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Dan Davis

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Shop Management | Articles

Rethinking the production meeting

January 12, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Metal fabricators are better at manufacturing than holding meetings, but some sort of regularly occurring production meeting is needed to get everyone on the same page. Several fabricators offer their opinions as to what works best for them in their production powwow.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Is the production meeting a relic of the past?

December 19, 2014 | By Dan Davis

In today's manufacturing world where more is done with less, many metal fabricators don't see the need for a daily production meeting. It's one more example of manufacturers adjusting to the times because of lack of time.

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Shop Management | Articles

Global manufacturing economy pushes forward

December 8, 2014 | By Dan Davis

New bending, welding, and laser technology on display at the world’s largest metal fabricating and forming tradeshow helps manufacturers in their pursuit of achieving higher levels of production efficiency.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

The economics of worker retention

November 21, 2014 | By Dan Davis

It's not unusual for a metal fabricating worker to leave one company and go to work for another for a small increase in pay. This, however, may not be in the best interest of the worker, and it sure hurts the company that loses quality talent.

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Shop Management | Articles

Does outsourcing HR make sense?

November 10, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Outsourcing helps to keep shop floors busy all over the world, but the philosophy also might be feasible for some front-office activities, too, such as human resources. In fact, given the constant changes associated with employment law and the challenges of hiring workers, companies need good HR input, and outsourcing is a quick way to achieve that.

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CAD/CAM Software | Blog Posts

Stay on top of those software upgrades

November 6, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Fabricators can't afford to ignore machine programming software upgrades. It can mean a big difference when it comes to avoiding unplanned machine downtime.

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Tube and Pipe Fabrication | Articles

Sustaining fabricating success

October 31, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Located in the Pacific Northwest, P&A Metal Fab is not in a hotbed of North American metal fabricating activity. That hasn't stopped it, however, from growing into a successful and award-winning supplier of metal fabricating services. It's all about continuously improving the entire organization, not just the shop floor.

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Safety | Articles

The bright side of proper fume extraction

October 30, 2014 | By Dan Davis

All Rite Industries, Lake Zurich, Ill., found success when it added robotic welding capabilities to its high-volume stamping business, but also found that its older fume extraction system couldn't keep up with the new cells. A new ventilation system helped to remove the shop floor haze.

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Laser Cutting | Blog Posts

High-powered fiber translates into a more versatile tool

October 16, 2014 | By Dan Davis

A new 6-kW fiber laser cutting machine holds the potential to expand the cutting opportunities for metal fabricators.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Every day should be Manufacturing Day

October 11, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Manufacturing Day has come and gone, but if metal fabricators really want to see people forget the old stereotypes associated with manufacturing, they should take every opportunity to welcome the general public into their facilities--not just waiting for one special day out of the year.

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Machining | Blog Posts

IMTS 2014: Disruptive technologies step forward

September 16, 2014 | By Dan Davis

IMTS 2014 is proof that the metal manufacturing of tomorrow is going to be a bit different than what is done today.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Enjoying the good times; prepared for the other times

September 5, 2014 | By Dan Davis

The U.S. economy appears to be chugging along with no real obvious obstacles in the near future. Having said that, metal fabricators are ready should an economic slowdown emerge. Two major recessions in a decade will do that to a company.

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CAD/CAM Software | Articles

A new dimension in CAD models

September 4, 2014 | By Dan Davis

AGCO engineers don’t have to rely solely on the traditional product development process any longer. They have implemented a new virtual reality system that enables engineers to correct design flaws without having to build multiple prototypes. Now the tool is being used to build the company’s first generation of global agricultural equipment.

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Finishing | Articles

Two-coat powder process fights corrosion

September 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis

A powder-on-powder process developed by Hartford Finishing in Wisconsin is providing customers with corrosion protection that they weren't getting with e-coat or other powder finishes.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Fabricator delivers a big fish story

August 28, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Lou Rodriquez finds out he has a talent for creating metal art and ends up with a fish tale that is easy to believe because people can see the result: a huge metal sturgeon that’s the talk of Port Huron, Mich.

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