The Fabricator®

February 2013
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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Developing shop employees for the field - TheFabricator.com

Developing shop employees for the field

February 15, 2013

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Companies involved in heavy-duty metal fabricating and fieldwork discuss the traits they want to develop in their own workforces.

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Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations - TheFabricator.com

Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations

February 15, 2013

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Cal Poly engineering students use tablet computers to assist them with learning how to run and perform maintenance on machining centers. Discussions reveal that they enjoy this type of interaction rather than traditional training.

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Basics on the financials for metal fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Basics on the financials for metal fabricators

February 15, 2013

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Generally, five categories are examined to determine company valuation. All are important in assessing risk-adjusted valuation, but the one that gets the most immediate attention, rightfully, is the financials.

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Tube bending, the next generation - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending, the next generation

February 15, 2013

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A tube bending shop with roots that go back to the Gemini and Apollo missions looks far different today than it did eight years ago.

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A road map for managing welding fume - TheFabricator.com

A road map for managing welding fume

February 15, 2013

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While a process change is the first step in reducing welding fumes, fume extraction and respiratory systems are critical tools for employee health and safety.

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Finding the perfect die opening - TheFabricator.com

Finding the perfect die opening

February 15, 2013

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By choosing a die opening as close to perfect as possible, your consistency will improve, your setup and run times will get shorter, and the risks of running into problems will be greatly reduced.

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The many hats of the laser operator - TheFabricator.com

The many hats of the laser operator

February 15, 2013

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The modern laser cutting machine operator must wear several hats: one for in-process quality assurance, another for recordkeeping, one for preventive maintenance, and one more for troubleshooting.

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Advice on improving manufacturing's future - TheFabricator.com

Advice on improving manufacturing's future

February 15, 2013

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An educator gives metal fabricators advice on how they can improve the overall image of manufacturing and help to develop their next generation of workers at the same time.

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Growing in the face of uncertainty - TheFabricator.com

Growing in the face of uncertainty

February 1, 2013

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Having survived a bankruptcy in the 1990s and the Great Recession, A&E Custom Manufcturing isn't about to embark on an aggressive growth path just to chase more business. It wants to grow intelligently, balancing investment with real opportunity. With that in mind, the company has made some very wise decisions that has allowed it to grow in the face of ongoing uncertainty.

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Better plasma cutting on stainless steel - TheFabricator.com

Better plasma cutting on stainless steel

February 1, 2013

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Penn Stainless Products, Quakertown, Pa., wanted to upgrade its plasma cutting operations so that it could cut thicker stainless steel plate. It found that plasma technology advancements could deliver the thicker cut and additional benefits as well.

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High-performance, high-speed happiness - TheFabricator.com

High-performance, high-speed happiness

February 1, 2013

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After realizing he was spending too much time traveling, risk management consultant Hank Padilla decided to take a dramatic career detour. He did some vocational coursework and opened a fabrication shop, serving the local area (Littleton, Colo.) with precision tube bending and GTAW for roll cages and exhaust systems.

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