FMA Communications Inc.

Tim Heston

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

A job shop story about diving in head first

June 23, 2015

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Many fab shop owners aren't in this business for the money. The act of diving in head first drives them.

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Clamp, enclose, laser-weld

June 23, 2015

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Laser welding works extremely well, as long as you have the right enclosure, keep a clean environment, and make sure you have proper clamping to maintain a consistent gap between your base metals. One laser welding technology tackles all three of these challenges.

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Negative pressure yields positive results in resistance welding

June 23, 2015

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A system helps resistance welding lines save water as tip changeouts become more frequent. The technology uses negative pressure, similar to placing your thumb on top of a straw and lifting it out of a glass of water.

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How project management drives manufacturing success

June 23, 2015

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Manufacturing is no longer about making millions of this or that for years on end. It instead entails a team of experts who get together to tackle a project—or, in reality, many projects at once. This exemplifies modern metal manufacturing, and at Duggan Manufacturing, it happens every day.

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Do we have a college bubble?

June 16, 2015

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The housing and higher education markets are eerily familiar.

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Technology Spotlight: Negative pressure yields positive results in resistance welding

June 15, 2015

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A system helps resistance welding lines save water as tip changeouts become more frequent. The technology uses negative pressure, similar to placing your thumb on top of a straw and lifting it out of a glass of water.

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Better ideas, better growth at Texas metal fabricator

June 3, 2015

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Special Products & Mfg. Inc., a custom fabricator in Rockwall, Texas, has transformed its culture. A decade ago it was a command-and-control environment. Today, ideas from front-line workers drive improvement.

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Going vertical: Distributor expands into stamping, metal fabrication, and assembly

June 3, 2015

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Millenia Products Group launched as a distributor in 2001, but from the very start it had plans for vertical integration down the supply chain. Today it offers distribution, stamping, roll forming, fabrication, and full assembly services—all in one organization.

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The 2015 FAB 40: The largest custom metal fabricators grow even bigger

June 3, 2015

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The 2015 FAB 40 shows a growing industry, with some of the largest shops posting the biggest revenue gains over last year. Will such growth lead to more industry consolidation? For some industrial sectors, probably, but for other areas of metal fabrication, probably not.

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Precision sheet metal bending, bump by bump

June 1, 2015

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Bump bending remains more art than science, especially for large and thick workpieces, but using the right tools and setup procedures help make this challenging brake operation much more efficient.

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Driving change, not fork trucks

May 28, 2015

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Quality Industries has changed a lot in two years, and in another two years it will change even more. A new management team is putting a new emphasis on engineering and continuous improvement.

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Cheese, metal fabrication, and the future skilled worker

May 21, 2015

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Over the past two decades, Millerbernd Systems has evolved into a complex entity--part fabricator, part automation systems provider. It also launched a local education initiative to ensure talent remains in the pipeline.

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Metal fabrication ripe for consolidation, or not?

May 11, 2015

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Will the custom metal fabrication business become more consolidated in the years to come? It's hard today, but more than likely, it will depend on the fabricator's customer base.

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Trust, respect, and the skilled trades

May 11, 2015

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In 7 Success Skills for Apprentices and Skilled Trades Persons, James Sidney Harvey describes aspects of the skilled trades that you usually don’t learn in a classroom

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Flow, quality, and operational excellence in manufacturing

May 7, 2015

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A fabricator can’t achieve operational excellence without good flow, and good flow isn’t possible without good quality. Kevin Duggan, founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence, describes how quality assurance intertwines with every process in a business.

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