Camfil APC is known for its dust collection equipment, but it’s also a metal fabricator. It makes the equipment in its Jonesboro, Ark., facility. Like any other modern fabricating operation, it is looking to eliminate waste where it can. That’s why launching and sustaining a lean manufacturing initiative is so important.
January 26, 2016 | By Dan Davis
Waste reduction in manufacturing helped to make Japanese manufacturing a mighty power, and that push for process improvement continues today. It was a big motivator for OTC DAIHEN to develop its Controlled Bridge Transfer-Expanded technology for robotic GMAW applications.
December 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Incentives can be a good tool to draw awareness to a particular effort in a safety program, but they need to be implemented only after careful thought. Sometimes negative results can emerge from incentives created with the best intentions.
December 11, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Not all job shops are interested in prototype development, but that doesn't mean that one day they won't be.
December 3, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Co-Lin Metals Fabricating, Rockford, Ill., was an old-school shop. Estimates were done by hand, and important documents were transferred by fax. Stephen Hedlund, who had once worked summers at the shop where his dad, Michael, worked, wants to change all of that. He and his dad are the new owners, and they want to take the shop into the 21st century.
November 13, 2015 | By Dan Davis
If the manufacturing community wants to attract students into science, technology, engineering, and math careers, it might want to start focusing on elementary schools. That's what Brillion School District in Wisconsin is doing.
November 9, 2015 | By Dan Davis
JBT FoodTech’s Sandusky, Ohio, operation was struggling with its deburring activities. A production requirement, deburring was occupying skilled labor that was needed elsewhere in the facility. An automated deburring machine proved to be the answer for the company’s production dilemma.
November 5, 2015 | By Dan Davis
When a fabricator says that business is flat when compared to previous months, you are hearing good news.
October 28, 2015 | By Dan Davis
An industry observer says the OCTG industry is in “turm-oil,” which is hard to dispute. Falling prices, a global economic slowdown, and an excess of supply is going to keep the industry down for the near term.
October 23, 2015 | By Dan Davis
With baby boomers heading for retirement in great numbers, manufacturers need to find the next generation of workers to replace them. To ensure they hire the best and the brightest for the job, manufacturers should not discount half of the population—women.
October 19, 2015 | By Dan Davis
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.
October 19, 2015 | By Dan Davis
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.
October 7, 2015 | By Dan Davis
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.
September 25, 2015 | By Dan Davis
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.
September 8, 2015 | By Dan Davis
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.