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Putting together a plasma cutting system

July 27, 2015

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Choosing a plasma power supply is one thing; putting together an entire system is something else altogether. A complete plan includes an X-Y table, CNC system, software, and fume control.

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Deburring: A standard operation?

July 27, 2015

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According to LaRoux K. Gillespie, author of SME's Deburring and Edge Finishing Handbook, a shop can establish its own deburring standard, with the absence of one official standard in U.S. industry. It’s just a matter of communicating the specifics of the final edge finish.

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8 questions for efficient bending on the press brake

July 27, 2015

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At S&B Machine in Mobile, Ala., Head Programmer Danny Brown streamlines bending by making sure the right operators have the right information at the right time.

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How to calculate the air-formed radius of different bend angles

July 21, 2015

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Using the 20 percent rule works well when calculating the floated radius in an air form, but what about the radius at different bend angles? To calculate this, we start with geometry to find the arc length and radius at different bend angles. We then ma

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design alignment

July 21, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of how to use CAD to address the inclusion of a flat-head screw and a countersink in a 3-D design..

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How employees drive a safe work environment

July 20, 2015

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The Dupps Co., Germantown, Ohio, is a fabricator of heavy-duty processing equipment that has managed to post 2 million work hours without a lost-time accident. For its outstanding safety record, the company was named the recipient of FMA's 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.

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CB Fabricating finds success giving people second chances

July 20, 2015

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Indiana fabricator continues to grow thanks to technology and a small, dedicated staff. The small shop may prove the merits of giving people a second chance. It’s not just moral. For CB Fabricating, it’s not just moral; it’s good business.

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3 drivers of welding throughput

July 20, 2015

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Three principal drivers increase welding throughput in the modern shop: welding process advances, smart use of automation, and having the right information

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Layer by layer

July 16, 2015

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Tennessee metalworker makes a living combining old and new metalworking processes.

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Catching the right waveform

July 15, 2015

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The advent of the electrical waveform helped to take a lot of guesswork out of welding. A lot more of the guesswork was taken out of the welding process with the move to the digitally controlled power source and even more waveforms.

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Horizontal bending on the press brake

July 15, 2015

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With the right tooling, you can accomplish horizontal bending—that is, where the sheet remains horizontal during the bend cycle—on the press brake. In general, horizontal bending on the press brake is accomplished with either wiping tools or rotary-style tools.

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Employee engangement drives the manufacturing economy

July 15, 2015

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Automation and other advanced manufacturing technology have become the ticket for entry to compete in custom fabrication, but people still make the difference.

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Building a manufacturing workforce

July 15, 2015

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Alexandra Industries, a producer and fabricator of aluminum extrusions in Alexandria, Minn., recognized the need to get involved in the local school district to boost the image of manufacturing in the eyes of students. But it didn't just volunteer to send over speakers. It heavily influenced the curriculum at the new high school and donated new manufacturing technology.

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Software tracks truth on the manufacturing shop floor

July 14, 2015

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Manufacturing execution systems manage schedules based not about assumptions on available capacity, but on data gathered directly from manufacturing equipment.

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Securing your business for the next generation

July 14, 2015

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Fab shop owners may avoid succession planning. They may be too busy, or the decision may be difficult. But nobody lives forever, and not having a solid succession plan in place puts the future of the business at risk.

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