Installation of a foundry roof with pre-installed guide rail by Goodhart Sons, Inc.

Tank Contract

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Published: Wednesday, 03 June 2015
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Goodhart Sons, Inc. Secures Tank & Vessel Fabrication Contracts

We are proud to announce we recently secured four new tank and vessel fabrication contracts.  These projects, accounting for a total of 11 tanks and vessels, cover multiple industrial sectors including  work in the chemical, power and food and beverage markets.  With work already commenced on all four orders, we expect to complete all fabrication and delivery by the 3rd quarter of 2015.   

We were selected for these projects because our expansive fabrication capabilities which includes plate rolling and the ability to paint in-house within a 20' x 16' x 60' paint booth.  Some additional details of these projects include:

  • Fabricating tanks up to 14' in diameter
  • Fabricating tanks/vessels in both vertical & horizontal configurations and in both carbon and stainless steel
  • Providing specific tanks with jackets and/or insulation

Bore Scope

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Published: Thursday, 16 October 2014
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We've added a  new Bore Scope to our Inspection capabilities

We've recently purchased a Push Camera to aid our Quality Control Department inspect the inside of pipe walls, bores and other tight areas.

“The use of this bore scope will help us complete tasks in less time and more accurately”, says Dave Kriner, Quality Assurance Manager at Goodhart Sons, Inc. “With the recent announcement of a new pipe fabrication facility at our Lancaster, PA headquarters, this just seemed like a logical step for us.”

This cost effective portable inspection device is designed to deliver quality video inspection in a wide range of applications including: piping, ductwork and other tough to reach places.

The camera head contains 12 adjustable LED lights and a flexible spring coiled joint to navigate around corners. A Sapphire lens comes standard to resist scratching.

A high resolution chip is designed to capture bright, crisp, color video of the inspection area, and it is integrated into a straight view camera for the operator to view on a 7” LCD color display that is built into the case.

The monitor and controls are built into a waterproof and lightweight plastic case making it easy to transport, and carry the bore scope to various shop locations or to a job site. The video is recorded onto an SD memory card in AVI format and can be viewed on any computer supporting an AVI format.

GSI Awarded Gulf Coast Fabrication Contract

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Published: Tuesday, 08 July 2014
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GSI Awarded Gulf Coast Fabrication Contract

We recently fabricated and shipped multiple condenser system components for a Gulf Coast power project. We were selected for this project due to our combination of cost competitiveness, industry recognized quality and the capability to meet the client’s aggressive delivery schedule.

Over the past few years, we have been called upon by existing customers, as well as numerous new customers across the Gulf Coast and Texas to quote on fabrication and/or installation projects due to the over-whelming amount of project work within the region. This recent project award highlights our capability to provide cost effective fabrication solutions throughout the United States.

Our fabrication capabilities encompass all material types including carbon steel, stainless steel and various high nickel alloy materials. To date, our largest project as highlighted on our website, includes fabrications up to 23′ diameter and up to 115′ long. The size and scope of these fabrications show our ability to meet the needs of most large scale projects.

Currently, we are evaluating fabrication bid requests from some of the most recognizable names in the Gulf Coast region. The bid requests include:

• Pressure Vessels for a global energy company
• Process equipment and structural steel fabrication for an international chemical company
• Process equipment fabrication for a domestic EPC firm

Goodhart Sons Inc. Awarded Multiple 2014 Fabrication Projects

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Published: Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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Goodhart Sons Inc. Awarded Multiple 2014 Fabrication Projects

We have recently secured multi-million dollar fabrication contracts within the power, energy, pollution control and OEM sectors.  The main factor cited by the Project Managers and Engineers for selecting Goodhart Sons Inc. was the combination of cost, industry recognized quality and the capability to meet their project delivery schedules.

