10 From the Editor-in-Chief
What would you do if a customer asked you to wait 120
days for payment? If you want the business, you grumble
and say OK. That’s no way to do business.
14 Readers’ Forum
18 Calendar of Events
19 Industry News
40 Product Highlights
44 Precision Matters
Columnist Gerald Davis discusses transforming a model
for a single design into several models for a product line.
50 Bending Basics
How do you calculate the bend functions for parts that
involve hems as well as bends across those hems? A hem
has a specific elongation factor. Otherwise, you run the
calculations and determine the bend lines as you would
for any other part.
54 Technology Spotlight
K-TIG, a variant of gas tungsten arc welding, introduces a
unique keyhole, high speeds, and deep penetration.
Those working with stainless, nickel-based alloys, and
other specialty and corrosion-resistant materials have
another welding technology to consider.
55 Technology Spotlight
Laser Photonics wants metal fabricators to consider the
use of a fiber laser for surface preparation, paint removal,
and surface cleaning applications. The company believes
the nonabrasive approach to cleaning is safer and more
environmentally friendly than mechanical and chemical
56 Technology Spotlight
While some coating and pretreatment suppliers looked for
new compounds that could replicate the performance of
old compounds now outlawed because of environmental
regulations, others saw an opportunity to pursue a new
approach to parts cleaning and painting. That’s how Rugged Coatings brought Intuitive Coatings and Clean Wirx
58 Product News
104 Classified Ads
105 Advertisers’ Index
106 Back Page
When internationally acclaimed sculptor Sir Antony
Gormley needed a fabricator to build one of his projects
on an East Coast college campus, his o;ice sta; found
an ideal contractor when it contacted Summit Metal
Vol. 47 No. 9
Find out what clamping systems can do
for a brake.
Wilson Tool o;ers its take on how clamping systems can
help extend a machine’s life, reduce labor costs, and
improve accuracy. Visit www.thefabricator.com/article/
bending/clamping-down-on-costs to learn more.
Do you know stainless steel?
Material expert Daniel J. Schae;ler provides an overview
of austenitic and ferritic stainless steels. Read more at
COMING IN OCTOBER:
Need more punching capacity?
Multitools can help. They can add capacity to an existing
punching machine and sidestep space restrictions.
Understand your costs.
Fabricators rarely know the true labor costs associated
with part sorting and handling. So;ware can help reveal
the correct answer.
Imagine the weld shop of the future.
Industry 4.0 will mean the weld shop is no longer o; on its
own. This newfound connectivity ensures productivity
translates into profitability for a shop.
FMA: IN THE KNOW
95 Manufacturing summer camps
inspire hundreds of students
96 Structural steel makes its debut
in FABTECH education lineup
97 Financial Ratios & Operational
Benchmarking Survey results released
98 Apply to be The FABRICATOR®’s
2018 Industry Award winner