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January 10, 2012
Fabrication automation
Capital-equipment vendors have been automating manufacturing processes for decades, and it could be argued that automation is the key component that makes industrialized countries as productive as they are. For example, data from the... Read more...

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April 26, 2010
Notching options
Fabricators use notching for applications as varied as bicycle frames, automobile components, aerospace parts, and household piping systems. Notching takes many forms and shapes. The equipment and process needed depend on the notch shape, the... Read more...

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July 20, 2009
Making a 20-degree Marman bead
Metalworking has a history that goes back thousands of years and, if you dig deep enough, you can find interesting stories about products and processes that are commonplace today. One such item is the Marman clamp (see Figure 1 ), a... Read more...

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July 10, 2003
Do you use checking jigs and fixtures?
The effect that checking fixtures have on your operating bottom line is so important that they should be given a much higher priority than most tube fabricators give them. The cost of quality checking fixtures should be included in every... Read more...

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June 12, 2003
Waste not, want not
How good are tube fabricators at finding hidden waste? Uncovering and eliminating hidden waste has as much to do with being profitable as any other manufacturing cost. We all know how to quote and define the structured costs involved in a job,... Read more...

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April 24, 2003
Coating fabricating tooling
Exotic metals are being used more often, and stainless steel usage continues to rise in this industry as end users seek better-quality products to stay ahead of their competitors. Coatings have become a major player in helping tube fabricators... Read more...

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February 27, 2003
Does your tube travel more than you do?
Should you focus on new processes and procedures? Taking a look at newer equipment and newer philosophies could be worth your time and effort. If you don't, you could be missing out on many new opportunities. Here's a starting point.... Read more...