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Tim Heston

Senior Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107

Putting a smile on a banker's face

January 19, 2009

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Away from the revelry on the National Mall in Washington, auto industry executives and insiders have spent much of January in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, an annual event that, for obvious reasons, has been toned down significantly. One of the few areas not in such a funk,...

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Manufacturing at your service

January 12, 2009

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Let the record show that I"m no fan of the iPod®. My wife got one two years ago, and upon downloading the iTunes® media player program and going through setup, the dang thing prompted us to register at the iTunes Store andwait for itinsert a credit card number.What? We just shelled out...

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Getting smart in a global downturn

January 5, 2009

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After reading the news feeds during the past few days, I can tell you what my best Christmas gift was: a refreshing break from those news feeds. The-sky-is-falling manufacturing news came in steadily over the holiday, and it didn"t make for fun reading. The Institute for Supply Management"s...

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Welding for all seasons - TheFabricator.com

Welding for all seasons

December 16, 2008

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Tom Young has lived an unconventional life full of opportunities that happened because he could do what others could not: He could weld.

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The world needs your stuff

December 15, 2008

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A friend recently forwarded me a great I-told-you-so kind of video clip on the economy.The basic problem with the U.S. economy is that we have too much consumption and borrowing, and not enough production and savings. The consumer is basically going to stop consuming and start rebuilding his...

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Myriad Proprietary Design Languages

Lost in translation

December 15, 2008

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Metrology managers are pushing industry to standardize, so that all digital inspection devices can, in essence, speak the same language.

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The successful candidate for car czar

December 9, 2008

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Position: Car CzarJob Location: Between a rock and a hard placeJob Description: The Bush Administration seeks a real self-starter to head a new government initiative to rehabilitate portions of the automotive market under duress. The successful candidate must have an extremely positive attitude,...

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Winners and losers in a recession

December 2, 2008

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At the restaurant, I knew something was up.The family ate out at a middle-class dining establishment next to a big shopping mall on Thanksgiving weekend the day after Black Friday. Only, the place was only half full. More than that, service was horrible. Two waitresses scurried around helping...

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E&E Metal Fab: Finding success and giving back

November 25, 2008

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As automotive execs, in delicious irony, flew luxury private jets to Washington to ask for billions of taxpayer money, I flew coach.In the middle seat, mind you.I landed Thursday in Philadelphia to tour E&E Metal Fab, a little more than an hour to the west in Lebanon, Pa. The company celebrated its...

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Strips of nitinol

Forming metal that 'remembers'

November 25, 2008

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Memry has built a business around shape-memory alloys, mainly for customers in the medical arena. It's a difficult, highly specialized field that managers at Memry are betting will grow.

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Optoelectronic Guarding

Getting close, bending safe

November 25, 2008

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Press brake operators work under some unique conditions that call for unique considerations in safeguarding.

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Getting it there yesterday - TheFabricator.com

Getting it there yesterday

November 25, 2008

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Greenheck has made a science out of quick lead-times. For most products, customers can place an order and receive a custom fabrication within three to five days, and sometimes in less than 24 hours.

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Marriages in metal fabrication

November 17, 2008

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With the economy a mess, many can"t wait for things to bottom out. But what will it take to get there, and what will happen after all is said and done? Among other things, consolidation has entered the conversation. Analysts view it as inevitable if business conditions persist, and today an analyst...

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Finding those diamonds

November 11, 2008

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My wife loathes when she walks into the family room and sees me watching a certain, shall we say, intense person jumping around a wacky set and talking stocks. OK, I admit it: I like watching Jim Cramer. I"m not a day trader. I don"t live and breathe the Dow. I haven"t even opened my 401(k)...

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Falcon 9 Rocket SpaceX

Rocket science, entrepreneur-style

November 11, 2008

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Managers, designers, and manufacturing engineers at Space Exploration Technologies have come up with a new way to design and manufacture a rocket.

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