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Education We sponsored a tour of forty fabricators from North America in which we visited industry partners in Ireland and the UK. Long discussions were held on construction techniques, software, and the “state of the industry”, as every attendee learned new methods to improve their business (page 10). Interested in an educational trip? Contact judy-hartman@peddinghaus.com for details

We continue to attend user’s meetings, local fabrication association gatherings, industry events, and trade shows—any medium available to learn more about improving Peddinghaus and assisting the industry.

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Virtual Machine Demos The warm, sunny days of summer invoke thoughts of vacations, holidays, and spending time outdoors with your family. While writing this issue’s editorial, I am sitting on a beautiful beach in Florida enjoying my four kids as they build sand castles and play in the surf. Watching my children frolic at the seashore keeps me thinking about the future—their future, the future of Peddinghaus, and the future for our customers. What can we do better to serve our customers? This is the recurring thought that I contemplate, whether at the beach, on an airplane, or at our facilities. What can we do better? Here are some measures we have implemented to insure we serve our customers—and our industry—better.

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In a dynamic economy, sometimes it’s tough to travel. Here’s a new idea from Peddinghaus, a virtual tour of an installation. Click on your internet browser to view Peddinghaus equipment in operation. You can see a Peddinghaus band saw perform fantastic cutting rates—LIVE on your PC monitor. No slick video editing or manipulation. It’s a great opportunity to view equipment with your associates and the shop guys. Check out page 26 for details on this exciting new program that will help you improve productivity and shop techniques.

Expanding Production Capacity Peddinghaus is humbled by the confidence and trust place in our products and equipment. As a result of your dynamic support, we have undertaken a major capital improvement project.

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• An investment of $1.5M in new capital equipment—highlighted by • three new machining centers, • three new automated sawing systems, • 40,000 square foot expansion in shop operation/warehousing space • New Research and Development facility–dedicated solely to our newly designed Equipment We understand our responsibility to our customers and industry partners. We need to react to the changing economic conditions as our customer’s experience. It is our duty.

Improving Customer Service From past editorials, you know the Peddinghaus commitment to quality customer service. You know the 30% increase in additional staff that we have hired to meet our customer requirements. As CEO, I wish to emphasize our continued dedication to you—our loyal customers and industry partners that service is still King at Peddinghaus. We acknowledge that providing quality service is a challenge, but we are attaching this challenge with enthusiasm: • Plans are in place to increase our field service staff by another 30% in the next quarter • Our industry partners, such as Siemens, Parker, and Bosch, assist our field operations with supplemental assistance • Our local distributors are adding dedicated technical personnel as well for faster reaction time • You see more of our “inside staff” such as engineers in the field to inspect, train, and assist as well. Well, my two oldest are asking to go para-sailing, it’s time to close–before their mother finds out.

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Cardinal Stadium Raised On-Time and In-Budget

Roll Up Your Sleeves for Success

Workers are on a roll aligning the center rails of the twin roof panels that cover the $450-million Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Phoenix. The panels of the 5,400-ton assembly, jacked in one piece earlier this year, moved apart for the first time recently in an operation that went off without a hitch. Frieda Mai-Weis (President) and Paul Mai (Founder) of PKM Steel.

David A. Schuff , Chairman of Schuff Steel, receives the prestigious ENR Award of Excellence from Mr. James H. McGraw of McGraw Hill. Read about this engineering marvel on pages 2 and 3.

Paul Mai, founder of PKM Steel, has a passion and enthusiasm for life. Ready to accept any challenge, he is truly an entrepreneur, governing his life by only one rule: “Why Not?”

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GRASAN EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC. Using the Strength of Steel in Crushing Concrete

PERMIT NO. 38 Kankakee, IL

Ed and Scott Eilenfeld of Grasan Equipment compete in a hostile environment—learn what gives them an “Advantage”.

Undoubtedly the eyes of those readers actively involved in the steel construction industry are drawn to this headline assuming it refers to replacing concrete skyscrapers with fabricated structural steel construction. This is true to some degree, but in reality, Grasan Equipment manufactures products that really do crush concrete—literally—along with aggregate, rock, asphalt, and similar construction materials. Continued on page 12

Why Not? Full story begins on page 4

TABLE OF CONTENTS Schuff Steel Raising Cardinal Stadium

PKM Roll up your sleeves for success

Hypertherm Peddinghaus receives Outstanding Sales Award

Tour Recap Fabricator’s Tour Insight

Design Build Don’t simply retool your shop…rethink your system

2006 MACH Show New technology introduced to European market

Advantage PCD 1100 Drill Line Introduction at NASCC garners Design Award

Virtual Tour See the newest technology…right at your desk

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Raising Cardinal Stadium Continued from page 1

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It “went swimmingly,” says Lenart Nielsen, senior electrical engineer for the roof mechanization consultant, Uni-Systems LLC, Minneapolis. The lift of the preassembled assembly–complete with travel system–and its arced profile made the roll necessary to “uncover” the center rails for final alignment. “For our two previous movable roofs, built in place, we were able to do final rail alignment before erecting the roof panels,” says Mark Waggoner, senior associate in the Austin office of structural engineer Walter P. Moore and Associates. In Phoenix, the single-lift strategy was considered the only safe way to build the arced roof (ENR 2/28 p. 10). In preparation for the initial move, workers from local steel fabricator-erector Schuff Steel Co., guided by Uni-Systems, first had to permanently align the four, 184-ft lengths of exposed rail atop the sideline supertrusses so that the panels could roll onto them and park. Extensive final alignment was needed for elevation, sweep and plumbness.

Cardinals Stadium Facts Super Lift 5400 tons single lift

FACTS

500,000 square feet

Features: two 87-ft deep by 700-ft long Brunel Trusses. The Brunel Trusses are 257.5 feet apart and spanned by eight teardrop Vierndeel trusses for each 270-ft by 180-ft panel. The top chord is 15-ft ‘laced’ square, and the bottom chord is a double wide flange beam. Each Brunel Truss sits on 171-ft tall concrete supercolumns at each end. The roof was pre-assembled on the ground and then jacked into place. The roof is clad in fabric.

In July, after completion of the fixed roof, Schuff began the work. Concurrently, until the end of November, other crews were building out the retractable roof control room, getting power in place and pulling necessary fiber-optic cable. Uni-Systems also installed 480V feed rails parallel to the rolling rails to power the transports and thoroughly checked all parts of the transport mechanism, a cable-drive system that operates somewhat like an elevator. This included motor brakes, variable frequency drives and all safety systems. It also included 2,000 input-output points, located at each carrier and cable drum, for the mechanism that controls roof movements. “We’re parked on a hill and something bad could happen,” says Bart Riberich, Uni-Systems vice president of engineering. For safety, the move was scheduled after normal work hours and was performed slowly and incrementally. On Dec. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m., workers started pulling the cables taut on all the drums. With brakes engaged, Uni-Systems then gave the command to go to one-quarter of full torque. Full torque was achieved between 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2. In preparation for the move, workers removed bolts from the temporary hold-down clamps, leaving the clamp in place. At 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, Uni-Systems moved the panels slightly uphill

The move was inaudible at the downhill ends of the rails, away from the drives, say sources. “It was eerily quiet,” says Riberich. and toward each other to narrow the preassembled 4-ft gap between them. Workers first moved one, then the other, 6 to 8 in. at a time. “We could move each panel up to 2 ft uphill,” says Riberich. Temporary hold-down clamps and permanent stops would stop a backward roll. Uni-Systems then engaged rail clamps as a hold-down device before removing the temporary clamps. Starting at 7 a.m. on Dec. 3, with spotters positioned around the roof, Uni-Systems began the real move. The panels moved roughly 6 ft per minute, starting with a 10-ft move for the first panel. The procedure continued, alternating panels with 20-ft moves. The operation was complete at 3 p.m., after 19 “steps.”

Great care was taken not to roll one panel more than another to avoid unbalanced loads on the sideline supertrusses, says Waggoner. During the operation, one side of the same panel never got ahead of the other by more than 2 in. “That is impressive,” says Riberich, “considering each panel spans 257.5 ft over the field.” The move was inaudible at the downhill ends of the rais, away from the drives, say sources. “It was eerily quiet,” says Riberich. To give better warning to maintenance personnel during “real” future moves, Uni-Systems plans to install more audible and visible alarms. The stadium, 78% complete, is on time to open in August and on budget, says Corissa Anderson, project engineer for Hunt Construction Group Inc., Phoenix. In January, as soon as rail alignment is done, Uni-Systems will move the panels back to protect the structural integrity of the stadium, designed to be covered except for games. A time-lapse video of the Super Lift is available on Schuff Steel’s Website: www.schuff.com


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Raising Cardinal Stadium Continued from page 1

Photo Caption Here

It “went swimmingly,” says Lenart Nielsen, senior electrical engineer for the roof mechanization consultant, Uni-Systems LLC, Minneapolis. The lift of the preassembled assembly–complete with travel system–and its arced profile made the roll necessary to “uncover” the center rails for final alignment. “For our two previous movable roofs, built in place, we were able to do final rail alignment before erecting the roof panels,” says Mark Waggoner, senior associate in the Austin office of structural engineer Walter P. Moore and Associates. In Phoenix, the single-lift strategy was considered the only safe way to build the arced roof (ENR 2/28 p. 10). In preparation for the initial move, workers from local steel fabricator-erector Schuff Steel Co., guided by Uni-Systems, first had to permanently align the four, 184-ft lengths of exposed rail atop the sideline supertrusses so that the panels could roll onto them and park. Extensive final alignment was needed for elevation, sweep and plumbness.

Cardinals Stadium Facts Super Lift 5400 tons single lift

FACTS

500,000 square feet

Features: two 87-ft deep by 700-ft long Brunel Trusses. The Brunel Trusses are 257.5 feet apart and spanned by eight teardrop Vierndeel trusses for each 270-ft by 180-ft panel. The top chord is 15-ft ‘laced’ square, and the bottom chord is a double wide flange beam. Each Brunel Truss sits on 171-ft tall concrete supercolumns at each end. The roof was pre-assembled on the ground and then jacked into place. The roof is clad in fabric.

In July, after completion of the fixed roof, Schuff began the work. Concurrently, until the end of November, other crews were building out the retractable roof control room, getting power in place and pulling necessary fiber-optic cable. Uni-Systems also installed 480V feed rails parallel to the rolling rails to power the transports and thoroughly checked all parts of the transport mechanism, a cable-drive system that operates somewhat like an elevator. This included motor brakes, variable frequency drives and all safety systems. It also included 2,000 input-output points, located at each carrier and cable drum, for the mechanism that controls roof movements. “We’re parked on a hill and something bad could happen,” says Bart Riberich, Uni-Systems vice president of engineering. For safety, the move was scheduled after normal work hours and was performed slowly and incrementally. On Dec. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m., workers started pulling the cables taut on all the drums. With brakes engaged, Uni-Systems then gave the command to go to one-quarter of full torque. Full torque was achieved between 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2. In preparation for the move, workers removed bolts from the temporary hold-down clamps, leaving the clamp in place. At 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, Uni-Systems moved the panels slightly uphill

The move was inaudible at the downhill ends of the rails, away from the drives, say sources. “It was eerily quiet,” says Riberich. and toward each other to narrow the preassembled 4-ft gap between them. Workers first moved one, then the other, 6 to 8 in. at a time. “We could move each panel up to 2 ft uphill,” says Riberich. Temporary hold-down clamps and permanent stops would stop a backward roll. Uni-Systems then engaged rail clamps as a hold-down device before removing the temporary clamps. Starting at 7 a.m. on Dec. 3, with spotters positioned around the roof, Uni-Systems began the real move. The panels moved roughly 6 ft per minute, starting with a 10-ft move for the first panel. The procedure continued, alternating panels with 20-ft moves. The operation was complete at 3 p.m., after 19 “steps.”

Great care was taken not to roll one panel more than another to avoid unbalanced loads on the sideline supertrusses, says Waggoner. During the operation, one side of the same panel never got ahead of the other by more than 2 in. “That is impressive,” says Riberich, “considering each panel spans 257.5 ft over the field.” The move was inaudible at the downhill ends of the rais, away from the drives, say sources. “It was eerily quiet,” says Riberich. To give better warning to maintenance personnel during “real” future moves, Uni-Systems plans to install more audible and visible alarms. The stadium, 78% complete, is on time to open in August and on budget, says Corissa Anderson, project engineer for Hunt Construction Group Inc., Phoenix. In January, as soon as rail alignment is done, Uni-Systems will move the panels back to protect the structural integrity of the stadium, designed to be covered except for games. A time-lapse video of the Super Lift is available on Schuff Steel’s Website: www.schuff.com


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PKM STEEL— Roll Up Your Sleeves for Success The conversation between two friends began something like this: Paul Mai: (Founder, PKM Steel) “Hey John, I have a great idea—if this new Peddinghaus drill line works as good as you say, you and I can take a little trip together to celebrate its’ success.” John Holland: (Executive V.P. Peddinghaus) “Sure Paul, that sounds like a great idea”. (John was thinking of Las Vegas or Hawaii, maybe Europe). Paul: “Good, because I’ve booked tickets to Resolute Bay in the Northwest Territories of Canada—you and I are going to visit the Magnetic North Pole!” John: “Paul, did you say North Pole? Like, Polar Bears and Santa Claus—that North Pole?” Paul: ”Absolutely John, we’ll travel to the Base Camp at Resolute, then travel by snow mobile to the Magnetic North Pole!” Well, the two friends undertook this great adventure, and did indeed make it to the geographic North Pole at the top of the world. They traveled by snowmobile, and camped in tents along the way to their frozen destination.

Dave Mai insures high production standards by continually feeding the new Peddinghaus saw and drill with structural steel.

An aerial view of the PKM facility indicates the growth of the firm in a few short years.

