The Fabricator®

May 2014
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 May 2014 issue available online:

Commoditization: Is it inevitable?

May 30, 2014

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The digital revolution has changed the game of metal fabrication. How can business owners differentate their companies? Contributing writer Dick Kallage begins a new series to answer that question.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product presentation

May 26, 2014

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Knowing the nuances of generating an image opens the door for a wide range of possibilities.

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Having a hard time relating to millennials?

May 26, 2014

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In this Q&A, Diane Thielfoldt, co-founder of The Learning Café, shares some ideas about how metal fabricating companies can convince young people that manufacturing is full of careers worth pursuing.

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The art of welding and friendship

May 19, 2014

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Ten years ago, three women enrolled in an art and sculpture welding class. Little did they know it would be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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Hitting print: The future of additive manufacturing

May 14, 2014

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Generations from now, when people everywhere simply may be hitting print to turn ideas into reality, making things won’t be so difficult—but determining when to hit print could mean the difference between success and failure.

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Quick response, Texas-style

May 14, 2014

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Sonny Pierce, who founded PI-CO Fabrication in 1982, had experience in starkly different fields—like bowling and bathtubs—that lacked one luxury contract fabrication thrives on: customer diversification.

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Bending Basics: Strategies for forming offsets

May 12, 2014

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If you pick the right offset tool for the job, you'll find you will be able to produce many different offset geometries quickly and safely.

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Operator-friendly punching

May 12, 2014

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Modern punching machines are designed to be more operator-friendly, which is a bonus for today’s fast-paced shop floors. Learn just how these sophisticated machines have evolved ergonomically.

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Plasma cutting pipe in the water mist

May 5, 2014

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An Iowa pipe fabricating shop discovers it can eliminate secondary grinding on stainless steel material by adding water misting to its plasma cutting operation.

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Right fastener, right place, right time

April 28, 2014

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How do you error-proof a hardware insertion operation? One half involves the hardware insertion process itself, including proper training, but the other half entails inventory management: making sure operators have easy access to the right hardware at the right time.

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gas delivery

The economies of efficiency in gas delivery

April 28, 2014

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Continuous supply of gas to a fabricating activity is the goal of any shop. Fabricators may not realize that they have choices in gas delivery system design that help to ensure uptime is maximized.

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Beveling plate without the HAZ

April 28, 2014

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To avoid a heat affected zone and improve accuracy and throughput, fabricators can turn to nonthermal beveling options, incluiding milling, nibbling, and automated grinding

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