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Maximum sheet metal punching, minimal distortion

December 17, 2014

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Hole-intensive punching work can induce significant stress into the workpiece. To mitigate this requires a careful look at programming and tooling.

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Improved plasma cutting of stainless steel

December 17, 2014

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New equipment technology and better understanding of gas selection make it possible to cut stainless steel productively using the plasma cutting process.

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Managing welding information more efficiently

December 16, 2014

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A company can improve only those areas of production that can be tracked and measured. In welding, information management systems can help to provide the support to bolster production efficiencies.

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Pass it on

December 12, 2014

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Ron Covell’s 50-year career manually building autobodies for street rods, dragsters, and motorcycles is impressive, to say the least. But he doesn’t plan on hoarding all of the expertise he’s garnered over the years. His latest passion, of the last 20 years anyway, has been sharing information in his traveling workshops to current or up-and-coming autobody enthusiasts. It’s what he hopes is his longest and most impactful legacy.

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One metal fabricator, two value streams

December 12, 2014

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For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.

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Engineer, weld, fabricate, test, and perfect

December 10, 2014

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Rando Productions juggles various projects from various customers—TV shows, commercials, theme park attractions—and each has its own timeline. It’s all one-off, nonrepeat work. Sound familiar?

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2015 metal fabrication forecast: Steady as she grows

December 8, 2014

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Fabricators expect steady growth for 2015. At the same time, they’re gearing up to handle increasing customer demand by investing in capacity-building equipment.

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Global manufacturing economy pushes forward

December 8, 2014

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New bending, welding, and laser technology on display at the world’s largest metal fabricating and forming tradeshow helps manufacturers in their pursuit of achieving higher levels of production efficiency.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Cap-offs, springs, and threads

December 3, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD operators how to use two separate design functions to create the same cap-off treatment.

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Creativity springs forth from the darkness

November 10, 2014

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A freak accident changed the life of a materials science professor at Texas Tech University. Not only does he appreciate the second chance at living, he also discovered a talent for giving discarded metal objects a second chance at living through metal sculpture.

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The Erector set meets the material handling cart

November 10, 2014

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Three friends grew up in Sweden playing with LEGO®s and Erector sets. The creations they could make were endless, but their assembly method was pretty much standardized. Why, they asked, couldn’t a similar concept apply to material handling carts in a factory?

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Does outsourcing HR make sense?

November 10, 2014

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Outsourcing helps to keep shop floors busy all over the world, but the philosophy also might be feasible for some front-office activities, too, such as human resources. In fact, given the constant changes associated with employment law and the challenges of hiring workers, companies need good HR input, and outsourcing is a quick way to achieve that.

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Piecing together the continuous improvement puzzle

November 10, 2014

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Various improvement initiatives related to 5S, part flow, communication, management structure, and planning led to a stark change at Miller Welding & Machine Co., a contract fabricator in western Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, everything just clicked.

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Welding small, and growing

November 7, 2014

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MicroArc Welding specializes in putting tiny welds on tiny parts. It’s all manual. It requires a careful touch that few people have. For MicroArc, an eight-person weld shop outside Boston, this tiny niche has led to big opportunity.

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Maximizing operational performance with automation

November 7, 2014

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Software is allowing fabricators to squeeze every bit of productivity out of fabricating equipment and the people that run the equipment. The software optimizes advanced cutting features and automates related processes.

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