A Plus Galvanizing features the world’s largest hot dip galvanizing facility, ideally suited for building, bridge, and transmission tower galvanizing. “I was happy with the FPB concept, but I asked Peddinghaus, ‘Why don’t you make it wider?’”, says Paul with a smile. Three years later, Paul purchased a new FPB 1500 with 60" wide capacity. It also operates on a daily shift basis at the PKM facility.

“I like working with Peddinghaus Curiosity Produces Opportunity

What does this story have to do with steel fabrication and construction? Just about everything. This little conversation depicts the passion and enthusiasm that Paul Mai, founder of PKM Steel, has for life, and the challenges that he readily accepts. He is truly an entrepreneur who governs his life by only one rule, “Why not?” Under the guidance of Paul Mai, an impressive list of companies has emerged: • PKM Steel—a premier North American structural steel fabricator with international affiliation • MAICO Industries —a top manufacturer of sign structures tapered poles and 3 Plate Beams for Metal Buildings • A-Plus Galvanizing—with the largest single dip capacity in the world • Salina Steel Supply—a service center providing all shapes and sizes in the Midwest • MSS Transport—providing flatbed trucking services for any industry PKM Steel Service, Inc. was founded by Paul Mai who started his trade as a young man in post-war Schweinfurt, Germany. Unable to speak English, but holding a vision of new frontiers and opportunities, he moved to the USA in 1958, at 27 years of age. He came to Topeka, Kansas, where a relative lived. “Curiosity”, he said, made him leave home. “When World War II was over, you heard so much about the United States. I just wanted to go there, and find out for myself.”

With his typical “Roll up your sleeves” attitude, Paul obtained his first job by simply joining a construction crew, impressing the boss and his fellow workers. He worked as a welder in central Kansas, before finally settling in Salina in 1962. Paul opened a one-man 40 x 60 foot welding shop in Salina’s South Industrial Area. With limited available resources, he started with small repair jobs. Paul’s first major job occurred 10 months later when he landed a contract to build and erect four observation towers at the Smoky Hill Bombing Range. He hired three employees to help with the work, and a successful fabrication business was launched. It is interesting to note that the German heritage of “Waste Not–Want Not” was deeply ingrained in Paul’s character. His first one man welding shop now houses an employee lounge area. The scrap steel—from the first old airport tower that he dismantled in 1962—was used to build a storage rack for miscellaneous shapes. That rack is still used today.

Growing With Peddinghaus As PKM progressed, Paul maintained his reputation as an inventor and developed new tools to help his fab shop. He used his ingenuity and creativeness to formulate new tools to help solve the many problems involved with structural fabrication. The next big step was getting a contract in the early 1970s to provide structural steel for a federal office building in Topeka, KS. This is the first job that put PKM steel “on the map” for structural fabrication in the steel construction industry. “That’s when we expanded and made the decision to invest in new equipment,” Mai said. One of the first pieces of new technology that Paul Mai purchased was a relatively new machine tool for processing steel shapes—a structural punch line. At that time, the technology used for automated processing of beams, columns, channels, etc required the use of a beam punching line. Five presses were assembled with a measuring carriage device to provide automation to the hole making process. “Punching of beams was limited to 100 tons of hydraulic pressure—anything larger had to be done manually,” advised Paul. But Peddinghaus had developed new machine tool technology for the steel construction industry—a drilling machine for structural steel sections. You could drill holes in every structural section columns, beams, channel, angle—you weren’t limited by tonnage.

because they share my vision of how to improve products A sister company, Maico Industries is a vertically integrated manufacturer of sign structures and traffic light poles. Paul’s inventive mind immediately saw the opportunity. He built a new 200' x 440' shop. “We purchased a new TDK 1000/3 three spindle drill line and a new cold saw from Peddinghaus. This equipment served us as the heart of our production line.” “Purchasing the Peddinghaus Drill Line was a major step for PKM—the speed and accuracy of that first structural drill helped us to fabricate bigger jobs,” advised Paul. Soon PKM was competing for every major job in the State of Kansas, then the Midwest, and then on a national basis. Their reputation for quality and accuracy—combined with on time delivery—rapidly grew the business. One of the benchmark projects for PKM Steel Service was providing more than 18,000 tons of structural steel for the construction of the new Denver airport. This was more fabricated steel than any other supplier for this massive project.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention As PKM progressed in the 1980s and ’90s, it became very evident that Paul’s “hands on” style of management and involvement was paying dividends. Identifying the erection delays caused by welding during the erection of roof structures, Paul set to work.

He developed a space-frame connector for roof trusses in the early ’90s. Focusing on bolting rather than welding on site, the new space-frame connector design reduced the roof building cost by 30 to 40 per cent. The entire “Sky System” can be assembled on the ground—and then erected in one crane lift. If you take a tour of Paul’s shops, you are amazed at the innovative technology that his firm employs to save time, costs, and increase safety. He works closely with equipment manufacturers to improve designs and effectiveness. “If you are going to compete, you need the tools to do the job”, says Paul, “I want to insure that my people have the right tools.”

Peddinghaus Partners With PKM Peddinghaus has played a large part in the shop efficiency of PKM. In 1993, PKM purchased one of the latest innovations from Peddinghaus: a model FPB 500 CNC plasma plate punching machine. This innovative CNC machine processes 20" wide x 1 1/4" thick x any length plate by punching holes, scribe marking, and plasma contour cutting to any shape and length. Even at 13 years of age, this machine performs daily providing plate components for Mai.

and make them more productive,” says Paul.

Peddinghaus Powers PKM— Drilling, Speed Sawing, and Coping In 2000, with tonnages increasing, and competition becoming fierce, PKM undertook another productive expansion. The purchase of a new BDL 1250 drill from Peddinghaus expanded their drilling capacity, and brought PKM to the next level of tonnage production. The new drill line was bigger, stronger, and faster than the previous TDK models (which Peddinghaus took in trade). The BDL 1250 was the lynchpin for new PKM steel projects with fast track deliveries, jobs with bigger/heavier columns, and more intricate designs. As the market heated up in the 21st century, PKM continued to thrive. Soon added to the shop stable of productive winners was a new band saw—the innovative 1140-510 from Peddinghaus. The technology of “Speed Sawing”, though in its infancy caught Paul’s eye immediately. Continued on page 6


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PKM STEEL— Roll Up Your Sleeves for Success The conversation between two friends began something like this: Paul Mai: (Founder, PKM Steel) “Hey John, I have a great idea—if this new Peddinghaus drill line works as good as you say, you and I can take a little trip together to celebrate its’ success.” John Holland: (Executive V.P. Peddinghaus) “Sure Paul, that sounds like a great idea”. (John was thinking of Las Vegas or Hawaii, maybe Europe). Paul: “Good, because I’ve booked tickets to Resolute Bay in the Northwest Territories of Canada—you and I are going to visit the Magnetic North Pole!” John: “Paul, did you say North Pole? Like, Polar Bears and Santa Claus—that North Pole?” Paul: ”Absolutely John, we’ll travel to the Base Camp at Resolute, then travel by snow mobile to the Magnetic North Pole!” Well, the two friends undertook this great adventure, and did indeed make it to the geographic North Pole at the top of the world. They traveled by snowmobile, and camped in tents along the way to their frozen destination.

Dave Mai insures high production standards by continually feeding the new Peddinghaus saw and drill with structural steel.

An aerial view of the PKM facility indicates the growth of the firm in a few short years.

A Plus Galvanizing features the world’s largest hot dip galvanizing facility, ideally suited for building, bridge, and transmission tower galvanizing. “I was happy with the FPB concept, but I asked Peddinghaus, ‘Why don’t you make it wider?’”, says Paul with a smile. Three years later, Paul purchased a new FPB 1500 with 60" wide capacity. It also operates on a daily shift basis at the PKM facility.

“I like working with Peddinghaus Curiosity Produces Opportunity

What does this story have to do with steel fabrication and construction? Just about everything. This little conversation depicts the passion and enthusiasm that Paul Mai, founder of PKM Steel, has for life, and the challenges that he readily accepts. He is truly an entrepreneur who governs his life by only one rule, “Why not?” Under the guidance of Paul Mai, an impressive list of companies has emerged: • PKM Steel—a premier North American structural steel fabricator with international affiliation • MAICO Industries —a top manufacturer of sign structures tapered poles and 3 Plate Beams for Metal Buildings • A-Plus Galvanizing—with the largest single dip capacity in the world • Salina Steel Supply—a service center providing all shapes and sizes in the Midwest • MSS Transport—providing flatbed trucking services for any industry PKM Steel Service, Inc. was founded by Paul Mai who started his trade as a young man in post-war Schweinfurt, Germany. Unable to speak English, but holding a vision of new frontiers and opportunities, he moved to the USA in 1958, at 27 years of age. He came to Topeka, Kansas, where a relative lived. “Curiosity”, he said, made him leave home. “When World War II was over, you heard so much about the United States. I just wanted to go there, and find out for myself.”

With his typical “Roll up your sleeves” attitude, Paul obtained his first job by simply joining a construction crew, impressing the boss and his fellow workers. He worked as a welder in central Kansas, before finally settling in Salina in 1962. Paul opened a one-man 40 x 60 foot welding shop in Salina’s South Industrial Area. With limited available resources, he started with small repair jobs. Paul’s first major job occurred 10 months later when he landed a contract to build and erect four observation towers at the Smoky Hill Bombing Range. He hired three employees to help with the work, and a successful fabrication business was launched. It is interesting to note that the German heritage of “Waste Not–Want Not” was deeply ingrained in Paul’s character. His first one man welding shop now houses an employee lounge area. The scrap steel—from the first old airport tower that he dismantled in 1962—was used to build a storage rack for miscellaneous shapes. That rack is still used today.

Growing With Peddinghaus As PKM progressed, Paul maintained his reputation as an inventor and developed new tools to help his fab shop. He used his ingenuity and creativeness to formulate new tools to help solve the many problems involved with structural fabrication. The next big step was getting a contract in the early 1970s to provide structural steel for a federal office building in Topeka, KS. This is the first job that put PKM steel “on the map” for structural fabrication in the steel construction industry. “That’s when we expanded and made the decision to invest in new equipment,” Mai said. One of the first pieces of new technology that Paul Mai purchased was a relatively new machine tool for processing steel shapes—a structural punch line. At that time, the technology used for automated processing of beams, columns, channels, etc required the use of a beam punching line. Five presses were assembled with a measuring carriage device to provide automation to the hole making process. “Punching of beams was limited to 100 tons of hydraulic pressure—anything larger had to be done manually,” advised Paul. But Peddinghaus had developed new machine tool technology for the steel construction industry—a drilling machine for structural steel sections. You could drill holes in every structural section columns, beams, channel, angle—you weren’t limited by tonnage.

because they share my vision of how to improve products A sister company, Maico Industries is a vertically integrated manufacturer of sign structures and traffic light poles. Paul’s inventive mind immediately saw the opportunity. He built a new 200' x 440' shop. “We purchased a new TDK 1000/3 three spindle drill line and a new cold saw from Peddinghaus. This equipment served us as the heart of our production line.” “Purchasing the Peddinghaus Drill Line was a major step for PKM—the speed and accuracy of that first structural drill helped us to fabricate bigger jobs,” advised Paul. Soon PKM was competing for every major job in the State of Kansas, then the Midwest, and then on a national basis. Their reputation for quality and accuracy—combined with on time delivery—rapidly grew the business. One of the benchmark projects for PKM Steel Service was providing more than 18,000 tons of structural steel for the construction of the new Denver airport. This was more fabricated steel than any other supplier for this massive project.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention As PKM progressed in the 1980s and ’90s, it became very evident that Paul’s “hands on” style of management and involvement was paying dividends. Identifying the erection delays caused by welding during the erection of roof structures, Paul set to work.

He developed a space-frame connector for roof trusses in the early ’90s. Focusing on bolting rather than welding on site, the new space-frame connector design reduced the roof building cost by 30 to 40 per cent. The entire “Sky System” can be assembled on the ground—and then erected in one crane lift. If you take a tour of Paul’s shops, you are amazed at the innovative technology that his firm employs to save time, costs, and increase safety. He works closely with equipment manufacturers to improve designs and effectiveness. “If you are going to compete, you need the tools to do the job”, says Paul, “I want to insure that my people have the right tools.”

Peddinghaus Partners With PKM Peddinghaus has played a large part in the shop efficiency of PKM. In 1993, PKM purchased one of the latest innovations from Peddinghaus: a model FPB 500 CNC plasma plate punching machine. This innovative CNC machine processes 20" wide x 1 1/4" thick x any length plate by punching holes, scribe marking, and plasma contour cutting to any shape and length. Even at 13 years of age, this machine performs daily providing plate components for Mai.

and make them more productive,” says Paul.

Peddinghaus Powers PKM— Drilling, Speed Sawing, and Coping In 2000, with tonnages increasing, and competition becoming fierce, PKM undertook another productive expansion. The purchase of a new BDL 1250 drill from Peddinghaus expanded their drilling capacity, and brought PKM to the next level of tonnage production. The new drill line was bigger, stronger, and faster than the previous TDK models (which Peddinghaus took in trade). The BDL 1250 was the lynchpin for new PKM steel projects with fast track deliveries, jobs with bigger/heavier columns, and more intricate designs. As the market heated up in the 21st century, PKM continued to thrive. Soon added to the shop stable of productive winners was a new band saw—the innovative 1140-510 from Peddinghaus. The technology of “Speed Sawing”, though in its infancy caught Paul’s eye immediately. Continued on page 6


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Peddinghaus Receives Hypertherm Outstanding Sales Award

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“Being able to saw quickly and accurately with extended blade life was too good to be true,” said Paul. “This new saw is a real work horse,

As the World Leader in thermal cutting technology, Hypertherm has

and the cutting times are every bit

maintained a single goal since 1968: cut the cost of cutting metal. Its

as good as advertised"

Buy a Machine for One Job? You Betcha’

single-minded mission is to provide customers throughout the world PKM is a premier supplier of heavy trusses, and has supplied sophisticated trusses for major projects throughout North America.

