FMA Communications Inc.

Dan Davis

Editor in Chief
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Hey, buddy, can you spare a pole?

April 25, 2008

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Editor's Note: I'm running late with my blog because I've been out of town. Here's a quick plea from STAMPING Journal Editor Kate Bachman that should tide you over. C'mon, let's make those phones ring. DDD.On the same day, I received a plea from the coach of a youth...

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Who knew?

April 15, 2008

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Chicago police shot a cougar on the North Side on Monday afternoon. I guess the cougar didn"t feel like running anymore and stood its ground, leaving the policemen no other choice than to kill the 150-pound cat. That"s not the story you expect to wake up and read in the morning paper. I have to...

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Fabricated aluminum parts

Of cars, this specialty vehicle manufacturer can do it

April 15, 2008

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M&M Vehicles Corp., Mexico, Mo., is less a car company and more of a fabricating shop. That's been the case from the beginning when Chris Miller and another employee cut diamond-plate aluminum sheet with a Skil saw blade turned backwards and then hand-bent the sheet to form boxes that graced those early used golf cars.

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Laser Marking Safety Mecco

The right trace at the right time

April 15, 2008

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You won't find this tale on the DIY cable network, but it's a true story of do-it-yourself success for Ford Motor Co.Despite the sales struggles most North American automakers face, these companies still must move forward with plans to design and produce new models of automobiles. They can't elect...

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Don't be bearish; attack your problem

April 11, 2008

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Let it not be said that I wasn"t paying attention in church on Sunday. Check out this golden piece of wisdom from Rev. Victor A. Scantlebury, assistant bishop of the Diocese of Chicago: A guy skipped church one Sunday to go hunting. He was out and about on a beautiful day when he turned a...

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Some things just don't pan out

March 28, 2008

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My wife and kids are on a spring break trip with the in-laws in Florida. I stayed behind to get some work done and save up some vacation time for trips this summer.(As I write this, it"s snowing yet again in Rockford, Ill. This comes after we got 7 inches of snow on the first day of spring last...

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Things on my mind besides hair

March 20, 2008

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I"ve got plenty of thoughts this week, but they are all over the board. Here are a few of them that don"t deal with the NCAA college basketball championship tournament. 1. I talked with my high school buddy and college roommate on Sunday evening. He"s about to break off and start his own...

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U.S. Air Force makes a "fuelish" decision

March 13, 2008

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I"m not a believer that the U.S. government can save manufacturing. In fact, I"ve written about that issue before in this blog, and my Editor"s Corner in the April 2008 The FABRICATOR will address it again.While it may not be able to save manufacturing, the federal government surely can stop...

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Editorial advisory board

Recruit, train, and retain

March 11, 2008

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Time has passed, but the times haven't changed that much. A little over two years ago The FABRICATOR's Editorial Advisory Board engaged in a roundtable discussion at the 2005 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show in Chicago. The subject that day centered around what industry and...

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Laser cut tube parts

Machine shop sees the (laser) light

March 11, 2008

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MG Products Inc., Elkhart, Ind., successfully made the transition from a machine shop to a full-scale tube fabricator thanks to the investment in a laser tube cutter.

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Hypertherm plasma cutter

Service center fabricates its future

March 11, 2008

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Denman & Davis calls itself the largest general-line, independent service center in the Northeast. The company has about 65,000 square feet of inventory and manufacturing space in Clifton, N.J., another 70,000 square feet in Slatersville, R.I., and another 35,000 in Albany, N.Y. The company distributes a variety of hot-rolled and cold-finished bars, structural shapes, sheets, and tubing, but has discovered a fruitful niche with plate, used in pressure vessel, power generation, and processing applications.

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Stamping sensors

Coming to your sensors

March 11, 2008

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Stamping sensors can go a long way in protecting valuable dies and eliminating downtime associated with repairing dies after crashes. So why aren't more shops using them? Perhaps it's because their misconceptions get in the way of making a wise investment.

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Can changing a tire lead to a change in support for U.S. manufacturing?

February 28, 2008

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You know John Ratzenberger from his role of as Cliff in the television show Cheers. Today he's not only the host of John Ratzenberger's Made in America on the Travel Channel, but also an advocate for supporting the manufacturing base in the U.S. He"s been fighting the good fight by...

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Steel price boom a bust for fabricators

February 22, 2008

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Based on anecdotal evidence after talking with fabricators and some internal surveys we"ve done, fabricators are more than worried about rising steel prices. Unfortunately, every indication is that this upward trend in pricing isn"t going to disappear any time soon.The Steel Index reported that for...

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A tale of two Mexicos

February 15, 2008

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I"ve seen two different versions of Mexico over the last three weeks, and in some ways the two worlds are not as different as you might think when it comes to metal fabricating.While at WeldMex in Mexico City last week, I learned that Mexican fabricators are coming around to newer, more...

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