10 From the Editor-in-Chief
This economic expansion, as dull as it has been at times,
is nearing an historic length—and it just might have some
more life in it.
14 Readers’ Forum
18 Calendar of Events
19 Industry News
44 Product Highlights
48 Precision Matters
Columnist Gerald Davis discusses challenges in product
development, starting with communication between job
shops and inventors who might turn into customers.
54 Bending Basics
Modern CAD has automated traditional notch layout.
But knowing how these notches are measured and made
will help you choose the best notch for the job and,
ultimately, make better parts.
58 Technology Spotlight
Trade journals have written a lot about what Industry 4.0
can do for machine uptime and productivity. But can the
age of interconnectivity do the same for power tools?
The answer may surprise you.
60 Product News
96 Classified Ads
97 Advertisers Index
98 Back Page
A local municipality approached Northland Career Center,
Platte City, Mo., about having its welding students
fabricate a new footbridge for a local park in spring 2015.
Vol. 47 No. 12
Motivate the future workforce.
Hastings Air Energy Control Inc., which actively educates
welders and factories about the necessity for clean air in
welding operations, recently held a welding competition
at the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show that
generated a lot of excitement—and awareness—for metal
fabrication. Read more at www.thefabricator.com/article/
Miss FABTECH 2017?
Check out some of the highlights at www.thefabricator.
Meet the welder with no hand function.
In his series “Still Building America,” Josh Welton of
Brown Dog Welding introduces us to Jeremy Hannaford,
a quadriplegic with a unique welding technique that has
allowed him to master MIG and TIG. Learn more at www.
COMING IN JANUARY:
Learn how material affects laser cutting.
The quality of a laser cut isn’t determined just by the
machine tool; the surface quality of hot-rolled material
plays a big part. Find out what can be done to maintain
quality even when material is not consistent from one lot
to the next.
How does plasma get closer
to a laser-cut edge quality?
Plasma cutting experts describe how so;ware and
gas flow are pushing the technology to deliver
Check out the FABTECH 2017 recap.
The metal fabricating industry is embracing digital
technology to make the flow of information and products
more e;icient, but shops still need the right people to
support any plans for growth.
FMA: IN THE KNOW
92 FABTECH 2017 “Steels” Chicago
93 New Members Join FMA Board of Directors
95 Economic Impact of Metal Fabrication
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