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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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The Best of Old & New: CNC Machining and 3D Printing Evolving Together

CNC Machining and 3D Printing technologies have distinctive strengths that play pivotal roles in shaping the future of manufacturing.

A Vile, Silent Terminator: Rust. How Rust Weakens Metal from the Inside

Understand the link between Rust and weakened metal structures. Protect your materials to prevent corrosion from impacting performance.

Here are Some More Eye-Opening of E-Coating's Advantages over A-Coating

Using E-Coating for protective coatings instead of a-coating has many advantages. Let's explore several of them.

How Robotic Press Brakes are Improving Quality and Efficiency

The latest innovations in Robotic Press Brakes quality control revolutionize today's manufacturing process!

Revolutionizing Welding: Collaborative Robots Leading the Way in Innovation

Collaborative Welding Robots are designed to improve precision and efficiency while elevating weld quality and productivity to new heights.

One Boogeyman in Powder Coating: the Faraday Cage Effect

The Faraday cage effect is a phenomenon playing a crucial role in various aspects of modern technology, including powder coating.

Problem in Plain Sight: Laser Oxide Residue. What is It? How to Deal With It?

Iron oxide forms when iron reacts with oxygen, and that residue negatively affects powder coating coverage quality in laser cutting.

Do You Know the Role of Resistance Welding in Modern Manufacturing?

Resistance Welding's history is rife with several safety challenges, yet its evolution has kept pace in contemporary manufacturing.

Meet the Unmatched Masters of Elevation: an Overview of Access Equipment

Learn the unspoken challenges of producing boom, scissor, and vertical lifts for Access Equipment. Examine how these challenges affect quality and efficiency.

MIG, TIG, and SMAW: Comparing Popular Welding Methods for Heavy-Duty Applications

Welding joins metals to construct durable structures for heavy-duty applications. Here's a comparison between MIG, TIG, and SMAW techniques.

Galvanized Steel is Great! Except When You Want to Weld It.

Because of its protective zinc coating, Galvanized Steel's enduring popularity and relevance in modern fabrication pose unique challenges.

Beware the consequences when using inadequate shielding gas

Using inadequate Shielding Gases while MIG or TIG welding affects the quality of welds on steel and aluminum.

Collaborative Engineering: The Key to Crafting Innovative Metal Products

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Engineering drives innovation and efficiency in metal fabrication for a sustainable future.

CR3 vs CR4 Steel: Showing Their Performance in Various Environments

Understanding the unique properties and applications of CR3 and CR4 steel is crucial.

Solving Supply Chain Challenges with Kitting in Just-in-Time Manufacturing

Kitting is crucial for efficient manufacturing. Understanding its connection to the Just-in-Time Production Model is critical for streamlining processes.

When Precision Matters—No Matter the Measurement Units—GD&T Brings Focus

GD&T is a symbolic language communicating design specifications and tolerances for manufacturing processes.

CARC: a visionary tech's Journey - Going on 40+ Years.

Using CARC has transformed military operations, redefining strategic capabilities.

Unraveling the Unique Challenges When Welding Steel and Aluminum

Compare Welding Aluminum and Steel in Custom Fixturing and metal fabrication. Learn about heat management, material sensitivity, and more.

4 Corrosion-Resistant Metals Compared for Durability and Strength

What do stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and titanium have in common? They are corrosion-resistant metals that help fight rust.

Why Birthday Parties Aren't the Only Things Affected by the Helium Shortage!

The Global Helium Shortage affects all of us, especially the fabrication industry, which heavily relies on welding. And, of course, birthday balloons!