The latest addition was the ABCM 1250/3-CNC Burning System—designed for automated burning and coping of all structural sections. The purchase justification for this machine was pretty basic. A potential large truss project called for multiple coped shapes, including some intricate flange/web burning. Many miter cuts were required of various slope and dimensions.

any other brand. Hypertherm has captured a majority market share in plasma cutting worldwide through innovation and a commitment to technology advancement.

Richard Roland, Product Manager, “We called Peddinghaus to check the application, and e-mailed some of the more difficult drawings for time study. We were impressed with the ABCM capabilities—the great cooperation from Peddinghaus—and the fast delivery.”

“The ABCM 1250 was the right tool for that job,” explained Paul, “We knew we could tackle that job, because we knew we could depend on Peddinghaus.”

Continually Growing a Family Business As is the case with most successful fabricators, a family business provides the stability, work ethic, and personal involvement to be successful. Various members of the Mai family are involved in various phases of the business. The continued high performance of PKM in the Structural Steel Fabrication industry necessitated

with the best plasma cutting equipment and service in the industry.

That’s why Hyperthem holds more major plasma cutting patents than

“That was a real test—we had the potential to receive the bid on this project —but we needed the right machine.”

Within a few weeks, the PKM production staff was training on their ABCM 1250 at the Peddinghaus facility. The machine was soon shipped and installed, and the rest is history.

Mr. Jay Kobzik, O.E.M. Account Manager of Hypertherm, Inc., and Mr. John Canterbury, Manager, O.E.M., North America, presented Peddinghaus Corporation an award for Outstanding Sales for 2005.

Partners in Progress: Hypertherm and Peddinghaus Peddinghaus developed the first plasma plate punching system in 1993. The unit featured 177 tons of selectable triple punching, with a part marking device, and a Hypertherm Max 200 plasma unit powering the cutting. At 20" wide capacity the FPB 500 set the trend for larger capacity, multi-functional machines. The FPB 1500, installed in 1996, operates on a daily shift basis producing all plate components—holes, part marking, and cut to any length or contour shape. larger facilities for operation. In their 35 years of operation, PKM has seen five major building expansions—now with over 290,000 square feet of fabrication area under roof in Salina.

in a single operation. Two 45,200 pound utility poles 74'5" long and 8'5" wide at the base were each galvanized in a single immersion. Two 87,000 pound cable stayed bridge tower anchors were each galvanized utilizing 50 ton cranes.

A Plus Galvanizing A Plus Galvanizing thinks big. The company has built the world’s largest hot-dip galvanizing plant in Salina. Inside this 172,000 square foot facility, they have installed the world’s largest galvanizing kettle.

The “Super-Kettle” at A-Plus is 82' long and over 10’wide by more than 12’ deep. Any steel structure that can fit this dimension, can be single or multiple dipped, based on design. With four 50 ton cranes, heavy weight material can be lifted and transported through the various tank processes of cleaning, rinsing, galvanizing, quenching, and finishing.

A Plus established a world record by galvanizing the largest objects ever to be hot-dip galvanized

Continued on page 22

The Hypertherm Max 200 plasma unit provided a powerful, reliable source for fast, accurate 200 ampere cutting of plate and flat stock. The Max 200 series helped set the cutting pace for the remarkable growth of this new FPB machine concept. With wide spread market acceptance, the FPB plasma plate punching machines grew to capacities of 60 and 72 inches wide. Hypertherm continued their growth and improvement introducing the new HT 2000 (200 ampere) and HT4400 (400 ampere) High Speed Long Life Units. The HT 2000 became a mainstay of both Hypertherm and Peddinghaus. The HT 2000 is currently employed on the Peddinghaus series of new FPB machines. Additionally the very popular plate drilling (FDB) and the newly introduced plate punching & drilling (FPDB) THE POWERHAUS employ the HT 2000 as standard.

Partners: Past, Present, and Future Hypertherm’s development of the new HPR 260 provides the unbeatable combination of HyDefinition and LongLife technologies into one package. This 260 ampere HyPerformance plasma unit drives the cutting potential of the new Peddinghaus Powerhaus Plate Processing Systems. When employed on the Peddinghaus FDB and FPDB systems, the HPR 260 high definition system becomes the new benchmark for plasma productivity. Check out Hypertherm’s Preventative Maintenance Program on page 8


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Peddinghaus Receives Hypertherm Outstanding Sales Award

Continued from page 5

“Being able to saw quickly and accurately with extended blade life was too good to be true,” said Paul. “This new saw is a real work horse,

As the World Leader in thermal cutting technology, Hypertherm has

and the cutting times are every bit

maintained a single goal since 1968: cut the cost of cutting metal. Its

as good as advertised"

Buy a Machine for One Job? You Betcha’

single-minded mission is to provide customers throughout the world PKM is a premier supplier of heavy trusses, and has supplied sophisticated trusses for major projects throughout North America.

The latest addition was the ABCM 1250/3-CNC Burning System—designed for automated burning and coping of all structural sections. The purchase justification for this machine was pretty basic. A potential large truss project called for multiple coped shapes, including some intricate flange/web burning. Many miter cuts were required of various slope and dimensions.

any other brand. Hypertherm has captured a majority market share in plasma cutting worldwide through innovation and a commitment to technology advancement.

Richard Roland, Product Manager, “We called Peddinghaus to check the application, and e-mailed some of the more difficult drawings for time study. We were impressed with the ABCM capabilities—the great cooperation from Peddinghaus—and the fast delivery.”

“The ABCM 1250 was the right tool for that job,” explained Paul, “We knew we could tackle that job, because we knew we could depend on Peddinghaus.”

Continually Growing a Family Business As is the case with most successful fabricators, a family business provides the stability, work ethic, and personal involvement to be successful. Various members of the Mai family are involved in various phases of the business. The continued high performance of PKM in the Structural Steel Fabrication industry necessitated

with the best plasma cutting equipment and service in the industry.

That’s why Hyperthem holds more major plasma cutting patents than

“That was a real test—we had the potential to receive the bid on this project —but we needed the right machine.”

Within a few weeks, the PKM production staff was training on their ABCM 1250 at the Peddinghaus facility. The machine was soon shipped and installed, and the rest is history.

Mr. Jay Kobzik, O.E.M. Account Manager of Hypertherm, Inc., and Mr. John Canterbury, Manager, O.E.M., North America, presented Peddinghaus Corporation an award for Outstanding Sales for 2005.

Partners in Progress: Hypertherm and Peddinghaus Peddinghaus developed the first plasma plate punching system in 1993. The unit featured 177 tons of selectable triple punching, with a part marking device, and a Hypertherm Max 200 plasma unit powering the cutting. At 20" wide capacity the FPB 500 set the trend for larger capacity, multi-functional machines. The FPB 1500, installed in 1996, operates on a daily shift basis producing all plate components—holes, part marking, and cut to any length or contour shape. larger facilities for operation. In their 35 years of operation, PKM has seen five major building expansions—now with over 290,000 square feet of fabrication area under roof in Salina.

in a single operation. Two 45,200 pound utility poles 74'5" long and 8'5" wide at the base were each galvanized in a single immersion. Two 87,000 pound cable stayed bridge tower anchors were each galvanized utilizing 50 ton cranes.

A Plus Galvanizing A Plus Galvanizing thinks big. The company has built the world’s largest hot-dip galvanizing plant in Salina. Inside this 172,000 square foot facility, they have installed the world’s largest galvanizing kettle.

The “Super-Kettle” at A-Plus is 82' long and over 10’wide by more than 12’ deep. Any steel structure that can fit this dimension, can be single or multiple dipped, based on design. With four 50 ton cranes, heavy weight material can be lifted and transported through the various tank processes of cleaning, rinsing, galvanizing, quenching, and finishing.

A Plus established a world record by galvanizing the largest objects ever to be hot-dip galvanized

Continued on page 22

The Hypertherm Max 200 plasma unit provided a powerful, reliable source for fast, accurate 200 ampere cutting of plate and flat stock. The Max 200 series helped set the cutting pace for the remarkable growth of this new FPB machine concept. With wide spread market acceptance, the FPB plasma plate punching machines grew to capacities of 60 and 72 inches wide. Hypertherm continued their growth and improvement introducing the new HT 2000 (200 ampere) and HT4400 (400 ampere) High Speed Long Life Units. The HT 2000 became a mainstay of both Hypertherm and Peddinghaus. The HT 2000 is currently employed on the Peddinghaus series of new FPB machines. Additionally the very popular plate drilling (FDB) and the newly introduced plate punching & drilling (FPDB) THE POWERHAUS employ the HT 2000 as standard.

Partners: Past, Present, and Future Hypertherm’s development of the new HPR 260 provides the unbeatable combination of HyDefinition and LongLife technologies into one package. This 260 ampere HyPerformance plasma unit drives the cutting potential of the new Peddinghaus Powerhaus Plate Processing Systems. When employed on the Peddinghaus FDB and FPDB systems, the HPR 260 high definition system becomes the new benchmark for plasma productivity. Check out Hypertherm’s Preventative Maintenance Program on page 8


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PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

SUMMER 2006

These are just a few of the benefits that you’ll realize when you practice routine preventive maintenance of your Hypertherm cutting system. Just as you wouldn’t expect your car to operate at peak efficiency if you never changed the oil or rotated the tires, you shouldn’t expect your Hypertherm plasma system to operate at peak efficiency without regular preventive maintenance.

Hypertherm plasma systems are precision machines with moving parts that require regular service. It’s a simple fact that high stress or moving parts like torches, main contactors, relays, and coolant require parts replacement. Replace them regularly and get the most out of the plasma cutting system. The Hypertherm Preventive Maintenance Program offers a proven approach to ensuring optimal operation with easy-to-follow check points that increase the overall life of your cutting system. This comprehensive program includes a master maintenance schedule, parts replacement schedules and preventive maintenance protocol for the MAX200®, HT2000®, HT4001, HD3070®, HD4070, HPR130™, and HPR260 cutting systems.

TIMELINE

COMPONENT

PART NUMBER

QTY.

6 months or 300 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30

HT027005 HT028872

1 4

1 Year or 600 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30 Main contactor Torch main body Pilot arc relay Light bulb Lens (white)

HT027005 HT028872 HT003139 HT120584 HT003021 HT005149 HT005089

1 4 1 1 1 1 1

1.5 Years or 900 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30

HT027005 HT028872

1 4

2 Years or 1200 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30 Main contactor Torch main body Pilot arc relay Light bulb Lens (white) Coolant pump Torch leads Spark gap electrode

HT027005 HT028872 HT003139 HT120584 HT003021 HT005149 HT005089 HT128384 System dependent HT004061

1 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3

2.5 Years or 1500 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30

HT027005 HT028872

1 4

3 Years or 1800 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30 Main contactor Torch main body Pilot arc relay Light bulb Lens (white) Off-valve assembly Cooling fan Cooling fan

HT027005 HT028872 HT003139 HT120584 HT003021 HT005149 HT005089 HT129840 HT027080 HT027079

1 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

MONITOR YOUR CUTTING TIP INTEGRITY REGULARLY CONSUMABLE SET • Remaining nozzle life may be difficult to measure

Call

1-800-786-2448 or e-mail

plateproductivity@peddinghaus.com NEW

OVAL ORIFICE

BLOWN NOZZLES

for your

FREE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE Full of tips to keep your plate machine running at 100% NEW

END OF LIFE

“NORMAL” NOZZLE WEAR

EXCESSIVE PILOT ARC WEAR

Pilot arc wear can be minimized • Check the pierce height setting • High pierce height and slow transfer force long pilot arcing • Check pre-flow gas settings • Low flow may force longer pilot arcing • Have the condition of the pilot arc relay checked if the nozzle approaches the damage shown here

1-800-786-2448 for the best prices on Hypertherm Plasma consumables for your Peddinghaus machine!

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PROTOCOL—a detailed set of step-by-step instructions designed to test the performance of a Hypertherm cutting system. (Sample Below)

If the plasma system has a built-in coolant system, inspect the filter element of the coolant system which is located at the rear of the power supply. If the filter has begun to turn a brownish color, a replacement particle filter should be recommended. Refer to the manual for proper part numbers.

ELECTRODE WEAR

• The pilot arc attaches to the nozzle

Call toll free

COOLANT SYSTEM

OVERUSED

CONSUMABLE ISSUES

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HT2000® PARTS REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE—a comprehensive 6-year schedule of recommended parts to replace based on arc hours and calendar time

By Clayton Gould, Product Marketing Manager, Service Parts • Reduce downtime. • Extend consumable life. • Ensure optimal operation.

STEEL FABRICATOR’S REVIEW

Perform a coolant flow test on the system. For MAX200, HT2000, HD1070 and HD3070 systems, flow should be at least 0.75 gpm (2.8 L/min) on the return line. For HT4400 and HD4070 systems, flow should be 1.0 gpm (3.7 L/min). When testing systems with external water chillers, the required coolant flow varies according to different size pumps. Refer to appropriate manuals.

NORMAL USE

EXCESSIVE USE

Check for coolant leaks. Primary locations to inspect are: 1) the back of the power supply; 2) at the high-frequency console, if applicable; and, 3) at the torch main body. Check the holding tank for dirt and particulates. Verify that proper Hypertherm coolant is being used. In addition, annual parts kits are available for ease of purchasing and increased cost effectiveness. Available kits are listed at right.

