34 Steel News
As of mid-July, uncertainty around the Section 232
recommendation and announcements by the Commerce
Department and President Trump have caused steel
markets to pause. Steel prices have been mixed.
40 Continuous Improvement
What causes a custom fabricator to expedite jobs? How
can a rush job be just another job? The trick is to develop
processes robust enough to handle the unexpected.
46 Biz Talk
Metal fabrication happens most e;ectively when people
work together, though the nature of manufacturing throws
up plenty of hurdles to e;ective communication. A smart
shop layout can address this.
47 Around Washington
A Trump executive order looks to streamline the creation of
apprenticeships through industry trade groups and make
those e;orts eligible for federal grant money.
82 Forming & Fabricating® 2017
GMAW Power Source Buyers’ Guide©
64 Preparing structural steel surfaces
for painting, coating standards
What are structural steel fabricators doing about surface
preparation, and what options are available? Surface
preparation can run from simple chemical cleaning to
abrasion methods such as grinding and abrasive blasting.
68 Lean and clean in waterjet cutting
As more shops become engaged in 5S practices and use the
shop as a selling point to potential customers, they want to
keep the water and abrasive in the tank. These tips can help
do just that.
70 Trends in liquid industrial coatings
Advances in paint makeup can lead to stronger corrosion
protection and lower application costs.
72 Better preps, better pipe welds
Following specified pipe welding procedures and
ensuring proper weld preparation can save significant time
and money and ultimately improve the productivity of
the entire operation.
74 Plate rolling gets hot
Why should a fabricator consider hot plate rolling? It usually
boils down to two reasons: the material can’t be cold
rolled at all, or the job exceeds a plate roll’s capacity for
76 4 reasons that coil lines are
not just for painting
Coil coating usually is associated with prepainted metals,
o;en used in high-volume production environments
such as cabinet manufacturing. That’s changing, however.
78 The big challenge of wind energy
Plate rolling manufacturer DAVI hosted a wind energy
seminar at its headquarters in Italy. Despite a renewed focus
on fossil fuel, global wind energy initiatives aren’t blowing
away—not by a long shot.
Vol. 47 No. 8
60 Hot rod origins,
Well beyond its hot rod shop origins, Ohio-based
Stainless Works and its custom fabrication
subsidiary, MetalFab Group, are moving into a
new facility in November and are poised for
double-digit growth over the next few years.
Cover photo courtesy of Stainless Works, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
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