Dan Davis

Dan Davis


FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

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Sometimes it pays to listen to the new guy

June 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I was chatting with Jeremy Riniker, a buyer/estimator/designer for Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque, Iowa, the other day for an upcoming story. I was giving him a hard time about his plethora of responsibilities, but he said the multitude of job duties keeps each day fresh and exciting, even if he...

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Seconn Fabrication shop floor

Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Don't waste a good recession

June 7, 2011 | By Dan Davis

When others sat on the sidelines praying for a miracle during the Great Recession, Seconn Fabrication added 25,000 square feet, invested in new equipment, implemented a new MRP system, refocused its marketing efforts, and tackled other projects to better prepare itself for the economic rebound.

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Waterjet cutting

Waterjet Cutting | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Three waterjet heads are better than one

June 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Metals & Services, Addison, Ill., didn't get caught up in the excitement of the 90,000-PSI waterjet pumps that seemed to be all the rage at recent tradeshows. Company management did its own homework and found that using a 60,000-PSI pump with multiple heads works out just swimmingly for its waterjet cutting operations.

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FAB 40 Logo

Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

The FAB 40: Back to business

June 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The FAB 40 listing for 2011 indicates that metal fabricators are gearing up to cope with an expanding manufacturing economy.

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Mexican manufacturing keeps moving forward

May 26, 2011 | By Dan Davis

An interesting thing occurred during my recent trip to attend FABTECH® Mexico, May 11-13, in Monterrey, Mexico. I ate fried crickets, but that wasn't it. I witnessed a spark of fabricating equipment innovation that originated within the country's own borders and from the minds of its talented...

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The Southern Fabricators family

Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

The personal side of metal fabricating

May 6, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Southern Fabricators Inc. has put a premium on the relationships it has with its customers, and that focus has led to robust growth, particularly as the metal fabricator has invested in new equipment to keep up with customer demands.

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Greiner Industries' giant press brake

Bending | Articles | The FABRICATOR

The big job of high-tonnage bending

May 6, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Bending heavy plate and high-strength steel used to require multiple workers, a large amount of bending experience, and lots of time. That's not the case anymore.

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Catching the wave of reshoring

April 28, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I'm working on our FAB 40 editorial feature for June. It's a collection of 40 metal fabricating companies that have submitted to us their revenue figures for 2010, projected revenue for 2011, and outlook for this year. The listing provides a great snapshot of the overall health of the fabricating...

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Fiber lasers make their mark on thin-gauge cutting

April 21, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The eyes don't lie. Solid-state lasers can hum. I've seen these fiber lasers running at EuroBlech 2010 in Hannover, Germany, and FABTECH 2010 in Atlanta. Most recently I witnessed another "fiber" laser at INTECH North America, TRUMPF's customer event at its headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The...

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Is it North versus South when it comes to manufacturing?

April 13, 2011 | By Dan Davis

On a recent visit to Southern Fabricators Inc., Polkton, N.C., l learned how brothers Ken Carpenter Sr. and Everett Carpenter first set up shop in 1968 in a tiny 10,000-sq.-ft. facility that just so happens to be the size of its powder coating department today. Let's just say the company has done...

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Educating the workforce instead of training

April 1, 2011 | By Dan Davis

"You train a dog. You educate a person." That's the note an industrial technology educator sent to us after reading a recent "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter that contained comments lamenting the lack of skilled workers in the U.S. We received 10 or so responses, but that one sentence really has...

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Lean work area

Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

5S or 6S: What's the safe choice?

April 1, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Everyone wants a safe work environment, but some companies feel that the safety needs to be a separate category of 5S, making it 6S. Others argue that the safety is clearly covered in the 5S methodology. Both may be right.

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ripsaw unmanned tank

Waterjet Cutting | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Howe brothers discover precision fabrication

April 1, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The stars of Howe and Howe Tech on Discovery Channel see metal fabricating as a creative outlet for their imaginations--while also catching the attention of the Department of Defense.

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Will metal fabricating activity continue to grow?

March 25, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Financial writers are funny people. They make people laugh even when they aren't telling a joke. For instance, read John Carney's CNBC story "Have Consumers Gone on Strike?" In the story he makes the point: "What seems to be happening is that businesses have been ramping up their production and...

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Gauging metal manufacturing's health

March 18, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The reader's e-mail request led off with a commonly seen note that his company was reworking its Web site, but it ended with a not-so-common question: What is the best barometer to indicate that the recession has ended in metal manufacturing? The e-mail writer wanted to link to some of these...

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