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Dan Davis

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FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Crazy to think things are getting better?

August 10, 2012

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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...

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

IMTS 2012: The need for technology remains

August 3, 2012

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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.

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Green: The color of safety - TheFabricator.com

Green: The color of safety

August 3, 2012

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Going almost 11 years with only one injury isn't luck. That fabricating operation has taken steps to ensure that safety is considered before anyone undertakes a task on the shop floor. This is how ADM Mechanical, Decatur, Ill., created that environment.

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Where is structural steel material handling moving? - TheFabricator.com

Where is structural steel material handling moving?

August 3, 2012

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Structural steel fabricators now realize what their sheet metal counterparts have known for several years: It doesn't make sense to pay people for the non-value-added activity of handling beams. That's why these shops are investigating automated material handling, but before they do that, they need to answer some important questions.

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An aluminum success story

August 2, 2012

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Needless to say, working with aluminum is not the same as working with steel. "I think I lost a large portion of my hair trying to make that [first aluminum] job work. I must have spent weeks fighting splits and wrinkles. It wasn't long before I came to the conclusion that drawing and stretching...

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Please rain on this parade

July 20, 2012

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The rain fell so hard on June 18 in my hometown of Crystal Lake, Ill., that the power went out because broken tree limbs snapped power transmission wires. It was a great night. Forget any perceived sarcasm. I'm totally serious. Like other states, northern Illinois is in dire need of rain. It's...

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Undertaking the challenge of tube fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Undertaking the challenge of tube fabrication

July 16, 2012

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The field of aerospace tube fabricating is one marked by difficult-to-form materials and very tight tolerances. As a result, not too many shops are involved in the business. Tube Specialties, Tempe, Ariz., however, has emerged as a go-to shop for this type of challenging work.

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Remote fabricating - TheFabricator.com

Remote fabricating

July 16, 2012

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Iowa-based Co-Line Welding hasn't let its remote location harm its chances of success. In fact, it has embraced the challenge and has emerged as a growing business, even as it faces challenges such as rural power distribution.

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Don't fear the summer swoon

July 5, 2012

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Is the U.S. manufacturing slowdown a speed bump or a sink hole? Honestly, the answer really doesn't matter. The June 2012 Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey—the Purchasing Managers Index—declined 3.8 percentage points from the May numbers, falling to 49.7 percent,...

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Fiber lasers power forward

June 20, 2012

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At the Salvagnini dealer gathering, Meet-In America, in Hamilton, Ohio, in last week, the company's sales representatives got a reminder of how the company has evolved in recent years. It's no longer just thought of as a major supplier of flexible manufacturing systems; people are recognizing the...

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Where there are fumes, there's no fire for welding companies

June 15, 2012

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In a day when class action lawsuits centering on such things as asbestos, concussion injuries, or tobacco seem to be in the news quite often, don't expect to be reading about suits targeting welding rod manufacturers. Attorneys targeting those welding consumable manufacturers appear to have given...

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Status update on hot stamping - TheFabricator.com

Status update on hot stamping

June 13, 2012

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Hot stamping has been around since the early 1970s, and it still holds as much promise today as it did then. Imparting strong steel characteristics on lighter-weight metals remains as relevant today as it did then. Today, however, the desire to exploit hot stamping remains strongest in the automotive industry as it seeks to develop lighter-weight vehicles that can still attain five-star crash ratings. The auto industry's work, however, may eventually influence other sectors that crave that combination of light weight and strength.

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A tale of two worlds in one shop - TheFabricator.com

A tale of two worlds in one shop

June 13, 2012

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Vista Manufacturing Co., Kansas City, Kan., stands out even more than other fab shops in an industry where one metal fabricating shop is rarely an exact copy of another. The company, which has roots in electronics product manufacturing, offers electronics assembly for those customers needing parts like printed circuit boards. This value-added capability, combined with its metalworking talents, has made Vista an important partner for several customers in the Midwest.

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Shop grows by staying small - TheFabricator.com

Shop grows by staying small

June 13, 2012

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EVS Metal, Riverdale, N.J., which started as a 5,000-square-foot fabricating shop in New Jersey, is now a $30 million operation with four locations. The size of the company gives its customers confidence that they are dealing with a metal services supplier that will be around for the long term. The multiple, smaller locations give the fabricator the flexibility it needs to be responsive to customers' needs.

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The FAB 40: It's delivery time - TheFabricator.com

The FAB 40: It's delivery time

June 13, 2012

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The FABRICATOR's FAB 40 suggests that the manufacturing revival in the U.S. is alive and well.

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