These recently awarded projects encompass a broad range of markets which highlights our competitiveness across diverse industrial segments.  The recently awarded projects include:

• A stack fabrication with floating liner system contract with a West Coast based emissions control company

• A stack fabrication contract for a North East power project consisting of (4) stacks weighing in excess of 1 million pounds

• A large diameter Condenser Transition Piece, Multiple Waterboxes, and Large Diameter Duct for a Mid-West Heat Transfer OEM

• Large Diameter Duct Work & Structural Steel fabrication for a Mid-West Coke Plant consisting of over 500 feet of 10 foot diameter duct

• Pollution control fabrication for an International EPC company

Fabrication production for these projects will run from Q2 through Q4, 2014.  Although these projects represent significant near-term opportunities for us, we still maintain the ability to add additional project work through 2014 and beyond for our 175,000 square foot fabrication facility.

To learn more about us and our national fabrication and project installation capabilities within the Energy/Power, Chemical, Oil & Gas, Pulp and Paper, Terminal and Food and Beverage sectors, visit us at www.goodhartsons.com.

Solving Fabrication Backlog and Price Escalation Issues Within The Gulf Coast

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Published: Wednesday, 12 March 2014
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Solving Fabrication Backlog and Price Escalation Issues Within The Gulf Coast

We are currently solving fabrication backlog and price escalation issues that are impacting owner/contractor project timelines and budgets within the Gulf Coast and Texas markets.

Over the past few years, we have been called upon by existing customers, as well as numerous new customers across the Gulf Coast and Texas, to quote on fabrication and/or installation projects due to the over-whelming amount of project work within the region.  This is due in large part to regional fabricators experiencing capacity issues and manpower shortages that limit their ability to handle additional workloads.  As these capacity and manpower issues become more prevalent, labor rates continue to inflate, resulting in significantly higher fabrication costs and delivery delays to the end user.

We are solving this issue by offering available fabrication capacity to Gulf Coast and Texas market clients at highly competitive labor rates that meet defined scheduling requirements.  Some of the fabrications supplied to the region have included but are not limited to Pressure Vessels, Water Cooled Vessels, Tanks, Stacks, Duct, Cyclones, Reactors, Baghouses, Silos, Structural Steel and related fabrications.  Additionally, we have installed many of these fabrications resulting in a true turnkey solution for the client.

To learn more about Goodhart Sons Inc. national fabrication and project installation capabilities within the Energy/Power, Chemical, Oil & Gas, Pulp and Paper, Terminal and Food and Beverage sectors, visit our website at www.goodhartsons.com.

Our Visit To FABTECH 2013

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Published: Tuesday, 03 December 2013
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Our Visit To FABTECH 2013

A few of us from Goodhart Sons, Inc. recently had the opportunity to be just a few of the record setting 40,667 attendees to FABTECH 2013 held in Chicago, IL. Visitors to this annual event were privy to 1,573 exhibitors displaying the latest in fabrication technology across the 650,000 square foot McCormick Place.  

We were impressed with the record size and scope of the show and the number of new products and innovative technologies on display. The show provided a convenient “one-stop shop” like atmosphere where we were able to meet with world-class suppliers. FABTECH gave us the opportunity to see the latest industry products and new developments as well as find the tools we could use to improve our productivity and fabrication processes. Walking the North and South Halls of McCormick Place we were able to discover new solutions and ideas to our metal forming, fabricating and welding needs.Many of the suppliers were exhibiting robotic equipment which I found very interesting, particularly as it pertained to welding and cutting. I also found it interesting  when the robotics were applied to painting applications. These are operations that we deal with on a daily basis, but being a custom steel fabricator and installer, the use of robotics doesn’t apply to us as much as it would to a manufacturer of widgets. This however didn’t make it any less interesting. We’ll keep an eye on new developments in the robotics to see how we can apply them to our shop’s fabrication processes.

We got to see the latest in welding equipment, protective gear and consumables. Miller Welders displayed one of their latest creations called the “FILTAIR Capture 5”, an innovative fume extraction system that is designed specifically for welding. Other equipment of interest to me were the laser cutters, water jets and benders just to name a few. I felt like the proverbial “kid in the candy store”.

This was our third trip to FABTECH and we’ve never come home disappointed. In fact, some of the new technology and equipment that we’ve added in the recent years is because of demonstrations and people we’ve met at FABTECH.

