10 From the Editor-in-Chief
Cres Cor, a manufacturer of commercial warming cabinets
and other products for the food service industry,
turns to the sun for some of its energy needs.
14 From thefabricator.com
Nick Martin of Barnes MetalCra;ers Inc. explains why
it’s important for a fab shop to remove clutter from the
floor and outside the facility—even if it’s just for a passing
18 Calendar of Events
19 Industry News
44 Product Highlights
48 Precision Matters
Columnist Gerald Davis discusses the use of a poser and
other props for presenting design ideas.
56 Bending Basics
Predicting springback isn’t an exact science, considering
all the contributing variables. But doing a little math can
get you close.
60 Technology Spotlight
Wide-belt abrasive machines have been part of the
U.S. industrial landscape for several decades. One
machine importer doesn’t believe they deburr laser-cut
parts very e;iciently, and that’s why he’s pushing German
technology that takes a di;erent approach to automated
62 Technology Spotlight
When it comes to beveling, the industry has had alternatives to the grinding wheel, including nibbling and milling
options. One portable milling option available now has
been specifically designed for pipe applications.
64 Product News
120 Classified Ads
121 Advertisers’ Index
122 Back Page
Metal sculptor John Searles draws on diverse experiences
and a science-based education to create beautiful works
Vol. 47 No. 11
Bid Marty Rice adieu.
The longtime columnist for The FABRICATOR’s sister
welding magazine and thefabricator.com is approaching
retirement and reflecting on 40 years of welding. Read his
last column, “Hanging up the pen and the rod,” at www.
Sharpen your business skills.
Do you think technical knowledge alone is enough to
make your mark in the metal fabricating industry? Bill
Frahm of 4M Partners reminds us not to neglect necessary
communication and business skills. Read “Mind your
business” at www.thefabricator.com/article/
Tired of slag-coated automated
Learn about how a company adopted dry ice technology
to clean its line, eliminating the need for hammers,
chisels, and toxic chemicals. Check out www.thefabricator.
COMING IN DECEMBER:
Discover what happens when a fabricator
starts its own trucking company.
T&D Metals, Watseka, Ill., launched its own trucking
company, C&L Trucking, in 2004, and the company
president has a unique take on what the move has done
Want to modernize an old press brake?
It starts with the backgauge. Follow five steps and give
new life to that old piece of iron.
What awaits metal fabricators in 2018?
In The FABRICATOR’s Industry Forecast 2018, large industry
players o;er their perspective on what the new year holds
for them and their peers.
FMA: IN THE KNOW
116 Expert in Design Thinking to Keynote
FMA Annual Meeting
118 Reasons to Help Students Discover
Manufacturing on #Giving Tuesday—Nov. 28
119 2017 “Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey”
Results Now Available
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