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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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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.

3 Important Factors Forming Steel

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.

Rare Earth Elements wouldn't as rare if the U.S. started mining for them.

The US could not take advantage of her resources and needs to address several challenges before mining Rare Earth Elements can begin on a large scale

Remember to Apply Lean Manufacturing Methods and Tools to Support Integration

Don't treat Lean Integration as a project process. Handle it as though it's an ongoing initiative requiring long-term thinking and actions.

2020 CWIMMA Welding Competition

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.

Lean Manufacturing's brilliant simplicity begins with devotion to detail

Businesses often focus on reducing costs but ignore quality. Lean Manufacturing helps increase profits and improve quality.

Do You Know the Challenges AESS Pose to Metal Fabricators?

AESS brings a lot of consideration when architects and planners decide to use it. If everything goes as planned, the result is a beautiful piece of artwork.

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Through our Community Outreach Committee, Schuette Metals donated many needed items at the Wausau Community Warming CenterThe Outreach Committee made a monetary donation, too.

How Do Companies Test The Strength Of Topcoat?

Using a gravelometer test, under SAE J400 standards, creates a fair comparison between different topcoats supplied by different finishers.

Where CARC Come From and Why Important

CARC, or Chemical Agent Resistant Coating, is a critical component of military hardware. This article explains what CARC is and why it's so important.

Is a 3rd coat necessary with a two-coat topcoat?

A two-coat topcoat is highly effective at hiding surface imperfections. A third coat provides no additional protection, making it unnecessary to add one.

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