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The metal manufacturer and the employee survey

September 2, 2015

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Employee surveys can either be an important tool for improvement or virtually useless. For surveys to be useful, they need to have a purpose and, most important, spur action.

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Are workers really less productive?

September 2, 2015

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According to the Labor Department, American workers aren’t as productive as they once were. But how do we measure productivity? Perhaps most important, do customers value it?

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Eliminating oxyfuel hazards in your shop

September 2, 2015

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Keeping these tips in mind during safety and performance audits can help you keep the shop floor safe even when potentially dangerous fabricating activities are taking place.

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Moving big fabrications

September 2, 2015

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Delivering a large fabrication in some ways is almost as difficult as creating the piece in the first place. In many instances, the fabrication is awkward in shape and a challenge to move even a short distance. Like everything else, fabricators figure out how to do it, and these are their stories.

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3-D plasma cutting in a 2-D world

September 1, 2015

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R.J. Cyr Co., Maidstone, Ont., had a job for which it needed to cut sections of structural steel beam, but it couldn't do the job profitably relying on a manual approach. After consulting with its plasma cutting table supplier, the company devised a way to add CNC cutting capability into the mix.

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Metal fabrication basics: 5 insights on the humble hand tool

September 1, 2015

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Career metalworker Tom Lipton shares his insights on something that’s often taken for granted in the fab shop: hand tools.

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Better testing leads to better roll forming

August 25, 2015

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A new testing device uncovers the range of yield stresses in specific materials and thus helps roll forming technicians better predict how certain materials will perform.

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A welding ventilation overview

August 25, 2015

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Incredibly high temperatures and a bright arc flash aren’t the only two dangerous elements of welding. Harmful ultrafine particulate matter generated during welding operations can pose major health risks to welders. Modern extraction and filtration systems are designed to provide effective industrial safety. In many cases, fabricators find that the added filtration equipment contributes to increased productivity as well.

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Bending one bumper at a time

August 25, 2015

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When Grant Mallicote’s father had a bumper-crumpling collision on the family’s ranch, Grant figured he could save his dad a few dollars by fabricating a replacement bumper. He used some tube, plate, a welding torch, and some ingenuity to make a bumper, and eventually it became a bumper business, Bodyguard Truck Accessories.

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The best of both worlds

August 24, 2015

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Typically, fabricators have had to choose between an aggressive cutting disc that is thrown away at the end of each shift or a long-lived disc that usually doesn't cut as well and causes the operator to push more while handling the power tool. Weiler Corp. has developed its X3 technology to bridge that gap.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Table-driven design

August 12, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through the creation of a hex nut and shows how this exercise can be applied to other threaded creations.

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Predicting the inside radius when bending with the press brake

August 12, 2015

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You can use some common rules of thumb to predict the inside bend radius when air forming, and the results you get are usually close enough, but with the help of a few online calculators, you can get even closer.

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Oxyfuel cutting thick, fast—and safely

August 11, 2015

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An oxyfuel cutting gas from MagneGas Corp. cuts thick plate with a highly concentrated flame. The gas—created from liquid biomass via plasma gasification—has in a mechanized setup cut 3.5-in.-thick plate at 18 IPM. The company also says that the gas is especially safe because it’s lighter than air.

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How to work with your industrial plating provider

August 10, 2015

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When it comes to working with your plating provider, good communication is key. The more your plater knows, the better the plating results will be.

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Peace of mind with single-piece flow

August 4, 2015

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The Minneapolis manufacturing facility for Unison Comfort Technologies was being stretched to the limits trying to keep up with orders for its HVAC products. New fabricating technology was seen as the only way to meet current production needs and add capacity, but the company needed a new approach to its part flow as well if it were to make the most of any reshuffling of the shop floor.

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