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April 15, 2014
A growing pie for the next generation
Brody Fanning pretty much summed everything up: “Larry the press brake operator is 65. He can’t do this anymore . This is the biggest problem we can control.” The vice president of sales for Elgin, Ill.-based Bystronic made this remark... Read more...

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December 6, 2013
Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics
When it comes to fencing materials, chain link, wood, and wrought iron are among the most common. Each has its own appearance, from simple chain link to elegant wrought iron, with wood taking the middle ground. Despite their different... Read more...

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December 2, 2013
Hinging Success—on Hinges
Walk onto the shop floor at Midlake Products & Mfg. Co. and you’ll see lasers, turret punch presses, press brakes, and stamping presses. The Louisville, Ohio, contract precision sheet metal fabricator offers welding, as well as parts finishing.... Read more...

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December 2, 2013
Big improvements in a short time
Jorge Montalvo is not one for subtlety. As he pointed to a pile of formed sheet metal parts in the spot welding area, he shouted, “There it is. We’re not hiding it! This is our overproduction. We hate it. Do we want to get rid of it? Yes. Do... Read more...

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December 2, 2013
The right equipment for the application
North American fabricators who have had the chance to fly to western Europe and visit job shops or OEMs involved in metal manufacturing more than likely came away impressed. Those European companies rely on their skilled employees and advanced... Read more...

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December 1, 2013
2014 forecast: The big question mark
While speaking at The FABRICATOR’ s Leadership Summit in Tampa, Fla., earlier this year, Don McNeeley, president and CEO of Chicago Tube & Iron, Romeoville, Ill., said that many fabricators may see business pick up significantly for the second... Read more...

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September 5, 2013
The industry gets a quarterly physical
So, how are you feeling today? “OK, I guess.” You guess? “Well, you know, I’ve been better, but I’ve been a lot worse too. Remember me a few years ago?” You were a mess. “Sure was.... Read more...

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June 28, 2013
About good people working together
Tim Sullivan, former CEO of Bucyrus International Inc. who sold his surface mining equipment business to Caterpillar in 2011, has preached the challenges and potential consequences of the skilled-labor shortage. As of this writing, the... Read more...

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November 9, 2012
Taxes and the deficit: The perils of oversimplification
This has been a year of trumpeting doom, of postulating, of worry—at least that’s how anyone would feel if they watched, listened to, or read the news. Workers in the media have serious column-inches to fill, and if you work in... Read more...

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September 7, 2012
The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest
The industry doesn’t have room for waste. Fabricators don’t have that kind of time. They’re busy getting good products out the door quickly. They have become critical, reliable links in customers’ supply chains, and... Read more...

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January 10, 2012
Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012
Manufacturing technology consumption took an unprecedented dive during the recession, but since then the industry has bounced back dramatically. In the metal fabrication arena, most technology categories are experiencing some healthy gains, as... Read more...

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December 2, 2010
FABTECH ushers in growth
On election morning Chris Scripsick stood outside Hall B inside Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, ready to tread the show floor of this year’s FABTECH®, which attracted some 22,000 attendees Nov. 2-4. Congressional races... Read more...

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March 13, 2007
FMA jumps on the certification bandwagon
Certification is everywhere you look in just about every industry imaginable: law, health care, education, and manufacturing, to name a few. People can be certified in many different jobs within a variety of businesses. Certification is... Read more...

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August 8, 2006
FMA member custom-builds motorcycle for Foundation auction
The team at Medalist Laserfab Inc. will custom-build a motorcycle for the FMA Foundation Auction . Oshkosh, Wis., is well-known for Oshkosh Truck Corp. and OshKosh B'Gosh jeans, and it is even the home of the Experimental Aircraft... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Tube and pipe bending trends
Photo courtesy of Lang Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Michelstadt, Germany. To many who have only a little experience in bending tube, the process can be mystifying at best. It often is referred to as a black art, as though it were part... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
Not a one-stock shop
Is metalworking a vocation practiced by craftsmen or merely a set of processes performed by machines? Is it a labor of love or just a job that pays the bills? Is it a matter of reading blueprints and programming machines, or is it more... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
What associations really do
Editor's Note: This article includes information provided by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) . The official IRS definition of an association is "In general, an association is a group of persons banded together... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Successful tradeshow tips for attendees and exhibitors
Photo courtesy of 2004 FABTECH® International A tradeshow is the ultimate gathering, networking, and presentation opportunity for any industry— the place where the top buyers, sellers, and technical experts come together under one... Read more...