June 1, 2015
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.
May 28, 2015
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.
May 21, 2015
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
May 11, 2015
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.
May 11, 2015
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
May 7, 2015
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.
April 30, 2015
Ken Schmidt helped turn Harley-Davidson around, not by
improving product quality, but by connecting to the people who
bought motorcycles. That same connection can form the backbone of
a fabricator’s success.
April 29, 2015
Automating the root pass in pipe spool fabrication has always been a
challenge, and making weld preparations more consistent just hasn’t
been economically practical. In this market, advanced vision systems
and adaptive welding have helped overcome these challenges.
April 13, 2015
If truth comes from the shop floor, everyone should hear it.
April 7, 2015
The recession nearly killed MACO Incorporated, a fabricator and
machine shop in rural western North Carolina. But it survived thanks
to some introspection and a new focus on quality certification.
April 1, 2015
Burlington, Ky.-based Skilcraft LLC has changed a lot in the past
decade. It has moved away from the traditional job shop model
toward comprehensive contract fabrication. And it got there by
scrutinizing every step of the manufacturing process, from quoting to
March 31, 2015
Economic indicators have been boring. This may change. The data slipped a bit this month, though it's too soon to say if it's a trend. Regardless, business owners are happy with boring.
March 25, 2015
In recent years Ashcroft’s Connecticut plant has changed
significantly. It’s an operation transitioning from batch-style
production to lean part flow, and a new, flexible welding cell has
helped the manufacturer prepare for future improvements.
March 24, 2015
Technology is the engine of metal fabrication, but people are behind the wheel. And how they drive really matters.
March 10, 2015
How does a fabricator build a culture that adopts, embraces, and
sustains lean manufacturing? An environment that encourages idea
generation may be a good start.