SYSTEM

KIT NUMBER

MAX200 HT2000 HT4001 HT4400 HD3070 HD4070 HPR HD4070 HPR130 HPR260

HT228010 HT128907 HT228068 HT228011 HT228012 HT228013 HT228014 HT228015 HT228016

Always use genuine replacement parts for maximum Peddinghaus productivity. E-mail your order to plateproductivity@peddinghaus.com

Incorporate the Hypertherm Preventive Maintenance Program into your operations today and ensure the performance of your cutting system. To learn more about the Hypertherm Preventive Maintenance Program contact Peddinghaus at 815-937-3800 or Hypertherm Technical Service at 800-643-9878.


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PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

SUMMER 2006

These are just a few of the benefits that you’ll realize when you practice routine preventive maintenance of your Hypertherm cutting system. Just as you wouldn’t expect your car to operate at peak efficiency if you never changed the oil or rotated the tires, you shouldn’t expect your Hypertherm plasma system to operate at peak efficiency without regular preventive maintenance.

Hypertherm plasma systems are precision machines with moving parts that require regular service. It’s a simple fact that high stress or moving parts like torches, main contactors, relays, and coolant require parts replacement. Replace them regularly and get the most out of the plasma cutting system. The Hypertherm Preventive Maintenance Program offers a proven approach to ensuring optimal operation with easy-to-follow check points that increase the overall life of your cutting system. This comprehensive program includes a master maintenance schedule, parts replacement schedules and preventive maintenance protocol for the MAX200®, HT2000®, HT4001, HD3070®, HD4070, HPR130™, and HPR260 cutting systems.

TIMELINE

COMPONENT

PART NUMBER

QTY.

6 months or 300 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30

HT027005 HT028872

1 4

1 Year or 600 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30 Main contactor Torch main body Pilot arc relay Light bulb Lens (white)

HT027005 HT028872 HT003139 HT120584 HT003021 HT005149 HT005089

1 4 1 1 1 1 1

1.5 Years or 900 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30

HT027005 HT028872

1 4

2 Years or 1200 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30 Main contactor Torch main body Pilot arc relay Light bulb Lens (white) Coolant pump Torch leads Spark gap electrode

HT027005 HT028872 HT003139 HT120584 HT003021 HT005149 HT005089 HT128384 System dependent HT004061

1 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3

2.5 Years or 1500 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30

HT027005 HT028872

1 4

3 Years or 1800 arc hrs.

Coolant filter element Coolant solution 70/30 Main contactor Torch main body Pilot arc relay Light bulb Lens (white) Off-valve assembly Cooling fan Cooling fan

HT027005 HT028872 HT003139 HT120584 HT003021 HT005149 HT005089 HT129840 HT027080 HT027079

1 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

MONITOR YOUR CUTTING TIP INTEGRITY REGULARLY CONSUMABLE SET • Remaining nozzle life may be difficult to measure

Call

1-800-786-2448 or e-mail

plateproductivity@peddinghaus.com NEW

OVAL ORIFICE

BLOWN NOZZLES

for your

FREE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE Full of tips to keep your plate machine running at 100% NEW

END OF LIFE

“NORMAL” NOZZLE WEAR

EXCESSIVE PILOT ARC WEAR

Pilot arc wear can be minimized • Check the pierce height setting • High pierce height and slow transfer force long pilot arcing • Check pre-flow gas settings • Low flow may force longer pilot arcing • Have the condition of the pilot arc relay checked if the nozzle approaches the damage shown here

1-800-786-2448 for the best prices on Hypertherm Plasma consumables for your Peddinghaus machine!

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PROTOCOL—a detailed set of step-by-step instructions designed to test the performance of a Hypertherm cutting system. (Sample Below)

If the plasma system has a built-in coolant system, inspect the filter element of the coolant system which is located at the rear of the power supply. If the filter has begun to turn a brownish color, a replacement particle filter should be recommended. Refer to the manual for proper part numbers.

ELECTRODE WEAR

• The pilot arc attaches to the nozzle

Call toll free

COOLANT SYSTEM

OVERUSED

CONSUMABLE ISSUES

9

HT2000® PARTS REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE—a comprehensive 6-year schedule of recommended parts to replace based on arc hours and calendar time

By Clayton Gould, Product Marketing Manager, Service Parts • Reduce downtime. • Extend consumable life. • Ensure optimal operation.

STEEL FABRICATOR’S REVIEW

Perform a coolant flow test on the system. For MAX200, HT2000, HD1070 and HD3070 systems, flow should be at least 0.75 gpm (2.8 L/min) on the return line. For HT4400 and HD4070 systems, flow should be 1.0 gpm (3.7 L/min). When testing systems with external water chillers, the required coolant flow varies according to different size pumps. Refer to appropriate manuals.

NORMAL USE

EXCESSIVE USE

Check for coolant leaks. Primary locations to inspect are: 1) the back of the power supply; 2) at the high-frequency console, if applicable; and, 3) at the torch main body. Check the holding tank for dirt and particulates. Verify that proper Hypertherm coolant is being used. In addition, annual parts kits are available for ease of purchasing and increased cost effectiveness. Available kits are listed at right.

SYSTEM

KIT NUMBER

MAX200 HT2000 HT4001 HT4400 HD3070 HD4070 HPR HD4070 HPR130 HPR260

HT228010 HT128907 HT228068 HT228011 HT228012 HT228013 HT228014 HT228015 HT228016

Always use genuine replacement parts for maximum Peddinghaus productivity. E-mail your order to plateproductivity@peddinghaus.com

Incorporate the Hypertherm Preventive Maintenance Program into your operations today and ensure the performance of your cutting system. To learn more about the Hypertherm Preventive Maintenance Program contact Peddinghaus at 815-937-3800 or Hypertherm Technical Service at 800-643-9878.


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UK–Ireland 2006 Tour Recap On May 12, forty attendees embarked on a trip of a lifetime. A unique excursion, in which business associates become lifelong friends. A rare opportunity to really mix a little business with pleasure. An educational adventure that lets you brainstorm with fabricators from three continents.

The dream of visiting Ireland and the UK became a reality for this group. Forty people who quickly bonded into an enthusiastic band of traveling, laughing, fun-loving, gourmets, who loved one thing— structural steel fabrication.

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UK–Ireland 2006 Tour Recap On May 12, forty attendees embarked on a trip of a lifetime. A unique excursion, in which business associates become lifelong friends. A rare opportunity to really mix a little business with pleasure. An educational adventure that lets you brainstorm with fabricators from three continents.

The dream of visiting Ireland and the UK became a reality for this group. Forty people who quickly bonded into an enthusiastic band of traveling, laughing, fun-loving, gourmets, who loved one thing— structural steel fabrication.

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Crushing Concrete with Steel

Buying a Drill Line for the First Time

Continued from page 1

When a decision is made to purchase a drill line, the process can be intimidating. After all, there are many options to explore: • Single spindle or Multi-spindle? • Do you want to turn the beam manually, or process all holes in one pass? • Does your floor space permit enough room for long carriage/pincher type mechanisms? • Can you download programs from AutoCad and similar structural design software packages • What type of productivity can you expect?

Jeff Reuckert, Operator, gives the thumbs up to the Peddinghaus system—simple to operate, quick to learn, easy to maintain.

Grasan is a family owned company, founded by Ed & Marian Eilenfeld, Sr.,

• What about adding a saw to create a “fabrication cell”? • Is it rugged/durable, with a strong blade, capable of high chip removal rates? • Is it automated within the system to minimize operator intervention? • Does it deliver quality square cuts, ready for the next operation? • Manufacturing Support • Are parts and service technicians readily available? • Is the firm established and industry solid? • Does the manufacturer know structural steel fabrication practices in the USA?

that is based in Mansfield, Ohio. As in many private companies, the family members wear many hats and perform multiple functions. Ed Eilenfeld, Jr directs his efforts in the sales and management, while Scott directs the shop operations as Plant Manager. Both brothers work in tandem step to insure

These are typical questions that purchasers face when making a selection of a drill line.

the growth and direction of Grasan.

We Chose Peddinghaus Like the original environmentally friendly product—steel—Grasan Equipment is involved in the recycling industry. Grasan was founded in 1970 as a manufacturer of conveying, crushing, and screening equipment for the coal, aggregate, and the construction industries. Today, they currently specialize in the design and production of mobile and stationary equipment for: • Aggregates production • Recycling concrete and asphalt rubble • Recycling construction and demolition debris • Recycling grass cullet • Conveying, storage, and stockpiling • Shredding dirt and wood • Special applications in bulk material handling and processing Aggregate crushing: Grasan designs and builds complete crushing, screening, conveying, stacking, and feed/storage systems for quarry operations of all types and sizes. Concrete recycling: In 1985, Grasan established themselves as a leader in developing equipment and systems for recycling concrete, asphalt, and construction/demolition debris. Glass recycling: Structural steel comprises the framework of Grasan designed glass cullet recycling systems. Such firms as Owens-Brockway, Miller Brewing, and Anheuser Busch operate Grasan systems. Much of Grasan’s success lies in their ability to provide engineering expertise for custom designed system packages. They are able to integrate within an existing operation or create an independent facility indoors or out. Detailed throughput analyses provide pertinent justification data for the purchaser. It is easy to understand the rugged durability of the products manufactured by Grasan. They must operate flawlessly in some of the most hostile environments in the world—hot, dusty in the summer and cold, muddy in the winter. Most operations run 24/7 and cannot afford any downtime. Being linked to the construction industry, Grasan knows the importance of solid, dependable tools. With consistent deadlines to meet you can’t afford for any machine to be “down”.

Scott and Ed investigated all the machine tool manufacturers for structural steel drill lines. “I guess you could say that we did our homework,” says Scott, “We received sales presentations, we traveled to sites, and we visited trade shows.” Grasan custom engineered precision structures for quarry facilities feature accuracy that eliminates the need for field assembly modifications.

Justification is Always Dollars and “Sense”

The powerful PCD 1100 spindle enables Grasan to use various types of high speed tooling such as carbide insert drills.

The Eilenfelds had seen their business grow from 5 employees in 1970 to over 65 today. A surge in business in the mid–late 1990s brought increased demand for their products. As sales continued to grow in the 21st century, the Eilenfelds continued to expand. With three large bays, a large office building, and outside storage, Grasan’s physical plant was set up for production. However, Ed and Scott knew it couldn’t stop there—they must improve their production techniques to stay competitive.

Ed and Scott agreed, “At this show, we could examine all the drill suppliers side by side, and make our evaluation. It was a real opportunity to check everyone out.” After their visit to the NASCC in Texas,

“Scott and I looked closely at our production of structural sections: beams, channel, angle, plate, and we knew that we had to improve from our manual methods,” says Ed.

they made their decision, “We chose Peddinghaus.”

Added Scott, “We were using up to 10 people in the layout, marking and drilling of our beams, channel and angle—not only was it slow and labor intensive, the accuracy wasn’t consistently there. We knew it was increasing our cost—and slowing our manufacturing process.”

Continued on page 18

“When you are competing, you need every advantage you can get,” noted Ed.

Scott observed, “It became pretty obvious that we needed to improve our structural fabrication. Every beam, column, channel, angle and plate had to be processed faster and more accurate: So we decided it was time to buy a drill line.”

One of the last stops that Ed and Scott made was to the NASCC conference in San Antonio, TX last April. Peddinghaus was introducing their new drill, the model PCD 1100 “Advantage” in tandem with a new band saw.

The new 1140 band saw caught Scott’s attention at the show, "Other saws just couldn’t perform like this Speed Sawing Technology".


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Crushing Concrete with Steel

Buying a Drill Line for the First Time

Continued from page 1

When a decision is made to purchase a drill line, the process can be intimidating. After all, there are many options to explore: • Single spindle or Multi-spindle? • Do you want to turn the beam manually, or process all holes in one pass? • Does your floor space permit enough room for long carriage/pincher type mechanisms? • Can you download programs from AutoCad and similar structural design software packages • What type of productivity can you expect?

Jeff Reuckert, Operator, gives the thumbs up to the Peddinghaus system—simple to operate, quick to learn, easy to maintain.

Grasan is a family owned company, founded by Ed & Marian Eilenfeld, Sr.,

• What about adding a saw to create a “fabrication cell”? • Is it rugged/durable, with a strong blade, capable of high chip removal rates? • Is it automated within the system to minimize operator intervention? • Does it deliver quality square cuts, ready for the next operation? • Manufacturing Support • Are parts and service technicians readily available? • Is the firm established and industry solid? • Does the manufacturer know structural steel fabrication practices in the USA?

that is based in Mansfield, Ohio. As in many private companies, the family members wear many hats and perform multiple functions. Ed Eilenfeld, Jr directs his efforts in the sales and management, while Scott directs the shop operations as Plant Manager. Both brothers work in tandem step to insure

These are typical questions that purchasers face when making a selection of a drill line.

the growth and direction of Grasan.

We Chose Peddinghaus Like the original environmentally friendly product—steel—Grasan Equipment is involved in the recycling industry. Grasan was founded in 1970 as a manufacturer of conveying, crushing, and screening equipment for the coal, aggregate, and the construction industries. Today, they currently specialize in the design and production of mobile and stationary equipment for: • Aggregates production • Recycling concrete and asphalt rubble • Recycling construction and demolition debris • Recycling grass cullet • Conveying, storage, and stockpiling • Shredding dirt and wood • Special applications in bulk material handling and processing Aggregate crushing: Grasan designs and builds complete crushing, screening, conveying, stacking, and feed/storage systems for quarry operations of all types and sizes. Concrete recycling: In 1985, Grasan established themselves as a leader in developing equipment and systems for recycling concrete, asphalt, and construction/demolition debris. Glass recycling: Structural steel comprises the framework of Grasan designed glass cullet recycling systems. Such firms as Owens-Brockway, Miller Brewing, and Anheuser Busch operate Grasan systems. Much of Grasan’s success lies in their ability to provide engineering expertise for custom designed system packages. They are able to integrate within an existing operation or create an independent facility indoors or out. Detailed throughput analyses provide pertinent justification data for the purchaser. It is easy to understand the rugged durability of the products manufactured by Grasan. They must operate flawlessly in some of the most hostile environments in the world—hot, dusty in the summer and cold, muddy in the winter. Most operations run 24/7 and cannot afford any downtime. Being linked to the construction industry, Grasan knows the importance of solid, dependable tools. With consistent deadlines to meet you can’t afford for any machine to be “down”.

