Are you using the right bending
tooling for the job?
A press brake tooling selection guide will
cover the basics of selecting tools: styles,
die widths, punch radii, and geometry.
Expand your knowledge
of TIG welding.
Hot-wire GTAW is a default process for
pipe cladding, but does the technology have
potential for broader applications?
Find out how one shop shifted
ownership to the employees.
Grace Manufacturing, Russellville, Ark.,
is a contract specialty manufacturer
that recently launched an employee stock
ownership plan. The business, which
was once family-owned, is now owned by
a bigger “family.”
Learn how to navigate the
industrial internet of things.
In “IIo T by the pieces,” fabricators can
find out how to navigate the new digital
industrial age. See www.thefabricator.com/
for more details.
Brush up on your
World War II history.
In thefabricator.com blog, Josh Welton
discusses the history of the metal
stamped and fabricated jerrycan, which—
eventually—was an important tool for the
Allies and also has an intriguing backstory.
You can read all about it here: www.the
Interested in the latest
Check out the latest videos on plasma
cutting, tapping, and automated deburring
in thefabricator.com’s video archive at
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Innovations That Are
Nuts, Bolts &
FMA Members Helped
Raise over $43,000
2019: Learn How to
• Rotary tools finish ID, OD of
tube ends in one operation
• Web-connected technology helps simplify
dust, fume collection management
Many times a quote for fabrica-
tion work is put together based
on institutional knowledge or
information from spreadsheets. Jason Ray of
Paperless Parts Inc. believes his new quoting
platform can empower any job shop to leave
that past behind and embrace the potential
of software that turns a guessing game into
a more formal business process.
• Robotic welding system helps
chassis supplier exceed OEM
• Aluminum products maufacturer right-
sizes press needs with air/oil-based system
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Right now additive manu-
facturing is a curiosity for many fabrica-
tors, but could it be a major manufacturing
process in a few short years?
Four students at Tri-County
Regional Vocational Techni-
cal High School in Franklin, Mass., get real-
life work experience fabricating battering
rams for the Massachusetts State Police.
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