FMA Communications Inc.

Tim Heston

Senior Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107
Going cellular: A year later - TheFabricator.com

How cellular manufacturing can work in contract manufacturing

November 5, 2013

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For the past year one contract fabricator in Georgia has operated under the cellular manufacturing concept. Even in the shop’s high-product-mix environment, the concept is working—even thriving.

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How lean manufacturing makes labor more valuable

October 29, 2013

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Last week I flew to Chicago to attend LeanFab Workshop & Tours, a continuous improvement event devoted to the metal fabrication business, organized by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. Dick Kallage of Barrington, Ill.-based KDC & Associates (and monthly...

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How to Double Revenue Over 12 Months

October 23, 2013

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Length: 10:25

Senior Editor Tim Heston talks with Frank Cucchiara, general manager at Gap Partners Inc., about how the contract fabricator, nestled amid the north Georgia mountains, doubled revenue over 12 months. Read the article.

Sausage-making at its best and worst

October 15, 2013

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When it comes to government, I don’t particularly want to know about the sausage-making—the bargaining, arguing, and deals made (and now almost always required) to get anything accomplished. I know reading about it would just infuriate me, because inside the beltway, at least, it seems that...

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How top performing metal fabricators get it done - TheFabricator.com

How top performing metal fabricators get it done

October 9, 2013

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FMA’s recently released Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey digs deep into the numbers. The results give a realistic view of the industry and reveal how successful its top performers can be.

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Roll form and shine bright

October 9, 2013

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As revenue tumbled nearly 80 percent during the downturn, OMCO’s sales team searched for new markets that could carry them through the tough times and beyond. Ultimately, they found a sector that grew faster than anyone expected. They found solar.

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No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks - TheFabricator.com

No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks

October 9, 2013

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This Minnesota fabricator took a pragmatic approach to lean manufacturing, one that takes the challenges of the job shop into account. Employees focused on communication, organization, and simplicity. The result was an operational and, most important, cultural transformation.

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The virtues of paying your debts

October 8, 2013

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Whenever I think of the debt ceiling, I think of Vivek Gupta, managing director of Texas ProFab in Carrollton, Texas. In 2008—back when we were all debating whether we were really heading into a full blown recession (how quaint)—he told me that he not only pays the fabricator’s bills on...

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How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months - TheFabricator.com

How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months

October 7, 2013

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Manufacturing boils down to three principal services: design and engineering, prototyping, and production. One Georgia fabricator has evolved to offer all three.

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Continuous improvement is forever

September 26, 2013

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When it comes to a lot of things about the economy, I’m a glass half-empty kind of guy. Will the government shut down soon because of the mess inside the beltway? Yeah, probably. The jobless rates are down this week! Yeah, we’ll see how long that lasts. Five years after the financial crisis and...

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Bold moves during the Great Recession

September 19, 2013

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Five years ago, Dane Manufacturing, a small fabricator and stamper in Dane, Wis., made a bold move. As the credit market was freezing, Troy Berg, company president, began looking for a bolt-on acquisition. That bold move paid off. Read the article.

Five Septembers ago: Metal fabrication and the financial crisis

September 17, 2013

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In hindsight, it’s ironic. It was early September 2008, and FABTECH was set to open in Las Vegas in a few weeks. Up until that point a hot bed of growth, especially in real estate. But then Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. Still, even a few weeks into the crisis, the metal fabrication...

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How a worldwide shipper acts like a job shop

September 9, 2013

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How is Maersk’s new Triple E class containerships—nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall—like a job shop? Forget the fact that, as reported by BusinessWeek, the behemoth is designed to go only 16 knots to save fuel. Sure, heat-capture devices use heat from the massive ship...

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The industry gets a quarterly physical - TheFabricator.com

The industry gets a quarterly physical

September 5, 2013

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According to the inaugural Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report, released in July, business isn’t horrible, but it’s not gangbusters either.

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Complete work instructions keystone of improvement - TheFabricator.com

Complete work instructions keystone of improvement

August 9, 2013

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Shops start improving by measuring and documenting what they already do, because they can’t improve what they don’t measure.

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