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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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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Programmer with Hyperthern nesting software.

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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Band saw blade with chips.

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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FABTECH 2016: Closing the loop for manufacturing perfection

January 17, 2017 | By Rob Colman

More than 31,000 attendees came to the Las Vegas Convention Center for FABTECH® 2016. As always, new technologies didn’t disappoint. Exhibitors, conference speakers, and attendees all talked about positive changes ahead, about “closing the loop” to make their manufacturing organization one cohesive, determined unit, ready to compete.

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Ford to invest $700 million in Michigan plant

January 6, 2017

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. has announced it will invest $700 million to renovate and expand its assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich., creating 700 jobs.The automaker canceled plans to build a new, $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, but will build its next-generation Focus® at its...

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Electron Beam Eng. approved for laser welding Airbus A320neo engine

January 6, 2017

Electron Beam Eng. Inc. (EBE), Anaheim, Calif., has been approved for the laser welding required in the hydraulic fuel system of the Airbus A320neo engine.“We were approached to perform the intricate laser welding of the fastening device within the fluid coupling mechanism that went into...

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IFS Coatings architectural powder coatings now have EPDs

January 6, 2017

Gainesville, Texas-based IFS Coatings has announced that each product in its architectural series—IFS 300SP and IFS 400SD powder coatings and IFS 500FP high-performance powder coatings—has an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).An EPD is an internationally recognized and...

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