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Dan Davis

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FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107

Reassurance in purchasing raw materials

October 19, 2015

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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.

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Why fabricators need to think about career paths

October 19, 2015

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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.

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Venturing into fiber laser cutting

October 7, 2015

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Fabricating metal parts for price-sensitive customers means that Lynam Industries Inc., Fontana, Calif., has to make the right investments in technology at the right time. The investment has to contribute to the reduction in production costs. The metal fabricator's purchase of a fiber laser cutting machine in late 2013 is a recent example of this strategy.

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The gap between exact and real world

September 25, 2015

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Engineers often know how to design things, but not necessarily how to make them. Fabricators that can give the next generation of engineers an idea as to how metal parts are made are doing everyone in manufacturing a favor.

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2015: What keeps you up at night?

September 8, 2015

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The huge economic rebound that normally follows a recession has never really materialized, but metal fabricators appear to be making the most of the slow and steady climb from the economic doldrums of the late 2000s. The 2015 “What Keeps You up at Night?” survey suggests that fabricators are looking to take the steps necessary to support continued growth in their businesses.

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Metal stamper takes to the lake

September 8, 2015

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Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping, Algonquin, Ill., displays strong design and manufacturing skills in the creation of a cardboard catamaran for the 31st America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta at Crystal Lake, Ill., earlier this summer.

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Fabricating skills travel

September 8, 2015

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Hutchinson Manufacturing Inc., Hutchinson, Minn., is working with oil and gas customers thousands of miles away because it can handle almost every aspect of production on its one campus, which gives the company complete control of quality and the delivery date.

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3-D plasma cutting in a 2-D world

September 1, 2015

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R.J. Cyr Co., Maidstone, Ont., had a job for which it needed to cut sections of structural steel beam, but it couldn't do the job profitably relying on a manual approach. After consulting with its plasma cutting table supplier, the company devised a way to add CNC cutting capability into the mix.

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The need for growth--of the employee

August 28, 2015

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Metal fabricators that want to grow the business should focus on employee growth. The rest will take care of itself.

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The best of both worlds

August 24, 2015

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Typically, fabricators have had to choose between an aggressive cutting disc that is thrown away at the end of each shift or a long-lived disc that usually doesn't cut as well and causes the operator to push more while handling the power tool. Weiler Corp. has developed its X3 technology to bridge that gap.

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A call for the metal fabricating industry to shape up

August 14, 2015

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When metal fabricating shop owners and managers call for skilled workers, are they ready to accept bright and talented workers? In many cases, they aren't, and that's not doing the industry any favors.

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Peace of mind with single-piece flow

August 4, 2015

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The Minneapolis manufacturing facility for Unison Comfort Technologies was being stretched to the limits trying to keep up with orders for its HVAC products. New fabricating technology was seen as the only way to meet current production needs and add capacity, but the company needed a new approach to its part flow as well if it were to make the most of any reshuffling of the shop floor.

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Building a fab business

July 24, 2015

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A question from a reader asking for advice in building a metal fabricating business leads to a discussion of several different paths to follow.

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How employees drive a safe work environment

July 20, 2015

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The Dupps Co., Germantown, Ohio, is a fabricator of heavy-duty processing equipment that has managed to post 2 million work hours without a lost-time accident. For its outstanding safety record, the company was named the recipient of FMA's 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.

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Building a manufacturing workforce

July 15, 2015

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Alexandra Industries, a producer and fabricator of aluminum extrusions in Alexandria, Minn., recognized the need to get involved in the local school district to boost the image of manufacturing in the eyes of students. But it didn't just volunteer to send over speakers. It heavily influenced the curriculum at the new high school and donated new manufacturing technology.

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