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Dan Davis

Editor in Chief
FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Rising dollar doesn't diminish U.S. manufacturing might

March 13, 2015 | By Dan Davis

A rising dollar could make it tougher for U.S. manufacturers to export goods, but the metal fabricating community shouldn't suffer too much. Overseas customers buy metal goods from U.S. manufacturers for a very good reason.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

The college track passes right by manufacturing

February 13, 2015 | By Dan Davis

As educators push for their students toward a college-prep curriculum, students are missing out on possible vocational training opportunities and the manufacturing industry is missing out on young talent.

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Laser Cutting | Articles

Holy fabrication work!

February 10, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Design Fugitives of Milwaukee tackled a project for a church that required as much creative muscle as it did fabricating power to bring the ideas to life.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Diversification makes life easier on the roller coaster

February 6, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Even in the face of falling oil prices and the potential slowdown of offshore fabrication work, Bill New, president of New Industries Inc., Morgan City, La., still looks forward to coming to work each day.

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Stamping | Articles

The pursuit to be the best value-added supplier

January 29, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Waukesha Metal Products, a metal fabricator and metal former based in Sussex, Wis., wasn't going to survive in the long run being a simple stamper of simple metal parts. It needed to reinvent itself and constantly look for ways to evolve if it were to grow and improve its chances of success in the face of more demanding customers. Its in-house knowledge and talent, investment in capacity, and contributions to the overall manufacturing cause are improving its long-term viability. They also have helped the company earn the 2015 Industry Award from The FABRICATOR.

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Bending | Articles

Automated tooling setup for press brakes

January 22, 2015 | By Dan Davis

As metal fabricators look to increase throughput in their bending departments while also facing a dearth of seasoned press brake operators, they may find their answer in the form of automated tooling change technology now found on the latest generation of brakes.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Dropping oil prices and metal fabricating

January 16, 2015 | By Dan Davis

The drop in oil prices is not the end of the world, and it won't be the end of the world for the metal fabrication industry--at least for those not located in Texas, North Dakota, and western Canada.

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Plasma Cutting | Articles

Redefining shipbuilding and fabricating with new plasma cutting equipment

January 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, added a plasma cutting machine to its fabricating operations, which helps it to make more of its own parts without relying on subcontractors that don't always meet delivery dates.

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