FMA Communications Inc.

Tim Heston

Senior Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107

The orders keep coming

October 21, 2008

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Jerry Sadler didn"t look like the news from Wall Street really bothered him. Walking the aisles at the FABTECH International® & AWS Welding Show earlier this month, the quality manager at Ameron International had other things on his mind, like customer orders that have been placed through...

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How fabricating can change the world

October 14, 2008

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Two machines sitting on a porch facing New Hampshire"s Merrimack River may well change the world. And at the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show last week, I got a glimpse of them. Dean Kamen showed a picture of the two little machines during his keynote Oct. 7. They didn"t look like...

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Adaptive Bending Laser Sensing

Reasons for a press brake upgrade

October 14, 2008

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Modern press brakes add intelligence to the machine control and bring programming offline.

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Japanese metal fabrication

Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data

October 14, 2008

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Overseas, metal fabricators have many of the same issues as those stateside, including lack of skilled labor and outsourcing to low-labor-cost countries. In Japan, fabricators tackle those issues by taking automation to new levels.

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FSI Fabrication Welder

Growing season: Fabricating for agriculture

October 14, 2008

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FSI Fabrication makes products that help farmers quickly and accurately transport feed, grain, and other material.

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Embracing globalization at FABTECH

October 7, 2008

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As the Dow did its dance on a cliff"s edge yesterday, the FABTECH International&reg & AWS Welding Show kicked off with gusto yesterday here in Las Vegas, and the credit crunch seemed refreshingly far away. Why? It"s because Jim Waters has visited Chinese cities with populations of more...

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The SpaceX launch: Who needs government backing?

September 30, 2008

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With all the dire news stories of the past few days, it"s nice to know something went right last weekend. Although it wasn"t on Page 1, the story got coverage, and it was quite significant.The first private company, without government backing, successfully launched a rocket into orbit. On Sunday,...

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The (North) American economy

September 23, 2008

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News of how the American government could take up to $700 billion of bad debt out of the hands of the private sector had the weight of something historic. The move will add as never before to our already mounting national debt. It will reshape the financial landscape, not only of the U.S. but of...

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A Ross way of thinking

September 16, 2008

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What a troubled week. Automotive industry execs spent it in front of Congress saying they need a loan. And of course there are those big weekend stories, with Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy and Bank of America acquiring brokerage giant Merrill Lynch.Hearing and reading all the pundits pine...

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Weathering the storm on Cape Ann

September 9, 2008

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The economy is looking like an intricate patchwork that"s still holding together, though with some seriously thread-bare areas. The housing and financial service sectors make up the brunt of those bare threads, while manufacturing continues to hold surprisingly strong, if you don"t include sectors...

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The people who made the levees hold

September 2, 2008

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The levees held.At least at this writing. Absorbing the news stories last night and this morning, I saw that most people held cautious optimism. We"re not out of the woods yet, but Gustav was no Katrina, and New Orleans did not turn into a giant, murky cesspool as it did three years ago. As...

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Heavy Plate Fabrication Welder

Ultrafabrication, ultraexpansion

August 26, 2008

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Ultra Machine & Fabrication, through significant capital outlays, has built an infrastructure ready to complete in the heavy plate market.

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Lori and Traci Tapani Closeup

Cycling through a business transition

August 26, 2008

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Lori and Traci Tapani, co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, aren't your typical metal fabrication managers. Together, they've managed to diversify their family business into a thriving, stable enterprise.

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Ace Metal crafts executives

Getting lean, job shop style

August 26, 2008

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Ace Metal Crafts has promoted its own brand of lean that, more than anything, gives employees ownership over the process.

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If it can"t be measured, it's not real

August 25, 2008

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There"s nothing like the Olympics to spark dreams of human potential. Something about the event brings out romantic optimism in me. I know that"s what the producers at NBC were aiming for and, with me at least, they"ve succeeded. For instance, I must have replayed Usian Bolt"s races 10...

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