The Fabricator®

December 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 December 2011 issue available online:

3-D CAD: Library features - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Library features

December 20, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD users how to create a feature for the library so that it may be used in other models.

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8 hidden costs of material utilization

December 20, 2011

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Be sure to properly identify the hidden costs of material utilization to ensure that the gains outweigh the expense.

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5 commonly overlooked laser maintenance areas - TheFabricator.com

5 commonly overlooked laser maintenance areas

December 15, 2011

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By keeping tabs on laser optics, gas flow, chiller performance, and machine cleanliness, a metal fabricator can ensure that a laser cutting machine is performing as it should and possibly lengthen the machine's working life as well.

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Better Tube Bending - TheFabricator.com

Better tube bending

December 12, 2011

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This article explains how to examine and alter loading, bending, unloading, and quality checking operations to improve overall bending cycle times.

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Retrofit and ready for better bending - TheFabricator.com

Retrofit and ready for better bending

December 12, 2011

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Kysor/Warren, Columbus, Ga., cutomizes the refrigerated display cases and refrigeration systems for its customers. Unfortunately, it didn't have a very efficient bending operation to keep up with the production demands related to its diverse product line. To remedy the situation, the company purchased Wila precision ground tooling and installed hydraulic clamping systems on its press brakes.

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2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo - TheFabricator.com

2012 forecast: The good and bad of economic gumbo

December 9, 2011

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Positives and negatives probably will pepper the business climate in 2012. Manufacturing has led the economic recovery. Unemployment will remain high, and businesses will still seek technical talent. Equipment spending probably will continue apace. So will company acquisitions, but they won’t be as prevalent as they could be. . Mixed together, these ingredients make for a good news-bad news gumbo in 2012.

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Juggling the variables of GTAW - TheFabricator.com

Juggling the variables of GTAW

December 9, 2011

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Gas tungsten arc welding isn’t the easiest process to learn. With so many things going on at once, GTAW is a little like juggling while riding a unicycle. With practice, the welder’s eye, arm, hand, and foot coordination will improve.

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Got milling? You’re hired. - TheFabricator.com

Got milling? You’re hired.

December 9, 2011

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A good machinist is hard to find. Why? It’s a mixture of factors. Machining suffers from the same image problem as the other manufacturing trades, so not enough people enter the field. But this country also lacks hands-on training programs.

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