Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.
November 6, 2015 | By Bill Frahm
If a metal fabricator or former does it correctly, a failure modes and effects analysis can provide a solid foundation for predictive maintenance planning.
November 5, 2015 | By Tim Heston
A SWOT analysis covers a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. But how do you really define strengths and weaknesses? Much of it can come from data gleaned from a good flow assessment.
Thermal spray is being used in metal manufacturing more each year. Fabricators need to be familiar with what it is, what benefits it can provide, and who can provide it.
November 4, 2015 | By Dick Kallage
When designing an effective quality system, manufacturers need to consider the cost of quality (COQ), customer and industry quality demands, and their company’s specific set of value propositions.
November 4, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Manufacturing Day celebrates what’s at the heart of the real world of progressive manufacturing. It’s about people talking and working together to make their lives, and the lives of their customers, easier.
November 2, 2015 | By Jeffrey Dean
Bike-making may represent a potential business opportunity for skilled metal fabricators looking to diversify their businesses. Several bike-makers discuss how they got into the business and how they build their bicycles.
October 28, 2015 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis continues his work on a go-cart body. This time the focus is on modeling weldments with an eye on accommodating future edits.
October 28, 2015 | By Michelle Howell
The best welding tables are multipurpose and designed for maximum efficiency and productivity. Here’s what to look for when choosing tables for your operation.
October 26, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Farris Fab has grown to become a $24.5 million enterprise. Within the past year company leaders have started to manage by valuation. They have no intention to sell, but maximizing the value of the company also happens to improve the overall operation.
October 22, 2015 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith
Some metal fabricating operations produce the same product day in and day out with little variation. Real job shops, which are becoming rarer, have a much tougher row to hoe, one that requires constant innovation and high skill levels.
October 19, 2015 | By Frank Arteaga
Fabricating metal parts today using the same approaches and technology from 10 years ago is a time-intensive exercise. New technology introduces efficiencies to the fabricating process shops need to embrace if they are to maximize profitability and stay ahead of the competition.
October 19, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Supply Dynamics, Loveland, Ohio, has just announced a secure, anonymous, and reliable way to accurately benchmark the prices you pay or have been quoted for many common ferrous and nonferrous metals.
October 19, 2015 | By Dan Davis
A focus on a career path in fabricating typically might be centered around an individual’s perspective. Fabricating companies, however, are finding that by being up-front about skills development and career progression, they are building more engaged and productive organizations.
Attaining ISO 9001 certification and selecting ERP software are not easy tasks. But companies can accomplish their desired objectives and even thrive as a result of ERP and ISO 9001 initiatives, when done thoughtfully and properly.
October 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston
According to recent benchmarking surveys from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, debt ratios remain manageable, EBITDA steady, yet revenue concentration remains high for some. The numbers show areas for opportunity as well as challenges.