When assembly IS required!

Depending on your situation, we might have some shared life experience in the assembly world. If you're like me, have children (or shop at IKEA), you have more than likely had a box with an insane amount of parts and pieces and the little saying "some assembly required". Thinking to ourselves: "SOME?! I have to... Continue Reading →

Abrasive Finishing Explained

It really depends on who is being asked the question, but generally if all employees of a metal fabrication shop are polled to see which department is the "worst", there will likely be a lot of votes for grinding/deburr department. While their reason may vary dramatically, it really comes down to one (or all) of... Continue Reading →

Train Your Replacement!

When it comes to "on the job training", how do you treat new hires as a manager? This can be a touchy subject depending on the mentality of the manager or supervisor; there's really only two ways to feel about new hires. "THEY WANT TO TAKE MY JOB" In my experience, this feeling is buried... Continue Reading →

Don’t Plan Without Follow-Through

One thing that has plagued mankind for eternity is underestimating the usefulness of a "well-laid plan". I'm certainly not alone in experiencing pain during a time when I naively thought all would follow a plan that seemed perfect in every way. This leads to lower self-confidence, less fulfillment and hesitation when making decisions in the... Continue Reading →

Don’t be late for work!

Picture this! You roll over in bed, see your alarm clock but don't actually focus on it. You close your eyes for a split second, then... BAM! Your eye lids slingshot back open. "Oh ****, I'm going to be late for work" You slept through your alarm (or more likely, hit snooze or shut it... Continue Reading →

Stainless Steel (Witchcraft?)

As you know, steel is a metal with many different properties. It can be malleable (the level of such depends upon the thickness and composition). While cold-rolled-steel may be easily manipulated at a thinner side of the spectrum (around 0.60"), you'll be hard pressed to do the same to material at a quarter-inch thick. Cold-Rolled-Steel... Continue Reading →

Work Place Efficiency

Whether at our jobs, or in our garage or shed, having your own systems and organization is key to succeeding. What good is a shop filled with tools if you can't find that 9/16" box wrench? Today, I'm going to go over a few ways to get things organized in your work place. Actual Work... Continue Reading →

Want a job in manufacturing? Here are 4 things you should consider!

Chances are, you love to create with your hands, and you don't mind a little hard work. If the above sentence doesn't sound like you, then there is still a place for you in manufacturing... but, you'll need a degree, or significant experience in management, programming, or accounting. But, for the rest of us, maybe... Continue Reading →

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