72 How the automatic backgauge changed everything
;e automatic backgauge, which began to permeate shop floors in the 1970s, really was a revolutionary step
forward. In fact, without this step forward, sheet metal fabrication wouldn’t be the business it is today.
74 Cutting away at band sawing costs
Band saws now slice through metal at an unprecedented rate. ;is trend not only makes band sawing more
e;cient, but it also has made looking at the big picture even more important.
78 The basics of liquid and powder coatings
;ose managing a fabrication operation may feel like they’re at the mercy of subcontractors. ;at scenario
has more fabricators considering in-house finishing capabilities.
82 CNC provides faster, better bends
After decades of using an old manual tube bender with no features, Kress Corp. took a huge leap in technology
when it purchased a new bender with CNC and stacked tooling capability.
84 A fabricator’s quiet transition
;e management buyout of the Schott metal fabrication division was, for many employees, a quiet a;air.
But transitioning to become an independent enterprise did call for major changes behind the scenes.
86 New robotic standard to improve safety and productivity
;e new R15.06 standard is designed to move to a more quantitative approach to safety and to improve
production e;ciency by streamlining interactions between users and robotic systems.
88 The potential of collaborative manufacturing
As globalization took hold in recent decades, Tony Chirchirillo was keenly aware of the perception that many
people had of manufacturing. He decided to change that perception in an unconventional way—by forming
a network of noncompeting, complementary companies.
92 Control harmful emissions with proper hood design
By e;ectively controlling harmful process emissions with capture hoods, fabricators can achieve a safe
environment for workers while obtaining process and operational benefits.
94 The evolution of precision robotics
Robotics can tackle more precision applications than ever before, thanks to better manufacturing techniques
for the robot arms themselves, as well as software that has made robots more intelligent.
98 Forming & Fabricating® 2013 Waterjet Cutting Machine Buyers’ Guide©
58 Around Washington EPA considers emissions reporting changes to protect
confidential “inputs” While some metalworking sectors already are required to report greenhouse
gas emissions annually, others are fighting against being forced to take on the same reporting responsibilities.
60 Biz Talk Honoring time and trust
Southern Metalcraft Inc.’s average employee tenure is 20 years. Speaking on a shop tour during
;e FABRICATOR’s Technology Summit, the company founder described why employees rarely leave.
62 Improvement Insights Hidden costs Taken individually or in combination, hidden costs greatly
a;ect a company’s financial and competitive performance.
64 Chief Concerns 4 ways to measure team performance Most organizations assess their
teams by looking at lagging indicators. But would it not be beneficial to diagnose a team’s potential and
performance in real time? ;ese four strategies can provide immediate feedback.
102 FMA: In The Know Generational strategist to keynote FMA annual conference |
FMA economic analyst Chris Kuehl discusses overcoming manufacturing myths
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68 Going cellular
For the past year one contract fabricator in Georgia
has operated under the cellular manufacturing concept.
Even in the shop’s high-product-mix environment,
the concept is working—even thriving.