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Barnes MetalCrafters Inc.

April 5, 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 By Tim Martin and Nick Martin OPENED: Tim Martin purchased...

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If you don't measure it, you can't improve it

April 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

At Impulse Manufacturing, operators double as quality assurance personnel. The company tracks efficiency and quality via an innovative Web-based shop-management system. The company's mantra: If you don't measure it, you can't improve it.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part IV

April 1, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

When it comes to providing exact details for the bill of materials for a 3-D design job, columnist Gerald Davis provides some pointers to help speed up the project.

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ERP and the cloud

April 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

The concepts of cloud computing, or software as a service (SaaS), show their mettle at one automotive metal stamper. The stamper is in the middle of a growth spurt, and is proof that companies can find success in the changing automotive market.

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Automated metrology system

Launching new cars sooner

March 23, 2010 | By Richard J. Gerth

Automakers and other manufacturers increasingly are using optical metrology to help reduce the time and money spent in new-product development while improving quality. What is this technology, and how does it work?

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Alphabet Soup

How to get from ABC to ERP

March 23, 2010 | By Adria Iles

Ever wonder what all those business software acronyms mean and which, if any, package can help you cost-effectively run your shop more efficiently? Newer systems integrate with the basic accounting, spreadsheet, and human resource packages used by smaller companies.

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irwin seating company

Older than Oscar

March 9, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

Family-owned, fifth-generation manufacturer Irwin Seating Co., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. has been thinking about the comfort and functionality of the public seating it has manufactured for more than 100 years. The company's 35 presses are used to stamp the components that support the seats, mount them to the floor, and attach them to the backs; as well as pivots, brackets, and other internal mechanisms. Irwin does all the stamping, welding painting, and upholstery work in its 470,000-sq.-ft. facility. Some of the seating company's recent projects include the stadium seating for the New Jersey Devils, Miami Heat, and the Indiana Colts.

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Brown Dog Welding LLC

March 5, 2010

Josh Welton at Work Photo by Matt Trombley Mount Clemens, Mich. 586-258-8255 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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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part III

March 1, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill,columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance so that the designer ends up with a design that allows him to explore various changes to the size of the overall product while having the component parts stretch or shrink automatically

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Why lean manufacturing won't make you rich — Part II

March 1, 2010 | By Chris Hoff

Manufacturers often believe at least one of three common lean manufacturing misconceptions. Knowing about these misconceptions and understanding why they're not true will help set you on a path to incorporating lean tools into your manufacturing structure.

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Supply chain collaborates on bending project

March 1, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

Faced with a daunting bending contract and a short timeframe, Rick Williams of Rockford Process Control (RPC) sought cooperation from a tubing supplier, bending machine manufacturer, and a tooling supplier at the beginning of the project. The information exchange enabled RPC and its supply chain partners to develop a process, deliver a bender, and engineer and manufacture tooling without the benefit of tubing samples.

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Apple iPad

The Apple iPad in manufacturing

February 23, 2010 | By Martin Bailey

On Wednesday 27th January 2010 Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, unveiled their latest creation - the iPad Tablet. Billed primarily as a consumer device, Jobs positioned the tablet somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop and priced it from an attractive US$499. But is there room for it in business,...

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Welders on welding

February 23, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Based on feedback from "Welding Wire" subscribers, you have to wonder if interviewed any welders when compiling its 2010 list of the best and worst jobs. Welding was the No. 5 worst job on the list, and welders question its ranking.

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Waste not, want more

February 11, 2010 | By Dan Davis

In recent years General Metal Works, Mequon, Wis., has leaned heavily on practices that eliminate waste in its shop floor operations and kept its work force engaged. The efforts have paid off in that no layoffs have occurred during the recent economic downturn, and the company is still on track to finish with $10 million in sales revenue in 2009. The company also has been named the winner of The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010.

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21st century marketing for fabricators

January 19, 2010 | By James Soto

As existing customer bases shrink, fabricators must take advantage of all possible mediums to attract new customers. Those who establish a strong online presence stand the best chance of reaching prospective buyers, 60 percent of whom begin the buying process online.

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