62 What makes a contract manufacturer unique?
Cadence Inc. in Staunton, Va., launched with a proprietary technology. But if the
company had relied solely on that technology for growth, it wouldn’t be the $100 million,
500-employee, six-location industrial and medical device contract manufacturer it is
today. Cover photo courtesy of Cadence Inc., Staunton, Va.
36 2015 FABTECH® Recap: A “digital thread” runs through FABTECH
FABTECH, which drew more attendees and exhibitors than any previous event, had a
pervading common theme: digital connectivity that is drawing supply chain partners
closer together and making business decision-making easier.
66 Building improvement at JCB
The part flow at JCB’s Savannah, Ga., plant has changed significantly over the past six
years. The company redesigned a major product line to meet customer demand and
made part flow much easier to manage.
70 How to boost first-pass transfer efficiency in powder coating
Boosting first-pass transfer efficiency should be the goal of any fabricating shop that runs
a powder coating line. It minimizes material waste and improves final coating quality. The
fabricator just needs to stay on top of a few key variables in the powder coating operation
to achieve better coating application.
72 The impact of lean manufacturing on structural steel fabricating
As fabricators strive to eliminate waste in their modern structural steel facilities, they
have taken on a new look. This definitely is not your grandfather’s structural steel
74 The tipping point: A new way to manage value streams
Lean consultant Gary Conner describes a way to adapt value stream mapping—with
its roots in low-mix, high-volume production—to the high-mix, low-volume job shop.
80 From kaizen to kata
Camfil APC is known for its dust collection equipment, but it’s also a metal fabricator.
Like any other modern fabricating operation, it is looking to eliminate waste wherever it
can. That’s why launching and sustaining a lean manufacturing initiative is so important.
84 Forming & Fabricating® 2016 Punching Machine Buyers’ Guide©
48 Biz Talk
Launched in 2015, Florida-based MetalsCut4U offers low-volume metal cutting and
bending to the consumer market. Senior Editor Tim Heston explains that simplified
ordering and automated quoting help to make it happen.
50 Around Washington
A new highway bill creates a steady stream of infrastructure investment over the next
six years, which is good news for structural steel fabricators.
52 Improvement Insights
Continuous improvement initiatives often lack organizational structure and defined
responsibilities. Consultant Dick Kallage describes three components needed to correct
58 Chief Concerns
Changes to the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards call for a reduced focus on documentation but more emphasis on defining processes, risk and opportunities planning, and
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