The Fabricator®

June 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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Selected articles from the June 2013 issue available online:

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics

June 28, 2013

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In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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The I-9 form, all about the details - TheFabricator.com

The I-9 form, all about the details

June 28, 2013

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While completing an I-9 form may seem straightforward, it can quickly get complicated. Even employers with the best of intentions may find themselves trying to work through situations they never anticipated.

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The art, science, and frustration of sales forecasting

June 28, 2013

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Forecasting, while seemingly futile at times, is something fabricators should take seriously instead of dismissing it as some hocus-pocus best left to Wall Street analysts, politicians, and tarot card readers.

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About good people working together - TheFabricator.com

About good people working together

June 28, 2013

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Collaboration between creative minds--employing some refreshing cut-to-the-chase rationality to uncover the best processes for the product at hand--may be why people catch the manufacturing bug.

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The biggest fabricators grow even bigger - TheFabricator.com

The biggest fabricators grow even bigger

June 4, 2013

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This year’s Fab 40 list shows an industry in growth mode, though the amount of growth depends on the region and industries contract fabricators serve. Company leaders gave their outlook for the rest of 2013, and there’s more optimism than pessimism.

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Moving forward - TheFabricator.com

Moving forward

June 3, 2013

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Dane Manufacturing looks nothing like it did a dozen years ago. More of its revenue now comes from contract fabrication and, thanks to several strategic acquisitions, produces several lucrative product lines.

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How Genzink Steel redefined redefined itself - TheFabricator.com

How Genzink Steel redefined itself

June 3, 2013

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Genzink Steel Supply and Welding has roots in structural fabrication. But after decades of diversifying in other sectors, the fabricator decided to leave the structural business to focus on contract fabrication--and the business is healthier because of it.

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Nets to catch and protect - TheFabricator.com

Nets to catch and protect

June 3, 2013

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When Industrial Laser Systems was asked to fabricate a tubular frame for a military vehicle, it rose to the challenge to cut, makes some holes, bend, and swage the tube ends. The result is a tubular frame that is affixed to the outside of patrol vehicles; combined with Kevlar® netting, the system prevents explosive projectiles from hitting the vehicle, with great success.

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Designing for adhesive bonding - TheFabricator.com

Designing for adhesive bonding

June 3, 2013

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While it is sometimes more economically favorable to use adhesives as an alternative to welding, a fabricator must consider many important points before making the changeover.

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Bending Basics: Why do die angles change? - TheFabricator.com

Bending Basics: Why do die angles change?

June 3, 2013

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In air forming, the bend angle does not depend exclusively on the angle of the die. So why does the die angle change? There are two separate but overlapping answers; one relates to narrow die openings, and the other pertains to larger dies.

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Nesting software integration leads to improved performance - TheFabricator.com

Nesting software integration leads to improved performance

June 3, 2013

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Advancements in nesting software development have made a real impact in terms of increased material utilization and machine uptime, but for a fabricator to get the most out of the nesting software, it needs to be fully integrated with the design and shop management software systems.

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Plasma or oxyfuel? - TheFabricator.com

Plasma or oxyfuel?

June 3, 2013

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When purchasing a new automated cutting table or retrofitting an existing one, which process is best--oxyfuel or plasma? The nature of the application and cutting process both play a role.

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Eight tips for effective grinding - TheFabricator.com

Eight tips for effective grinding

June 3, 2013

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It doesn’t matter how mind-bogglingly fast upstream processes are if it takes forever and a day for parts to make it through the grinding department.

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Race team embraces waterjet cutting - TheFabricator.com

Race team embraces waterjet cutting

June 3, 2013

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When John Force Racing took most of its manufacturing operations in-house in the early 2000s, the focus was on controlling quality and lead time. However, it didn't have a quick-response fabricating tool for 2-D cutting. It has since found that tool with its new waterjet

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Plate-rolling out the weakest links - TheFabricator.com

Plate-rolling out the weakest links

June 3, 2013

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Over the past few years, North Shore Steel has transformed its plate processing division into a provider of highly engineered, precision-cut and rolled components.

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