February 16, 2017 | By Bill Frahm
The use of operational effectiveness and efficiency (OEE) measurements is a good way to get a feel for how a manufacturing operation is performing, but further work needs to be done if a shop really wants to fix what ails it.
February 9, 2017 | By Aaron Continelli
Just as shop floor workers require special skills, shop managers do so as well. Here is an overview of management duties and what employers in the metal fabrication industry are looking for in managers.
February 1, 2017 | By Tim Heston
Precitec’s cutting head senses trouble in real time, and communicates via Bluetooth directly to an operator’s phone or tablet.
February 1, 2017 | By Tim Heston
Many people call roll forming a black art, but David Rostocil isn’t one of them. If an operator is given the print, follows documented operating procedures, and maintains good records—and has consistent material thickness and properties to work with—the process becomes a science, one that over time can be tweaked and perfected.
January 31, 2017 | By Chip Burnham
A waterjet can be outfitted to fit your shop's unique needs. Knowing how they work, benefits and how to make them more productive will help you get the most out of your waterjet, from art to part.
An overhead crane manufacturer solicits the Consumables crew for help choosing a flux/wire combination that closely matches A572.
January 30, 2017 | By Paul Cameron
Paul Cameron explains the important elements of developing a WPS or PQR for weld inspecting.
Change can cause an emotional roller coaster. One often-missed component of continuous improvement is empathizing with those who must change what they do every day. Without empathy, understanding, and describing what the change means for the whole organization, emotions can run high.
January 30, 2017 | By Frank Armao
A reader wanting to make a repair to a 356.0-T6 aluminum cylinder gets Frank's advice on what filler metal to use.
January 30, 2017 | By Tim Heston
At Minneapolis-based Atlas Manufacturing, a collaborative robot has taken over the mundane task of forming long runs of simple parts.
January 30, 2017 | By Dan Davis
More job shops are looking to formalize their sales efforts, and that often means eschewing contract sales reps and hiring a full-time employee to go out and chase business.
January 30, 2017 | By Steve Benson
When choosing tools to bend aluminum, as always, you need to consider the naturally floated radius as well as where the bend turns sharp. You also may consider forming certain aluminum grades in the annealed condition.
January 27, 2017 | By Amanda Carlson
A Wisconsin metal fabricator created a 10-ft. replica of the Lombardi Trophy and mounted it in the yard outside of its Green Bay-based tailgate house. Why? Because Packer freedom is a way of life.
January 27, 2017 | By Tim Heston
Technology has become the ticket to entry for metal fabrication. But when a fabricator buys a new machine, it doesn’t stay secret for long. So what really sets a company apart from its competitors? Past speakers at FMA events give some insights.
January 27, 2017 | By Gerald Davis
To assist with smooth transitions during design changes, columnist Gerald Davis shows a work flow for changing a part into an assembly.