10 From the Editor-in-Chief
Industrial technology teachers in high schools across the U.S. shouldn’t feel like they
need to prove the worthiness of their educational contributions. They are not only
teaching skills, they are paving the way for future job shop owners—the real job creators.
14 Readers’ Forum
16 Calendar of Events
20 Industry News
• Fabricators & Manufacturers Association to move headquarters to Elgin, Ill.
• Hobart Institute of Welding Technology opens student resource center
34 Product Highlights
• Automated cross-cutting saw system handles nonferrous material
• Autodarkening helmet offers brightest view in light state
41 2015 FABTECH Product News Recap
Check out the equipment, software, and consumables that were on display at FABTECH.
44 The FABRICATOR’s Metal Market
54 Precision Matters
Columnist Gerald Davis demonstrates file linking between 3-D CAD and published
literature. Some published formats are easier to produce with postprocessing software.
56 Bending Basics
Bottom bending can work well for some aluminum grades, but bending guru Steve
Benson reminds us that it requires knowledgeable operators who fully grasp the bending
method and know what precautions to take.
60 Technology Spotlight
Waste reduction helped to make Japanese manufacturing a mighty power, and that
push for process improvement continues today. It was a big motivator for OTC DAIHEN to
develop its Controlled Bridge Transfer-Expanded technology for robotic GMAW applications.
92 FMA: In The Know
96 Classified Ads
97 Advertisers’ Index
98 The Back Page
Metal artist Stephen Christena left Flint, Mich., but Flint didn’t leave Christena. He has
the eye of an artist, backed up by a degree, but the sturdy, industrial style he favors is
testimony to his roots.
WHAT’S ON THEFABRICATOR.COM?
Check out thefabricator.com blog. Look into the welding world of Josh Welton of Brown Dog
Welding and the fab shop life of Nick Martin of Barnes MetalCrafters.
Read the latest industry news. Find out which manufacturing companies are expanding and
what’s the latest fabricating technology hitting the marketplace.
Build up your welding knowledge. Search for “Arc Welding 101” at thefabricator.com and peruse
years of Q&A columns about real-world welding challenges.
COMING IN FEBRUARY 2016:
Learn some tips for designing parts for laser cutting. Unfortunately, a fabricator just can’t set it
and forget it.
Find out the ways in which one manufacturer has balanced out the seasonality of its business.
Read about a Wisconsin job shop that relies on new fabricating technology to keep it ahead of
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