The Fabricator®

October 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 October 2013 issue available online:

Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure

October 9, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the presentation of the estimate to the customer will require some preparation.

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Adding rocks to the knapsack: A roadblock to continuous improvement

October 9, 2013

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There’s nothing wrong with tackling the low-hanging fruit, unless it kills the big improvement initiatives that can really make you better.

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How top performing metal fabricators get it done - TheFabricator.com

How top performing metal fabricators get it done

October 9, 2013

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FMA’s recently released Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey digs deep into the numbers. The results give a realistic view of the industry and reveal how successful its top performers can be.

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The future of the bending craft - TheFabricator.com

The future of the bending craft

October 9, 2013

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Shop floors are filled with advanced technology, and this includes the press brake department. As bending guru Steve Benson explains, you still need skilled technicians to make the best use of that technology.

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Roll form and shine bright - TheFabricator.com

Roll form and shine bright

October 9, 2013

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As revenue tumbled nearly 80 percent during the downturn, OMCO’s sales team searched for new markets that could carry them through the tough times and beyond. Ultimately, they found a sector that grew faster than anyone expected. They found solar.

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A deburred edge that everyone accepts - TheFabricator.com

A deburred edge that everyone accepts

October 9, 2013

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Laitram Machinery, Harahan, La., has been battling inconsistent edge preparation for years. It was simply a case of having no universally accepted standard to model a quality edge and having mutiple individuals deburr edges as they saw fit. New part finishing equipment has changed all of that, however.

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Sidestepping punched-part deburring - TheFabricator.com

Sidestepping punched-part deburring

October 9, 2013

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Having someone deburr parts as they come off a punching press can be a timely and costly endeavor. Some suggestions, however, might help fabricators reduce or eliminate this step altogether.

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Understanding lift magnet compliance - TheFabricator.com

Understanding lift magnet compliance

October 9, 2013

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has established compliance standards for the use of permanent and electric-rated lifting magnets and the operators of those magnets. Familiarizing shop floor personnel with these guidelines builds a solid foundation for keeping employees safe as they move sheet metal and plate.

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Why did an architect need a solid nesting program? - TheFabricator.com

Why did an architect need a solid nesting program?

October 9, 2013

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SHoP Construction Services sought out a nesting program to help it create exact-sized panels for the huge Barclays Center project in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the effort resulted in an award-winning architectural and fabricating effort.

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No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks - TheFabricator.com

No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks

October 9, 2013

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This Minnesota fabricator took a pragmatic approach to lean manufacturing, one that takes the challenges of the job shop into account. Employees focused on communication, organization, and simplicity. The result was an operational and, most important, cultural transformation.

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Health care reform: Navigating pay or play - TheFabricator.com

Health care reform: Navigating pay or play

October 9, 2013

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For business owners, one of the most dramatic changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act will be what has come to be known as the “pay or play” provision, under which many employers will need to provide employee health care coverage or pay a tax.

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Attractive sculptures, day or night - TheFabricator.com

Attractive sculptures, day or night

October 7, 2013

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Solar Sculptures™, which comprises an artist, a public spaces planner, and an electrical engineer, designs sculptures that use motion sensors and LEDs to come alive at night.

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Punching up forms on a turret press - TheFabricator.com

Punching up forms on a turret press

October 7, 2013

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From producing fairly simple tapping extrusions to bends to tabs to tall louvers to complex special shapes, upforming can enhance a turret’s multitasking capabilities and reduce multiple processes to one pass.

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Don’t get flattened by the wrong plate roll - TheFabricator.com

Don’t get flattened by the wrong plate roll

October 7, 2013

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Plate rolling is not as simple as using a press brake to make a 90-degree bend on a small piece of metal. With the right equipment, however, a fabricator can learn to become a very good plate roller in a short amount of time.

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How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months - TheFabricator.com

How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months

October 7, 2013

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Manufacturing boils down to three principal services: design and engineering, prototyping, and production. One Georgia fabricator has evolved to offer all three.

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