Blogs

Filter Content

How to reduce subjectivity in continuous improvement

September 16, 2014

By:

Manufacturing critical-path time, or MCT, puts a new perspective on activity across the enterprise. A job is either being worked on, or it's not. Period.

Continue Reading

IMTS 2014: Disruptive technologies step forward

September 16, 2014

By:

IMTS 2014 is proof that the metal manufacturing of tomorrow is going to be a bit different than what is done today.

Continue Reading

A welder’s hands and eyes

September 11, 2014

By:

Although steady hands and good eyesight are ideal for welding, there are ways to compensate for the inherent lack of either.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; entire city to be built on stilts

September 10, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles — Ohio politician says death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; an entire city to be built on stilts; working women to outnumber men in Canada, but not in trades; metal shaper builds iconic cars; and another builds rat rods.

Continue Reading

A shop floor that needs both the old and new

September 10, 2014

By:

Faspro Technologies has both the old and new: automated lasers and press brakes alongside rows of small manual presses. In a sense, the Arlington Heights, Ill., shop paints an accurate picture of modern manufacturing in the United States.

Continue Reading

Enjoying the good times; prepared for the other times

September 5, 2014

By:

The U.S. economy appears to be chugging along with no real obvious obstacles in the near future. Having said that, metal fabricators are ready should an economic slowdown emerge. Two major recessions in a decade will do that to a company.

Continue Reading

Getting ready for the next generation

August 28, 2014

By:

The U.S. population is aging, as is the workforce. Employers of all sorts are doing what they can, or should be doing what they can, to prepare for increasing rates of retirement. If you're lucky enough to have (1) a pool of experienced workers, (2) a company culture that encourages the sharing of the tribal knowledge, and (3) an enthusiastic group of new recruits, you're just missing one element that can help to make the transition go smoothly.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

Continue Reading

Economic reality and the skilled-worker issue

August 22, 2014

By:

The only thing missing from the skilled worker shortage were rising wages for skilled workers that were apparently in demand. Could that be changing?

Continue Reading

Aluminum oil tank repair

August 21, 2014

By:

A welded aluminum oil tank extended the life of a Formula Ford, making it race-worthy again.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Bicycle of the future; chocolate + welding; fabricator’s creative boom; and jobs

August 19, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Handlebars become a lock; an unlikely twosome—chocolate and welding; fabricator gets creative; who’s hiring, maybe; and small business’s thoughts on hiring.

Continue Reading

Swindling, murder, and additive manufacturing

August 19, 2014

By:

A generation or two from now, additive manufacturing may have changed everything, but the technology doesn't have storybook origins.

Continue Reading

A strong balance sheet = A strong business

August 15, 2014

By:

Metal fabricators are a conservative lot, but that can be a very good thing, especially in light of the unpredictable times in which we live.

Continue Reading

The walk-in customer

August 14, 2014

By:

Working in a small business has a lot of perks, but often requires the duties of multiple job titles. My title at Barnes MetalCrafters is “product designer,” but I use that term loosely when people ask what I do. It is hard to describe what I do, because for the most part, it changes every...

Continue Reading

Metal fabrication and the Internet of things

August 12, 2014

By:

If the majority of activities in a supply chain added value, what kind kind of world would that create?

Continue Reading