Metal Cutting
A single-source automation supplier should be experienced in integrating auxiliary processes, like part identification, part deburr and inspection. They should also be familiar with overhead automation, robot end-of-arm tooling design and program development, the best ways to orient the machines and keeping the machines clear for easy access. (First view)
Matching the automation to the need keeps a shop competitive, which is precisely why the selection of knowledgeable and experienced suppliers is equally or potentially more important than choosing the actual equipment.
Welding
Nearly 80 percent of the costs associated with welding in the field are related to labor. By switching to Pulsed MIG and modified short-circuit MIG processes that increase efficiency with travel speeds that are three to four times faster than TIG or stick welding, field applications can significantly increase productivity without sacrificing weld quality.
Advances in welding technologies and processes can help fabricators address the shortage of skilled welders, shorter project turnaround times, the need to report and document weld quality, and other critical industry challenges that are impacting their profitability. Here’s how. 
Metal Forming & Fabricating, Press Brakes
Bump forming large radius parts can be the most cost-effective way for a shop to fabricate parts with large radii because no tooling investment is necessary and it is easier to form nearly any radius with a six-axis backgauge. Bump forming can also be used when square-to-round transitions in conical shaped parts are needed, such as the part shown here. (First view)
Is your shop having problems forming parts that require a large radius with a press brake? These four proven techniques can increase your part quality and eliminate scrap with minimal investment.
Environmental Health & Safety
A well-run manufacturing operation typically provides on-site safety training to the employees of contractors hired to do construction, maintenance, installation or repairs in or around their facilities. Furthermore, careful purchasing managers only send requests for quotes to contractors who properly train and supervise their own employees. (Photo courtesy of TAS Energy)
When an employee of a contractor is injured in a manufacturing plant, the owner of the plant becomes a prime target for a lawsuit. An indemnification agreement can be a shield of protection against this liability – if it is used properly.
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