The Fabricator®

October 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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First to the punch

October 23, 2012

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The ability to move from one job to the next quickly is essential to a shop’s ability to produce more parts in less time. An important part of this involves shortening changeover time at the punch press.

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Tig welding

Cutting the GTAW remote control cord

October 23, 2012

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A truly remote-controlled foot pedal for TIG welding sounds like the perfect tool for job site fabricators, but welders that work in a small cell are also finding advantages associated with cutting the welding control cord.

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How to develop the next-generation leader - TheFabricator.com

How to develop the next-generation leader

October 19, 2012

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Preparing a plan to develop the next-generation leader requires a comprehensive, objective analysis. It should cover where the business should go over the next several years, and what skills the next leader will need to take the company in that direction.

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Cellular manufacturing meets the front office - TheFabricator.com

Cellular manufacturing meets the front office

October 19, 2012

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Quick-response manufacturing takes a time-based approach that looks at the entire process from start to finish. This includes one vital element: restructuring the organization away from a job-function approach and toward lead-time reduction. To reduce lead-times, you need to restructure your organization so that people shepherd projects through multiple steps.

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The rebirth of a metal fabrication business - TheFabricator.com

The rebirth of a metal fabrication business

October 19, 2012

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In September 2011, thanks to changing weather patterns and unintended consequences of water management, GT Fabrication was flooded yet again. The family business has been through this before. Why stay in the game? Because the metal fabrication community was there to help.

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3-D CAD: Handling imported data during sheet metal design - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Handling imported data during sheet metal design

October 19, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis is ready to rip into the process of converting imported 3-D parts to flattened parts.

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Back to shcool for welder - TheFabricator.com

Wisconsin fabricator ramps up in-house training

October 12, 2012

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As the skilled labor crisis continued unabated, Schuette Metals launched a unique in-house training program. Sources said that more than anything else, good training will be key to the fabricator’s future success.

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A plate rolling primer - TheFabricator.com

A plate rolling primer

October 12, 2012

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The FABRICATOR talks with Jeff Visser, production managers at Avon, Mass.-based BEPeterson, about the basics of plate rolling operation. Plate rolling is part art, part science. It requires skill, and not just anyone can do the job right.

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Bending for the internal customer - TheFabricator.com

Bending for the internal customer

October 12, 2012

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Freeing a bending bottleneck can backfire if it simply creates a severe bottleneck downstream. Bending throughput may increase, but overall throughput--the metric that really matters--may not. That’s why the best bending automation considers not only the bending department but also the throughput of the entire plant.

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When to cut a common line - TheFabricator.com

When to cut a common line

October 12, 2012

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All things being equal, it stands to reason that a single separating cut is always preferable where possible. But all things are not equal, and there are times when common-line cutting is not the best option.

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Dore Capitani

The art is just a front

October 9, 2012

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Dore Capitani cut right to the chase: "My wife says the art is just a front." Maybe so. The former industrial mechanic, who worked his way up to master mechanic, spent the early part of his career working for a packaging manufacturer, and later for a glass container manufacturer, and learned how...

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10 questions to ask for safeguarding success - TheFabricator.com

10 questions to ask for safeguarding success

October 9, 2012

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Applied correctly, safeguarding can add to a company’s bottom line by preventing injury, improving the manufacturing process, and optimizing the overall shop environment.

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Free-machining steels

You can machine it, but can you weld it?

October 8, 2012

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Free-machining steels shouldn’t be welded. If a fabricator has a job requiring a free-machining steel, engineers and fabricators should get together to determine the best action. Can welding be avoided by using fasteners? If not, which weldable materials exhibit acceptable machining characteristics, and do these materials meet design requirements?

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Optiplex laser cutting machine

The laser as a lean manufacturing tool

October 8, 2012

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How many fabricating shops run a less-than-optimized cutting head just to avoid the downtime of switching out the head? S&B Metal Products, Lakeland, Fla., used to do like that until it got a laser cutting machine that was a better fit for its low-volume, high-mix fabricating jobs.

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LVD Strippit Punching

Punching up productivity

October 8, 2012

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Mid-West Metal Products Co. Inc., Muncie, Ind., needed a new punching press for a large-volume order and soon found out just how fast production flow can change on a shop floor with new technology.

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