November 7, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes
As you pursue your lean journey, you create knowledge. What you do with that knowledge can predict how successful your lean efforts will be. If you tell the workforce only the bare minimum, then you are probably leaving lots of improvement potential on the table.
November 3, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Bass Mechanical, a mechanical contractor and structural fabricator in southeast Pennsylvania, has transformed during the past two years. The company founder died unexpectedly, and his 27-year-old son, who at one point did not plan to enter the family business, is setting the stage for long-term growth.
November 3, 2016 | By Aaron Continelli
Today’s metal fabrication shops are far different from those operating in the booming post-World War II economy. A fluctuating market, cyclical industries, and the need for sophisticated equipment and quick turnaround times in both production and output have shops scrambling to maintain profitability.
The Labor Department estimates that several hundred thousand workers in over 60,000 primary metals and fabricated metal products establishments will be affected by new regulations that change who qualifies for overtime.
October 24, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
Whether your company is preparing for growth, a slowdown, a process upgrade, or hiring new workers, FABTECH brings together every aspect of the metal fabricating industry in one location to educate, inform, entertain, and provide networking opportunities to you.
October 14, 2016 | By Dan Davis
Cybersecurity expert Steve Douglas shares his thoughts on why metal fabricators need to pay attention to just how they are protecting their internal information and files. Shops may not think they are targets, and that's when they are at their most vulnerable.
October 14, 2016 | By Mark Ernst
Managers need to delegate. Delegation helps employees learn new skills and allows a business to grow. But delegation isn’t easy, and these six steps should help managers overcome the challenges.
October 13, 2016 | By Dan Davis
As manufacturers look for the manufacturing engineers and machine operators to replace retiring baby boomers, they are finding that traditional recruitment efforts are lacking. Many find that it’s easier to groom their own workers rather than hoping that they turn up on the doorstep.
October 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston
This year’s “Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey” from the FMA shows an industry that’s facing tight competition, but also one that is pushing on, investing, and making efficient use of resources.
October 13, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes
Poor communication can lead to serious waste and missed opportunities. That’s why the communications process really should be seen as an extension of continuous improvement.
October 10, 2016 | By Will Healy III
Metal fabricators hoping to survive a global economy and shrinking workforce can look at the trends and “what-ifs” in the next industrial age of connected machines.
October 10, 2016
Perfectly accurate inventory records will help you improve turns, which frees up cash; improve customer service, because you know what you have when a customer calls; increase shop productivity, because material will be available when needed; and increase profitability, because you won’t be writing off inventory that isn’t there.
October 10, 2016 | By Chad Vincent
When communication is visual, we see together, know together, and therefore act together.
October 10, 2016 | By Bruce McDuffee
A fabricator’s marketing function shouldn’t be about tradeshow booths, brochures, and websites. It’s not there simply to serve the sales function. Instead, marketing reinforces a fabricator’s value proposition and, ultimately, helps drive the direction of the business.
October 5, 2016 | By Shane Strowski
There’s always room for improvement in any operation. Following these seven steps can help you identify areas that need improving and put your shop on the path to optimal efficiency, increased productivity, and less waste.