Scott and Ed investigated all the machine tool manufacturers for structural steel drill lines. “I guess you could say that we did our homework,” says Scott, “We received sales presentations, we traveled to sites, and we visited trade shows.” Grasan custom engineered precision structures for quarry facilities feature accuracy that eliminates the need for field assembly modifications.

Justification is Always Dollars and “Sense”

The powerful PCD 1100 spindle enables Grasan to use various types of high speed tooling such as carbide insert drills.

The Eilenfelds had seen their business grow from 5 employees in 1970 to over 65 today. A surge in business in the mid–late 1990s brought increased demand for their products. As sales continued to grow in the 21st century, the Eilenfelds continued to expand. With three large bays, a large office building, and outside storage, Grasan’s physical plant was set up for production. However, Ed and Scott knew it couldn’t stop there—they must improve their production techniques to stay competitive.

Ed and Scott agreed, “At this show, we could examine all the drill suppliers side by side, and make our evaluation. It was a real opportunity to check everyone out.” After their visit to the NASCC in Texas,

“Scott and I looked closely at our production of structural sections: beams, channel, angle, plate, and we knew that we had to improve from our manual methods,” says Ed.

they made their decision, “We chose Peddinghaus.”

Added Scott, “We were using up to 10 people in the layout, marking and drilling of our beams, channel and angle—not only was it slow and labor intensive, the accuracy wasn’t consistently there. We knew it was increasing our cost—and slowing our manufacturing process.”

Continued on page 18

“When you are competing, you need every advantage you can get,” noted Ed.

Scott observed, “It became pretty obvious that we needed to improve our structural fabrication. Every beam, column, channel, angle and plate had to be processed faster and more accurate: So we decided it was time to buy a drill line.”

One of the last stops that Ed and Scott made was to the NASCC conference in San Antonio, TX last April. Peddinghaus was introducing their new drill, the model PCD 1100 “Advantage” in tandem with a new band saw.

The new 1140 band saw caught Scott’s attention at the show, "Other saws just couldn’t perform like this Speed Sawing Technology".


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Design Build Your Shop of the Future—With Peddinghaus DON’T SIMPLY RETOOL your shop with a new machine...RETHINK your entire PROCESSING SYSTEM See next page for detailed layout Ô

The market is vibrant; business has never looked better, and by making a prudent machine tool investment, you can enhance your productivity and save man hours per ton on your next job. Sounds fairly simple, right? Wrong. One of the biggest decisions a structural fabricator will ever make is the selection of proper equipment for his fabrication shop. We encourage you to read the articles in this publication (and past issues) about diverse fabricators serving various steel construction markets. Though diverse, each fabricator wanted Peddinghaus’ expertise in providing an efficient production system for their specific shop facility.

DESIGN THE MODULAR WAY–One Step at a Time From column lines to crane-ways to concrete floors, Peddinghaus has engineered effective, modern facilities that serve one purpose— to make you profitable. Using today’s Design Build computer technology, Peddinghaus has developed shop material handling systems that routinely increase productivity by 5-40%, depending on product mix. Peddinghaus’ patented modular design of CNC machinery, accompanied by conveyors and cross transfers, make it easy to grow into the future. A minimal investment now lays the foundation for future expansion—at your rate of comfortable development.

L E G E N D Exterior Walls Phase 1 Initial investment allows you to compete in new markets and grow your business; software compatibility gives you a CNC edge.

Phase 2 Economical angle/plate machine gives production flexibility to avoid delays.

Phase 3 Vendors can’t impede you production plans when plate detail is available for current production or quick job changes.

Phase 4 Run various jobs simultaneously— increases shipments, decreases inventory.

Phase 5 One operator now does the work of four with CNC accuracy, no grinding, and amazing process times.

SAVE SHOP SPACE–Bigger Isn’t Always Better In this competitive age, what are areas to examine to improve shop efficiency? Don’t invest in a huge building when a small “garage” or “shed” will do. Why pay taxes and maintain thousands of square feet when only hundreds are needed?

SKILLED LABOR IS DISAPPEARING–CNC Equipment Works 24/7 Ask anyone in the metal working industry—not just structural fabrication— and the answer is the same, “I can’t find competent people who want to work in my steel shop”. Everyone is affected—not just you—but fabricators on every continent face the same labor dilemma. The solution is CNC Accuracy and Repeatability provided by solid machine tools that work to YOUR schedule of delivery. Continued on page 16

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Design Build Your Shop of the Future—With Peddinghaus DON’T SIMPLY RETOOL your shop with a new machine...RETHINK your entire PROCESSING SYSTEM See next page for detailed layout Ô

The market is vibrant; business has never looked better, and by making a prudent machine tool investment, you can enhance your productivity and save man hours per ton on your next job. Sounds fairly simple, right? Wrong. One of the biggest decisions a structural fabricator will ever make is the selection of proper equipment for his fabrication shop. We encourage you to read the articles in this publication (and past issues) about diverse fabricators serving various steel construction markets. Though diverse, each fabricator wanted Peddinghaus’ expertise in providing an efficient production system for their specific shop facility.

DESIGN THE MODULAR WAY–One Step at a Time From column lines to crane-ways to concrete floors, Peddinghaus has engineered effective, modern facilities that serve one purpose— to make you profitable. Using today’s Design Build computer technology, Peddinghaus has developed shop material handling systems that routinely increase productivity by 5-40%, depending on product mix. Peddinghaus’ patented modular design of CNC machinery, accompanied by conveyors and cross transfers, make it easy to grow into the future. A minimal investment now lays the foundation for future expansion—at your rate of comfortable development.

L E G E N D Exterior Walls Phase 1 Initial investment allows you to compete in new markets and grow your business; software compatibility gives you a CNC edge.

Phase 2 Economical angle/plate machine gives production flexibility to avoid delays.

Phase 3 Vendors can’t impede you production plans when plate detail is available for current production or quick job changes.

Phase 4 Run various jobs simultaneously— increases shipments, decreases inventory.

Phase 5 One operator now does the work of four with CNC accuracy, no grinding, and amazing process times.

SAVE SHOP SPACE–Bigger Isn’t Always Better In this competitive age, what are areas to examine to improve shop efficiency? Don’t invest in a huge building when a small “garage” or “shed” will do. Why pay taxes and maintain thousands of square feet when only hundreds are needed?

SKILLED LABOR IS DISAPPEARING–CNC Equipment Works 24/7 Ask anyone in the metal working industry—not just structural fabrication— and the answer is the same, “I can’t find competent people who want to work in my steel shop”. Everyone is affected—not just you—but fabricators on every continent face the same labor dilemma. The solution is CNC Accuracy and Repeatability provided by solid machine tools that work to YOUR schedule of delivery. Continued on page 16

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Dont’ Retool…Rethink

AUTOMATION SAVES YOU MONEY–Things to Think About A Peddinghaus investment works within your budget—and your business plan—to make significant improvements in your work flow.

• Because you can operate much more efficiently, your steel costs are more easily controlled, and your inventory is finally under control.

The resultant efficiency positively affects your competitiveness

• Automation means you control your own destiny; a late delivery from a vendor often means your fit-up and weld schedule is ruined, and now you must juggle your work timetable—costing you time and money.

and bottom line profitability. Again, don’t take our word for it.

• By staging your production, you can run multiple jobs simultaneously— extending your balance sheet and line of credit—for more customers. • Each crane lift costs you $50 minimum—spend some time in your shop and observe how many times a beam is lifted, how many spectators “watch”, and generally how production is interrupted. Add up the minutes and calculate times your cost and burden rate. Multiply that figure hourly and weekly—it is staggering.

PHASE 4

PHASE 3

Ask Peddinghaus’ customers —they’re our best advertisement.

State of the Art Structural Drills—Rugged, Durable For Meeting Your Project Deadlines • Large Capacities up to 44"–1100 mm and 52"–1250mm wide • Original Roller Feed celebrates 35 years of structural accuracy • Siemens Electronics for reliability on every job • Ideal for tandem operation: one operator, one control • Space Saving Design: 1100 drill and saw = 182 square feet–17 square meter

Plate Processing Center—Cost Effective Choice For Connections—No Vendor Production Delays • All plate connections—base, gusset, shear plate, etc—at your requirement • Drill, Punch, Thermal cut via plasma or oxy-fuel, Scribe Part Marking in one process • For plate up to 96" wide x 3" thick x 20 ft length–2500mm x75mmx6M • Reduce manual labor by 80%; Reduce inventory costs by 50% • Save shop Floor Space –

PHASE 1 High Speed Band Saws—New Speed Sawing Technology Eliminates Bottlenecks With One Operator for Saw and Drill

Structural Beam Positioners— Economic Choice for Welders and Fitters

• Muscular Design with 20 HP and rugged gearbox powers through material • Tough 2 5/8"x .063–67mm x 1.6mm blade employed • Blazing speed achieved by 3 degree attack angle—eliminates blade "pinching" • Up to 40% faster than other ordinary band sawing machines

ABCM 1250/3 Structural Burning System—Best Kept Secret in The Industry—Has Paid For Itself in ONE JOB • With CNC Accuracy, burns all structural requirements: copes, flange bevels, rat or mouse holes, flange thinning,—even dog bone connections with ease • Split Tees for trusses, interior web cuts for HVAC, power, etc. • Full capacity up to 52 "–1250 mm wide with 3 torch productivity • Elevated operator platform monitors efficient beam flow in the shop • Compact 157 square feet – 14.6 square meter foot print

The initial investment is the system backbone for loading, sawing, marking, drilling, fit-up/welding and off-loading…

OUTSIDE WALL

• Rotate the Beam–not the welder or fitter –to a comfortable ergonomic position • Handles sections up to 12,000 lbs–5443 kg and 60 ft–18M length • Two stands, with polyurethane belts, driven hydraulically in parallel • Infinitely adjustable for operator efficiency

PHASE 5

Anglemaster—Angle/Flat Detail Connections When You Need Them • Process Clip or clete, bracing angle, connections etc up to 8x3/4"–200x20mm • Process Plate/Flat stock for base plates, cap plates, shims, etc. 12x1" –305x25mm • Multiple hole punching, Scribe Part Marking, Single Cut Shearing in one process • Compact design

Continued from page 15

The efficiency of CNC Equipment means less operating costs which save you money in many areas: • Ever improving structural software streamline estimating, detailing, drawing releases, and shop production—this data can be downloaded directly into a Peddinghaus machine with no extra steps.

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Dont’ Retool…Rethink

AUTOMATION SAVES YOU MONEY–Things to Think About A Peddinghaus investment works within your budget—and your business plan—to make significant improvements in your work flow.

• Because you can operate much more efficiently, your steel costs are more easily controlled, and your inventory is finally under control.

The resultant efficiency positively affects your competitiveness

• Automation means you control your own destiny; a late delivery from a vendor often means your fit-up and weld schedule is ruined, and now you must juggle your work timetable—costing you time and money.

and bottom line profitability. Again, don’t take our word for it.

• By staging your production, you can run multiple jobs simultaneously— extending your balance sheet and line of credit—for more customers. • Each crane lift costs you $50 minimum—spend some time in your shop and observe how many times a beam is lifted, how many spectators “watch”, and generally how production is interrupted. Add up the minutes and calculate times your cost and burden rate. Multiply that figure hourly and weekly—it is staggering.

PHASE 4

PHASE 3

Ask Peddinghaus’ customers —they’re our best advertisement.

State of the Art Structural Drills—Rugged, Durable For Meeting Your Project Deadlines • Large Capacities up to 44"–1100 mm and 52"–1250mm wide • Original Roller Feed celebrates 35 years of structural accuracy • Siemens Electronics for reliability on every job • Ideal for tandem operation: one operator, one control • Space Saving Design: 1100 drill and saw = 182 square feet–17 square meter

Plate Processing Center—Cost Effective Choice For Connections—No Vendor Production Delays • All plate connections—base, gusset, shear plate, etc—at your requirement • Drill, Punch, Thermal cut via plasma or oxy-fuel, Scribe Part Marking in one process • For plate up to 96" wide x 3" thick x 20 ft length–2500mm x75mmx6M • Reduce manual labor by 80%; Reduce inventory costs by 50% • Save shop Floor Space –

PHASE 1 High Speed Band Saws—New Speed Sawing Technology Eliminates Bottlenecks With One Operator for Saw and Drill

Structural Beam Positioners— Economic Choice for Welders and Fitters

• Muscular Design with 20 HP and rugged gearbox powers through material • Tough 2 5/8"x .063–67mm x 1.6mm blade employed • Blazing speed achieved by 3 degree attack angle—eliminates blade "pinching" • Up to 40% faster than other ordinary band sawing machines

ABCM 1250/3 Structural Burning System—Best Kept Secret in The Industry—Has Paid For Itself in ONE JOB • With CNC Accuracy, burns all structural requirements: copes, flange bevels, rat or mouse holes, flange thinning,—even dog bone connections with ease • Split Tees for trusses, interior web cuts for HVAC, power, etc. • Full capacity up to 52 "–1250 mm wide with 3 torch productivity • Elevated operator platform monitors efficient beam flow in the shop • Compact 157 square feet – 14.6 square meter foot print

The initial investment is the system backbone for loading, sawing, marking, drilling, fit-up/welding and off-loading…

OUTSIDE WALL

• Rotate the Beam–not the welder or fitter –to a comfortable ergonomic position • Handles sections up to 12,000 lbs–5443 kg and 60 ft–18M length • Two stands, with polyurethane belts, driven hydraulically in parallel • Infinitely adjustable for operator efficiency

PHASE 5

Anglemaster—Angle/Flat Detail Connections When You Need Them • Process Clip or clete, bracing angle, connections etc up to 8x3/4"–200x20mm • Process Plate/Flat stock for base plates, cap plates, shims, etc. 12x1" –305x25mm • Multiple hole punching, Scribe Part Marking, Single Cut Shearing in one process • Compact design

Continued from page 15

The efficiency of CNC Equipment means less operating costs which save you money in many areas: • Ever improving structural software streamline estimating, detailing, drawing releases, and shop production—this data can be downloaded directly into a Peddinghaus machine with no extra steps.