Planning At The Start Of Project Results In Savings At The End

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Published: Sunday, 24 November 2013
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Planning At The Start Of Project Results In Savings At The End

We’ve all heard it before, “Work smarter, not harder”. Words to live and work by. The decision to install a beam drilling line is a classic example of that old adage coming to bear fruit for us.

When we made the decision to install a beam drill line we didn’t just jump in blindly. There were many variables and questions that we needed answered. Were we better suited to install a multi-spindle drill line or would we be better served with a single spindle drill on a multi axis unit based on our average monthly tonnage? Were we limited by the amount of fabrication floor space that we could dedicate to beam fabrication? Was our current method of drilling beams too costly to compete on larger projects? And of course, could installing a beam drill line assist us in providing a quality product with a fast turnaround time? In short, how could we process beams at the lowest cost per hole drilled?

Being a custom steel fabricator and installer, we needed to be prepared for anything and everything! We opted for a single spindle on a multi-axis. With over 175,000 square feet of fabrication space we certainly wouldn’t have a problem finding a place to install a beam line. At this point it became academic. What would the savings be and how soon would we begin to see a return on our investment?

Those questions began to answer themselves on its very first project. With our detailing department already using 3D modeling software we know the parts are accurate before hitting the fabrication floor. With accuracy ensured, the line operator can easily download detailed parts from our CAD detailing program and begin drilling. With the drill line outputting holes at a fraction of the pace it takes to do it manually, the cost savings only increase.

But some of the biggest savings become apparent during installation in the field. With the holes lining up as per design, things just went together a lot more smoothly. There was no rework required, no need to go back and review the drawings to see if a stack up of tolerances caused misalignment of holes. With holes lining up as per intent, the installation went a lot quicker and freed up a crew to move onto the next project.

When accuracy begins at the start of a project, the accuracy and savings follow through to the completion of that project. A great example of working smarter, not harder.

We’ve Received A Corporate Partner Award!

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Published: Thursday, 25 July 2013
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We’ve Received A Corporate Partner Award!

As a steel fabricator and installer we try to promote education within our community. Typically we award students at both the high school and college levels who demonstrate excellence in the field of metal working.

We were recently recognized as a corporate leader for our support in education.  Marc Goodhart was on hand to receive the Corporate Partner Award from The Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Alumni Association. It’s a good feeling to say the least and we’re all pretty proud.

Welding Symbols: A Useful System or Undecipherable Hieroglyphics?

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Published: Monday, 10 June 2013
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Welding Symbols: A Useful System or Undecipherable Hieroglyphics?

The art of welding is an ancient one. The prehistoric record of mankind reveals forged and welded jewelry such as bracelets and rings.

As man and technology evolved so did the need for welded items. From every day tools to military weapons, the joining of metals has become an important industrial process. The aircraft, automotive, shipbuilding and constructions industries have developed welding as a major fabricating method for steel, aluminum and magnesium. Welding operations have increased the strength and durability of products along with improving their overall appearance.

Welding symbols on drawings are one of the most misunderstood concepts in the welding profession. When properly applied to drawings and, as importantly, when correctly interpreted, offer a potentially convenient way of controlling the welding of a particular joint.

Welding symbols are used on blueprints and drawings to show where the weld is to be placed and may also show the size, type of weld, number of welds, details about the weld and even details about the joint. A lot of welders can get by for their entire careers without having a solid understanding of welding symbols. The fact is, depending on what kind of job they have, they may have to know a small handful of weld symbols.

Two of most important weld symbols to know are the fillet weld symbol and the groove weld symbols. Knowing how to read a welding symbol chart is important and better than trying to memorize them all. Especially if you don’t use welding symbols very often. Welding symbols provide the means of placing complete welding information on drawings.

Is carbon steel the same thing as hardened steel?

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Published: Monday, 13 May 2013
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Occasionally we get asked this question and the short answer is that you can not say carbon steel the same thing as hardened steel.

Is carbon steel the same thing as hardened steel?

Both are different by contents and applications.

