Tim Heston

Tim Heston

Senior Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123
The chaplain and the press brake technician - TheFabricator.com

Shop Management | Articles | The FABRICATOR

The chaplain and the press brake technician

March 15, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Everyone has personal problems at some point of their lives, and those problems can affect productivity at work. In this sensitive area, workplace chaplains may be able to help.

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Metal fabrication, a people business

March 12, 2013 | By Tim Heston

In an upcoming print edition of The FABRICATOR, columnist Dick Kallage, principal at KDC & Associates, Barrington, Ill., asks this fundamental question: Why do customers buy from you? As Kallage explains, “the answer often revolves around soft, generalized terms, such as quality, precision,...

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How automation makes best use of talent - TheFabricator.com

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How automation makes best use of talent

March 7, 2013 | By Tim Heston

A high-product-mix manufacturer chooses robotized bending not because it lacked a skilled workforce, but because it wanted to make the best use of the talented workforce it already had.

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Fabricators march on despite dysfunction in Washington

March 4, 2013 | By Tim Heston

What happens when you get more than 150 fabricators from across the country in one room? Ideas start flowing. Unlike three years ago, attendees at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit this year spoke of expansion and capacity challenges. During a roundtable discussion, one operations manager spoke...

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Conducting the laser

March 1, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Elizabeth Kautzmann, chairman of FMA’s Industrial Laser Council, keeps one eye on laser technology and another eye on a part’s overall processing time.

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The FABRICATOR's 2013 Industry Award: An anti-Oscar ceremony

February 26, 2013 | By Tim Heston

This afternoon I’ll be boarding a plane to Tampa, Fla., for The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit. I’m biased, of course, but the industry conference remains one of my favorites. Talk centers on the many joys and challenges of running a metal fabrication business. Industry leaders discuss...

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Tube bending, the next generation - TheFabricator.com

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Tube bending, the next generation

February 15, 2013 | By Tim Heston

A tube bending shop with roots that go back to the Gemini and Apollo missions looks far different today than it did eight years ago.

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Mr. Bureaucracy, tear down this wall

February 12, 2013 | By Tim Heston

This morning I talked with Paul Luber, CEO of Milwaukee-based Super Steel, a contract fabricator on a serious rebound. In 2010 the company went into receivership. Now, the fabricator recently has completed a serious growth spurt--it doubled revenue in just 12 months--and is preparing for 15 percent...

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The real costs behind miscommunication

January 22, 2013 | By Tim Heston

At the last FABTECH® show, I ran into an engineer who works for GE Appliance & Lighting, looking for products that would speed that all-important art-to-part time--that all-important product-development time. Their comments make sense in light of recent growth of the company’s Louisville,...

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Focusing on information waste

January 15, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Yesterday the Brookings Institution, along with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, proposed a program that would involve the federal government designating 20 “manufacturing universities” to prepare students for the sectors that need engineering help. Most intriguing, perhaps...

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Taxes, skilled workers, and certainty

January 10, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Will a new employee perform well? What will the new tax environment be? These challenges and more create levels of uncertainty that drive business decisions.

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Fabricating with purpose - TheFabricator.com

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Fabricating with purpose

January 10, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Cambridge Engineering made the transition from batch manufacturing that threw labor at production problems to one-piece flow and continuous improvement. A good corporate culture played a critical role.

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Metal fabricating with focus amid chaos

January 8, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Early last year, I recall eating lunch in the break room at Atlanta-based Metcam, which hosted a press brake training seminar run by Steve Benson and organized by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. Sitting across from me was a press brake supervisor, we chatted a bit about his tours...

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Taiwan’s river of commerce - TheFabricator.com

Stamping | Articles | The FABRICATOR

Taiwan’s river of commerce

January 7, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Taiwanese metal manufacturers have grown from small, family involved entrepreneurial shops to world-class suppliers of parts and technology.

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A thanks to you all

December 17, 2012 | By Tim Heston

When I visit a contract metal fabricator, often the focus really isn’t about the metal parts or the fancy machinery. It’s about co-workers, who often happen to be family members. Some aren’t blood relatives, but they might as well be. There’s a real sense of community at these shops. I’ve...

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