November 21, 2016 | By Tim Heston
When it came to new technology, FABTECH didn't disappoint. But this year, one theme dominated: closing the loop--or improving the entire process, from the initial quote to the final shipment.
November 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston
The presidency usually doesn't have much immediate, direct impact on the economy, despite the campaign rhetoric we hear. But is this time different?
November 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston
The labor market is tight. Wages are going up. In metal fabrication, small companies are paying just as well if not better than bigger firms, according to a recent survey from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International®. Considering all this, why all the negativity? High uncertainty about the future may have something to do with it.
November 3, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Bass Mechanical, a mechanical contractor and structural fabricator in southeast Pennsylvania, has transformed during the past two years. The company founder died unexpectedly, and his 27-year-old son, who at one point did not plan to enter the family business, is setting the stage for long-term growth.
October 31, 2016 | By Tim Heston
MF&B Restaurant Systems Inc., a pizza oven manufacturer in Dunbar, Pa., increases its fabrication flexibility by shortening punch tool changeovers, making good use of form tools, and making product design choices.
October 28, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, a division of Lennox International, has a culture in which safety is baked into the organization’s technology, processes, and mindset. If a project can’t be done safely, it isn’t worth doing at all.
October 24, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Two blast room products aim to minimize the non-value-added time in manual blast cleaning.
October 20, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Variety is the spice of life, and it also may be the seed from which employee engagement can grow
October 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston
This year’s “Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey” from the FMA shows an industry that’s facing tight competition, but also one that is pushing on, investing, and making efficient use of resources.
October 11, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Plate and angle rolling remains extremely dependent on operator skill. According to a U.S. roll shop roundtable discussion held at a Davi angle rolling event in Italy, that skill really is what sets a custom rolling operation apart.
October 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston
It's Manufacturing Day, when we celebrate where this industry has been, what it is, and, especially, where it is going.
October 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Cultural challenges on the shop floor may relate to challenges in politics and, for that matter, society at large.
October 4, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Earlier this year Worthington Specialty Processing, a toll processor serving the automotive industry, among others, installed a continuous-feed, coil-fed laser blanking line. An idea with roots in the 1990s has finally become reality.
September 16, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Laser operators and maintenance technicians have a new diagnostic tool: a tiny crossed polarizer, which can detect lens stress. The crossed polarizer clips onto a smartphone and utilizes the phone’s polarized flat-panel display.
September 14, 2016 | By Tim Heston
EWI’s Buffalo Manufacturing Works, which opened in 2015, has resources covering all seven major categories of additive manufacturing. But having access to the technology and equipment in-house is just half the story. The other half involves experts in design, materials, processes, and quality all working together to move additive technology forward.