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Dan Davis

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FMA Communications Inc.
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Talking about the next generation of fabricators

May 15, 2015

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While many people turned their back on manufacturing careers, Kyle Layman couldn't wait to get started. Now he's the impetus for growth at Layman Fabrication, North Vernon, Ind., while dad gets to focus on the fabrication activity that he's always loved.

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Chipping away at fabricating success

May 14, 2015

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If you walk into a fabrication shop today, you more than likely are going to see a machining center on the shop floor. It's not that these shops are chasing machining work; they are just looking to add more manufacturing services to win more business from their current customer base.

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Synchronized welding

May 7, 2015

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No one doubts that welding equipment has advanced to the point where it has greatly improved welding results and productivity when compared to the technology of previous decades. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Fronius has attempted to address some of GMAW’s shortcomings with its LSC welding platform.

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Making lean manufacturing work in a job shop

May 7, 2015

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Lean principles apply to all manufacturing, not just OEM settings where a few types of products are made each and every day. These tips can help a job shop fabricator to eliminate waste in its assembly area.

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Don't be afraid of skeleton handling

May 6, 2015

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Removing the skeleton from a machine tool is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous task. Machine tool builders recognize this and are taking steps to eliminate that manual effort.

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Safety as a value

May 1, 2015

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The FMA Safety Conference is an annual reminder that keeping workers safe on the job should be a company value, not just an organizational priority.

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Two tanks for waterjet productivity

April 29, 2015

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A dual-tank waterjet system made for a metal fabricator is now a product offering for all fabricators interested in boosting waterjet productivity.

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The robots are coming

April 15, 2015

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Robots replacing fabricators is not likely to happen in the next few years. However some predict that robots may replace almost 50 percent of all kinds of jobs in the future. That is likely to include some fabrication jobs.

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Going the nontraditional route

April 10, 2015

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The manufacturing industry is focusing plenty of attention on millennials as companies try and entice them to consider manufacturing careers. These companies might be better off looking at other industries, where workers might be looking for a career change.

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Lean welding comes full circle

April 8, 2015

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Andersen Industries is experienced with working with large fabrications, such as custom trailers, and eventually sought a method to make it easier to help welders move equipment and accompanying lines. The result was a boom designed specifically for welding.

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Rising dollar doesn't diminish U.S. manufacturing might

March 13, 2015

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A rising dollar could make it tougher for U.S. manufacturers to export goods, but the metal fabricating community shouldn't suffer too much. Overseas customers buy metal goods from U.S. manufacturers for a very good reason.

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The college track passes right by manufacturing

February 13, 2015

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As educators push for their students toward a college-prep curriculum, students are missing out on possible vocational training opportunities and the manufacturing industry is missing out on young talent.

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Holy fabrication work!

February 10, 2015

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Design Fugitives of Milwaukee tackled a project for a church that required as much creative muscle as it did fabricating power to bring the ideas to life.

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Diversification makes life easier on the roller coaster

February 6, 2015

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Even in the face of falling oil prices and the potential slowdown of offshore fabrication work, Bill New, president of New Industries Inc., Morgan City, La., still looks forward to coming to work each day.

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The pursuit to be the best value-added supplier

January 29, 2015

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Waukesha Metal Products, a metal fabricator and metal former based in Sussex, Wis., wasn't going to survive in the long run being a simple stamper of simple metal parts. It needed to reinvent itself and constantly look for ways to evolve if it were to grow and improve its chances of success in the face of more demanding customers. Its in-house knowledge and talent, investment in capacity, and contributions to the overall manufacturing cause are improving its long-term viability. They also have helped the company earn the 2015 Industry Award from The FABRICATOR.

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