The Fabricator®

April 2011
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 April 2011 issue available online:

Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image - TheFabricator.com

Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image

August 1, 2011

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A northeastern job shop gets a new building and a complete makeover, with bright colors, a sleek front office, a quality assurance room that looks like a laboratory, and with it all, a new image.

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Lean work area

5S or 6S: What's the safe choice?

April 1, 2011

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Everyone wants a safe work environment, but some companies feel that the safety needs to be a separate category of 5S, making it 6S. Others argue that the safety is clearly covered in the 5S methodology. Both may be right.

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bending tread plate

The science of bending perforated sheet and tread plate

April 1, 2011

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Tread plate and perforated sheet present significant bending challenges. To help matters, fabricators may need to look beyond typical air bending with a punch and V die. Though bending alternatives vary, they have one commonality: They clamp down to ensure the workpiece stays where it should.

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Laser cut turning parts

Diverse, quick, and growing

April 1, 2011

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Tennessee job shop finds success through diversifying its capabilities, from laser cutting, press brake bending, and robotic welding, to milling, turning, and boring. The shop turns around many jobs in only a few days.

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Howe brothers discover precision fabrication

April 1, 2011

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The stars of Howe and Howe Tech on Discovery Channel see metal fabricating as a creative outlet for their imaginations--while also catching the attention of the Department of Defense.

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small parts inventory

Manage your small-parts inventory better

April 1, 2011

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By trusting your vendors to deliver small parts in a regularly scheduled manner to your facility, you are learning a valuable lesson about the nuts and bolts of efficient supply chain management

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Pneumatic cartridge gun

Adhesive bonding broadens the fabricator’s toolbox

April 1, 2011

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Structural adhesives may be able to complement other metal joining processes. The process can't replace all riveting and welding, but it can be a viable alternative for the right application.

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3-D CAD: Modeling with limited resources - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Modeling with limited resources

March 14, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis reminds us that CAD modeling has its limitations and that it's still necessary to build a prototype rather than just relying on simulation.

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