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Tim Heston

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

Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: Springs Fabrication and the ice house

June 27, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Springs Fabrication has humble beginnings, stereotypical of many successful American businesses. As it turns out, there's a reason that's a stereotype.

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Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: Thinking as owners at D&S Manufacturing

June 27, 2014 | By Tim Heston

At D&S Manufacturing, the books are open, employees know how to read them, and they use this information when dreaming up new ways to improve.

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Shop Management | Articles

Fab 40: Impulse Manufacturing tackles downtime with data

June 27, 2014 | By Tim Heston

You can't improve something you don't measure. Impulse Manufacturing wants to cut down the time between jobs—specifically, between the last good part of the previous job to the first good part of the next job.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Lean manufacturing, line of sight, and old buildings

June 23, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Where are parts coming from, and where are they going? Line-of-sight issues plague older plants, full of walls to separate departments. But some companies have overcome this problem and adapted lean to fit very old work spaces.

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Laser Cutting | Articles

Cooking up fabrication with the fiber laser

June 23, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Atlanta Custom Fabrication focuses on the commercial kitchen industry, mainly cutting thin stainless. Its laser cutting wasn't a constraint process, but it needed excess cutting capacity to deal with demand variability. A new fiber laser has helped to resolve the problem.

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Arc Welding | Articles

FAB 40: Merrill Fabricators’ welding school fuels local talent base

June 19, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Merrill Fabricators takes an innovative approach to the skilled labor crisis, by launching and growing its own welding school not only to fill its own ranks, but also to help grow the broader manufacturing community.

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Shop Management | Articles

Maybe we all need a little boot camp

June 18, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Military vets with experience in fixing and maintaining equipment can be a valuable asset to high-product-mix fabricators. Their military experience helps them develop standards and processes out of the chaos.

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Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: How Nu-Way Industries uncovered a new way

June 17, 2014 | By Tim Heston

The Illinois contract fabricator ramps up its efforts toward operational excellence.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Knowledge is job security?

June 16, 2014 | By Tim Heston

In modern business, knowledge matters, but communicating that knowledge may matter even more.

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Laser Cutting | Articles

FAB 40: Cupples J&J Co. builds and builds capacity

June 16, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Cupples J & J Co. Inc. has continued to invest in technology to meet existing customer demand.

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Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: Team approach helps Robinson Metal scale up

June 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Robinson's fabrication division has an internal structure that helps the company adapt to growth.

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Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: Data analytics meets high-volume contract fabrication at OMS

June 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston

O'Neal Manufacturing Services, a nationwide fabricator with 11 locations, makes smart use of data to refine capacity planning and sales forecasting.

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Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: Super Steel ramps up parts tracking

June 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Super Steel's initiative to track where jobs stand has effectively increased throughput and inventory accuracy, preparing the company for increased business. According to Super Steel's CEO, 2015 could be a breakout year.

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Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: BTD and the quest for continued diversification

June 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston

BTD has gained a reputation for its ability to rapidly ramp up part programs. Now managers are looking at available markets and asking some big questions.

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Shop Management | Articles

FAB 40: The story behind dramatic growth at MEC

June 11, 2014 | By Tim Heston

After a major acquisition, Mayville Engineering Co.—No. 1 again on the FAB 40—is poised for serious growth in the years to come.

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