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A modern take on accountability

May 28, 2015

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The definition of accountability has evolved to mean responsibility with consequences. Ideally, entry-level and other low-level employees should have accountability over the outcomes of their work, but that accountability must be based on objectivity and fairness. Otherwise, an accountability scheme can actually weaken an organization instead of strengthening it.

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Putting heavy-duty cutting on the table

May 28, 2015

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Thermal cutting of plate can produce a haze in the shop, but does it have to be that way? Table options can help to clean up the plasma and oxyfuel cutting process and create a better work environment for fabricators.

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Driving change, not fork trucks

May 28, 2015

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Quality Industries has changed a lot in two years, and in another two years it will change even more. A new management team is putting a new emphasis on engineering and continuous improvement.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design for function

May 27, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of using CAD to develop a better design.

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Different people, different perspectives on lean

May 27, 2015

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Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces continuous improvement.

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An artist and welder in equal measure

May 26, 2015

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San Francisco-based metal artist leans on creativity and production welding know-how to create sculptures that are simple in appearance but complicated in execution.

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FMA $500,000 grant supports Harper College manufacturing education

May 26, 2015

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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) partnered with Harper College, Palatine, Ill., with a $500,000 sponsored gift to support Harper College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program and the Harper College Promise Scholarship program.

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Cheese, metal fabrication, and the future skilled worker

May 21, 2015

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Over the past two decades, Millerbernd Systems has evolved into a complex entity--part fabricator, part automation systems provider. It also launched a local education initiative to ensure talent remains in the pipeline.

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Talking about the next generation of fabricators

May 15, 2015

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While many people turned their back on manufacturing careers, Kyle Layman couldn't wait to get started. Now he's the impetus for growth at Layman Fabrication, North Vernon, Ind., while dad gets to focus on the fabrication activity that he's always loved.

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EBE Reduced Raw Material and Tightened the Production Belt for Fat-zapping Device

May 14, 2015

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Production difficulties due to the complex design of a heat exchanger for ZELTIQ® Aesthetic Inc.’s CoolSculpting® equipment designed to selectively reduce fat caused the company to fall behind on shipments. A redesign by Electron Beam Engineering Inc., Anaheim, Calif., reduced the amount of 5052 aluminum needed by about 15 percent, simplified production for a 20 percent time savings, and upped quality to over 99 percent. The 15-in.-long electron beam welds are pressure-tight, narrow, and do not require postweld finishing.

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Welcome to the world of “positioneering”

May 13, 2015

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A welding positioner can eliminate potential waste associated with inefficient material handling and help to improve weld quality. The key is finding the right positioner for the job.

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Getting the most for your tube bending buck

May 12, 2015

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Understanding the basic tube bending methods, including their capabilities and limitations, can help you uncover the best and most economical way to achieve a quality bend.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design for manufacturing

May 12, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides an overview of using CAD to develop a better design, which leads it to being more manufacturable.

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Going beyond OSHA regulations for manganese exposure

May 11, 2015

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Complying with OSHA guidelines for manganese exposure during welding may not be doing welders any favors. One Oregon metal fabricator invited OSHA into its shop and to look for ways to reduce the potential of manganese exposure. The combination of low-manganese welding wire and proper ventilation positioning appears to have cleared the air on this subject.

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Bending and brewing

May 11, 2015

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Sheet metal worker Paul Ziegman puts in long days building stainless steel kitchen equipment for restaurants and other food-service businesses in and around Spokane, Wash. He recently opened his own such business using the same equipment and skill set.

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