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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Some boundaries in solid modeling

October 31, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis goes back to the future and shows readers what solid modeling can—and can’t—when trying to mock up a 3-D CAD model of an antique hair clipper.

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Sustaining fabricating success

October 31, 2014

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Located in the Pacific Northwest, P&A Metal Fab is not in a hotbed of North American metal fabricating activity. That hasn't stopped it, however, from growing into a successful and award-winning supplier of metal fabricating services. It's all about continuously improving the entire organization, not just the shop floor.

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End effector tips to keep the press running

October 31, 2014

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Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.

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Reinventing the caster wheel

October 30, 2014

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It sounds funny, but casters really are the wheels that assist in the smooth part flow that lean manufacturing demands.

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The human side of selling a business

October 30, 2014

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Cancer greatly altered the ownership sitatuation for GH Metal Solutions in 2005, but several years of hard work to put the company on a new growth path helped the fabricator to find just rhe right owner.

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The bright side of proper fume extraction

October 30, 2014

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All Rite Industries, Lake Zurich, Ill., found success when it added robotic welding capabilities to its high-volume stamping business, but also found that its older fume extraction system couldn't keep up with the new cells. A new ventilation system helped to remove the shop floor haze.

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Where is your press brake tooling

October 30, 2014

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An organized workspace is an efficient workspace. Press brake technicians should have all the tools they need to perform a changeover. Unlabeled punches and dies, stored haphazardly on a rack, on the floor, or in boxes, only make their jobs harder.

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Don’t underestimate MIG welding skills

October 29, 2014

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Plenty of welding training programs start with gas metal arc welding, or MIG welding, because it’s fairly easy to start laying a pretty consistent bead—under very simple and consistent conditions. As a result, most people look at gas tungsten arc welding, or TIG welding, with its need to use both hands while simultaneously operating a foot pedal, as a more complicated welding process. In a large-scale metal fabricating operation’s world, those people would be wrong.

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Uncovering waste with an all-encompassing metric

October 22, 2014

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Manufacturing critical-path time, MCT, is a broad metric that encompasses the entire enterprise. The shorter an organization's MCT, the more adaptable and successful it can be.

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Plasma cutting or laser cutting? How about both?

October 22, 2014

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Not all parts need the tight-tolernace edge that laser cutting provides; now a fabricator canhave the fine touch of laser cutting and the poweful force of plasma cutting for thicker materials in one machine.

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Giving a welding robot some eyes

October 22, 2014

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Vision systems for a welding application usually are reserved for critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new audience.

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Cut, bend, weld, paint, assemble—box—and ship

October 22, 2014

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Fabricators didn't join the profession because they love packaging and shipping. A custom-box-making machine may be just the thing to allow them to focus on the fun stuff.

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Fiberglass tape that has your [weld’s] back

October 22, 2014

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Aquasol’s Fiback line of fiberglass backing tape, now available in high- and low-amperage options, gives welders a simple, safe, and reliable way to protect the back side of their weldments, even those that have a complex shape.

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Staffing the comeback

October 22, 2014

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It’s no secret—this industry has a tough time finding people, and as demand has increased in recent years, the problem has gotten worse. Just how many people does this industry need to compete, what talents do they need to have, and how can a company attract the best? To address these questions requires realistic planning based not on perceptions, but on facts.

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Low-alloy filler metals: From A to W

October 22, 2014

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Low alloy steels gain their mechanical and chemical properties from the addition of alloying elements, including nickel, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese. They typically offer an ultimate tensile strength of 80,000 PSI or greater, and as with any material, they require a filler metal that matches their chemistry and provides the desired strength.

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