March 21, 2016
Bermo, a stamper and fabricator in Minnesota, takes idea generation seriously. Some of the company’s latest initiatives, including rapid prototyping and automated quoting, have come from employees starting a sentence with, “Wouldn’t it be great if …”
March 16, 2016
The Great Recession nearly killed J-tec Industries, a cart manufacturer in East Peoria, Ill. But the company pulled through and, thanks to its product development efforts, is now experiencing record growth. During the past two years, its workforce has doubled in size.
March 14, 2016
Negativity reigns during this elections season. Here's a secret: Some good news does indeed exist, even in manufacturing.
March 10, 2016
Networking, conversation, and idea sharing are at the heart of the FMA Annual Meeting. For instance, what if a shop salesperson learned to operate a tube laser? That idea at one roundtable got participants talking.
February 22, 2016
The ideas behind the "digital thread" in the manufacturing supply chain may have big potential in custom metal fabrication.
February 16, 2016
For some fab shops with deep ties to the energy sector, the past year and a half has not been fun.
February 15, 2016
What sparked Pat Hopkins' interest in manufacturing wasn't just the technology, but the engaging logic of the entire fabrication process.
February 10, 2016
Although the study of generations is an inexact social science, it may help company leaders empathize, minimize conflict, and get everyone on the same page.
February 10, 2016
After rapid growth, a commercial lawn care OEM prepares for the future with better part flow, better production controls, better communication, and better planning. The company’s continuous improvement initiative is well on its way.
February 4, 2016
A small industrial building just off the highway in northeast Pennsylvania has seen a few businesses come and go. Their stories tell a lot about what it’s like to be a small manufacturer in the U.S.
February 2, 2016
Having your voice matter may be at the core of good culture. This may apply as much to Iowa voters as it does to people on the fab shop floor.