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Half-century celebration

Half-century celebration
How Scotchman Industries grew from humble beginnings in a tiny town to celebrating 50 years in business by Jimmy Myers, senior editor     Art Kroetch made his humble beginnings producing farm-related products in this old structure in the 1950s.     Big businesses in small towns – sometimes it just works. Sure, there are challenges, but Scotchman Industries Inc., located in Philip, S.D., a Read full article >>

Ironworkers: An Evolving Mainstay

Ironworkers: An Evolving Mainstay
Adding functionality to a tried-and-true technology. by Larry Adams, Senior Editor     The ironworker is, much like its name applies, strong, sturdy, utilitarian. It has been described as the Swiss army knife of metalworking tools, which makes sense based on its range of applications. A Leatherman maybe more apropos, however. While there are individual tools that can replace and better Read full article >>

The Ironworker: An Old Friend, At Work and Going Strong

The Ironworker: An Old Friend, At Work and Going Strong
By Ed Huntress, Editor     These workhorse machines can perform a lot of tricks, with CNC or custom tooling adding to their range.Some old machine types become obsolete; others remain indispensable and never go out of date. Ironworkers are as indispensable as ever. One “kachunk,” and they’ve popped a hole, sheared a plate, cut a notch or bent a bar. With that quick, one-stroke functionality, Read full article >>

Is a CNC Ironworker Right for Your Shop?

Is a CNC Ironworker Right for Your Shop?
This 120-in. CNC table for a Sunrise ironworker makes manually laying out 10-ft. angle a thing of the past. By Colin Carlu OlexaAssociate EditorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Accuracy can sometimes be a frustrating issue when producing parts on an ironworker. But what if you could produce the perfect part every time?In our February 2014 issue, we featured an article on some of the different ironworker Read full article >>

Abusing Equipment

October, 2012An important piece of equipment speeds production while reducing costs By Russ OlexaV. P., Associate PublisherThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Rod Brakhage, owner of the Wheeldock company, believes in his ironworker. So much so that he says, "We abuse it a lot, really a lot. Knowing this, if the machine snaps in half some day, I'd replace it with another one just like it in a heartbeat. I Read full article >>

Low-Cost Productivity

February, 2012By Russ OlexaV. P., Associate PublisherThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Fast and inexpensive, there’s one piece of equipment for fabricators that can notch, punch, drill and shear at amazing speeds. That equipment is an ironworker, and it’s versatility to work with metals that are 0.125 in. thick and thicker can truly add more productivity to a fab shop."Typically an ironworker will allow Read full article >>

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