10 From the Editor-in-Chief
Can your fabrication operation absorb a huge spike
in steel prices? If not, you might want to contact the U.S.
Department of Commerce. An investigation into imported
steel might lead to actions that could result in a price spike
not seen in years.
14 Readers’ Forum
18 Calendar of Events
19 Industry News
36 Technology Spotlight
A carbide application system keeps workers up and running as they keep pace with life in modern manufacturing.
38 From thefabricator.com
They say that everyone is replaceable, but some people
and their positive work ethic just aren’t. Such is the case
with Miss Joyce, an important member of the Barnes
44 Product Highlights
48 Precision Matters
Columnist Gerald Davis continues a discussion of 3-D CAD
and precision sheet metal manufacturing in Part II of a
four-part series. In this installment, he focuses on reasonable tolerances, grain direction, and the base flange.
54 Bending Basics
The inside bend radius is at the very heart of precision
metal fabrication. To achieve the radius you want, you
need to understand how tooling interacts with the workpiece, but you also need to make sure your machine and
tools are in good working order.
60 Technology Spotlight
A suite of hardware, so; ware, and control capabilities
from Prima Power Laserdyne are designed to improve
productivity and quality in laser processing, which should
prove to be attractive to those in the automotive industry looking for productive and cost-e;ective fabricating
62 Product News
120 Classified Ads
121 Advertisers’ Index
122 Back Page
St. Louis-based TROCO Custom Fabricators replaced
the heavy timber roo;op structure at a local restaurant
and bar with one made of steel and glass. The updated
structure doesn’t just look great, it also allows restaurant
patrons to enjoy the roo;op year-round, rain or shine.
Vol. 47 No. 6
Check out the new content on
Brown Dog Welding’s Josh Welton shares an up-close
and personal look at the latest attempts at reaching
new land speed records and the correlation between
the Bloodhound and the Beast of Turin. Visit www.
thefabricator.com/blog to get the whole scoop.
What is the link between welding
equipment and filler metals?
Answering three questions can help you avoid problems
that negatively a;ect weld quality and create costly
rework. Check out the article at www.thefabricator.com/
Troubleshoot stamping performance.
Even the slightest change in creation of the raw material
can lead to changes in how that sheet metal performs
when compared to previous deliveries from the same
source. Read more at www.thefabricator.com/article/
COMING IN JULY:
Streamline the bending of complex parts.
Learn about several tooling strategies for challenging part
What kind of an impact can 5S make
on a job shop?
Find out how it has added a whole new level of clarity
on the shop floor for SAF Fabrication in Atlanta.
Find out the best way to ventilate
A little planning on the front end leads to the best
results when the welding begins.
FMA: IN THE KNOW
116 Congratulations to Safety Award Winners
118 Recap from FABTECH Mexico 2017
119 “Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey”
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