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The Best C-Channel Fabrication Process for Solar

by Rob Touzalin on October 13, 2017

In solar, saving money from start to finish is crucial. While headlines like, “2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels,” can be exciting for the industry, it’s also a pain point for many manufacturers and solar panel mounters.

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Key Takeaways: Solar Power International 2017

by Doug Campbell on September 21, 2017

 

A record-setting 20,000 solar energy professionals and 600 leading manufacturers gathered for four days in Las Vegas for this year’s annual Solar Power International (SPI). This year’s tradeshow included everything from educational solar 101 sessions, to more in-depth discussions about the Sunvia trade case.

A lot happened at this year’s SPI, so we’ve outlined key takeaways below.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Next Construction Project with Roll Forming

by Terry Steigmeier on September 12, 2017

When it comes to manufacturing, time is money.

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How to Choose a Metal Fabrication Partner for Your Next Project

by Jennifer Freiberg on August 23, 2017

Chances are, you’re not hard-pressed to find a metal fabricator that offers the capabilities and services to fit your needs. But what other qualities should you look for in a metal fabrication partner? What sets a company apart from the rest?

Below are five characteristics to help you distinguish a competent fabricator from an exceptional metal fabrication partner.

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How the 3D Printing Boom Benefits Metal Fabricators

by Nick Buffa on August 9, 2017

3D printing is the next industrial revolution. The additive manufacturing industry (also known as 3D printing) grew 26 percent to $5.2 billion in 2015, according to a Forbes breakdown of the Wohlers Report 2016. And the market is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Top 5 Resources for Continuing Your Engineering Education

by Nick Buffa on July 25, 2017

There’s no room for complacency in the engineering world. Today’s engineers must continually expand their knowledge and explore the latest trends in technology to adapt to the rapidly changing industry environment.

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How to Reduce Warehouse Labor Costs

by Doug Campbell on July 11, 2017

Controlling labor costs can be difficult, especially when you’re pressed for time and working with a tight budget.

Labor costs can account for 50 to 70 percent of a company’s entire warehouse budget, which is why it’s no surprise that there is immense pressure to adopt new cost-controlling processes.

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How an Excess Capacity in Steel Manufacturing is Damaging the Global Market

by Doug Campbell on June 27, 2017

The global steel market is currently producing more than 2,300 million metric tons (MT), yet, global demand is only at 1,500 MT. Furthermore, an additional 352 MT capacity is planned for this year. That’s a lot of excess, and it’s affecting U.S. companies, workers and the global steel market. So what’s going on?

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The Top 3 Benefits of Tooling Cost Amortization

by Mike Giambattista on June 13, 2017

Every business faces the challenge of balancing costs when starting a new fabrication project, and tooling is a major cost consideration. 

However, there are a number of ways you can approach tooling arrangements: partial tooling ownership, “free” tooling or amortized tooling. While there are benefits to each option, cost amortization allows you to maintain full ownership of your tooling, which means no hidden fees, just real values.

Need to be convinced? See why amortization is the best choice when it comes to tooling costs.

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What the Rise of Industrial Robots Means for Manufacturers

by Mike Giambattista on May 30, 2017

Headlines like “How to Keep Your Job When Robots Take Over,” and “Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing,” only serve to confuse us about the future state of manufacturing. Are robots in manufacturing something to be excited or worried about?

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