Carbon steel, many times called plain-carbon steel, is steel where the main alloying constituent is carbon.

The AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) says: “Steel is considered to be carbon steel when no minimum content is specified or required for chromium, cobalt, columbium, molybdenum, nickel, titanium, tungsten, vanadium or zirconium, or any other element to be added to obtain a desired alloying effect; when the specified minimum for copper does not exceed 0.40 percent; or when the maximum content specified for any of the following elements does not exceed the percentages noted: manganese 1.65, silicon 0.60, copper 0.60.

The purpose of heat treating carbon steel is to change the mechanical properties of steel, usually ductility, hardness, yield strength, and/or impact resistance.

The hardening process itself involves heating a steel to its normalising temperature and then cooling it rapidly in a suitable fluid such as water, oil, or even air.

Hardened steel is a type of medium to hard plain carbon steel that has undergone heat treatment, quenching and further reheating. Components made of hardened steel have a hard exterior casing and a robust core, and include arbors, axles, link components, driving pinions, camshafts and cardan joints. Application areas of components made from hardened steel include transportation, energy generation and general mechanical engineering.

Contractors Who Don’t Embrace Technology Could Be Headed For Extinction

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Published: Thursday, 21 March 2013
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Contractors Who Don’t Embrace Technology Could Be Headed For Extinction

 

Recently a coworker handed me an article that was supplid by our insurance broker, The Graham Company. I found the article very interesting, spot on and well worth sharing.

When you think of engineering companies, pharmaceuticals, banks, accounting firms, hospitals and airlines, you can clearly recognize the importance of technology. However, with construction, many people think of bricks and mortar and not technology. In fact, many in the construction industry think that technology is at the bottom of the list in terms of required tools of the trade sumo wrestling suits for sale.
All constructions companies have an accounting system which requires a computer. Even the most archaic of construction companies have the ability to utilize Excel spreadsheets in their estimating process. Every contractor also uses email and the Internet; and many construction vehicles have GPS capabilities. This is all considered “technology”; however, it is not “state of the art” technology which is what will be required if a construction company wants to prosper in the future.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s, you probably had Lotus 1, 2, 3 spreadsheets. In the 90’s, you discovered Microsoft. As we progressed into the 21st Century, you’ve seen and used 3-D software as Building Information Modeling (BIM). Today, the new wave of technology is “mobile” technology and it’s already being utilized by the best construction companies.
Mobile technology is not cell phones. It is mobile tablet devices for use in the field with apps that are taking construction management technology into the field and making you better, faster and cheaper. Mobile apps allow project managers to complete checklists (related to safety, project costs and scheduling) in the field. The use of these tools create significant efficiencies that results in more time being spent on insuring that the work is done correctly, on time and within budget as opposed to time being spent on entering data in a job site trailer.
Mobile technology in the field can also be a better means of communications and a more efficient way to problem solve. For example, once you identify a problem, you can tie it to project designs or schedules, attach pictures and other related documentation and then share the entire “big picture” of information with your project team and even the owner. In fact, many believe that, ultimately, owners are going to demand the use of these new tools.
Finally, you will find that attracting the best and brightest young people will require you to embrace “state of the art” technology. You people of today are using mobile devices in every aspect of their lives. In addition to remaining competitive and being qualified to work for certain owners, your future is dependent upon attracting the best young talent. Therefore, you don’t only need fair pay, good benefits and a career track, you need mobile technology.
If you have a company where your key employees responsible for project management are not carrying iPads, perhaps you should seek some advice on how you can “catch up” with the rest of the pack.

We did it again!

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Published: Monday, 14 January 2013
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We did it again!

Our first weld manipulator boom worked so well for us we decided to add a second.

We have acquired an additional Pandjiris Manipulator to assist in the manufacturing of tanks, pressure vessels and ductwork. This is the second manipulator we have added in the past 9 months.

