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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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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.

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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Robotic welding evolved into a mainstay in manufacturing. Benefits range from increased production to quality and helping us to transition to Industry 4.0.

What are the implications and advantages of IoT in Welding Technology?

IoT in welding is a long way from the Bronze Age when people hammered two pieces of copper together. Sometimes people are not needed.

A Surprisingly Vexing Question: What Makes Architectural Embeds Vital?

Consider loads, concrete strength, design, and material costs when considering embeds. Any mistake along the line will cause delays and unhappy customers.

How a two-coat painting system saves time and money

A two-coat process, including e-coating, provides better rust and corrosion protection than other metal finishing systems. By not having a basecoat, the longevity of your component is shortened.

Why QRM is Important to the Manufacturing Industry

Learn about Quick Response Manufacturing and how it can help improve quality, reduce cost, and eliminate waste within a manufacturing organization.