Tim Heston

Tim Heston

Senior Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

Shop Management | Blog Posts

Free education and political football

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.

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The one collar of the knowledge worker

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.

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Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Flying high at FABTECH

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.

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A new year and a better image for manufacturing

December 22, 2014 | By Tim Heston

As 2015 approaches, manufacturing's image is in pretty good shape, all things considered.

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The patio furniture reshoring test

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.

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Automation and Robotics | Articles | The FABRICATOR

One metal fabricator, two value streams

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.

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Arc Welding | Blog Posts

The energy boom, welding, and the modern-day cowboy

December 11, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Welders are the mortar holding the energy boom together, and today, we need more mortar than ever.

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Waterjet Cutting | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Engineer, weld, fabricate, test, and perfect

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?

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Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

2015 metal fabrication forecast: Steady as she grows

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.

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A reason to smile

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.

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FABTECH reporter notebook: A reason to be thankful

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.

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A contract metal fabrication metaphor, in tube

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.

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FABTECH 2014, and the hunt for smart capacity

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.

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Materials Handling | Articles | The FABRICATOR

The Erector set meets the material handling cart

November 10, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Three friends grew up in Sweden playing with LEGO®s and Erector sets. The creations they could make were endless, but their assembly method was pretty much standardized. Why, they asked, couldn’t a similar concept apply to material handling carts in a factory?

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Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Piecing together the continuous improvement puzzle

November 10, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Various improvement initiatives related to 5S, part flow, communication, management structure, and planning led to a stark change at Miller Welding & Machine Co., a contract fabricator in western Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, everything just clicked.

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