FMA Communications Inc.

Kate Bachman

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FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Tool- and diemakers in short supply ... where does the fault line lie?

April 2, 2014

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A recent discussion on FMA’s LinkedIn site centered around the current shortage of tool- and diemakers. The problem is expected to worsen with time as older workers retire and not enough Gen Yers (Are we still on "Y"?) are ready to don their aprons. “If I tried to hire a tool- and diemaker... Continue Reading

Stamper draws deeply on diversification, technology, community to grow

March 5, 2014

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Established and growing Jagemann Stamping Co. recently expanded its facility in the charming Great Lakes coastal town of Manitowoc, Wis., to facilitate its continuous growth. The multicapable manufacturer of deep-drawn, progressive stamped, and fineblanked components drew on its ability to diversify to grow and prosper, reaching $80 million in annual sales and expanding by 50,000 sq. ft. and 130 employees last year.

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The Obama Effect … and counter effect

January 29, 2014

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On the advent of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address last night, I was in Manitowoc, Wis., population 33,736, visiting and touring Jagemann Stamping. I’ll forego weighing in on the state of the country’s economy, but I can weigh in on the state of Jagemann Stamping. The... Continue Reading

My 10 Favorite Things About the Polar Vortex

January 7, 2014

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1. Jell-O left outside is as hard as stamped steel. 2. Your motor, computer, and assets are not the only things freezing up. 3. You don’t have to trek to the North Pole to know what it’s like to be there. 4. You may have a chance to try out your emergency survival vehicle kit. 5. You get to... Continue Reading

GM = Good moves: exits and entrances

December 10, 2013

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In a good move that followed closely in the wake of the U.S. Treasury's announcement on Monday that it had exited its last vestiges of ownership of General Motors, the automaker promoted development, purchasing, and supply chain EVP Mary Barra to the CEO position. She will be the first female CEO... Continue Reading

No-, low-emissions lift trucks clear the air - TheFabricator.com

No-, low-emissions lift trucks clear the air

August 1, 2013

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Manufacturers have many green options in their choices of lift trucks, including low- or no-emissions, energy-efficient forklift technologies. Raymond, Toyota, Nissan, Hyster, Yale, Power Designers, Minit-Charger, and AeroVironment weigh in on how today’s lift trucks meet demands for lower emissions, higher energy efficiency, and CARB and EPA emissions standards.

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GE CEO cites need for manufacturing, innovation, exporting

March 17, 2011

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GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, the newly appointed chairman of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, outlined his vision for making the U.S. more competitive in the global marketplace in a March 8 speech to The Executive Club of Chicago, contributing writer John Kerastas reported. It... Continue Reading

Stamping biz news is good news

February 1, 2011

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For a while, the saying “No news is good news” resounded even more loudly in the stamping industry than others. For years, every bit of news about the industry, it seemed, was of yet another shop closing and selling its equipment to the highest bidder. When is the last time someone asked those... Continue Reading

Detroit Auto Show gets serious about CAFE cars

January 12, 2011

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Reports about the North American International Auto Show in Detroit indicates that the show has taken a serious turn toward fuel efficiency. According to a recent Wall Street Journal blog, the Detroit auto show has transformed itself from a showcase of the big, powerful, and outrageous to a... Continue Reading

Wikileaks confirms China's leverage

December 15, 2010

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No doubt the recent Wikileaks leaks revealed too much. It will remain to be seen whether or how severely Julian Assange will be prosecuted. However, one of the revelations pivoted around what is most likely the primary—and heretofore publicly unspoken—reason why the U.S. has not been more... Continue Reading

Greenbuild builds bridge from Hollywood to D.C.

November 19, 2010

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Former Sec. of State Gen. Colin Powell may not be the first person you'd think of as a spokesperson for green; Ed Begley Jr. might be the more likely. Both were speakers at this week's Greenbuild event in Chicago. Powell was the keynote opening the event on Wednesday to a crowd of thousands at the... Continue Reading

Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments - TheFabricator.com

Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments

November 1, 2010

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At least one stamper is reducing the cost of medical devices by converting machined parts to stamped or stamped/machined parts. Not only is the manufacturer using this innovative approach to reduce cost without sacrificing quality and still meet stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, it sometimes stamps features into the medical devices that could not be made by machining them and tightens tolerances.

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Tier stamper improves mechanical press productivity with transfer retrofit - TheFabricator.com

Tier stamper improves mechanical press productivity with transfer retrofit

September 10, 2010

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A Midwestern manufacturer sought to improve productivity on its nearly 10-year-old Verson transfer press. Although the press was in good condition, the original ETF transfer, which had endured 28 million press hits, was causing considerable maintenance costs and lost production. The stamper retrofitted the Verson transfer stamping press with a Schuler Automation AT series tri-axis transfer. This resulted in a 10- to 40-percent improvement in cycle times.

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Precoated stainless steel improves tactile domes forming - TheFabricator.com

Precoated stainless steel improves tactile domes forming

September 6, 2010

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Situation Tactile domes are used in communication devices as the switch element incorporated into membrane switches and control panels. Generally, they are made of 301 stainless steel preplated with 3 to 7 microns of nickel or silver. A global electronics stamper with business in the tactile...

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Press selection—sorting it out Part V

August 6, 2010

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This multi-source article offers readers advice on the criteria to consider when buying a press. The article examines application suitability, drives, and controls as well as other considerations such as tonnage, frame construction, speed, and horsepower.

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