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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.

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CARC is the specially developed, durable, non-absorbent, and highly resisting paint with a myriad of benefits commonly applied to military vehicles and equipment.

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A QA system designs and manufactures products. QC verifies the products are safe.  Both systems are vital for great QMS.  However, each play their own part.

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Boom Lifts are a special kind of an aerial lift with a base and a maneuverable arm when moving. Working platforms for boom lifts are at the end of the arm. They are the ideal choice for lifting workers and equipment simultaneously. Boom lifts access complex angles, and with great flexibility.

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Technology and a better grasp of metallurgy has improved the process of Metal Fabrication. But, metals still are among the most complex natural materials to work with.

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Rust is a natural process, occurring with or without our help. Finding smart ways of working around it, however, is the only option remaining.

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Knowing metal cutting's evolution includes learning about metal properties and their historical applications. From the Stone Age to now, metal cutting is evolving

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Implementing a Kitting Program eliminates bottlenecks in the supply chain by centralizing components that arrive ready for equipment.

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With all the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we miss our relationships!

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Collaborative engineering has long been hyped for solving critical and complex challenges in manufacturing, defeating flat earthers.

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Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP): a structured approach to standardize quality requirements for manufacturers to design products satisfying customers.

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Increased environmental awareness and stringent government regulations increased demand for green buildings, and Curtain Wall Systems have a lot to offer.

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Since its original implementation decades ago, the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis tool has generated impressive results. It's been a catalyst to boost teamwork in organizations, which in turn, has helped to improve competitiveness, increase user satisfaction, maximize profits, and reduce any potential negative impacts.

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CARC is a paint applied to military vehicles and ensures their metal surfaces remain resistant to oxidation and puncturing by chemical or biological agents.

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Reducing waste cuts manufacturing time. Consider Quick Response Manufacturing. QRM helps reduce costs and increases customer satisfaction.

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Metal fabrication uses many materials and techniques for creating reliable products. Yet, there are 3 important factors to consider while forming steel

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A practical Training Within Industry program improves quality, reduces errors, cuts hours of labor and is an important piece of Lean Practices.

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17 of the elements on the Periodic Table are Rare Earth Elements. Doesn't seem like much, but they make the modern world possible.

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Simply defined, lean Integration is a data-driven methodology using metrics ensuring continuous quality and performance.

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Recently, Tigerton hosted one session of the 2020 CWIMMA welding competition. The following is reprinted with permission from the February 13, 2020 edition of The Marion Advertiser.

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Manufacturers are pressured to be efficient and eliminate waste. Applying Lean Integration methodologies to automation relieves pressure by preventing mistakes

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