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Building Bridges

If your bridge needs fixing, give Cherubini Metal Works Ltd. a call. As a member of the Cherubini group of companies, this Dartmouth, NS, company is well-equipped to fabricate a new double-tee or deck slab, bathtub girder or three plate girders. With 18,000 sq m (200,000 sq ft) of production space, an assembly bay boasting[…]

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Red Hot

Electricity is expensive on Vancouver Island. This was a large part of the reason why Pacific Energy Fireplace Products Ltd. had long steered clear of CO2 lasers, opting instead to stick with its tried and true CNC turret punches. Yet fabricators have been successful with lasers for over three decades. Compared to punching, laser cutters[…]

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Tough Tubes

Ever wonder about the legs on a folding chair? How about the exhaust pipe on your car? Tubing is everywhere, but most of us don’t give it a second thought. The technology used to make this important product is quite amazing, however, requiring equipment longer than a football field and more expensive than a mansion[…]

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Leaning towards lean

  I’m not wired for lean. My garage is a disaster, I take too many steps when making coffee in the morning and I have no problem stocking up on paper towels if there’s a sale. Some of this antilean thinking may stem from my early years in a machine shop, where half-day setups and[…]

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Fast Track – Alberta structural steel fabricator aims high with automation

The Problem: Small shop, lack of skilled workers The Solution: Build an automated beam processing facility Fourteen years ago, Glenmore Fabricators Ltd. was a small job shop in southeast Calgary making handrails for buildings. Sales were around one million a year. By 2012, revenue was thirty times that amount, and the company was now a full-fledged fabricator[…]

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Avoiding the Hurt – Staying safe and sane on the shop floor

Manufacturing can be hazardous. Stamping presses slam, cutting tools slice, machine tools and forklifts show no respect for human flesh. Yet the risk of smashed fingers or a few stitches at the emergency room is nothing compared to the dangers of stress, depression and the constant worry of life as a worker bee. Simply put,[…]

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Best Nest – Modern plate processing equipment, nesting software, improves shop efficiency

Turning a profit as a fabricator means controlling waste. This is especially true on burn tables and plate processing equipment, where efficient part nesting can make the difference between a winner job and one you’d just as soon forget. Whether your plate remnants look like fine spider webs or chunky blocks of Swiss cheese depends[…]

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Get Real

I never wanted to learn welding. Then one day my boss Vern handed me a MIG gun. “Get ’em all fixed, or don’t come back,” he said, slamming the office door behind him. It seemed I hadn’t been paying attention to the stamping press, and several hundred of the corners I’d just notched in some pulley[…]

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Virtually Trained: Welding Is Just The Beginning

Imagine a world where auto mechanics learn to wrench on virtual cars. Carpet layers stretch virtual shag, gardeners trim virtual trees. These are just some of the training scenarios possible if Matthew Wallace has his way. As CEO of VRSim, East Hartford, CT, Wallace spends his days developing tools for the virtual classroom. SimSpray helps[…]

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Builders Support Machine Tool Communication

Manufacturers and software providers aren’t the only ones on the MES dance floor. Machine tool builders are stepping in as well. One of these is Mazak Corp., Florence, KY. Application engineer and developer Neil Desrosiers says one of the ways builders support MES is by adopting open communication standards, making machine tool to front office[…]