FMA Communications Inc.

Dan Davis

Editor in Chief
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Fabricating real value

November 9, 2012

By:

As I was watching Hurricane Sandy coverage on Oct. 29, I flipped on CNBC only to find a reporter lamenting the fact that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) might be forced to close for a second day due to inclement weather, marking the first time since the Blizzard of 1888 that weather had forced...

Continue Reading

Managing coil more cost-effectively - TheFabricator.com

Managing coil more cost-effectively

November 9, 2012

By:

A supply chain is only as strong as every link. That's why more metal formers are leaning on their material suppliers to improve their coil and sheet management. A couple of metal service centers offer up some advice for those metal stampers looking to do more.

Continue Reading

Stamper blazes a trail with in-die laser welding - TheFabricator.com

Stamper blazes a trail with in-die laser welding

November 9, 2012

By:

In-die capabilities are an important weapon in a metal stamper's arsenal. These capabilities provide the means to create assemblies as a strip of coil quickly moves through a progressive-die setup. Weiss-Aug, East Hanover, N.J., is taking that competitive edge to the next level by offering in-die laser welding to its customer base.

Continue Reading

Fabricating on the fast track

November 2, 2012

By:

UPI Manufacturing, Eagle, Wis., began with a noble thought: How can a company help out U.S. soldiers? The most obvious answer was to start manufacturing to support the war effort. So in 2003 the Dretzka family, who ran Underground Pipeline Inc., jumped into the metal manufacturing business. Since...

Continue Reading

Tig welding

Cutting the GTAW remote control cord

October 23, 2012

By:

A truly remote-controlled foot pedal for TIG welding sounds like the perfect tool for job site fabricators, but welders that work in a small cell are also finding advantages associated with cutting the welding control cord.

Continue Reading

Getting up to speed on "soft" costs

October 18, 2012

By:

I've got a friend that coordinates purchasing relationships between U.S. manufacturers and Chinese part suppliers. That may rub some people the wrong way, but his current occupation is just part of a natural evolution. He once acted solely as a manufacturer's rep for manufacturing service providers...

Continue Reading

Magical fabricating tour

October 12, 2012

By:

If you weren't a part of The FABRICATOR's Technology Summit in early October, you missed a great learning experience. About 50 attendees visited six fabricating operations, two manufacturers of laser equipment, and one systems integrator of custom laser machines. If the event didn't "ignite...

Continue Reading

LVD Strippit Punching

Punching up productivity

October 8, 2012

By:

Mid-West Metal Products Co. Inc., Muncie, Ind., needed a new punching press for a large-volume order and soon found out just how fast production flow can change on a shop floor with new technology.

Continue Reading

Make Manufacturing Day a memorable one

September 21, 2012

By:

"Want to come out to St. Francisville this Saturday and take a tour of the plant?" my dad asked me one night during dinner back in 1986. Knowing that such a visit would cut into my sleep time over the weekend, I declined with the grace and panache of a teenager. "Not really," the response might...

Continue Reading

IMTS 2012: Crazy times in manufacturing

September 14, 2012

By:

Sometimes you wonder if North American metal manufacturers got the memo. Europe is struggling with countries teetering on the brink of financial collapse. China is no longer seeing its GDP grow by double-digit percentage points. Other once-hot economies in the world, such as Brazil, have cooled...

Continue Reading

A taxing time

September 7, 2012

By:

I wonder if the average voter really knows what a jump back to a tax rate of 39.6 percent from the current level of 35 percent might mean. The underinformed might view it as a slight financial inconvenience for the Wall Street button-down types and the owners and management of large corporations....

Continue Reading

Connecting 3-D modeling to nesting - TheFabricator.com

Connecting 3-D modeling to nesting

September 7, 2012

By:

It sounds like a no-brainer in electronically connected world, but shops don't have the ability to integrate their 3-D modeling capabilities with nest creation. As more shops jump into 3-D modeling with the goal of decreasing turnaround time for jobs, they are looking at a more formal connection between the design and production world.

Continue Reading

In defense of military spending

August 24, 2012

By:

Who do you believe the Mayans or the political pundits? If the Mayans' ancient beliefs are correct, you shouldn't plan anything after Dec. 21 because that's supposedly the end of the world. For those that have their doubts about the prognostication power of ancient people, all they have to do is...

Continue Reading

Crazy to think things are getting better?

August 10, 2012

By:

Positive thinkers make me nervous, and motivational speakers make me roll my eyes. I'm a self-motivated individual who has a clear understanding of the reality around him. I believe in the ability to scale mountains, but those that believe they can move them through sheer will deserve to have Tony...

Continue Reading

IMTS 2012: The need for technology remains - TheFabricator.com

IMTS 2012: The need for technology remains

August 3, 2012

By:

Even as the June 2012 survey numbers suggest that manufacturing activity has retreated from robust highs in early 2012, manufacturers can't afford to start cutting back. They are in a race to reinvent themselves to be more responsive to cost-sensitive customers, and for many, that means investment in new technology. That's why shows such as the International Manufacturing Technology Show, Sept. 10-15, in Chicago, remain important.

Continue Reading