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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 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.

Guide to Solid Wire, GMAW & MIG Welding: Beginner to Expert

Learn all about Solid Wire Welding, GMAW, and MIG welding in this highly-detailed article. Discover their advantages and disadvantages, equipment used, and techniques.

Recycling Solutions: Rising Above Helium Shortage

Discover recycling innovations for resolving the helium shortage crisis: cryogenic distillation, adsorption, and membrane separation methods.

Maximizing FCAW: Ultimate Guide for Metal Fab Productivity & Quality

Learn how FCAW welding improves productivity and quality in metal fabrication. Get the ultimate guide on choosing filler metals, equipment, and techniques.

FCAW: Welding in all positions with equal easy and quality

One of the key benefits of FCAW is its ability to weld in all positions with equal ease and quality, and applications in different industries.

8 Things You Might Not Have Read About When it Comes to FCAW

From understanding the factors that affect penetration and bead shape to selecting the right equipment and materials, this article has you covered!

Maximizing Efficiency and Quality: The Advantages of APQP Implementation

APQP is a structured approach to product and process design, helping organizations minimize errors, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction.

The Rhythmic Sound of Efficient Production: a Comprehensive Look at Turret Punches

Industrial turret punches are versatile machines widely adopted in the manufacturing industry, and punch holes and shapes of different sizes and shapes.

Unveiling the Endless Possibilities of Innovative Curtain Wall Systems

Curtain walls play many roles in the architect's vision when designing a building's facade. They improve the building's look, functionality, and energy efficiency.

hardfacing versus cladding

This infographic explores Cladding and Hardfacing, providing a better understanding of these important processes.

The Essential Guide to Kitting in Manufacturing: How It Streamlines Your Production Process

Optimizing your production process is challenging as a manufacturer because of so many moving parts. Kitting helps streamline—saving time and money!

Boom Lifts Play an Overlooked, Uplifting Role in Many Industries

Boom Lifts are so ubiquitous that you see them everywhere on your drive to work, and a 15-minute drive results in spotting them working in several areas.

From Prototype to Production: Why Custom Fixturing is Crucial for Manufacturing Success

One of the critical components of the manufacturing process is Custom Fixturing, and fixtures are essential tools that hold and position parts and components during manufacturing.

Cracking the code: why welding aluminum is more challenging than steel

The primary difference between Welding Aluminum and steel is their physical properties: aluminum has a high thermal conductivity and a low melting point.

Unlocking the Mystery of UHSS: A Guide to High-Strength Steel

Let's explore the world of UHSS, exploring its properties, manufacturing processes, challenges, and applications in the automotive, construction, and aerospace industries.

Quality Control in Steel Fabrication: Ensuring Strong and Durable Structures

Learn about the significance and benefits of quality control and how they help reach goals in steel fabrication for building strong and durable structures.

Challenges Fabricators Face When Working with High-Strength Steel

Many engineers use High-Strength Steel in applications needing high strength and durability, but it also presents several challenges for metal fabricators.

Fiber and CO2 are Kissing Cousins Cutting Their Way for Industry

Fiber laser cutting and CO2 laser cutting are the two primary methods. Here are their development, their different cutting methods, and where they're used.

Exploring the World of Steel Fabrication - A Comprehensive Guide

Steel fabrication has been an essential and critical industry for centuries, from ancient swords to modern skyscrapers. Here's a comprehensive look at steel.