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Crushing Concrete with Steel Continued from page 13

Why Peddinghaus? When asked why they chose Peddinghaus, Ed and Scott responded quickly: • Quality People • Superior Products and Technology • Good Customer Service • Timely Machine Delivery • Everyone at Peddinghaus was straightforward, friendly, and open with us • The PCD 1100 and the 1140 band saw are 21st century technology designs • We had a couple of hiccups at installation, and Peddinghaus was right there • Peddinghaus had the machines when we needed them—and it saved us money.

Did Peddinghaus Deliver as Promised? Ed and Scott Eilenfeld made the decision to buy Peddinghaus; their rationale is above. The new PCD 1100 drill and 1140-510 band saw were installed in April. As of this writing in July, what is the impact of the decision to buy Peddinghaus? Here’s what Ed and Scott say about the first three months of operation: • On the first job we ran, our total production time and related costs were reduced about 5%. • We calculate that we can further reduce production costs by anywhere from 5–15% depending on the product we are processing. • Everything is ACCURATE now—in our business, it must fit together • The guys that we were previously involved in layout and magnetic drilling are doing other functions in the shop that expand our capabilities. • We feel that our savings are only the tip of the iceberg • We can save money when buying steel inventory • We have much more flexibility in our production • Everything adds up to increase our bottom line

The complex fabrications of Grasan require heavy structural sections.

Drilling Power in a Compact Design: Heavy 14" columns are no problem for the multiple spindle PCD 1100.

The products manufactured by Grasan carry many similarities with Peddinghaus. Grasan equipment must be rugged and durable for tough applications —and yet be “operator friendly” to achieve maximum productivity. Accuracy is paramount to create a quality product.

Fabricating 8x8 Angle and 12x1" Plate With the success of the new Peddinghaus drill line, Ed and Scott soon addressed another structural fabrication bottleneck: processing angle iron, flat stock, plate, and channel. They will soon take delivery of a new Peddinghaus AFCPS 823 Anglemaster machine. “With our increased drill capacity, we needed to address the detail components that seem to make or break a job,” says Scott. “If you look at our products, we manufacture many components made of angle iron and plate. Much of it is 90 degree cutting. The Peddinghaus Anglemaster is a perfect fit. We are really looking forward to its receipt and getting it into production.”

This Grasan “rock catcher”—used in rock quarries—has a massive structural design of beams and columns.

We know it will add to our cost saving calculation of 10–15%.

Recycling for the Future With the current dynamic economy and focus on infrastructure construction and recycling, Grasan Equipment is well prepared for the future. Like every fabricator, Grasan is attuned to market conditions and the external factors that can dramatically alter positive trends. A stable market for structural steel breathes life into many industries. But Grasan is poised for success. In crushing concrete, strong, durable equipment is needed: tough tools for tackling difficult jobs in a harsh environment. Grasan builds some of the toughest equipment in the world, and they enjoy a solid reputation for success.

When Grasan needed fabrication equipment to meet their tough manufacturing standards, they chose a supplier with the same tough standards and unyielding reputation—Peddinghaus. It’s a rock solid partnership built with the strength of steel.

The Grasan track-mounted, custom-built KRHT1515E primary impact crusher plant provides high production capacity, smoother operation, more uniform products and high mobility at a Pennsylvania limestone quarry.

The new Peddinghaus AFPS 823 Anglemaster solved Grasan’s angle iron fabrication bottleneck when processing support structures.

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Crushing Concrete with Steel Continued from page 13

Why Peddinghaus? When asked why they chose Peddinghaus, Ed and Scott responded quickly: • Quality People • Superior Products and Technology • Good Customer Service • Timely Machine Delivery • Everyone at Peddinghaus was straightforward, friendly, and open with us • The PCD 1100 and the 1140 band saw are 21st century technology designs • We had a couple of hiccups at installation, and Peddinghaus was right there • Peddinghaus had the machines when we needed them—and it saved us money.

Did Peddinghaus Deliver as Promised? Ed and Scott Eilenfeld made the decision to buy Peddinghaus; their rationale is above. The new PCD 1100 drill and 1140-510 band saw were installed in April. As of this writing in July, what is the impact of the decision to buy Peddinghaus? Here’s what Ed and Scott say about the first three months of operation: • On the first job we ran, our total production time and related costs were reduced about 5%. • We calculate that we can further reduce production costs by anywhere from 5–15% depending on the product we are processing. • Everything is ACCURATE now—in our business, it must fit together • The guys that we were previously involved in layout and magnetic drilling are doing other functions in the shop that expand our capabilities. • We feel that our savings are only the tip of the iceberg • We can save money when buying steel inventory • We have much more flexibility in our production • Everything adds up to increase our bottom line

The complex fabrications of Grasan require heavy structural sections.

Drilling Power in a Compact Design: Heavy 14" columns are no problem for the multiple spindle PCD 1100.

The products manufactured by Grasan carry many similarities with Peddinghaus. Grasan equipment must be rugged and durable for tough applications —and yet be “operator friendly” to achieve maximum productivity. Accuracy is paramount to create a quality product.

Fabricating 8x8 Angle and 12x1" Plate With the success of the new Peddinghaus drill line, Ed and Scott soon addressed another structural fabrication bottleneck: processing angle iron, flat stock, plate, and channel. They will soon take delivery of a new Peddinghaus AFCPS 823 Anglemaster machine. “With our increased drill capacity, we needed to address the detail components that seem to make or break a job,” says Scott. “If you look at our products, we manufacture many components made of angle iron and plate. Much of it is 90 degree cutting. The Peddinghaus Anglemaster is a perfect fit. We are really looking forward to its receipt and getting it into production.”

This Grasan “rock catcher”—used in rock quarries—has a massive structural design of beams and columns.

We know it will add to our cost saving calculation of 10–15%.

Recycling for the Future With the current dynamic economy and focus on infrastructure construction and recycling, Grasan Equipment is well prepared for the future. Like every fabricator, Grasan is attuned to market conditions and the external factors that can dramatically alter positive trends. A stable market for structural steel breathes life into many industries. But Grasan is poised for success. In crushing concrete, strong, durable equipment is needed: tough tools for tackling difficult jobs in a harsh environment. Grasan builds some of the toughest equipment in the world, and they enjoy a solid reputation for success.

When Grasan needed fabrication equipment to meet their tough manufacturing standards, they chose a supplier with the same tough standards and unyielding reputation—Peddinghaus. It’s a rock solid partnership built with the strength of steel.

The Grasan track-mounted, custom-built KRHT1515E primary impact crusher plant provides high production capacity, smoother operation, more uniform products and high mobility at a Pennsylvania limestone quarry.

The new Peddinghaus AFPS 823 Anglemaster solved Grasan’s angle iron fabrication bottleneck when processing support structures.

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2006 Mach Show The National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK was the host for the 2006 version of the Mach Exhibition. The Mach Show remains the premier venue for introduction of new technologies for the European machine tool and related metal working industries. Peddinghaus Corporation played a major role in this year’s event which was held May 15–19, 2006. Peddinghaus greeted many new and old friends at the recent Mach 2006 exhibition in Birmingham, UK.

The Peddinghaus exhibit was always a busy place with many attendees checking out the technology leader.

Many Mach guests were amazed at the size, strength and flexibility of the Peddinghaus FPDB 1800 plate processing system.

Peddinghaus introduced new technologies to the European market in the following areas: • Plate Processing—The new FPDB 1800 is capable of processing plate from

• CNC Miter Sawing—The new model 410 DGA 2300 provides full versatility

1/4" to 3" (6mm–75mm) thickness, in 20 feet (6M) lengths, and deliver-

by using a menu guided tough screen display to cut round shapes up to

ing finish parts that have holes punched or drilled via high speed carbide,

16" (410mm) and rectangle/structural shapes up to16x24" (410x610mm).

thermal cut via high definition plasma or oxy-fuel, and part identification with carbide SignoScript marking. • Structural Shape Drilling—The Single Spindle MDL 1000, Ocean Avenger

• The Peddimax 110/140 Universal Ironworker complete with capacity for shearing angle iron up to 6x6x1/2" (150x150x12) and plate up to 20" (508) wide. All machine functions of punching, shearing, and notching are capable on

can process all structural shapes including angle, channel, plate, beams,

the Peddinghaus Universal Ironworker—the bench mark by which all

and columns in a one pass process.

other machines are judged.

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2006 Mach Show The National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK was the host for the 2006 version of the Mach Exhibition. The Mach Show remains the premier venue for introduction of new technologies for the European machine tool and related metal working industries. Peddinghaus Corporation played a major role in this year’s event which was held May 15–19, 2006. Peddinghaus greeted many new and old friends at the recent Mach 2006 exhibition in Birmingham, UK.

The Peddinghaus exhibit was always a busy place with many attendees checking out the technology leader.

Many Mach guests were amazed at the size, strength and flexibility of the Peddinghaus FPDB 1800 plate processing system.

Peddinghaus introduced new technologies to the European market in the following areas: • Plate Processing—The new FPDB 1800 is capable of processing plate from

• CNC Miter Sawing—The new model 410 DGA 2300 provides full versatility

1/4" to 3" (6mm–75mm) thickness, in 20 feet (6M) lengths, and deliver-

by using a menu guided tough screen display to cut round shapes up to

ing finish parts that have holes punched or drilled via high speed carbide,

16" (410mm) and rectangle/structural shapes up to16x24" (410x610mm).

thermal cut via high definition plasma or oxy-fuel, and part identification with carbide SignoScript marking. • Structural Shape Drilling—The Single Spindle MDL 1000, Ocean Avenger

• The Peddimax 110/140 Universal Ironworker complete with capacity for shearing angle iron up to 6x6x1/2" (150x150x12) and plate up to 20" (508) wide. All machine functions of punching, shearing, and notching are capable on

can process all structural shapes including angle, channel, plate, beams,

the Peddinghaus Universal Ironworker—the bench mark by which all

and columns in a one pass process.

other machines are judged.

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Roll Up Your Sleeves Continued from page 22

The Bartle Hall Conference Center in Kansas City was a 2,500 ton project.

PKM supplied over 1,000 tons of structural steel for the Ball State University Coliseum in Muncie, IN.

Richard Roland, PKM product manager identified the need for an automated coping system for their Kansas City Convention Center project. MAICO Industries Ellsworth, KS is the home to Maico Industries. Maico is a vertically integrated manufacturer of sign structures and traffic light poles to service DOT markets and the private sector. They specialize in rigid frame fabrication for the Pre-Engineered Building industry. A main product is steel tapered poles for high mast lighting, cellular towers, and area lighting such as parking lots, activity centers, and athletic fields. Sign structures can be provided with an overhead truss design or cantilever to fit the site application. Salina Steel Supply & MSS Transport Providing steel of any type or shape is no problem for Salina Steel Supply. Round or square bar —hot and cold rolled; light gauge steel or heavy plate; beam, channel, or angle sections; welded tube or pipe—Salina Steel carries an extensive inventory. Responsiveness is the key to serving the Midwestern market, and the combination of same/next day shipping via a dedicated carrier provides solutions when acquiring steel products. MSS works closely with Salina Steel Supply and PKM Steel Service.

"The ABCM 1250 was the right tool for the K.C. job," explained Paul, "We knew we could tackle that job, because we knew we could depend on Peddinghaus".

A Business Visionary who Rolls Up His Sleeves

“Most importantly—always use the right most advanced tool for the job!”

When you ask Paul Mai about his keys to success, he tells you about the Corporate Philosophy of PKM Steel:

It worked out well for PKM, as Paul has carved his initials into the international steel fabrication marketplace. He remains a modest man.

1. Serve as a partner with PKM’s customers and strive to meet their every expectation. 2. Contribute to the personal and professional development of our people by recognizing and rewarding our loyal employees. 3. Increase communication, develop teamwork, reward leadership, and give direction to each employee. 4. Provide an attractive return to our company to enable future growth and maintain a leadership position within our industry. 5. Serve the community in which we operate by being a concerned corporate citizen.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and my good friends in the steel industry—I have always been surrounded by people who are committed to structural steel fabrication.”

Paul says it’s pretty basic really, “Always look forward and never look back, and be open to new methods, products and technologies.” The Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis, IN is a beautiful edifice with PKM providing 5,000 tons for the project.

Heading to the South Pole Paul’s thirst for knowledge and new challenges never wavers. As you know, Paul and John Holland celebrated the success of the first Peddinghaus installation with a visit to the North Pole. Paul is happy to report that he and John will plan on visiting the South Pole—Antarctica to you and me—this fall. John is glad the Peddinghaus installation meets Paul’s firm requirements, but he is not looking forward to personally viewing a live March of the Penguins.

Why Not! Paul’s response to John was typical, “Why not!”

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Roll Up Your Sleeves Continued from page 22

The Bartle Hall Conference Center in Kansas City was a 2,500 ton project.

