laser cutting machines now are avail- ing the machine price at $248,500.
able in a new product called the The new machine is capable of
Super Turbo-X Champion. The cutting up to 0.470-in. mild steel,
equipment is aimed at the fabricating 0.160-in. stainless steel and alu-operation that might want to pur- minum, and 0.080-in. brass without
chase a laser, but has refrained from the need to change any of the optical
doing so because of price. In an settings manually. The laser cutting
uncommon move, Mazak is publiciz- machine has the same closed-box
frame and CNC that are found on the
HyperGear. It has a 4- by 8-ft. worktable; a 5- by 10-ft. table will be available in the near future.
Even with the smaller laser cutting
machine, the same principle of productivity applies to the machine user,
“If you eliminate or reduce the
setup time, I don’t care how fast your
laser is. I’m going to make more parts
than you,” he said.
—Dan Davis, Executive Editor
Two of the biggest decisions a
structural fabricator will ever make
are the layout of his fabrication shop
and the selection of the proper
equipment to fill that floorspace.
But, which company will you choose?
The reputation associated with the
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• Large Capacities up to 44"–1100 mm and 52"–1250mm wide
• Original Roller Feed celebrates 35 years of structural accuracy
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• Space Saving Design: 1100 drill and saw =
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name speaks for itself... Go with
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• Process Clip or clete, bracing angle, connections etc up to
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12 x 1"–305 x 25mm
• Multiple hole punching, Scribe Part Marking, Single Cut Shearing
in one process
• Compact design– 47 square feet ( 4. 4 square meters)
Since 1903 Peddinghaus has met
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HIGH SPEED BAND SAWS—NEW SPEED SAWING TECHNOLOGY
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• Muscular Design with 20 HP and rugged gearbox powers
• Tough 2 5/8" x .063–67mm x 1.6mm blade employed
• Blazing speed achieved by 3 degree attack angle—
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From column lines to concrete floors,
Peddinghaus has engineered effective,
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PLATE PROCESSING CENTER—COST EFFECTIVE CHOICE FOR CONNECTIONS
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• Reduce manual labor by 80%; Reduce inventory costs by 50%
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Poor post-Katrina construction
training turnout blamed on
Plans by the Bush administration and
the state of Louisiana to train thousands of Gulf Coast workers for the
many construction jobs created by
Hurricane Katrina are falling far short
Multimillion-dollar grants from
the U.S. Labor Department make
most of the training programs free,
including tuition, books, supplies, and
safety equipment. However, officials
with community colleges and apprenticeship programs that benefit from
the federal financing say they have
many more openings than applicants—a situation they blame on the
continued shortage of viable housing
in the New Orleans area.
“We have people calling from as
far away as Maryland and as close as
Mississippi who want to go through
the training,” Lauren King, dean of
work force development at Louisiana
Technical College’s Region 1, told
the Times-Picayune of New Orleans.
“But the problem is that they have
nowhere to live.”
Still, there have been some success
stories among those who are able to
get the training.
The New Orleans newspaper
reported that Sidney Frazier, 23, a single father with two young children,
who worked as a landscaper in New
Orleans before Katrina, decided to
take the 61⁄2-week shipbuilding program in welding after he returned to
the area in the spring from his post-Katrina residence in Atlanta. He hadn’t even completed the program
when he got his first job offer.
Now he’s living in Westwego and
working full-time as a welder in New
Orleans. He says the work provides
much better pay than landscaping,
and he credits the training with getting him the job.
For more information on apprenticeship programs in New Orleans
and Baton Rouge, visit www.lcwr.
300 North Washington Avenue
Bradley, Illinois 60915
The FABRICATOR | An FMA Publication
www.thefabricator.com | March 2007