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FAB 40: Data analytics meets high-volume contract fabrication at OMS

June 12, 2014

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O'Neal Manufacturing Services, a nationwide fabricator with 11 locations, makes smart use of data to refine capacity planning and sales forecasting.

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FAB 40: Super Steel ramps up parts tracking

June 12, 2014

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Super Steel's initiative to track where jobs stand has effectively increased throughput and inventory accuracy, preparing the company for increased business. According to Super Steel's CEO, 2015 could be a breakout year.

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FAB 40: BTD and the quest for continued diversification

June 12, 2014

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BTD has gained a reputation for its ability to rapidly ramp up part programs. Now managers are looking at available markets and asking some big questions.

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Big-time fabricating

June 11, 2014

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Greiner Industries, Mount Joy, Pa., has been able to expand over the years because its owner senses opportunities that other shops want no part of. As a result, the company has emerged as an atypical fabricator with incredible fabricating capabilities.

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FAB 40: The story behind dramatic growth at MEC

June 11, 2014

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After a major acquisition, Mayville Engineering Co.—No. 1 again on the FAB 40—is poised for serious growth in the years to come.

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FAB 40: Growing on a bedrock of data

June 9, 2014

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For many fabricators in this year’s FAB 40, smart use of information has become the bedrock of high-product-mix metal fabrication. As that bedrock becomes stronger, fabricators may continue to grow even larger.

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Commoditization: Is it inevitable?

May 30, 2014

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The digital revolution has changed the game of metal fabrication. How can business owners differentate their companies? Contributing writer Dick Kallage begins a new series to answer that question.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part II

May 29, 2014

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After defining the project in January, columnist Gerald Davis is now set to make a virtual prototype of the Shashlik Grill in 3-D CAD.

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Design like a pro! Three steps to creating eye-catching ads

May 27, 2014

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So you’ve decided to advertise and grow your business. Three steps are necessary for creating an effective ad that will make your audience take notice and act.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product presentation

May 26, 2014

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Knowing the nuances of generating an image opens the door for a wide range of possibilities.

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Having a hard time relating to millennials?

May 26, 2014

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In this Q&A, Diane Thielfoldt, co-founder of The Learning Café, shares some ideas about how metal fabricating companies can convince young people that manufacturing is full of careers worth pursuing.

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Documenting a Defense

May 16, 2014

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Any product and its components could be subject to a liability claim. Just ask any car manufacturer and its suppliers. Do you know what you need to do in the event of even the hint of a lawsuit?

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Hitting print: The future of additive manufacturing

May 14, 2014

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Generations from now, when people everywhere simply may be hitting print to turn ideas into reality, making things won’t be so difficult—but determining when to hit print could mean the difference between success and failure.

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Wind energy meets the sail

April 21, 2014

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Metal fabricator Pete Agtuca launched a product several years ago, but it failed to gain acceptance in the marketplace. He now has his second wind. He’s applying the science behind that failed product—generator technology that can generate electricity at low rotations per minute—to wind power generation.

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Asking all the right questions

April 21, 2014

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Texas is known for two or three commodities, namely cattle, oil, and barbecue, but the state has plenty of manufacturing, too. It’s a good environment for a fabricator and an entrepreneur with the imagination to come up with new products and build prototypes, regardless of the industry or market. Devin Gerland, found of JackRabbit Manufacturing, is one such entrepreneur.

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