PKM supplied over 1,000 tons of structural steel for the Ball State University Coliseum in Muncie, IN.

Richard Roland, PKM product manager identified the need for an automated coping system for their Kansas City Convention Center project. MAICO Industries Ellsworth, KS is the home to Maico Industries. Maico is a vertically integrated manufacturer of sign structures and traffic light poles to service DOT markets and the private sector. They specialize in rigid frame fabrication for the Pre-Engineered Building industry. A main product is steel tapered poles for high mast lighting, cellular towers, and area lighting such as parking lots, activity centers, and athletic fields. Sign structures can be provided with an overhead truss design or cantilever to fit the site application. Salina Steel Supply & MSS Transport Providing steel of any type or shape is no problem for Salina Steel Supply. Round or square bar —hot and cold rolled; light gauge steel or heavy plate; beam, channel, or angle sections; welded tube or pipe—Salina Steel carries an extensive inventory. Responsiveness is the key to serving the Midwestern market, and the combination of same/next day shipping via a dedicated carrier provides solutions when acquiring steel products. MSS works closely with Salina Steel Supply and PKM Steel Service.

"The ABCM 1250 was the right tool for the K.C. job," explained Paul, "We knew we could tackle that job, because we knew we could depend on Peddinghaus".

A Business Visionary who Rolls Up His Sleeves

“Most importantly—always use the right most advanced tool for the job!”

When you ask Paul Mai about his keys to success, he tells you about the Corporate Philosophy of PKM Steel:

It worked out well for PKM, as Paul has carved his initials into the international steel fabrication marketplace. He remains a modest man.

1. Serve as a partner with PKM’s customers and strive to meet their every expectation. 2. Contribute to the personal and professional development of our people by recognizing and rewarding our loyal employees. 3. Increase communication, develop teamwork, reward leadership, and give direction to each employee. 4. Provide an attractive return to our company to enable future growth and maintain a leadership position within our industry. 5. Serve the community in which we operate by being a concerned corporate citizen.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and my good friends in the steel industry—I have always been surrounded by people who are committed to structural steel fabrication.”

Paul says it’s pretty basic really, “Always look forward and never look back, and be open to new methods, products and technologies.” The Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis, IN is a beautiful edifice with PKM providing 5,000 tons for the project.

Heading to the South Pole Paul’s thirst for knowledge and new challenges never wavers. As you know, Paul and John Holland celebrated the success of the first Peddinghaus installation with a visit to the North Pole. Paul is happy to report that he and John will plan on visiting the South Pole—Antarctica to you and me—this fall. John is glad the Peddinghaus installation meets Paul’s firm requirements, but he is not looking forward to personally viewing a live March of the Penguins.

Why Not! Paul’s response to John was typical, “Why not!”

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The kick off to the new Peddinghaus Advantage PCD 1100 drill line was in the February issue of Modern Steel Construction with a promise to “Tame the High Cost of Structural Fabrication”. Two of the biggest decisions a structural fabricator will ever make

Modern Steel Construction Hot Product:

are the layout of his fabrication shop

• Rugged Multi-Spindle capacity: Powerfully Built for today’s 24/7 production requirements

and the selection of the proper equipment to fill that floorspace.

The New Peddinghaus “Advantage” model PCD 1100 Structural Drill Line

But, which company will you choose?

STATE OF THE ART STRUCTURAL DRILLS—RUGGED, DURABLE FOR MEETING YOUR PROJECT DEADLINES • Large Capacities up to 44"–1100 mm and 52"–1250mm wide • Original Roller Feed celebrates 35 years of structural accuracy • Siemens Electronics for reliability on every job • Ideal for tandem operation: one operator, one control • Space Saving Design: 1100 drill and saw = 182 square feet–17 square meter

PCD 1100 Drill

The reputation associated with the

AISC 2006

name speaks for itself... Go with the Power of Peddinghaus.

Introduced—for the first time— at NASCC ’06

international standards of excellence in machine tools for the structural steel,

To over 3,300 excited attendees in San Antonio

heavy plate and related metalworking ANGLEMASTER—ANGLE/FLAT DETAIL CONNECTIONS WHEN YOU NEED THEM • Process Clip or clete, bracing angle, connections etc up to 8x3/4"–200x20mm • Process Plate/Flat stock for base plates, cap plates, shims, etc. 12x1" –305x25mm • Multiple hole punching, Scribe Part Marking, Single Cut Shearing in one process • Compact design–47 square feet (4.4 square meters)

industries. This coupled with its superior Design Build expertise has proven time and time again there is no second choice... From column lines to concrete floors, Peddinghaus has engineered effective, modern facilities that serve one purpose– to make you more profitable. And to bring

• Space Saving Design: Increased tonnage in a small machine footprint • Full 44" wide x 18" high capacity: Big or small— capacity for any structural project

Since 1903 Peddinghaus has met the design and manufacture of quality

The new Advantage was introduced at NASCC, with many positive comments from show attendees. Their observations included the following:

The first new low cost, fully CNC, multi-spindle drill—with more capacity—that saves fabricator’s time, money, and shop floor space.

• Quickest Hole producer in the Industry: Fast, accurate beam positioning + today’s tooling technologies = drilled holes in seconds • 21st Century Siemens Electronics: Increased accuracy for today’s sophisticated architectural building designs • Simple Operation: With consistent shop labor availability, the Advantage is easy to learn and simple to operate • Carbide Marking: Identify all part numbers and secondary operations (including welding and fit up) with the automated SignoScript—saves labor and increases accuracy. • Laser Referencing: Pinpoint accuracy with the patented Roller Feed Measuring system • Design Build Friendly: Advantage is fully compatible with all design build and fabrication detailing software; no need to enter any data twice.

The Peddinghaus Advantage was designed to increase the capacity of any sized fabricator in the steel construction industry. Now any fabricator can tackle larger projects with confidence and increase their competitiveness in today’s vibrant structural market. If you don’t take our word for it, we’ve surveyed the initial Advantage users. Here’s what they say: ”I have lowered my cost per ton by 15% on the first job alone—and I know we will improve that figure”

production to life with optimum efficiency, HIGH SPEED BAND SAWS—NEW SPEED SAWING TECHNOLOGY Eliminates Bottlenecks With One Operator for Saw and Drill • Muscular Design with 20 HP and rugged gearbox powers through material • Tough 2 5/8"x .063–67mm x 1.6mm blade employed • Blazing speed achieved by 3 degree attack angle— eliminates blade "pinching" • Up to 40% faster than other ordinary band sawing machines

Peddinghaus provides patented, industry leading equipment.

”I’m impressed by the compact design, and yet it ran some heavy columns fast and efficient on my last job”

So whether you’re starting a new fabrication shop or revamping an existing one to be more efficient, consider the company with the organizational strength to make it all

“We have a band saw in tandem with the drill, and one operator can produce in 8 eight hours what previously took seven men one full week”

happen–from planning to production to increased profits... Peddinghaus. PLATE PROCESSING CENTER—COST EFFECTIVE CHOICE FOR CONNECTIONS • All plate connections—base, gusset, shear plate, etc—at your requirement • Drill, Punch, Thermal cut via plasma or oxy-fuel, Scribe Part Marking in one-pass process • For plate up to 96" wide x 3" thick x 20 ft length– 2500mm x75mmx6M • Reduce manual labor by 80%; Reduce inventory costs by 50% • Save shop floor space by 60%

300 North Washington Avenue Bradley, Illinois 60915 Phone 815-937-3800 Fax 815-937-4003

www.peddinghaus.com

The Peddinghaus Advantage is designed to open the doors of opportunity for structural steel against concrete and other alternative construction materials. The Peddinghaus Advantage drill line simplifies the fabrication process, enabling structural fabricators to become more competitive and profitable. Strength is in Steel.


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The kick off to the new Peddinghaus Advantage PCD 1100 drill line was in the February issue of Modern Steel Construction with a promise to “Tame the High Cost of Structural Fabrication”. Two of the biggest decisions a structural fabricator will ever make

Modern Steel Construction Hot Product:

are the layout of his fabrication shop

• Rugged Multi-Spindle capacity: Powerfully Built for today’s 24/7 production requirements

and the selection of the proper equipment to fill that floorspace.

The New Peddinghaus “Advantage” model PCD 1100 Structural Drill Line

But, which company will you choose?

STATE OF THE ART STRUCTURAL DRILLS—RUGGED, DURABLE FOR MEETING YOUR PROJECT DEADLINES • Large Capacities up to 44"–1100 mm and 52"–1250mm wide • Original Roller Feed celebrates 35 years of structural accuracy • Siemens Electronics for reliability on every job • Ideal for tandem operation: one operator, one control • Space Saving Design: 1100 drill and saw = 182 square feet–17 square meter

PCD 1100 Drill

The reputation associated with the

AISC 2006

name speaks for itself... Go with the Power of Peddinghaus.

Introduced—for the first time— at NASCC ’06

international standards of excellence in machine tools for the structural steel,

To over 3,300 excited attendees in San Antonio

heavy plate and related metalworking ANGLEMASTER—ANGLE/FLAT DETAIL CONNECTIONS WHEN YOU NEED THEM • Process Clip or clete, bracing angle, connections etc up to 8x3/4"–200x20mm • Process Plate/Flat stock for base plates, cap plates, shims, etc. 12x1" –305x25mm • Multiple hole punching, Scribe Part Marking, Single Cut Shearing in one process • Compact design–47 square feet (4.4 square meters)

industries. This coupled with its superior Design Build expertise has proven time and time again there is no second choice... From column lines to concrete floors, Peddinghaus has engineered effective, modern facilities that serve one purpose– to make you more profitable. And to bring

• Space Saving Design: Increased tonnage in a small machine footprint • Full 44" wide x 18" high capacity: Big or small— capacity for any structural project

Since 1903 Peddinghaus has met the design and manufacture of quality

The new Advantage was introduced at NASCC, with many positive comments from show attendees. Their observations included the following:

The first new low cost, fully CNC, multi-spindle drill—with more capacity—that saves fabricator’s time, money, and shop floor space.

• Quickest Hole producer in the Industry: Fast, accurate beam positioning + today’s tooling technologies = drilled holes in seconds • 21st Century Siemens Electronics: Increased accuracy for today’s sophisticated architectural building designs • Simple Operation: With consistent shop labor availability, the Advantage is easy to learn and simple to operate • Carbide Marking: Identify all part numbers and secondary operations (including welding and fit up) with the automated SignoScript—saves labor and increases accuracy. • Laser Referencing: Pinpoint accuracy with the patented Roller Feed Measuring system • Design Build Friendly: Advantage is fully compatible with all design build and fabrication detailing software; no need to enter any data twice.

The Peddinghaus Advantage was designed to increase the capacity of any sized fabricator in the steel construction industry. Now any fabricator can tackle larger projects with confidence and increase their competitiveness in today’s vibrant structural market. If you don’t take our word for it, we’ve surveyed the initial Advantage users. Here’s what they say: ”I have lowered my cost per ton by 15% on the first job alone—and I know we will improve that figure”

production to life with optimum efficiency, HIGH SPEED BAND SAWS—NEW SPEED SAWING TECHNOLOGY Eliminates Bottlenecks With One Operator for Saw and Drill • Muscular Design with 20 HP and rugged gearbox powers through material • Tough 2 5/8"x .063–67mm x 1.6mm blade employed • Blazing speed achieved by 3 degree attack angle— eliminates blade "pinching" • Up to 40% faster than other ordinary band sawing machines

Peddinghaus provides patented, industry leading equipment.

”I’m impressed by the compact design, and yet it ran some heavy columns fast and efficient on my last job”

So whether you’re starting a new fabrication shop or revamping an existing one to be more efficient, consider the company with the organizational strength to make it all

“We have a band saw in tandem with the drill, and one operator can produce in 8 eight hours what previously took seven men one full week”

happen–from planning to production to increased profits... Peddinghaus. PLATE PROCESSING CENTER—COST EFFECTIVE CHOICE FOR CONNECTIONS • All plate connections—base, gusset, shear plate, etc—at your requirement • Drill, Punch, Thermal cut via plasma or oxy-fuel, Scribe Part Marking in one-pass process • For plate up to 96" wide x 3" thick x 20 ft length– 2500mm x75mmx6M • Reduce manual labor by 80%; Reduce inventory costs by 50% • Save shop floor space by 60%

300 North Washington Avenue Bradley, Illinois 60915 Phone 815-937-3800 Fax 815-937-4003

www.peddinghaus.com

The Peddinghaus Advantage is designed to open the doors of opportunity for structural steel against concrete and other alternative construction materials. The Peddinghaus Advantage drill line simplifies the fabrication process, enabling structural fabricators to become more competitive and profitable. Strength is in Steel.


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SUMMER 2006

SUMMER 2006

STEEL FABRICATOR’S REVIEW

Want to See New Technology? Can’t Find Time to Travel? Material Handling Makes You Money

Take a Virtual Fabrication Shop Tour—Courtesy of Peddinghaus With the current vibrant market for structural steel fabrication, it seems that we become chained to our shop facilities. We can’t even afford a day out of the shop or office to make a visit to see new equipment, methods, or software: progressive tools that have the power to make our company more profitable and competitive.

CONNECTING STEEL ACROSS THE GLOBE.

Tune in our camera to view a beam handling system that features various sized beam sections located on both sides of the infeed conveyor line. This is pretty simple, but what is the benefit?

In today’s busy lifestyle of ten-hour work days and non-existent weekends, the challenge of finding time to investigate new technologies was made easier. With Peddinghaus’ new “Virtual Shop Tour,” all you need is an internet connection and a few minutes at your desk.

Experience Speed Sawing from Your Desk Top Through your on-line connection, you can personally inspect Speed Sawing—the latest band saw technology that is revolutionizing structural steel. Find out for yourself why fabricators of all sizes and tonnages are switching to the established leader in structural band sawing.