This time we have decided to go bigger. The manipulator’s basic size of 14′ x 14′ is mounted on a bolt-down base and has an 1′ nominal arc height along with a 14′ horizontal boom stroke at a variable speed of 3″ to 116″ per minute. This is electronically controlled with dynamic braking beginning 19-1/4″ from the centerline of the column and 360 degree manual column rotation. The standard electricals are 230/460 volts, 3 phase, 60 cycle with 115 control and is wired to conform to National Electrical Code Standards.

The manipulator boom is complemented by a Lincoln NA-5 Sub Arc welder and Air Powered Flux Recovery System to deposit more weld metal at fast travel speeds. This welder easily adapts to a wide range of wire feed speeds and sizes.

“With the number of ASME tanks and vessels we have going through our shop, an additional manipulator was the logical choice for us”, says Dave Kriner, Goodhart Sons, Inc.’s Quality Assurance manager.

Kriner also sees an advantage of having this manipulator when it comes to large diameter ductwork. “We have some ductwork that will be coming through our fabrication shop real soon and my hope is to put both of these manipulator booms to work on that”.

We are a fully equipped steel fabricator and installer located in Lancaster, PA. with over 175,000 square feet of production space. We are ASME Section VIII, Division I board certified and in possession of our R, S and U stamps as well as being an AISC Member. We are up to the challenge of completing your project with the highest level of quality, on time, and within budget.

We also employs millwrights, riggers, welders, pipefitters, electricians and insulators that travel the country and abroad to install the projects that we fabricate as well as many types of OEM equipment and production lines. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to plan and execute complicated shut-downs.

Our ASME “S” Stamp Complements Our “R” & “U” Stamps

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Published: Wednesday, 26 December 2012
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Our ASME “S” Stamp Complements Our “R” & “U” Stamps

We are a steel fabricator and installer in Lancaster, PA. have recently obtained our ASME “S” stamp for the field and shop fabrication of Power Boilers. This latest certification complements the “R”, National Board Inspection Code and “U” Section VIII, Division I Stamps that are already in our possession.

We also have the ability to design, fabricate and install to API 650, and API 653 standards, International Building Code, SMACNA Ductwork Construction Standards, AWWA Welded carbon steel tanks for Water Storage and AISC construction standards.

We are a fully equipped steel fabricator and installer located in Lancaster, PA. with over 175,000 square feet of production space. We are ASME Section VIII, Division I board certified in possession of our R, S and U stamps as well as being an AISC Member and we are up to the challenge of completing your project with the highest level of quality, on time, and within budget.

We also employ millwrights, riggers, welders, pipefitters, electricians and insulators that travel the country and abroad to install the projects that we fabricate as well as many types of OEM equipment and production lines. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to plan and execute complicated shut-downs.

We’ve Added A Series “1200″ Pandjiris Manipulator

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Published: Friday, 17 August 2012
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We’ve Added A Series “1200″ Pandjiris Manipulator

We have purchased a new Pandjiris Manipulator to assist in the manufacturing of tanks, pressure vessels and ductwork.

The Series “1200″ Manipulator, was original a Series 1100 before being customized by Pandjiris specifically to meet our fabrication needs.

Its basic size of 12′ x 12′, is mounted on a bolt-down base and has an 12′ nominal arc height along with a 12′ horizontal boom stroke at a variable speed of 3″ to 116″ per minute. This is electronically controlled with dynamic braking beginning 19-1/4″ from the centerline of the column and 360 degree manual column rotation. The standard electricals are 230/460 volts, 3 phase, 60 cycle with 115 control. Wired to conform to National Electrical Code Standards.

The manipulator boom is complemented by a Lincoln NA-5 Sub Arc welder and Air Powered Flux Recovery System to deposit more weld metal at fast travel speeds. This welder easily adapts to a wide range of wire feed speeds and sizes.

“We are an ASME National board-certified designer, fabricator and installer. We need to meet or exceed ASME Standards to maintain a competitive edge in the industry. This manipulator will help us reach that goal by doing things faster and more consistently”, says our Quality Assurance Manager Dave Kriner.

Dave sees the potential in other areas of fabrication. “We also make a lot of small and large diameter duct work, some it very large. I see this manipulator boom being a major asset to us in that area as well.”

