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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 A-Coating process resembles an e-coat. Both are excellent at protecting metals, but the process is the main difference between the two.

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Electric current combined with the dissolved metal cations equals Electroplating. This is the third of a series comparing methods of protective metal finishing processes.

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What do alchemy, Frankenstein, and a frog have in common? Galvanization

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Anodizing is an excellent solution for protecting metal because of the adhesion offered. It doesn't flake or lose its luster, making it a favorite for many industries.

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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.

Admittedly daunting metal fabrication world? Start Simple

Metal fabrication is a daunting process, especially when new to the industry. There are so many processes and methods to choose from that it’s easy to get lost.

The naturally destructive force of oxidation, or as most call it, rust!

Rust is an insidious and invisible foe but fought using the right tools, a devastating problem for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

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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.