Marking Beams is Not New Technology • Consider the average crane lift is $50 and squanders shop time as a "spectator sport" • Cranes are prone to safety issues and breakdowns increasing labor costs • Run multiple jobs through the shop simultaneously • One operator can select, transfer, and process any section from his control position • Transfer left, right, or straight ahead • Save Valuable shop floor space with cumbersome pinchers and carriages

Experience the SignoScript Advantage on the Accumeasure system on-line. It’s a carbide scribing tool for identification where you need it—legibly written on the beam surface—to any depth, height, or orientation.

• Customer supplied “Fabrication Fact Sheets” report increased throughput tonnages over 20% in 3 months. • Fast saw times eliminates shop bottlenecks • Why employ two saws, when one will do the job? • Eliminate blade pinching—calculate the time spent to torch out a pinched blade • Faster, straighter, smoother—Speed Sawing does it all Speed Sawing is developed with Lenox Blades, a leader in Blade Innovation. Oh yeah, one blade does it all—don’t buy multiple blades or take the time to change them. Give us a call or e-mail tim-douglas@peddinghaus.com for details.

Think of Floor to Floor Time

Some firms tout technologies for marking the beam surface. When it comes to marking for fit up and welding—Peddinghaus has provided the answer for years.

Share Your On-Line Technology Trip

The Accumeasure features the “Original” Peddinghaus roller Feed Measuring System celebrating 35 years of Accuracy. Don’t be fooled by copy-cats. The Accumeasure provides pinpoint accuracy for beam measuring.

Best of all, when you enter http://mybandsaw.peddinghaus.com or http://mycontrol.peddinghaus.com you can share the experience with members of your organization. Have the shop guys take a look. Review the numbers with your partners. Here’s an economical look at new Technologies for the 21st Century. See what the Leader in structural fabrication—Peddinghaus—has to offer you. >>> SPLASH DOWN DUNES WATER PARK (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)

FOR SALE USED FABRICATION EQUIPMENT We’ve purchased a new Peddinghaus system, and have the following equipment for sale: • (1) Five stand, one directional drag type transfer system • (1) Five stand, bi-directional drag type transfer system • 120 feet of standard duty roller conveyor • 120 feet of heavy duty roller conveyor

BENNINGTON IRON WORKS Bennington, Vermont Contact: Mr. Curt Morin 808. 442. 3145 Ext. 103 e-mail: cmorin@biwvt.com

>>> DONALDSON PLANT (WUXI, CHINA)

SCHUFF STEEL,

Schuff offers a competitive salary

one of the nation’s largest

For 25 years, SDS/2 has made its mark on the world. Design Data’s SDS/2 Steel Detailing System

structural steel

If you are interested in starting a new career, call Todd Laduron at

fabricators & erectors

602. 452. 4407

the globe. SDS/2 delivers connection design and customizable details, saving our customers time

structure based on experience, along with one of the best benefits packages in the industry.

• (1) Used Fabriline 5 Press Beam Punch Line complete with Web Bridge Press

and CNC controller upgraded with Windows Software • (1) Used Kalentenbach model HDM 1300 Cold Saw, 52" capacity, complete with 12 blades

>>> ANTAMINA COPPER MINE (ANDES MOUNTAINS, PERU)

is looking for

EXPERIENCED PROJECT MANAGERS and ESTIMATORS.

has simplified and automated the design, detailing, fabricating and erecting of structures across

and money. Across the globe, customers benefit from the dedication and experience behind SDS/2.

or e-mail todd.Laduron@schuff.com

Connect your partners, your products and your steel today with the world of SDS/2. For details on SDS/2 and how you can earn Silver Steelbucks call or visit our website today.

Schuff is an EOE

www.schuff.com

www.sds2.com

800.443.0782

Copyright ® 2006 Design Data, Inc. All rights reserved.

402.441.4000

e-mail: info@sds2.com

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STEEL FABRICATOR’S REVIEW

SUMMER 2006

SUMMER 2006

STEEL FABRICATOR’S REVIEW

Want to See New Technology? Can’t Find Time to Travel? Material Handling Makes You Money

Take a Virtual Fabrication Shop Tour—Courtesy of Peddinghaus With the current vibrant market for structural steel fabrication, it seems that we become chained to our shop facilities. We can’t even afford a day out of the shop or office to make a visit to see new equipment, methods, or software: progressive tools that have the power to make our company more profitable and competitive.

CONNECTING STEEL ACROSS THE GLOBE.

Tune in our camera to view a beam handling system that features various sized beam sections located on both sides of the infeed conveyor line. This is pretty simple, but what is the benefit?

In today’s busy lifestyle of ten-hour work days and non-existent weekends, the challenge of finding time to investigate new technologies was made easier. With Peddinghaus’ new “Virtual Shop Tour,” all you need is an internet connection and a few minutes at your desk.

Experience Speed Sawing from Your Desk Top Through your on-line connection, you can personally inspect Speed Sawing—the latest band saw technology that is revolutionizing structural steel. Find out for yourself why fabricators of all sizes and tonnages are switching to the established leader in structural band sawing.

Marking Beams is Not New Technology • Consider the average crane lift is $50 and squanders shop time as a "spectator sport" • Cranes are prone to safety issues and breakdowns increasing labor costs • Run multiple jobs through the shop simultaneously • One operator can select, transfer, and process any section from his control position • Transfer left, right, or straight ahead • Save Valuable shop floor space with cumbersome pinchers and carriages

Experience the SignoScript Advantage on the Accumeasure system on-line. It’s a carbide scribing tool for identification where you need it—legibly written on the beam surface—to any depth, height, or orientation.

• Customer supplied “Fabrication Fact Sheets” report increased throughput tonnages over 20% in 3 months. • Fast saw times eliminates shop bottlenecks • Why employ two saws, when one will do the job? • Eliminate blade pinching—calculate the time spent to torch out a pinched blade • Faster, straighter, smoother—Speed Sawing does it all Speed Sawing is developed with Lenox Blades, a leader in Blade Innovation. Oh yeah, one blade does it all—don’t buy multiple blades or take the time to change them. Give us a call or e-mail tim-douglas@peddinghaus.com for details.

Think of Floor to Floor Time

Some firms tout technologies for marking the beam surface. When it comes to marking for fit up and welding—Peddinghaus has provided the answer for years.

Share Your On-Line Technology Trip

The Accumeasure features the “Original” Peddinghaus roller Feed Measuring System celebrating 35 years of Accuracy. Don’t be fooled by copy-cats. The Accumeasure provides pinpoint accuracy for beam measuring.

Best of all, when you enter http://mybandsaw.peddinghaus.com or http://mycontrol.peddinghaus.com you can share the experience with members of your organization. Have the shop guys take a look. Review the numbers with your partners. Here’s an economical look at new Technologies for the 21st Century. See what the Leader in structural fabrication—Peddinghaus—has to offer you. >>> SPLASH DOWN DUNES WATER PARK (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)

FOR SALE USED FABRICATION EQUIPMENT We’ve purchased a new Peddinghaus system, and have the following equipment for sale: • (1) Five stand, one directional drag type transfer system • (1) Five stand, bi-directional drag type transfer system • 120 feet of standard duty roller conveyor • 120 feet of heavy duty roller conveyor

BENNINGTON IRON WORKS Bennington, Vermont Contact: Mr. Curt Morin 808. 442. 3145 Ext. 103 e-mail: cmorin@biwvt.com

>>> DONALDSON PLANT (WUXI, CHINA)

SCHUFF STEEL,

Schuff offers a competitive salary

one of the nation’s largest

For 25 years, SDS/2 has made its mark on the world. Design Data’s SDS/2 Steel Detailing System

structural steel

If you are interested in starting a new career, call Todd Laduron at

fabricators & erectors

602. 452. 4407

the globe. SDS/2 delivers connection design and customizable details, saving our customers time

structure based on experience, along with one of the best benefits packages in the industry.

• (1) Used Fabriline 5 Press Beam Punch Line complete with Web Bridge Press

and CNC controller upgraded with Windows Software • (1) Used Kalentenbach model HDM 1300 Cold Saw, 52" capacity, complete with 12 blades

>>> ANTAMINA COPPER MINE (ANDES MOUNTAINS, PERU)

is looking for

EXPERIENCED PROJECT MANAGERS and ESTIMATORS.

has simplified and automated the design, detailing, fabricating and erecting of structures across

and money. Across the globe, customers benefit from the dedication and experience behind SDS/2.

or e-mail todd.Laduron@schuff.com

Connect your partners, your products and your steel today with the world of SDS/2. For details on SDS/2 and how you can earn Silver Steelbucks call or visit our website today.

Schuff is an EOE

www.schuff.com

www.sds2.com

800.443.0782

Copyright ® 2006 Design Data, Inc. All rights reserved.

402.441.4000

e-mail: info@sds2.com

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Education We sponsored a tour of forty fabricators from North America in which we visited industry partners in Ireland and the UK. Long discussions were held on construction techniques, software, and the “state of the industry”, as every attendee learned new methods to improve their business (page 10). Interested in an educational trip? Contact judy-hartman@peddinghaus.com for details

We continue to attend user’s meetings, local fabrication association gatherings, industry events, and trade shows—any medium available to learn more about improving Peddinghaus and assisting the industry.

Anton Peddinghaus

Virtual Machine Demos The warm, sunny days of summer invoke thoughts of vacations, holidays, and spending time outdoors with your family. While writing this issue’s editorial, I am sitting on a beautiful beach in Florida enjoying my four kids as they build sand castles and play in the surf. Watching my children frolic at the seashore keeps me thinking about the future—their future, the future of Peddinghaus, and the future for our customers. What can we do better to serve our customers? This is the recurring thought that I contemplate, whether at the beach, on an airplane, or at our facilities. What can we do better? Here are some measures we have implemented to insure we serve our customers—and our industry—better.

VOLUME 19 STEEL FABRICATOR’S REVIEW Washington and Grove Street Bradley, IL 60915

In a dynamic economy, sometimes it’s tough to travel. Here’s a new idea from Peddinghaus, a virtual tour of an installation. Click on your internet browser to view Peddinghaus equipment in operation. You can see a Peddinghaus band saw perform fantastic cutting rates—LIVE on your PC monitor. No slick video editing or manipulation. It’s a great opportunity to view equipment with your associates and the shop guys. Check out page 26 for details on this exciting new program that will help you improve productivity and shop techniques.

Expanding Production Capacity Peddinghaus is humbled by the confidence and trust place in our products and equipment. As a result of your dynamic support, we have undertaken a major capital improvement project.

SUMMER 2006

• An investment of $1.5M in new capital equipment—highlighted by • three new machining centers, • three new automated sawing systems, • 40,000 square foot expansion in shop operation/warehousing space • New Research and Development facility–dedicated solely to our newly designed Equipment We understand our responsibility to our customers and industry partners. We need to react to the changing economic conditions as our customer’s experience. It is our duty.

Improving Customer Service From past editorials, you know the Peddinghaus commitment to quality customer service. You know the 30% increase in additional staff that we have hired to meet our customer requirements. As CEO, I wish to emphasize our continued dedication to you—our loyal customers and industry partners that service is still King at Peddinghaus. We acknowledge that providing quality service is a challenge, but we are attaching this challenge with enthusiasm: • Plans are in place to increase our field service staff by another 30% in the next quarter • Our industry partners, such as Siemens, Parker, and Bosch, assist our field operations with supplemental assistance • Our local distributors are adding dedicated technical personnel as well for faster reaction time • You see more of our “inside staff” such as engineers in the field to inspect, train, and assist as well. Well, my two oldest are asking to go para-sailing, it’s time to close–before their mother finds out.

NEWS FOR THE STRUCTURAL STEEL & PLATE FABRICATOR

www.peddinghaus.com PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE

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FA B R I C AT O R S M A K I N G T O D AY ’ S S K Y L I N E P O S S I B L E

SCHUFF STEEL COMPANY

PKM STEEL

Cardinal Stadium Raised On-Time and In-Budget

Roll Up Your Sleeves for Success

Workers are on a roll aligning the center rails of the twin roof panels that cover the $450-million Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Phoenix. The panels of the 5,400-ton assembly, jacked in one piece earlier this year, moved apart for the first time recently in an operation that went off without a hitch. Frieda Mai-Weis (President) and Paul Mai (Founder) of PKM Steel.

David A. Schuff , Chairman of Schuff Steel, receives the prestigious ENR Award of Excellence from Mr. James H. McGraw of McGraw Hill. Read about this engineering marvel on pages 2 and 3.

Paul Mai, founder of PKM Steel, has a passion and enthusiasm for life. Ready to accept any challenge, he is truly an entrepreneur, governing his life by only one rule: “Why Not?”

Continued on page 2

GRASAN EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC. Using the Strength of Steel in Crushing Concrete

PERMIT NO. 38 Kankakee, IL

Ed and Scott Eilenfeld of Grasan Equipment compete in a hostile environment—learn what gives them an “Advantage”.

Undoubtedly the eyes of those readers actively involved in the steel construction industry are drawn to this headline assuming it refers to replacing concrete skyscrapers with fabricated structural steel construction. This is true to some degree, but in reality, Grasan Equipment manufactures products that really do crush concrete—literally—along with aggregate, rock, asphalt, and similar construction materials. Continued on page 12

Why Not? Full story begins on page 4

TABLE OF CONTENTS Schuff Steel Raising Cardinal Stadium

PKM Roll up your sleeves for success

Hypertherm Peddinghaus receives Outstanding Sales Award

Tour Recap Fabricator’s Tour Insight

Design Build Don’t simply retool your shop…rethink your system

2006 MACH Show New technology introduced to European market

Advantage PCD 1100 Drill Line Introduction at NASCC garners Design Award

Virtual Tour See the newest technology…right at your desk

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