10 From the Editor-in-Chief
Infrastructure spending is good for the U.S. and good
for fabricators. Whether U.S. infrastructure updates are
publicly or privately funded, or some combination of both,
elected o;icials need to make it happen.
14 Readers’ Forum
18 Calendar of Events
19 Industry News
38 Product Highlights
42 Precision Matters
Continuing his discussion of 3-D CAD, columnist Gerald
Davis focuses on the merits and demerits of hems, jogs,
and forming tools.
48 Bending Basics
Steve Benson goes global and answers bending questions
from around the world—about plate bending in Australia,
tonnage considerations in India, o;set bending in Mexico,
and grain direction variables in the U.S.
50 Technology Spotlight
A factory may have thousands of sensors on the
production floor, hundreds in the welding line alone,
but all that data may not be very useful. Data analytics
helps convert that data to specific information that
people can act upon.
52 Technology Spotlight
Self-driving vehicles, combined with robot intelligence,
could help drive e;iciency in what remains a highly
manual process in metal fabrication: moving parts from
one process to another.
54 Product News
88 Classified Ads
89 Advertisers’ Index
90 Back Page
FMA President Ed Youdell warns fabricators that certain
moves to protect the domestic steel industry could result
in steel prices at levels that metal fabricators haven’t seen
in many years.
Vol. 47 No. 8
Selecting liners for robotic GMAW?
Dive into the conventional liners available for specific
wires and jobs, as well as best practices for installation
and maintenance. For more, see http://www.thefabricator.
Interested in barring the boss
Moving people to take on manufacturing jobs? Steel
tari;s? Medical marijuana in the workplace? You’ll find
blogs on these topics and plenty more at http://www.
COMING IN SEPTEMBER:
Learn how bending simulation software
This includes not only part flow, but also press brake
The beam line evolves.
Automation in structural fabrication has come a
long, long way.
Package it right.
These days every aspect of the fabricating value chain is
under scrutiny, including the packaging process.
FMA: IN THE KNOW
26 students awarded fall scholarships
86 FMA publishes new book, Bending Basics
87 Get involved in MFG DAY 2017