FMA Communications Inc.

Kate Bachman

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FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107
Cretors & Co Stamp of Americana

Bending | Articles

Older than Oscar® — Part II

March 9, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

While it may seem as though movies and popcorn have always co-existed, the automatic popcorn machine actually was invented by Charles Cretor in 1893—before the first motion picture premiered. A century and a quarter-century later, manufacturer C. Cretors & Company, Chicago, celebrates its anniversary, success, and outright survival—bending and adapting through two world wars, the Great Depression, the advent of automobiles, television, the electronic age, dot.comera, globalization—and motion pictures.

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irwin seating company

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Older than Oscar

March 9, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

Family-owned, fifth-generation manufacturer Irwin Seating Co., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. has been thinking about the comfort and functionality of the public seating it has manufactured for more than 100 years. The company's 35 presses are used to stamp the components that support the seats, mount them to the floor, and attach them to the backs; as well as pivots, brackets, and other internal mechanisms. Irwin does all the stamping, welding painting, and upholstery work in its 470,000-sq.-ft. facility. Some of the seating company's recent projects include the stadium seating for the New Jersey Devils, Miami Heat, and the Indiana Colts.

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Blog Posts

Of GM, chainsaws, rattlesnakes, and risk

December 8, 2009 | By Kate Bachman

There's something eerie about a prediction that comes to pass. When Fritz Henderson was announced as Rick Waggoner's replacement as GM's CEO on March 30, a business blog headline read Fritz Henderson May Not Last Long at GM. The blog, by John Gapper, associate editor and chief...

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From the frying pan to the fire?

September 22, 2009 | By Kate Bachman

Alternative power trains, advanced propulsion technologies, and automotive battery power are all the buzz. At the NanoBusiness Alliance conference I attended in September in Chicago, a great deal of discussion centered around announcements of the $2 billion U.S. federal grants awarded from the...

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Stamper converting machined parts to stampings

May 28, 2009 | By Kate Bachman

This article showcases the success story of stamper and tube fabricator A.T. Wall Company, which gained entry with a new customer and strengthened its foothold in a lucrative market segment by redesigning a machined component as a stamped components,saving costs for its customer in the process.

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'Greenergy'—the Next Big Thing

March 10, 2009 | By Kate Bachman

Since the dot.com boom and bust, everyone from investors to manufacturers to geeks have been looking for The Next Big Thing.

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Mining lucrative medical device prospects

January 27, 2009 | By Kate Bachman

The medical device industry segment holds promise for growth, and profit for stamping companies willing to work within its regulations and challenges.

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Some Good News, and Some Good News

October 10, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

Chicago"s crime rate decreased by 3.8 percent in 2007, according to an article in the January 25 issue of the Chicago Tribune.I may know why.After a pleasant day watching my beloved CUBs (yes they are still beloved, despite their inability to break The Curse) at Wrigley Field recently, my wallet...

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Stamping | Articles

What's up with scrap (besides price)?

September 16, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

Today's escalated metals prices have made scrap a hot issue. Multi source article covers new trends and old favorites in efficient scrap handling and in minimizing scrap

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Car body frame

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Getting work from the New Domestics

July 15, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

Stampers can take some steps to position themselves for work from automotive "transplants." In some cases, it's just a matter of being there, literally, by locating nearby. Furthermore, it's important to adhere to the unique requirements for materials and practices.

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Torsion spring component

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Silicon Valley stamper sizes up, down electronics

June 17, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

California electronics stamper Scandic Springs Inc. faces challenges of stamping ever-shrinking electronics components as well as stamping larger parts, such as enclosures.

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Stamped struts shocks

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Sensors clear the way for high-speed stamping

April 15, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

When you stamp 100 million automotive parts annually, as does Tennessee Stampings LLC, Portland, Tenn., you might accept die collisions as just part of the "traffic statistics." Not so. Before the dies ever hit the high-speed presses, they are properly sensored to prevent downtime, accelerate production.

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Stamping | Articles

Press selection—sorting it out

March 11, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

Anchoring the March STAMPING Journal® --Press Issue--this multi-source press selection article offers readers advice on the criteria to consider when buying a press. The article examines application suitability, drives, and controls as well as the usual suspects--tonnage, frame construction, speed, and horsepower. This article is likely to be especially helpful to readers attending Metalform in April.

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Press selection - sorting it out - Part IV

March 11, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

Matching Press Characteristics to Your Applications The following questions—and their answers, provided by industry equipment manufacturers and experts—are intended as a general guide to help you simplify the daunting task of selecting a press or press system. 4. What Else Do I Need to Look...

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Press selection — sorting it out Part VII

March 11, 2008 | By Kate Bachman

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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