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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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Shop Management | Articles

Building a manufacturing workforce

July 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Bending | Articles

Employees set the pace for success

June 25, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Wisconsin Metal Parts Inc., Waukesha, Wis., has grown its metal fabricating business very aggressively in recent years. The latest machine tool technology has helped, but its employees have made it stay in control and on course.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Keeping an eye on Mexico

June 12, 2015 | By Dan Davis

No matter what happens with Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority, Mexico is moving forward with its plan to be the manufacturing hub to not only the U.S., but the world.

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Laser Cutting | Articles

Adding to the arsenal of metal cutting technologies

June 2, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Despite having low- and high-powered laser cutting machines and two waterjets, a fabrication shop recognized that it might have a need for more laser cutting capacity. To fill that gap, Advanced Laser & Waterjet Cutting installed a 1-kW CO2 laser cutting machine.

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Safety | Blog Posts

Safety in the hands of the next generation

May 28, 2015 | By Dan Davis

One fabricator suggests that younger workers in a metal fabricating setting are more likely to follow safety rules and regulations because they don't want to cut corners. That may bode well for boosting manufacturing's image in the eyes of others who may associate death and dismemberment with manufacturing.

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Shop Management | Articles

Talking about the next generation of fabricators

May 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis

While many people turned their back on manufacturing careers, Kyle Layman couldn't wait to get started. Now he's the impetus for growth at Layman Fabrication, North Vernon, Ind., while dad gets to focus on the fabrication activity that he's always loved.

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Machining | Blog Posts

Chipping away at fabricating success

May 14, 2015 | By Dan Davis

If you walk into a fabrication shop today, you more than likely are going to see a machining center on the shop floor. It's not that these shops are chasing machining work; they are just looking to add more manufacturing services to win more business from their current customer base.

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