Canadian Fabricating & Welding

Canadian Fabricating & Welding is Canada's only national, monthly magazine dedicated to complete coverage of the metal forming and fabricating industry. Our topnotch editorial covers a wide range of topics, including bending, forming, cutting, fabricating, tube and pipe, and welding.

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P3 opportunities

March 22, 2017 | By Alma Johns

While the construction industry in general will benefit from the government's infrastructure plan, our metalworking industry in particular can exploit opportunities from this initiative too. The government’s $180 billion investment is a staggering amount. If a company’s products and services fit into the public infrastructure supply chain, it needs to successfully align its business strategies with this initiative.

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Keeping the Edge

March 15, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Fibre laser cutting processes are highly automated, but operator vigilance, knowledge, and adjustments are needed to ensure consistent edge quality.

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Machine-to-human Communications Are Trending

March 13, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

When machines are paired with software that allows them to communicate their needs, more than communications occur--things can occur like improved uptime and overall equipment effectiveness and lower scrap, rework, and operating costs.

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Camosun College takes steps toward marine fitter program

February 28, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In November 2016 Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., unveiled an exciting new addition to its trades training complex – a 6-tonne ship bulkhead training module. The module was manufactured, donated, and installed by Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards. It is just one of a number of ways in which...

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Create Operational Excellence in High-Variety Environments

February 22, 2017 | By Kevin J. Duggan

Move from lean to operational excellence by creating a visual flow of value to the customer.

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Are Your Remnants Trash or Treasure?

February 20, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Getting value from remnants requires nesting software, dedication to a material handling and storage system, and a judgment call as to when a remnant is really scrap.

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Control the top 3 areas of band saw frustrations

February 17, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Band saw operators offer tips to reduce difficulties in the three areas identified by fabricators as the most frustrating--machine downtime, blade failure, and operator error.

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Fitz’s Mobile Welding gets new home in Harbour Grace

February 16, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In January, Bay Roberts, N.L.-based Fitz’s Mobile Welding Inc. closed on the purchase of the former S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, N.L. Fitz's is a welding and fabrication business that serves the mobile and in-shop service needs of the marine, construction, structural, and...

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Cladding reimagined at JEBCO

February 14, 2017 | By Rob Colman

JEBCO Industries is a Barrie, Ont.-based fabrication shop that serves the needs of the mining, oil and gas, petrochemical, and water treatment industries. Its work on process equipment encompasses design, fabrication, coatings and linings, installation, commissioning, and repair. The area where the...

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Magna unveils ultralight door module

February 9, 2017 | By Rob Colman

Magna International Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, announced it has developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves a 42.5 per cent mass savings compared to an average current production door. The announcement was...

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Amada press brake tooling.

New Takes on Press Brake Tooling

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Press brake OEMs are introducing tooling options and automation to help fabricators extend their press brake abilities and reduce setup time for more efficient short runs.

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OMAX 80X waterjet at Universal Fabricating.

Universal Fabricating’s waterjet cuts out outsourcing delays

January 19, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Bringing waterjet cutting in-house helped Universal Fabricating respond to rush jobs, increase process efficiencies, and expand its markets.

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Acorn welding program makes strides in secondary schools

January 17, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In May 2015 the CWB Group, Canada's national welding certification body, launched Acorn, the first nationally available welding program in Canada. The Acorn program provides educators at both the high school and post-secondary levels with modules through which they can offer students a streamlined and immersive welding education. Now, through the CWA Foundation, the program has been adopted for secondary schools at the provincial level in some provinces and at the board level in a variety of cities elsewhere.

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Inverter conversion

January 17, 2017 | By Josh Wallace

Many welders who are used to working with an engine-driven welding machine in the field are surprised when they arrive in classrooms and are faced with newer inverter technology. Many times those who do a lot of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) in the field have older-style machines with basically an amperage and a voltage dial. Newer inverter machines make them feel unsure of what the buttons on the machine do or how they can customize the arc because the technology doesn’t work precisely the way their own welding machines do. This is a short primer on what makes inverter technology different, and how welders can use the technology for pipe SMAW.

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Halbar Stainless Products Ltd. grows with new facility, laser investment

January 17, 2017 | By Rob Colman

In the history of any business, there is usually a point when you decide to either get bought out by a larger company or aim to be that larger company yourself. That’s where Edmonton’s Halbar found itself over the past couple of years. In response, the family-run fabrication shop has set its sights on growth, purchasing a second shop in Kelowna and investing in a CNC laser to speed up production at its headquarters.

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