November 12, 2010 | By Tim Heston
One Columbus, Ohio, job shop recovered quickly from the recession. The organization has a history of financial conservatism and pragmatism—and today’s black ink is a testament to the shop’s success.
November 12, 2010 | By Tim Heston
A West Coast metal fabricator, Laser Cutting Northwest developed a product called the regenerator, which generates electricity from exhausted air. One application includes dust collectors for laser cutting systems. Installed into the shop’s own systems, the regenerator produces enough electricity to power a third of the shop lights.
November 9, 2010 | By Martin Bailey
Fabrication shops traditionally have relied on stand-alone software systems for various business functions and filled in the gaps with a paper trail. Today’s integrated systems can alleviate the headaches associated with paper-based tracking and make your operation more efficient.
November 8, 2010 | By Gerald Davis
Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis has turned his attention to the sliding charcoal plan, but this particular component challenges the top-down modeling approach that has been used up until this point in the project.
November 8, 2010 | By Tomm Frungillo
A form that covers the total cost of ownership gives a fabricator a useful tool for comparing the real costs of operating an existing dust and fume collector with different filters.
November 1, 2010
2600 – 9th Ave. Mankato, MN 56001 Phone: 507-625-1515 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web-site: www.ameristarmfg.com By Bill Remes OPENED: 1908 WHY: Began as a small Minneapolis metal spinning shop. CAPABILITIES: Metal stamping (short- and long-run), CNC...
November 1, 2010 | By George Winton
Accounting is straightforward, but it’s not iron-clad; fabricators have latitude in the accounting system they use to bid on contracts. A bottom-up approach, one that analyzes all the costs that go into making a component, is suitable for many parts. A top-down approach looks at the part and asks how much the market will bear. Choosing one or the other is a matter of understanding the market for the part.
November 1, 2010 | By John Mitteer
Before you scrap your iron frame, think about the benefits of using the original frame. Adapting your old cast press frame to new technologies may be easier, cheaper, and greener than you may have thought.
November 1, 2010 | By Kate Bachman
At least one stamper is reducing the cost of medical devices by converting machined parts to stamped or stamped/machined parts. Not only is the manufacturer using this innovative approach to reduce cost without sacrificing quality and still meet stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, it sometimes stamps features into the medical devices that could not be made by machining them and tightens tolerances.
October 26, 2010 | By Gerald Davis
Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two skewer supports.
October 22, 2010 | By Mark West
If your company is bleeding cash, there's no time like the present to start a turnaround effort. The sooner you start, the better, and know that the company's future is at stake.
October 5, 2010
Martinek Manufacturing’s third building is a 40,000-sq.-ft.facility. 42650 Osgood Road Fremont, CA 94539 510-366-2837 MARTINEK.COM By Mark Martinek OPENED: 1988 WHY: We were getting tired of trying to vacuum all the metal shavings out of our carpets at...
October 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston
A Baltimore job shop remained on the growth path throughout the recession by circumventing the traditional job bidding process and gaining a serious foothold in the export market.
September 16, 2010 | By Gerald Davis
Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two end skirts and two side skirts.
September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston
Controlling inventory, reducing setups, taking advantage of vendor managed inventory arrangements--add it all up, and one metal label manufacturer has become seriously efficient.