A Guide to Proactive Supply Chain Management

The process of acquiring materials and creating a product to sell to customers involves extensive planning and collaboration between suppliers and manufacturers. With the final product depending on so many factors, sometimes a disruption in the supply chain is inevitable, but it is possible to reduce the disruption’s severity or even mitigate it entirely. Anything […]

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The Different Types of CNC Machines

Producing industrial parts requires accuracy, safety, and cost-saving efficiency. Most industries start with manual machining, but it is an old-fashioned manufacturing method. This process leaves room for error, operator accidents, and product inconsistencies. Thankfully, there are many different types of CNC machines that provide the answer to this problem. CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining is […]

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2020 Global Trade Data Reveals Insights About Future of Manufacturing Sector

From a recently published article we wrote for Thomas Insights: Imports fluctuate. The manufacturing industry is well aware of this fact. However, 2020 has taken everyone by surprise. Imports into the United States have had to deal with a lot, from pandemics to uncertain government elections. These trends are important to understand as companies need […]

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When Does It Make Sense to Invest in Custom Metal Fabrication?

From food processing to energy generation, metal fabrication is vital to countless industries. If you’re in one of those industries and find yourself trying to choose between mass-produced components and custom solutions, you’re in the right place. Today, we’ll be exploring what custom metal fabrication is, its applications, and, most importantly, when it makes a sound […]

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The Advantages of Using Cast Aluminum

When it comes to versatility, cast aluminum is tough to beat. The lightweight, attractive metal is a component in thousands of products, from personal hand-held devices to big trucks. Due to its strength, heat resistance, and lightness it’s also popular in home goods like cookware or patio furniture. Cast aluminum is affordable and long-lasting. When […]

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Which Metals Work Best for Die Casting?

As of 2018, the global aluminum die-casting market size was valued at USD 24.91 billion. It was then projected that the industry will experience a 10.1% Compound Annual Growth Rate from 2019 to 2025. The reason for this growth rate is that die casting is becoming one of the most relied upon manufacturing methods. Die […]

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Understanding Metal Forging Processes, Methods, and Applications

Metal forging is the process in which metals are formed and shaped using compressive forces. The forces are delivered using hammering, pressing, or rolling. There are a number of forging processes – cold forging, warm forging, and hot forging – which are classified by the temperature of the metal being worked with. Forging is one […]

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The Pros and Cons of Contract Manufacturing

Contract manufacturing is the process of outsourcing certain production processes to a third-party company. For example, a company may outsource the production of specific components for a product that they then assemble. Many firms employ contract manufacturers to help them overcome challenges associated with product production, scaling, and supply chain management. What is Contract Manufacturing? […]

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