Why Full-Service Metal Fabrication Is Universally Awesome

What Does Full-Service Metal Fabrication Mean? To be a full-service vendor, a metal fabricator needs to provide a spectrum of manufacturing services. Typically, this means they can fabricate, finish, and assemble a product. Sometimes, they’ll provide initial part design and production as well. Capabilities will vary from vendor to vendor. What matters most is whether your … Continue reading Why Full-Service Metal Fabrication Is Universally Awesome

What Makes a Metal Fabricator Right for You?

What Makes an Awesome Metal Fabricator No matter how awesome a metal fabricator may be, they’re not a good fit if they can’t meet your needs. Everything else is secondary, no matter how next-gen their machines may be. When you’re researching metal fabricators, keep the following in mind. Wide Range of Materials To be honest, they don’t … Continue reading What Makes a Metal Fabricator Right for You?

How Steel Tube Manufacturers Protect Your Tubular Steel Products

How Steel Tube Manufacturers Protect Tubular Steel Tubular steel products can be protected in two ways: choosing a strong, durable material from the get-go (such as 300- and 400-series stainless steels) or covering the steel with a protective coating. Sometimes, if your application is extremely corrosive, steel tube manufacturers will recommend both. To properly protect your … Continue reading How Steel Tube Manufacturers Protect Your Tubular Steel Products

How American Manufacturing Can Eliminate Supply Chain Risks

Why do so many companies ignore the supply chain risks of outsourcing? Similar to the figure above, an entire 100% of supply chain executives acknowledged that insurance is a highly effective tool for mitigating risks, yet it wasn’t even on their radar as an option. (Global Supply Chain Institute) Supply chain risks need to be … Continue reading How American Manufacturing Can Eliminate Supply Chain Risks

Shoring & Reshoring: American Manufacturing & Total Cost of Ownership

American manufacturing is certainly underappreciated. Even today, with U.S. energy costs falling and foreign wages rising, there are those who say onshoring and reshoring are efforts in futility. In reality, American manufacturing is making a comeback. Huge corporations such as GE, Whirlpool, Google, and Walmart are moving their manufacturing back home. Why? First, because studies … Continue reading Shoring & Reshoring: American Manufacturing & Total Cost of Ownership

4 Crucial Benefits of a Local Supply Chain for American Companies

It can be tempting to outsource your supply chain: extremely cheap labor and production costs are incredibly enticing. But, unless your product is intended for an overseas consumer base, those are the only benefits you’ll receive. The numerous hidden costs that can creep up on your business far outweigh those potential savings. In fact, once the total … Continue reading 4 Crucial Benefits of a Local Supply Chain for American Companies

13 Surprising Reshoring Statistics for American Manufacturers

Offshoring is a bigger problem than you might think. We’re not talking local economies or human rights, though those are certainly important; we’re saying offshoring is detrimental to your own company. Many business owners are unaware of the hidden costs associated with offshoring their manufacturing. Most are still focused on unit prices rather than the … Continue reading 13 Surprising Reshoring Statistics for American Manufacturers

Reshoring, Onshoring, Offshoring? Choosing the Right Shore for Your Company

Shoring discussions and choices involve more than just hourly rates and shipping costs. It’s pertinent to discuss the pros and cons that accompany each option. So, what are the “shoring” options for modern American businesses? Onshoring Onshoring means you’re working with a vendor within the same country where the goods are being consumed. Presumably, for American companies, this means … Continue reading Reshoring, Onshoring, Offshoring? Choosing the Right Shore for Your Company

5 Ways to Control the Cost of Tube Bending Services

For a general overview of tube bending types, check out this article. 1.  Choosing the Right Tube Bending Services for Your Project Tube bending is not one-size-fits-all. Different types of bending will work better for projects with different tolerances, requirements, and order sizes. Choosing a vendor that offers the most appropriate form of bending for … Continue reading 5 Ways to Control the Cost of Tube Bending Services

13 Ways You Can Reduce Metal Stamping Costs

Reducing Metal Stamping Costs Metal stamping costs can be quite hefty, especially for prototype products that require low volume, short production runs. In this post, we’ll go over a few ways you can attempt to reduce your metal stamping costs and make the manufacturing process more efficient overall. Materials Is your product currently made of a … Continue reading 13 Ways You Can Reduce Metal Stamping Costs