40 Steel News
The arrival of a new presidential administration caused
many to think that it would crack down on certain types of
imported steel. Tough talk led steel imports to spike, and
lack of action has helped to maintain recent levels of import
46 Continuous Improvement
Do your operators know what to work on next, or are they
cherry-picking jobs based on what’s easiest or most convenient? If the latter, you might need some visual cues.
50 Biz Talk
The new year is shaping up to be a good year, despite
uncertainties in the political world. The industry’s largest
fabricators are firing on all cylinders.
52 Around Washington
As Congress looks to reconcile House and Senate versions
of defense spending bills, it is planning to reduce domestic
spending requirements and to implement a pilot program
intended to strengthen a defense network of small and
56 Chief Concerns
Should a fabricator own its own trucks or contract with a
carrier? A fabricator that also owns a full-fledged trucking
company o;ers a unique perspective.
80 Forming & Fabricating® 2017
Press Brake Buyers’ Guide©
68 CO2 laser cutting:
Keep it clean, save money
Good CO2 laser maintenance boils down to keeping the
machine clean. This includes the beam path and cooling
72 5 steps to modernizing
your old press brake
A press brake is a press brake is a press brake, right?
Nothing can be done to update it. Wrong! Many press brake
owners find themselves in a predicament about what to do
with their old press brakes. They’re caught between selling
and moving the old machine and installing a new one.
A cost-e;ective approach is to increase the productivity of
an existing, properly functioning press brake by retrofitting it
with features that can help reduce setup time, scrap,
and operator fatigue.
74 Shaping a fabricator to attract the best
To attract the right talent, Jor-Mac Co. Inc., Lomira, Wis.,
works with a foundation of modern technology and revenue
78 Capital spending scales up in 2018
The results of the “2018 Capital Spending Forecast,”
published by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association,
predict an extremely healthy capital equipment market next
year. It’s one of the most positive spending reports metal
fabrication has seen in years.
Vol. 47 No. 12
64 An overview of
press brake safeguarding
Press brakes can be dangerous for operators if
they are not fully engaged. That’s why safeguarding
can prevent horrible accidents, such as amputations,
from happening. The emergence of new
close-proximity, point-of-operation safeguarding
devices is not only keeping brake operators safe,
but productive as well.
Connect with The FABRICATOR
“I have a machine that’s on
its second bottle of CO2 in nine
years. My nitrogen bottles are
lasting me three to four months,
and my helium is lasting one
month to two months.
It’s all leak-tested. I have no
leaks in my lines.”
— Brent Donner, Donner Laser Consulting,
referring to their laser gas bottles (not assist gas)
for a CO2 laser cutting machine. Page 68