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About good people working together - TheFabricator.com

About good people working together

June 28, 2013

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Collaboration between creative minds--employing some refreshing cut-to-the-chase rationality to uncover the best processes for the product at hand--may be why people catch the manufacturing bug.

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The time between runs

June 27, 2013

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A Wall Street Journal article this month gave a good introduction to the basics of equipment ROI, at least for those outside the manufacturing world. These are machines for business. Rationality rules--usually, at least. The article helps clear up a few misconceptions out there, especially when it...

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Communicating completely, delivering on time

June 13, 2013

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Every year the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association hosts at least one workshop on lean manufacturing. Called LeanFab Workshop & Tours, these don’t cover cookie-cutter lean, but instead improvement methodologies that work for high-mix, low-volume operations--in other words, most of...

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The biggest fabricators grow even bigger - TheFabricator.com

The biggest fabricators grow even bigger

June 4, 2013

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This year’s Fab 40 list shows an industry in growth mode, though the amount of growth depends on the region and industries contract fabricators serve. Company leaders gave their outlook for the rest of 2013, and there’s more optimism than pessimism.

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Moving forward

June 3, 2013

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Dane Manufacturing looks nothing like it did a dozen years ago. More of its revenue now comes from contract fabrication and, thanks to several strategic acquisitions, produces several lucrative product lines.

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How Genzink Steel redefined redefined itself - TheFabricator.com

How Genzink Steel redefined itself

June 3, 2013

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Genzink Steel Supply and Welding has roots in structural fabrication. But after decades of diversifying in other sectors, the fabricator decided to leave the structural business to focus on contract fabrication--and the business is healthier because of it.

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Plate-rolling out the weakest links - TheFabricator.com

Plate-rolling out the weakest links

June 3, 2013

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Over the past few years, North Shore Steel has transformed its plate processing division into a provider of highly engineered, precision-cut and rolled components.

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Super Steels super rebound

May 29, 2013

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Dirk Smith, COO of Milwaukee-based Super Steel, describes how the fabricator endured tough times and emerged from a receivership, went back to its roots of quick-turn contract fabrication, and successfully balanced it with its product line work for the freight rail industry. Read the article.

Metal fabrication and the solid model

May 28, 2013

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A microcosm of the evolution of modern metal fabrication has unfolded outside Chicago since November of last year. A dumbwaiter manufacturer having roots going back to the 1880s, Matot’s Bellwood, Ill., factory, with its unassuming brick façade, houses a typical high-product-mix operation. Some...

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ALAW celebrates 20 years

May 15, 2013

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Mariana Forrest perhaps knows ALAW® better than anyone. The president of laser consulting firm LASAP Inc., based in Troy Mich., has attended all 20 conferences. She was there back when it was called the Automotive Laser Applications Workshop, and in recent years, after the event was broadened and...

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Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication

April 30, 2013

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Fabricating know-how and modern machine tool technology help Tie Down Engineering, Atlanta, balance its made-to-stock and made-to-order product line operations with a growing contract fabrication operation.

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Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication

April 24, 2013

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A Houston fabricator maintains a 99 percent on-time delivery rate. The business maintains its place as a reliable link in the supply chain, and the shop’s growth strategy aims to keep it that way.

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Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow

April 24, 2013

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As part of its unofficial business plan, Cumming, Ga.-based Accufab gets in on the ground floor and helps entrepreneurs to get off the ground. As a result, the company is able to grow with its customers.

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It is not just business

April 23, 2013

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Troy Berg, president of Dane Manufacturing, a contract fabricator in rural Dane, Wis., attends equipment auctions not just to find a deal on equipment, but to learn. With success comes confidence and determination; with failure comes soul-searching, self-scrutiny and, quite often, unfiltered truth....

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The grwoth of servo - TheFabricator.com

The growth of the servo-driven press

April 22, 2013

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Traditional mechanical presses remain dominant in industry, but sales of servo presses have gone into high gear in recent years. Controlling the press stroke turns out to have many advantages, and the technology’s adopters are reaping the benefits.

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