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Dan Davis

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FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107

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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Arc Welding | Articles

Synchronized welding

May 7, 2015 | By Dan Davis

No one doubts that welding equipment has advanced to the point where it has greatly improved welding results and productivity when compared to the technology of previous decades. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Fronius has attempted to address some of GMAW’s shortcomings with its LSC welding platform.

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Assembly and Joining | Articles

Making lean manufacturing work in a job shop

May 7, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Lean principles apply to all manufacturing, not just OEM settings where a few types of products are made each and every day. These tips can help a job shop fabricator to eliminate waste in its assembly area.

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Punching and Other Holemaking | Articles

Don't be afraid of skeleton handling

May 6, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Removing the skeleton from a machine tool is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous task. Machine tool builders recognize this and are taking steps to eliminate that manual effort.

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Safety | Blog Posts

Safety as a value

May 1, 2015 | By Dan Davis

The FMA Safety Conference is an annual reminder that keeping workers safe on the job should be a company value, not just an organizational priority.

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Waterjet Cutting | Articles

Two tanks for waterjet productivity

April 29, 2015 | By Dan Davis

A dual-tank waterjet system made for a metal fabricator is now a product offering for all fabricators interested in boosting waterjet productivity.

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Automation and Robotics | Blog Posts

The robots are coming

April 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Robots replacing fabricators is not likely to happen in the next few years. However some predict that robots may replace almost 50 percent of all kinds of jobs in the future. That is likely to include some fabrication jobs.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Going the nontraditional route

April 10, 2015 | By Dan Davis

The manufacturing industry is focusing plenty of attention on millennials as companies try and entice them to consider manufacturing careers. These companies might be better off looking at other industries, where workers might be looking for a career change.

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Assembly and Joining | Articles

Lean welding comes full circle

April 8, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Andersen Industries is experienced with working with large fabrications, such as custom trailers, and eventually sought a method to make it easier to help welders move equipment and accompanying lines. The result was a boom designed specifically for welding.

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