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April 30, 2013
Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication
Sloan MacKarvich remembers eating at downtown Chicago’s Firehouse Restaurant, an all-too-appropriate venue considering the cellphone call he received there. This was 2011. MacKarvich had just spent the day at FABTECH®, and he was... Read more...

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December 3, 2012
Bringing new laser cutting, bending capabilities to market
In a competitive environment, differentiation is the key to success. The differentiator can be just about anything—specialized knowledge or accumulated experience to handle new or unusual projects; sufficient production flexibility or... Read more...

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January 24, 2011
Tube, pipe cutting equipment - Part I
Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a two-part series. Part I covers developments in saws and waterjet machines. Part II deals with lasers and plasma cutting machines. For metal fabricators that work with sheet... Read more...

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October 21, 2010
All-electric, multisense tube benders enhance design freedom for OEMs, add flexibility for job shops
The advantages of all-electric tube benders have become more widely known over the last five years. The attributes of improved accuracy, greater repeatability, faster cycle times, ease of setup, low noise, better electrical efficiency, and... Read more...

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April 1, 2010
If you don't measure it, you can't improve it
In 2004 Impulse Manufacturing had your typical job shop floor. Jobs came in, bounced around the shop to various areas, and then headed out the door. Part flow wasn't top of mind. The company had made some significant machinery investments,... Read more...

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August 1, 2009
To think 'in tube'
Emerging from the plane at the new terminal of the Indianapolis Intl. Airport earlier this year, Michael Lee looked up and saw a sight: intersecting tubes carrying roof lines, supporting glass walls, opening space. "For a tube guy, it's... Read more...

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March 11, 2008
Machine shop sees the (laser) light
Mark George, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based MG Products Inc., chuckled when asked whether his company is more of a machine shop or a tube fabricating shop. The company started in the family garage, but five months later, in December 1994,... Read more...

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August 9, 2005
Recreational tube cutting
The exposed chassis of Polaris' Predator ATV shows just how important tubing has become in the aesthetics of product design. Hear the word "pioneers" and Osceola, Wis., at the same time, and you might assume the talk is about the early... Read more...

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July 12, 2005
Beyond Tool and Die
BTD made its first investments in tube fabricating equipment, including a BLM-Adige 803D tube laser cutting system, in 2003. Now tube fabricating accounts for roughly 15 percent of its total business. The story is short,... Read more...

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September 14, 2004
Thinking about an equipment upgrade?
It's no secret that manufactured products change continuously. Technological developments and higher consumer expectations are two of the forces that drive changes in nearly every manufactured item. Just as manufactured goods change, so... Read more...

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November 7, 2002
Focusing on tube cutting lasers
It travels at 186,287.490 miles per second (299,792,458 meters per sec.). Its visible spectrum ranges from 400 to 700 nanometers. Its smallest unit is a packet of energy, a photon. While its chief use is illumination, it has many other... Read more...