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Lean inventory complements lean production - TheFabricator.com

Lean inventory complements lean production

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.

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The evolution of cable carriers

September 13, 2010 | By Joe Ciringione

Cable carriers have come a long way since the introduction of the first carrier in the 1950s. No longer made solely of steel, modern-day carriers span greater distances and protect cables, hoses, and machinery in many industries, including metal fabricating and green energy.

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Tri-State Fabricators, Inc.

September 2, 2010

Tri-State Fabricators, Inc. 1146 Ferris Road Amelia, OH 45102 (Phone) 513-752-5005 (Fax) 513-752-2107 www.tristatefabricators.com sales@tristatefabricators.com By Joe Vogt and Rick Vogt OPENED: 1983 WHY: I (Rick Vogt), my dad, and two brothers (Jeff and...

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Laystrom Manufacturing Co.

August 9, 2010

Full metal service — laser cutting, stamping, forming, welding, assembly, painting, plating, brass, CRS, HRPO, SS — all in a day's work! Laystrom Manufacturing Co. 3900 W. Palmer St. Chicago, IL 60647 773-342-4800 www.laystrom.com...

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Fedtech Inc.

August 9, 2010

Laser cutting at Fedtech Inc. Photo courtesy of Fedtech. 4763 Mustang Circle Mounds View, MN 55112 763-784-4600 sales@fedtech.com www.fedtech.com By Dave Fox OPENED: 1996 WHY: To offer a unique service that can be used in virtually all...

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Precision Pipe & Vessel LLC

August 9, 2010

Dew Point NGL Plant Photo courtesy of Precision Pipe & Vessel 6535 N. Washington St. Denver, CO 80229 303-287-5001 precision-pipe.com http://asmewelding.wordpress.com By Ryan Ward OPENED: 2000 WHY: When Precision Pipe & Vessel was formed in...

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Barnes MetalCrafters Inc

August 9, 2010

Tim and Nick Martin, Barnes MetalCrafters Inc. Barnes MetalCrafters Inc. 252-291-0925 P.O. Box 2492 113 Walnut St. W. Wilson, NC 27893 http://www.barnesmetal.com sales@barnesmetal.com By Tim Martin and Nick Martin OPENED: Tim Martin purchased...

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Brown Dog Welding LLC

August 9, 2010

Josh Welton at Work Photo by Matt Trombley Mount Clemens, Mich. 586-258-8255 www.browndogwelding.com By Josh Welton OPENED: My wife, Darla, and I started Brown Dog Welding in the spring of 2008. WHY: It came out of my desire to weld. As a millwright...

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Harco Metal Products

August 9, 2010

Harco engineers assess project specifics at the quality table. Southwest Headquarters: 941 W. 23rd St. Tempe, AZ 85282 480-829-0450 Southeast Headquarters: 185 10th St. S.E. Fort Payne, AL 35968 256-845-3885 By Claire Pearson...

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Patriot Welding & Fabrication LLC

August 9, 2010

534 Mammoth Road Pelham, NH 03076 603-635-9755 By: Bill and Christen Grinley 1/15/2010 OPENED FOR BUSINESS: My wife of 19 years, Christen, and I opened in the summer of 2002 as a sole proprietorship. Today, nearly 10 years later, we operate as an LLC with a 51/49...

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Manufacturers and job shop owners discuss social media

August 9, 2010 | By Amy Hudson

Having a strategic marketing plan that reaches your customer base via all media channels, both traditional and the newer social media, can help take your business to the next level.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VIII - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VIII

August 4, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a 3-D design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues his work of locating features in the context of the top level assembly.

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Creating the path to profitable growth - TheFabricator

Creating the path to profitable growth

August 4, 2010 | By Joe Mayer

A metal fabricating company that knows its unique sales proposition, whom it serves, and their values knows the key to profitability. Everything flows from that knowledge.

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Can lean manufacturing work in the job shop? - TheFabricator

Can lean manufacturing work in the job shop?

August 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Lean manufacturing has origins in the low-mix, high-volume world. But many job shops have successfully adapted the methodology to the high-mix, low-volume world. The key is to focus on operational commonalities.

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Lights, camera, lean - TheFabricator

Lights, camera, lean--recording manufacturing efficiency

July 30, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Nexteer Automotive uses sports video software to track machine, part, and worker movement. During the past few years, the technology has been integral to Nexteer's lean-manufacturing initiatives.

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