The Fabricator®

May 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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Sick of setup time at the press brake - TheFabricator.com

Sick of setup time at the press brake

May 2, 2013

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Alto-Shaam, Menomonee Falls, Wis., needed to find a way to reduce setup times for its low-volume, high-mix work associated with fabricating parts for food service equipment. The company found its answer with a panel bender that management had seen in action at a FABTECH tradeshow several years before.

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Material handling in a tube cutting process - TheFabricator.com

Material handling in a tube cutting process

April 30, 2013

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A tube is a tube, as most in the industry would declare. But getting that tube from point A to point B isn't a simple proposition. That's why fabricators need to keep in mind key factors when looking to set up a material handling system for a tube cutting operation.

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Focusing on downtime reduction in laser cutting - TheFabricator.com

Focusing on downtime reduction in laser cutting

April 30, 2013

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If a laser cutting machine is not cutting, it has no chance of making money for the shop. Downtime related to maintenance is understandable. Downtime related to the slow process of attending to laser optics is frustrating. Automation, however, can help keep that laser cutting machine running, even when it's cutting different material thicknesses.

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Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication

April 30, 2013

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Fabricating know-how and modern machine tool technology help Tie Down Engineering, Atlanta, balance its made-to-stock and made-to-order product line operations with a growing contract fabrication operation.

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Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition - TheFabricator.com

Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition

April 30, 2013

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Coordinating fabrication, welding, assembly, and painting within a high-mix, low-volume environment is neither new nor easy. The effort at one such fabricator demonstrates the commitment required, tools applied, lessons learned, and benefits realized when adopting cellularized flow manufacturing in a traditional, departmentalized organization.

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Surviving the storm - TheFabricator.com

Surviving the storm

April 24, 2013

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Hurricane Sandy wasn't kind to Architectural Grille, Brooklyn, N.Y., in late October 2012. Waters from a nearby canal flooded the shop and ultimately destroyed all fabricating equipment, which was paid for. The insurance companies and local officials didn't offer much help either. The Giumenta family didn't throw in the towel, however. They are determined to rebuild and do it with the latest technology available.

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Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence

April 24, 2013

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In this fifth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of time standards that are based on shop experience to guide the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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Taking it to the next level - TheFabricator.com

Taking it to the next level

April 24, 2013

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A welding instructor and two of his seniors have been working together since early November to fabricate a smoker of epic proportions. But in the process the students have found their future calling and their teacher has found a kinship with both.

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Why do customers buy from you?

April 24, 2013

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If you don't know the answer to that question, you aren't listening to your customers closely enough. And that puts the entire organization at risk.

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Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication

April 24, 2013

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A Houston fabricator maintains a 99 percent on-time delivery rate. The business maintains its place as a reliable link in the supply chain, and the shop’s growth strategy aims to keep it that way.

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Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow

April 24, 2013

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As part of its unofficial business plan, Cumming, Ga.-based Accufab gets in on the ground floor and helps entrepreneurs to get off the ground. As a result, the company is able to grow with its customers.

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Keeping up with hazardous communications regulations - TheFabricator.com

Keeping up with hazardous communications regulations

April 24, 2013

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On May 25, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided to align its hazard communication standards with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Most metal fabricators don't realize that they need to update their own shop hazard communications—and they need to do it soon.

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