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Dave Manney
Dave Manney

For nearly 30 years, Dave Manney has written professionally as a journalist, copy editor, technical writer/illustrator, and content marketing. Dave has written about many aspects of manufacturing, including electric motors, VFDs, predictive and preventative maintenance, metal fabrication, protective metal coatings, and more!

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Destined to Fail? How Engineers Can Avoid Metal Fatigue Issues

Engineers must account for metal fatigue when designing structures, accounting for metal fatigue concepts like crack initiation, propagation, and failure.

Amp Up Your E-Coat System: The Benefits of Upgrading to High-Build

Using a High-Build E-Coat enables thicker, more protective finishes with fewer dips, and these innovative new systems provide superior corrosion resistance.

Top 10 things you may not have known about the SMAW process.

Uncover the hidden marvels of the SMAW process, revealing the top 10 lesser-known facts about this welding technique.

Maximizing E-Coat: A Practical Guide to Its Longevity and Defensive Qualities

Explore e-coating essentials: how it works, its various forms, where it's used, and why it outperforms conventional painting techniques.

Metal Fabrication's 3 Primary Versions Have Lasted Throughout Human History

Discover the 3 types of metal fabrication: traditional, advanced, and niche techniques. Explore their applications in various industries.

Speed Matters: How SAW Outpaces SMAW in Welding Efficiency

Delve into the divergent worlds of SMAW and SAW welding techniques, exploring their differences in equipment, processes, and pros and cons.

Anyone Ever Teach You the Differences Between Stick and TIG Welding?

Discover the differences between Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) techniques.

SMAW vs. GMAW: Unveiling the Differences to Decide Which Is Better

Discover the dissimilarities between SMAW and GMAW welding processes, and decide which is superior to your projects.

SMAW vs. FCAW: Sparking a Debate About These Popular Welding Methods.

Discover the nuances between SMAW and FCAW welding processes. Unveil their pros and cons to determine which is superior.

What Does it Take to Master the Art of Shielded Metal Arc Welding?

Unveiling the artistry of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW): Explore its history, process, advantages, and more.

How well do you know the 5 most popular welding methods?

Delve into the intricacies of welding methods - FCAW, GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, and SAW - as we explore their differences and determine the best choice.

6 troubling challenges caused by corrosion for metal fab - part 2

In this 2nd part, explore the complexities of corrosion within metal fabrication work, such as elevated material costs, slowed production, maintenance needs, and beyond.

6 corrosion challenges for metal fabricators.

Discover the intricacies of corrosion in metal fabrication projects. Uncover its challenges: material costs, production delays, and repairs.

Unlocking the Meaningful Secrets: 7 Must-Knows of Powder Coating

Discover the intricacies of powder coating: from types and application methods of curing and quality control.

The Volatile Raw Material Market Makes Life Tough for OEMs When Securing Steel

Discover many of the procurement challenges for OEMs and unravel the intricacies of sourcing raw materials for metal fabrication.

Metal Fabrication is a Process Where 1 Wrong Steps Makes for a Bad Day!

Discover the 4 major challenges facing metal fab projects—supply chain disruptions, rising costs, regulatory compliance, and skills gap.

Are You Familiar with the Usefulness of Offline Programming in Metal Fabrication?

Unleash productivity in metal fabrication with Offline programming. Discover benefits, implementation techniques, and examples.

The Heavy Duty Symphony: An In-Depth Look at the Critical Components of Cement Trucks

Discover the essential components of cement trucks! Please read our article to learn about the pedestal, drum, and chassis and how they work together.

The Essential Role of Cab Protection in Bulldozer Safety: Why It Matters

Discover the importance of Cab Protection in bulldozer safety. Learn about the basics, dangers, benefits, and how to ensure proper protection.

Solid Wire Welding: The Efficient, Cost-Effective, and Versatile Choice for Quality Welds

Discover the advantages of Solid Wire Welding (GMAW) - higher efficiency, better quality welds, versatility, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use.