January 22, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Overall projected capital spending growth has slowed from the dramatic rebound seen postrecession, but the growth continues, especially in capacity-building equipment.
January 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Making community college free is a bold move, but it shouldn't be used as a political tool. Unfortunately, that's the reality.
January 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Technological devices are changing the world, but in a very human way. It may not be about what technology can do. Instead, it may be about how technology changes our lives.
January 8, 2015 | By Tim Heston
More than 30,000 visited the FABTECH 2014, a show that had several dominant themes: skilled labor, intuitive manufacturing technology, and supply chain collaboration.
December 22, 2014 | By Tim Heston
As 2015 approaches, manufacturing's image is in pretty good shape, all things considered.
December 15, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Businesses are reshoring when it makes sense to do so. This includes items requiring quick-response, such as seasonal items that hinge on less predictable demand factors, like the weather.
December 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston
For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.
December 11, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Welders are the mortar holding the energy boom together, and today, we need more mortar than ever.
December 10, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Rando Productions juggles various projects from various customers—TV shows, commercials, theme park attractions—and each has its own timeline. It’s all one-off, nonrepeat work. Sound familiar?
December 8, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Fabricators expect steady growth for 2015. At the same time, they’re gearing up to handle increasing customer demand by investing in capacity-building equipment.
December 2, 2014 | By Tim Heston
According to November manufacturing data, industry hummed along in November, shrugging off the economic slowdown in much of the rest of the world. Drew Greenblatt isn't surprised.
December 1, 2014 | By Tim Heston
This month Senior Editor Tim Heston talks with Michael Chirchirillo, operations manager at Cary, Ill.-based Chirch Global Manufacturing, about how the fabricator developed the Chirch Global Manufacturing Network, a group of 14 family-owned businesses, all in different competitive markets, that collaborate to compete. Read the story.
November 26, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Managers at one shop did the moral thing back in 2009, and that moral decision turned out to be a smart business decision, too. That's something to be thankful for.
November 17, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Atlanta played host to FABTECH last week, when tens of thousands descended upon the Georgia World Congress Center. Most said they expected good times for 2015, but it's a complex business that requires careful coordination. A unique exoskeletal racecar on display last week proved to be an apt metaphor of metal fabrication at its best.
November 10, 2014 | By Tim Heston
FABTECH 2014 is upon us, and industry leaders come to Atlanta to hunt for not just additional capacity—but smart capacity.