Kate Bachman

Kate Bachman


FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

2015 updates for ISO 9001, 14001 align with other standards

January 26, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

In September 2015, the widely recognized global standards body International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released its 9001:2015 standards for quality management systems (QMS) and 14001:2015 environmental management systems (EMS). Key changes to both the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards are that they are structured to align with other standards bodies; are less prescriptive; require greater upper management involvement; and require less documentation but more emphasis on defining processes, risk and opportunities planning, and context.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Profiles in stamping: John Boughton

November 11, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

When everything hangs on the frame, and you design the frame, everything hangs on you. Profile of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles frame designer John Boughton reveals insights into his 52-year career.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Manufacturer revives stamping department with overhaul, press rebuild

November 11, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Quality Industries made a U-turn on its decision to let its stamping department stall and has reignited the department’s restart with a press retrofit, quick die change (QDC) equipment, and a new press.

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Materials Handling | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Beltless scrap conveying has come a long way, baby

July 9, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Moving scrap via beltless conveyors has been going on for awhile. But what options are available? Which are best for which applications? Do the benefits of beltless outweigh the drawbacks? Is anything new in beltless conveying technology?

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Stamper performs subassembly superbly

May 21, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

DieMasters Inc. grew from a small diemaker shop to a 100-employee stamping contractor. The company added value to its bottom by making assemblies, which now comprise 70% of its revenue. The assemblies are a metaphoric representation of the company itself, which makes products diverse in every way possible—size, type, market, materials, complexity. While Diemasters’ success is the result of a concerted effort, President and CEO Virgil DeLay pulls the company together and keeps the band on cue with a well-defined production system.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Large-bed servo press line enhances auto supplier’s efficiency

May 12, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Automotive supplier of seating components Paul Craemer GmbH of Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany, replaced two presses lines requiring press-to-press automation with one 35-foot tall, 48- by 25-ft. servo transfer press.

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Automation and Robotics | Articles | STAMPING Journal

7 Press automation trends lean toward continued integration, acceleration

January 29, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Automation trends culled from FABTECH and other products introduced throughout 2014 indicate more integration, acceleration are to come in 2015.

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Stamper reduces reliance on appliance with 3-D die design software

January 22, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

SolidWorks-based Logopress3™ software with blank prediction, flattening and unbending, round draw, dynamic interference detection and animation, and strip layout capabilities helped Universal Metal Products accelerate its die design and improve accuracy.

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Stamping | Blog Posts

More from the Floor at FABTECH®

January 20, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Feeling those no-show-to-go-to blues? Missing the great times you had at FABTECH? Yearn for just a glimpse of what you saw on the floor ... oh, the clanking and whirring of machines, the tastes of happy hour brew?

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

12 great gadgets and die components

November 26, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

Sometimes it’s the small items that make your workday easier. Standard die components with incremental improvements, such as roller cages with cylindrical rollers, and special gadgets, such as auto-indexing dimplers, can help smooth the stamping process and extend uptime.

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Cutting and Weld Prep | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Metal fab fortifies TV treehouses

October 16, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

Pete Nelson, show host and treehouse builder on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, sought help refurbishing and fortifying a bridge stairway, and support foundation of the first two treehouses he had built on his original property for his own children. Building the treehouses had launched his successful treehouse-building business, Nelson Treehouse and Supply, Fall City, Wash. Nelson’s creations—and their design and build—is the subject of the wildly popular show. How does a man fortify a weather-beaten treehouse? The answer, my friend, is fabbing in the wind. Metal fabricator Architectural Elements stepped up to help.

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Shop Management | Articles | STAMPING Journal

How two green lubricant-makers landed on auto OEMs’ A-lists

October 13, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

Gain insight into the arduous process of getting the official stamp of approval as a supplier to the automakers by reading how two green lubricant suppliers landed on the A-list.

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Stamping | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Electronics stamper uses hybrid press for precision parts

October 6, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

Wiegel Tool Works stamps large, complicated automotive circuitry in high volumes for perfection-demanding applications. The manufacturer needed a fast press with a large bed and adjustable-stroke capabilities. It had a specially designed mechanical press custom-built for its unique needs.

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Stamping | Blog Posts

See women in manufacturing

July 30, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

Women now comprise more than a quarter of the manufacturing workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—28.7 percent of the 14.8 million people employed in industry in the U.S.

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Shop Management | Articles | STAMPING Journal

Coating extends tool life x 3

July 7, 2014 | By Kate Bachman

Like so many automotive suppliers, the GT Technologies stamping team encountered tooling challenges when it shifted its work material from cold-rolled steel to a tougher steel for certain components. Its tooling started wearing out in a third of the time, creating downtime havoc and production disruption. Switching to a different tool coating helped the manufacturer resolve its tool and die wear problems.

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