November 11, 2015 | By Kevin Enos
More stampers are using multiple coil processing methods, including feeding, multiblanking/slitting, recoiling, and blanking, on the same line to achieve flexible fabrication. Benefits of doing so include better control and savings.
November 10, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Sustaining improvement efforts remains difficult for many shops, but sustaining may not be so difficult with a foundation of good business fundamentals in manufacturing. This includes accurate bills of materials, accurate routings, good inventory control, a documented system for materials planning and procurement, concise business rules, and employee training.
November 9, 2015 | By Eric Lundin
Artist and furniture-maker Louie Tozser has enjoyed a rich and varied career, working in metal, stone, glass, and polycarbonate, and does everything from one-off pieces to contract manufacturing. It’s much more than a business, though. Tozser’s latest plan it to introduce local children to art and perhaps inspire some to pursue a career in art as well.
November 9, 2015 | By Edward Jones
All manufacturers should get their ISO certification because the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-terms costs. Here’s why.
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.