Rob Colman

Editor
Canadian Fabricating & Welding
1154 Warden Avenue
Toronto, ON M1R 0A1
Canada
Robert Colman has worked as a writer and editor for 20 years, covering the needs of a variety of trades. He has been dedicated to the metalworking industry for the past seven years, serving as editor for Metalworking Production & Purchasing (MP&P) and, since January 2016, the editor of Canadian Fabricating & Welding. He graduated with a B.A. degree from McGill University and a Master’s degree from UBC.

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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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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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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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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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Image courtesy of KUKA Robotics.

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Robotics meets the mainstream

December 20, 2016 | By Rob Colman

Robotics traditionally has been viewed as a high-ticket item for use in low-mix, high-volume welding operations. However, if you’ve been to any manufacturing tradeshows in the past couple of years, you will know that the use of robots is now creeping into smaller shops as well. The reasons...

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Professor Robert Driver

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CISC Centre for Steel Structures Education & Research aims to bridge divide between industry, academia

December 20, 2016 | By Rob Colman

In early October the University of Alberta announced the creation of the CISC Centre for Steel Structures Education and Research. The centre was created thanks to generous investments by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) and various firms working in the field.At the same time,...

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Figure 1. As the power increases on fiber lasers, like Amada’s 9-kW power source on its LCG 3015 AJ laser cutting machine, metal fabricators have to reconsider the adage that fiber lasers are only good for cutting thin sheet metal. These more powerful fiber lasers are cutting plate at faster speeds than previous generations, and they are delivering edge quality that meets most customer specifications.

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Industry innovations at EuroBLECH 2016 reflect the need for speed

December 20, 2016 | By Rob Colman

Visitors to EuroBLECH 2016 in Hanover, Germany, Oct. 25-29, might have thought the show was more about software than metal fabricating machines if they had been looking only at booth graphics and listening to sales pitches. “Internet of Things” and “Industry 4.0” were...

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Rigging up a lower gate support frame.

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Safety in knowledge

December 20, 2016 | By Rob Colman

Waiward Steel, an Edmonton steel fabrication and industrial construction firm, recently celebrated an impressive milestone. It achieved 4 million working labour-hours without a lost-time incident (LTI). That is equal to 2,000 employees working 2,000 hours per year. In this case, it was...

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Hawk's laser operator Harley MacKnight at the controls of the Bystronic BySprint 3-kW fibre laser

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Business Profile: Hawk Custom Sheet Metal

December 1, 2016 | By Rob Colman

Hawk Custom Sheet Metal is a diversified custom sheet metal shop serving a variety of customers in central Alberta. The Red Deer, Alta.-based shop’s customer base includes the food processing, hotel and restaurant, oil and gas, agriculture, commercial and industrial heating and ventilation, and...

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Choosing the ideal panel bender

November 29, 2016 | By Rob Colman

A panel bender is an effective metal forming machine for jobs involving materials with up to 1/8 inch thick. In one process, it is possible to rapidly complete a complex part that requires very accurate radius forming, hemming, or offset bends. The same operations performed on a press brake could...

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Feroz and Rehman Abdulla, the second-generation owners of Metalcraft Technology.

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Automation, centralization keep Metalcraft nimble

November 1, 2016 | By Rob Colman

The success of any shop depends on three things: the people on the floor, the machines they use, and the processes that make the whole function smoothly. As a shop invests in new technology, it has to ensure that it can keep all of its team up to speed on those developments.Through its investment...

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Bending a long piece of sheet metal with the help of lifters on the LVD Strippit PPEB press brake at Pure Ingenuity.

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Pure Ingenuity adds to fabricating sophistication with 14-axis press brake

October 21, 2016 | By Rob Colman

Kingston, Ont.-based Pure Ingenuity™ designs and manufactures custom stainless steel and aluminum processing equipment and machinery for leading manufacturers in North America and around the globe. The company supplies a range of engineering disciplines and does much of its own welding,...

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