The Fabricator®

September 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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Selected articles from the September 2012 issue available online:

Fabricator trades bend-cut-bend-cut-bend-cut-weld-grind-polish-blend sequence for bend- bend-bend-polish sequence - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator trades bend-cut-bend-cut-bend-cut-weld-grind-polish-blend sequence for bend- bend-bend-polish sequence

September 7, 2012

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SF Tube Inc., a fabricator that does a substantial amount of bending, found itself facing a perfect storm—it had quite a bit of manual equipment, it often had to use two or three benders to make a single component, its bend-splice-weld-grind-polish-blend process for many components was too time-consuming, its shop floor was crowded with machines, and its niche as a specialty bending house meant it was positioned for future growth. A new bender, one that provides both rotary bending and roll bending, eliminated these hassles and has positioned the company to take advantage of growth opportunities.

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3-D CAD: Setting up a costing tool - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Setting up a costing tool

September 7, 2012

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Cost analysis within 3-D modeling software won't replace cost estimating, but it still can be a helpful tool.

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Balancing sales forecasts with reality - TheFabricator.com

Balancing sales forecasts with reality

September 7, 2012

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How can a fab shop use customers' sales forecasts effectively for in-house production planning, but at the same time not rely on them too much? It's a balancing act, but if done effectively, it can prove to be highly beneficial for a fabricator.

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The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest - TheFabricator.com

The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest

September 7, 2012

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The results are in from FMA's 2012 Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey and the message is clear: Raw material and work-in-process inventory eats cash. Successful fabricating shops have figured out a way to avoid excess inventory scenarios.

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Sensing changes in automated welding - TheFabricator.com

Sensing changes in automated welding

September 7, 2012

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Can automated welding be a useful tool in the random world of fabricating, where material make-up is inconsistent and weld-prep results in non-aligned edges? With a vision system, automated welding indeed can be the right tool for the right application.

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Connecting 3-D modeling to nesting - TheFabricator.com

Connecting 3-D modeling to nesting

September 7, 2012

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It sounds like a no-brainer in electronically connected world, but shops don't have the ability to integrate their 3-D modeling capabilities with nest creation. As more shops jump into 3-D modeling with the goal of decreasing turnaround time for jobs, they are looking at a more formal connection between the design and production world.

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How quick response drives profits in metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

How quick response drives profits in metal fabrication

September 7, 2012

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CR Metal Products Inc., St. Louis, follows the lessons of quick-response manufacturing, which preaches decreased capacity utilization of equipment and increased attention on just how jobs can be turned around in the quickest manner possible.

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From the farm to oilfields, mines, heavy equipment, and more - TheFabricator.com

From the farm to oilfields, mines, heavy equipment, and more

September 3, 2012

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Radius Steel-SOO Tractor, Sioux City, Iowa, is looking beyond its agricultural roots as it reaches out to various other industries, such as heavy equipment and oil and gas.

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Bending basics: Dissecting bend deductions and die openings - TheFabricator.com

Bending basics: Dissecting bend deductions and die openings

September 3, 2012

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Changing the die opening can dramatically change results during air forming. In precision sheet metal fabrication, choosing the correct die opening should not be a guessing game.

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Rolling, rolling, and rolling complex profiles - TheFabricator.com

Rolling, rolling, and rolling complex profiles

September 3, 2012

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Commercial Roll Formed Products uses a 60-station, modular Dreistern roll forming line to produce highly complex profiles. A focus on producing custom parts has helped the Canadian family-run business grow to include over 30 roll form lines.

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A fabricating home run - TheFabricator.com

A fabricating home run

August 30, 2012

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Kohler High School’s Engineering Club captured the attention of the Milwaukee Brewers, the MLB Network, and thousands of others with its Miller Park replica grill.

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