September 14, 2016 | By Tim Heston
It can take a long time for a prospect to become a major customer, and of course there are no guarantees. This makes building a diverse customer base easier said than done. Through rebranding and restructuring, one custom fabricator in Minnesota aims to change this.
September 14, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes
5S is critical for any lean journey. And by getting it right—that is, treating it as an important and measurable process that affects the business—fabricators can use 5S to make their office or shop floor a better place to work.
September 12, 2016 | By Daniel J. Schaeffler
If you are involved in the metal fabricating or forming business, you need sheet metal to get the job done. Do you know the specifics related to what the sheet metal is called? This guide helps fabricators to understand just what they are working with.
Welding process technology continually evolves. Here’s a look at some advanced processes that might make a significant difference in your operation.
September 1, 2016 | By Dan Davis
ACP Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, needed the speed and flexibility of modern fabricating technology to increase its manufacturing capacity as it looked to manufacturer two new product lines in its only domestic manufacturing facility.
September 1, 2016 | By Dr. Jan Koch
Elastic-bonded abrasives have been around for almost 100 years, but technological advancements associated with such abrasives are by no means complete.
August 31, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and many miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War re-enactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.
August 31, 2016 | By Alan Bear, CPPM, CPP
Materials purchasing is both an art and a science. You need the knowledge and strategy to negotiate with intelligence. You need the art of relationship-building, including good ethics and solid integrity.
August 31, 2016 | By Josh Delson
A dry filtration system for plasma cutting removes all potentially harmful contaminants from the shop air and helps to eliminate the threat of a dust explosion. It also might prove to be a much more effective plasma cutting approach when compared to plasma cutting on a water table.
August 30, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Haydon Corp. was an early adopter of business software, and it continues to use its enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform comprehensively. The software, along with standard business practices baked into the company’s DNA, has helped the roll former maintain an extremely short order fulfillment cycle.
August 30, 2016 | By Jeremiah Treloar
The desire to eliminate waste does not end after parts leave the metal fabrication area. Fabricators that run a paint line also have the opportunity to optimize the finishing operation as well. The first step is to invest in training of the spray technicians.
August 30, 2016 | By Tim Heston
For years Jones Metal, a Mankato, Minn.-based custom fabricator, has published not an occasional employee newsletter, but a weekly digital paper, available at touchscreen kiosks throughout the front office and shop floor. The publication keeps everyone up-to-date on important metrics, spreads improvement ideas and, perhaps most important, builds community.
August 29, 2016 | By Jim Larson
There are five keys to making a quality cut: coolant, the blade, downfeed, workpiece support, and machine maintenance. If you understand these critical factors, you should be able to achieve good cuts every time.
August 29, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Phoenix Products has more than doubled its size during the past year, and much of that growth has to do with tackling an unusual niche: the bending of long, skinny parts.
August 29, 2016 | By Eric Lundin
The members of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery had two cannons, an old school bus, and a lot of miles to cover to stage mock battles. A team of Civil War reenactors, they had discarded their previous bus and needed to transform their new bus. They enlisted the help of the staff and students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC), Janesville, Wis.