We are a fully equipped steel fabricator with over 175,000 square feet of production space. We are ASME as well as an AISC Member and are up to the challenge of completing your project with the highest level of quality, on time, and within budget.

We also employs millwrights, riggers, welders, pipefitters, electricians and insulators that travel the country and abroad to install the projects that they fabricate as well as many types of OEM equipment and production lines. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to plan and execute complicated shut-downs.

Pipe Bending Equipment & Access Steel Fabrication

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Published: Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Pipe Bending Equipment & Access Steel Fabrication

We have recently updated our pipe/tube forming capabilities with the addition of three new pieces of equipment. A Scotchman notcher, an Ercolina bender and an FMB saw have been added to our fabrication facilities.

The addition of a Scotchman Tube/Pipe notcher with top-mounted deburring surface allows us to produce gap-free fits ready for welding with many different mandrels available to complete the task.
The Ercolina Tube/Pipe Bender is complete with touch screen programming, a quick-change tooling system, digital display of bend angle, material spring back compensation, remote control of bend, return and emergency stop functions, accurate counter bending die positioning and a heavy-duty steel gear case. The FMB Semiautomatic band saw can to cut from 0° to 60° with head rotation angle stops at 0°, 45° and 60°.

In addition to these new pieces of equipment, our Detailing Department has been equipped with advanced pipe/tube bending CAD software ensure things are done right the first time, every time.
These three new machines have been centrally located to work in conjunction with one another. This will drastically reduce time while increasing consistency and accuracy when performing tasks such as fabricating access steel handrails, gates and fences, frames, marine arches and railing, furniture frames and stainless plumbing.

We are a fully equipped steel fabricator with over 175,000 square feet of production space. We are ASME and an AISC member and are up to the challenge of completing your project with the highest level of quality, on time, and within budget.

We also employs millwrights, riggers, welders, pipefitters, electricians and insulators that travel the country and abroad to install the projects that we fabricate as well as many types of OEM equipment and production lines. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to plan and execute complicated shut-downs.

Beam Drilling Line

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Published: Tuesday, 26 June 2012
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Beam Drilling Line

We have recently added a beam drilling line to our tool box!

The Excalibur 12 CNC Single Spindle Drill by FICEP allows us to greatly reduce the amount time we spend drilling structural steel as well increasing the accuracy and consistency of the parts we produce.

This new piece of equipment features an exclusive secondary “X” axis with improved accuracy and productivity as it is not necessary to unclamp, reposition and re-clamp for each “X” axis (length axis) movement. This capability also permits scribing on all four surfaces to eliminate all manual layout which can be automatically imported from our CAD system files. The secondary axis also provides the ability to generate slotted holes, copes and large holes.

The Excalibur is also furnished with a ball screw spindle feed that features a 25 HP direct drive spindle design that generates up to 3,000 RPM to use carbide tools to their maximum capability.

Our Visit To Fabtech 2011

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Published: Monday, 21 November 2011
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Our Visit To Fabtech 2011

We just returned from Fabtech, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event. This years show returned to McCormick Place in Chicago. An estimated 30,000 visitors came to this annual event to see the 1,200 exhibiting companies covering more than 450,000 square feet of floor space.

We covered the entire 450,000 sq feet, zeroing in on a hand full of exhibitors. Our key area of interest was on metal forming and robotic automated welding equipment. We also made it a point to sit in on FARO Technologies Inc.’s demonstration of their Laser Tracker ION.

A visit to the FICEP booth to learn more about their beam drill lines proved to be very informative and was time well spent. Another stop high on our list was to the Pandjiris exhibit to gain some insight on their Manipulators. We should have more information to report about this in the coming weeks.

In past years we have always returned with new and exciting ideas. This year was no different. We came back with great information from large press breaks, tubing and pipe bending equipment, right down to the small stuff like pneumatic grinders. We also came back with a few ideas on green technology for recycling and reclaiming SAW flux’s and slag.

Like past years, this event has opened our eyes to some new technology and ideas. It was well worth the trip and we look forward to returning next year.

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