation

November 1, 2010

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Automating metal fabrication requires more than just high-speed processing. The actual equipment—the brawn—is only half the equation. The other half is the software—the brains of shop automation.

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Tube bending with no straights? No problem - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending with no straights? No problem

November 1, 2010

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A Wisconsin tube shop invests in an unusual, freeform bending technology that can bend tube sections with no straight sections between bends. Different radii requires no tool changeouts or complex tooling setups. Instead, an operator changes the code in the controller.

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