January 17, 2017 | By Tim Heston
Manufacturing's image is not just about how plants look, but also about what plant employees do.
January 9, 2017 | By Tim Heston
Good estimating involves more than just numbers crunching. A good estimator needs to communicate and collaborate with various people, from the owner to the machine operator. That person also needs the right organizational structure and technology in place to be effective.
January 9, 2017 | By Tim Heston
The future of work in metal fabrication may be less about a specific task and more about uncovering better ways to satisfy customer demand and get the job done.
January 4, 2017 | By Tim Heston
The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has developed a system that quickly oscillates the beam in specific patterns as it cuts, welds, or otherwise processes material. These patterns have the effect of “shaping” a laser beam, allowing the technician to tailor the beam’s shape to fit the application.
December 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Lack of communication and trust may lie at the heart of a lot of problems at a lot of companies, in manufacturing and elsewhere.
December 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston
The C-clamp is easy to take for granted. It’s an unchanging, almost timeless part of the typical workbench. It works well enough—but for one structural analyst, it didn’t.
December 5, 2016 | By Tim Heston
As shop metrics go, sales per square foot is elegantly simple. One New England fab shop has a sales-per-sq.-ft. metric that’s twice the industry average. Its success shows how having so little space can be a blessing in disguise.
November 29, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Before the election, industry watchers predicted more of the same slow growth the economy has seen for years. After the election, stock markets unexpectedly soared on the backs of companies that may benefit from a Trump presidency. One thing is for sure: The American political sphere heads into the unknown.
November 28, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Structural fabrication is on the cusp of some big changes, and the entry-level employee of today will grow in a field that’s becoming increasingly digitized.
November 21, 2016 | By Tim Heston
When it came to new technology, FABTECH didn't disappoint. But this year, one theme dominated: closing the loop--or improving the entire process, from the initial quote to the final shipment.
November 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston
The presidency usually doesn't have much immediate, direct impact on the economy, despite the campaign rhetoric we hear. But is this time different?
November 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston
The labor market is tight. Wages are going up. In metal fabrication, small companies are paying just as well if not better than bigger firms, according to a recent survey from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International®. Considering all this, why all the negativity? High uncertainty about the future may have something to do with it.
November 3, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Bass Mechanical, a mechanical contractor and structural fabricator in southeast Pennsylvania, has transformed during the past two years. The company founder died unexpectedly, and his 27-year-old son, who at one point did not plan to enter the family business, is setting the stage for long-term growth.
October 31, 2016 | By Tim Heston
MF&B Restaurant Systems Inc., a pizza oven manufacturer in Dunbar, Pa., increases its fabrication flexibility by shortening punch tool changeovers, making good use of form tools, and making product design choices.
October 28, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, a division of Lennox International, has a culture in which safety is baked into the organization’s technology, processes, and mindset. If a project can’t be done safely, it isn’t worth doing at all.