The Fabricator®

August 2012
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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IMTS 2012: The need for technology remains - TheFabricator.com

IMTS 2012: The need for technology remains

August 3, 2012

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Even as the June 2012 survey numbers suggest that manufacturing activity has retreated from robust highs in early 2012, manufacturers can't afford to start cutting back. They are in a race to reinvent themselves to be more responsive to cost-sensitive customers, and for many, that means investment in new technology. That's why shows such as the International Manufacturing Technology Show, Sept. 10-15, in Chicago, remain important.

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3-D CAD: Design optimization - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Design optimization

August 3, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis begins his exploration on how cost management tools in 3-D modeling software can be used to deliver cost-efficient and functional part designs.

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Staying safe shipping metal products - TheFabricator.com

Staying safe shipping metal products

August 3, 2012

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The days of a trailer being loaded with metal products before it leaves the shipping deck are over. Because customers want their parts delivered as soon as possible, lighter-than-truckload shipments are a normal part of shipping operations. This, however, requires additional attention to detail to keep both products and people safe.

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Putting a label on metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Putting a label on metal fabrication

August 3, 2012

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Micron Metalworks is a classic precision sheet metal job shop, with short runs and numerous job changeovers. To optimize part flow and overall efficiency, it’s the little things that really matter--including a simple label on a drawer.

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Piecing together a growing business - TheFabricator.com

Piecing together a growing business

August 3, 2012

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The ironworker at RJ Industries keeps modular aluminum components flowing. At this shop, the tried-and-true machine is the center of cutting and punching production.

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Green: The color of safety - TheFabricator.com

Green: The color of safety

August 3, 2012

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Going almost 11 years with only one injury isn't luck. That fabricating operation has taken steps to ensure that safety is considered before anyone undertakes a task on the shop floor. This is how ADM Mechanical, Decatur, Ill., created that environment.

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Where is structural steel material handling moving? - TheFabricator.com

Where is structural steel material handling moving?

August 3, 2012

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Structural steel fabricators now realize what their sheet metal counterparts have known for several years: It doesn't make sense to pay people for the non-value-added activity of handling beams. That's why these shops are investigating automated material handling, but before they do that, they need to answer some important questions.

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How to wrap up packaging problems - TheFabricator.com

How to wrap up packaging problems

August 3, 2012

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A poorly packaged pallet of parts damaged in transit turns all that value-adding upstream activity--cutting, deburring, bending, welding, grinding, heat treating, plating, powder coating, hardware insertion, and assembly--into waste

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Roll forming: A sometimes overlooked done-in-one process - TheFabricator.com

Roll forming: A sometimes overlooked done-in-one process

August 3, 2012

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Roll forming isn’t just for simple gutters or panels, but also for custom welded tubes. Components begin as metal coil and are formed in the rolling mill; prenotching adds the desired slots and holes; then, they are finally seam-welded. All this can be accomplished in one production process.

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Set design meets advanced manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

Set design meets advanced manufacturing

August 3, 2012

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A Broadway and TV set fabricator mixes set-building tradition with advanced manufacturing technologies, from welding and cutting to abrasive waterjet cutting. Complicating matters are the demands of modern performance media--especially high-definition broadcasts.

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Candy-apple red isn’t just for hot rods anymore - TheFabricator.com

Candy-apple red isn’t just for hot rods anymore

August 3, 2012

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After working for a few years making leather belts and belt buckles, Anthony “AJ” Patti moved on to designing and manufacturing leather goods for Harley-Davidson, then went on to pewter casting to make jewelry for the venerable motorcycle manufacturer. An artist always striving for efficiency and mass production, Patti’s latest venture is making sculptures and adornments for gardens.

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