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Press brake strategies: Boosting forming throughput

Bending is at the heart of metal fabrication. How well jobs flow through the press brake department often dictates how smoothly jobs flow through the entire shop, from raw stock to the shipping dock. Inefficiencies at the brake can ripple through the entire operation. What causes these inefficiencies? That’s difficult to answer without first actually…

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Press brake gauging conundrum: Just pin it

Question: We have a very difficult part to gauge. The bends are at odd angles. That is, the bends are not square to the part, and yet the part itself still needs to be square while holding a linear tolerance that is very tight. How would you go about forming this part? Answer: Judging by the drawings,…

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Ensuring quality bent parts—from sheet to ship

For many metal fabricators, watching the Super Bowl is about as exciting as it gets. They get caught up in the throes of the throws, the midair leaps, the grunts, the near-misses, and the just-caught. For the husband-and-wife owners of Weaver Precision Fabrication & Finishing, Super Bowl 2016 was especially exciting because a halftime commercial…

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Folding technology makes sweeping changes

In particular, sheet metal was used extensively for roofing and building cladding. These applications were well-suited to the swing bending machine’s geometry, and the modern metal folding industry was born. A number of German manufacturers began adding powered backgauges with rudimentary numerical controls in the ’60s. By the ’80s, fully multiaxis computer numerical controllers (CNCs)…

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Sheet metal folding evolves

In the early 1990s a sheet metal bending machine started having an increased presence in the U.S. market. The technology wasn’t common stateside, though it had by that time long established itself in Europe. It hit the roofing and architectural fabrication market first, then gradually made its way to the precision and industrial segments.  It…

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The secret to success in metal fabrication: Keep it simple

Top quality and delivery gets a fabricator in customers’ doors. If a company can’t produce good parts on time, it’ll have a tough time growing let alone sustaining itself. The market has become just too competitive for mediocre performance. So what causes quality and delivery problems? One answer is rework from bad parts, which is…

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5 steps to becoming a more creative welder

Welding is a valuable skill to help you be successful in the metal fabrication industry, but what other qualities or characteristics do you need to excel and stand out from the crowd? Hands down, no doubt about it, you need to learn to become a creative fabricator. Fabrication begins way before the metal even arrives,…