June 23, 2014
Where are parts coming from, and where are they going? Line-of-sight issues plague older plants, full of walls to separate departments. But some companies have overcome this problem and adapted lean to fit very old work spaces.
June 12, 2014
TIG welding thin material presents some challenges that can be addressed by tried-and-true techniques and newer welding technology.
June 12, 2014
Metal fabricators that continue to lean on a select few interested in working excessive amounts of overtime are running the increased risk of employee burnout or production mistakes on the shop floor. They need to take steps to prepare the entire workforce to absorb additional manufacturing tasks, not just the few and proud to be working OT.
June 11, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Fabricators make an important list; a missing, nickel-size part leads to big settlement for ship builder; automakers contribute millions to save Detroit’s art; men continue to be on the short end of the jobs recovery stick; and more women become manufacturing entrepreneurs.
June 9, 2014
Two laser cutting technologies—one using additional axes of motion in the cutting head, and the other using scanning optics and no nozzle at all—shows the awesome potential of the solid-state laser in the cutting arena.
June 3, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— How fabricators support warfighters on location; what it takes to be the stamping company of choice; rebuilding a chassis in 29 photos; how to foster innovation; and new fabricating jobs heading to South Carolina.
May 28, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— 3-D printing could alter supply chain; it takes a community of businesses to build a ballpark; placing the tail on this donkey is not so easy; fabricator moves out of the basement; and the wind ushers in a new product.
May 20, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Designing the largest flagpole in North America no easy task; tube hydroforming featured on “How It’s Made” series; Florida fabricator encourages people to ‘actually build something’; South Carolina welding instructor pens opinion piece welding’s importance; and a Minnesota welding program’s students easily find jobs.
May 16, 2014
On the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it's easy to see that Mexico has really flourished. But today's success is not a guarantee for tomorrow's prosperity. Being a low-cost leader in manufacturing is not a long-term plan for survival. Just ask China.
May 13, 2014
Developments affecting the spring/stamping industry; something to consider when opening a plant in a new location Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Praise for a tool and diemaker’s 50 years’ service highlights a reason for the worker shortage; A spring/stamping company VP lists 5 developments he believes will affect the industry; a stamping company’s move to El Paso has paid off, despite some difficulties; lawmakers attempt to make it less lucrative for companies to leave the U.S.; and this summer job is a blue-print for teaching entrepreneurship.