Ed Huntress
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
A top-ranked shop has grown through the automation evolution, and has found a home for the early implementations of automation as well as the latest. Every step has been scrutinized and purchased with care.
August 21, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Now we’re starting to see the promise of cloud computing for fabricators: the goal of this software company is to take the burdens of coordinating ERP out of the hands of the users.
August 21, 2016
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Among our many reports on advanced fabricating technology, we have given little attention to…suction cups. This oversight will now be corrected, and for good reason: There are big chunks of cycle time involved.
August 21, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Cordless tools have overcome their power deficit versus corded tools. And now their run time between charges has improved so much that every major power tool company is pushing them first, ahead of corded tools, as the new standard for industry.
July 18, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Fabricating techniques for creating artistic retail displays look a lot like fabricating anything else â
July 18, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Shearing, punching, welding, and other processes can be built into a lin
June 15, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
They’re the monsters of the press brake world. But they operate like their smaller cousins, with a little help to handle the big work.
May 12, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Folding machines are evolving by adding degrees of automation, one feature at a time. But there is a lot more to it than just replacing manual handling. From CAD drawing to finished parts, the most advanced folders can run lights-out, producing top-level accuracy on some very difficult jobs.
May 12, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Monitoring software puts your finger on your shop’s pulse. Knowing when a machine is running or not is a good start. Knowing why is much better. And knowing it now, in real time, lets you fix it now, rather than later.
April 11, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Setup time kills productivity, especially when production runs are short. Here’s how a top press brake builder helps customers decide how to minimize lost time.
March 11, 2016
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There’s more to effective press brake automation than robots and programs. You have to start with a tool concept that doesn’t require a human to adjust and compensate for the limitations of a mindless machine.
February 16, 2016
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Adobe’s Acrobat solves many problems with format compatibility in the 2D world. What many don’t know is how well it can do the same for you in 3D. It’s spawning a growing number of solutions for fabricators.
January 8, 2016
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Harder grit, uniform grit size, and new backing and resin materials reduce finishing most welds in stainless steel to just three or four steps. Norton has experimented with all of the variables – including lighter tools -- to produce faster results with fewer scrapped workpieces.
November 5, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Bringing in the latest, powerful computer artillery to attack cutoff sawing may sound like overkill, until you recognize what its predictive and optimizing capabilities can do for your profit margins.
October 28, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Automatic adjusting of press brake tools is a fast way to adapt to varying materials, thickness, and bend radii, without physical tool changing.
August 26, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
These workhorse machines can perform a lot of tricks, with CNC or custom tooling adding to their range.
August 26, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Writing a roundup of nesting programs is like herding cats: They may look a lot alike, but each one has...
July 26, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
You should expect higher levels of performance and productivity. Here’s how one bandsaw manufacturer builds saws to deliver both.
July 26, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Getting parts to lay out efficiently on a sheet is one thing. Producing an optimized layout that will also cut efficiently, while making the maximum use of every square inch, is a more difficult thing. And the difference can mean 10% to 20% savings in materials costs and total processing time.
June 25, 2015
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Peel-test coupons show one of the primary goals of structural adhesives – peel strength. These are an exaggeration of what real structural adhesives can tolerate, but the idea comes through: an elastomeric capability is necessary for strong adhesives to withstand the extreme load at the very edge of a peeled joint.
May 27, 2015
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There’s a growing list of metals that can be melted and “3D printed.” But where are the tool steels? There is a pattern here, and it has consequences.
April 25, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
When a major truck manufacturer starts using ABS plastic to make jigs and fixtures, it’s time for an attitude adjustment about using plastics in additive manufacturing for fabricating tasks.
April 25, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Big equipment may mean big risks, but is there an opening for fabricators to invest in their own large-capacity machines?
February 22, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Here are two approaches to laser-cutting tubes – as a secondary operation on machines that are built to do something else Amada’s workhorse CO2 laser makes a fine tube- and structural-shape cutter, with the addition of a tube-handling unit.
February 22, 2015
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
We sometimes forget how mature laser welding is. It’s been around since the ‘80s, and the applications, properties and advantages have accumulated into an extensive technology.
November 26, 2014
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
When bending high strength steel, troubles start with the fact that you’re bending it with high strength steel.
November 26, 2014
FAB Shop Magazine Direct
Virtual demonstrations and parameters set from a database aren’t features that come to mind when we think about sawing. But technology leaves few stones unturned. Even sawing is going high-tech.
November 26, 2014