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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Welcoming women into the manufacturing world

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.

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Shop Management | Articles

Reassurance in purchasing raw materials

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.

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Shop Management | Articles

Why fabricators need to think about career paths

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.

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Laser Cutting | Articles

Venturing into fiber laser cutting

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.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

The gap between exact and real world

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.

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Shop Management | Articles

2015: What keeps you up at night?

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.

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Stamping | Articles

Metal stamper takes to the lake

September 8, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Arc Welding | Articles

Fabricating skills travel

September 8, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Plasma Cutting | Articles

3-D plasma cutting in a 2-D world

September 1, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

The need for growth--of the employee

August 28, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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

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Finishing | Articles

The best of both worlds

August 24, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

A call for the metal fabricating industry to shape up

August 14, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Bending | Articles

Peace of mind with single-piece flow

August 4, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Building a fab business

July 24, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Safety | Articles

How employees drive a safe work environment

July 20, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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