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Comparing the Cost-Effectiveness of Metal Products Used in Construction

Metal has been used in construction dating as early as the 1700s thanks to its strength, durability, and versatility. When it comes to choosing metal products for a construction project, the cost is a major consideration. However, simply comparing the upfront cost of different metal products is not enough to make an informed decision. It is important to consider the initial cost, the long-term maintenance costs, and the end-of-life disposal cost to account for the overall lifecycle of the material. In this blog post, we will break down each of these factors to help you make a well-educated decision when choosing metals for your next construction project. Initial Cost The initial cost of a metal product is [...]

By |February 15, 2023|metals|

Perforated Metals: Types, Uses, and Benefits

Perforated metal has been used in construction for over 100 years and has become more popular now than ever before. One reason being – perforated metal is a building material that can fulfill many needs, both decorative and purely practical. The process of perforating includes pressing or stamping manually on a sheet of metal to form a pattern of holes and slots. And while the material might look simple by its appearance alone, there are many reasons why perforated metals are so popular across all industries. In this post, we’re walking through the different types, use cases, and benefits of perforated metal that might just make you incorporate the material into your next project. Perforated Metal [...]

5 Environmental Benefits of Metal Roofs

The Metal Roofing Alliance estimates that 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped in US landfills every year. On top of that, asphalt shingles are estimated to take between 300-400 years to fully decompose. The roof is the single largest structural component on a building, so the materials you use have a significant impact on the environment and the building’s carbon footprint. Not only are metal roofs fantastic from a return-on-investment perspective, but roofing metal is widely regarded as the most environmentally responsible choice. In this post, we’re breaking down the immense benefits metal roofs provide to the environment and making the case for why you should consider switching to metal for your next roofing project. [...]

6 Reasons to Choose Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication

In his 1913 quest to create a corrosion-resistant metal for weapons, Harry Brearley, an English metallurgist, experimented with chromium steel and carbon. Upon noticing that the chromium metals were oddly resistant to the polishing chemicals he was using, he made the accidental discovery of “rust-less steel” - now known as stainless steel. More than a century later, stainless steel has become one of the most used materials in fabrication as well as residential, commercial, and industrial projects. You’ve likely seen it in many places including siding on houses, parts on an airplane, and even in landmarks like the Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The reason being - it’s proven to be an extremely versatile, adaptable product. [...]

A Comprehensive Guide to Custom Metal Fabrication

Studies show that 88% of industrial businesses are now prioritizing sustainable manufacturing as a strategic move to increase operational efficiency while simultaneously reducing costs. This makes custom metal fabrication a critical component for reducing waste and streamlining projects. In today’s post, we’re providing a deeper understanding of how this innovative manufacturing technique will help you cut project costs while still fulfilling your unique product requirements. What is Custom Metal Fabrication? “Metal fabrication” refers to the process of building items from raw metal materials, like sheets. Fabricated items could be as small as a cast-metal part for a machine or as large as an entire piece of equipment.   Unlike traditional stock metal fabrication processes, the custom fabrication [...]

How To Leverage Manufacturing Technology for Growth

It’s no secret the manufacturing industry has been confronted with major challenges the last couple of years. Beyond pandemic closures – supply chain breakdowns, labor shortages and rising material costs continue to present major production obstacles. And if that hasn’t been enough to deal with, you can add inflation and economic uncertainty to the mix. Despite this, manufacturing can bounce back. But to stay competitive during this ramp-up, you must invest in new technology and learn to use it to your full potential. Let’s take a closer look at the tools and tech your facility needs to stay one step ahead. Warehouse Management Systems and Enterprise Resource Platforms In today's world, cloud-based technology continues to become a [...]

By |September 16, 2022|manufacturing|

Guide to Finding Vendors for Your Next Freight Car Project

Selecting a freight car project vendor is one of the most crucial activities during the project planning phase and should never be taken lightly. Project vendors influence everything from the timeline of the project to the overall quality and performance of the final product. By extension, the work delivered by a vendor directly correlates to the value of your freight car and becomes a reflection of your company and reputation. Making quick, hasty decisions can result in failed products and wasted resources, so it’s important to take the time to make sure the company you choose meets your qualifications and will ensure cost-effective and high-quality results. To help you prepare for choosing vendors for your next [...]

Guide to Improving Quality Control for OEM’s

If you’re working in the original equipment manufacturing sector, you understand improving quality control is essential for success at all levels. Studies show that companies that lack effective quality control often incur costs that account for 15-20% of sales due to product defects and errors, weakening customer relationships, and an overall damaging brand resulting from poor quality management. To help you learn how to establish and benefit from proper quality control, we’re breaking down the steps you should take in your OEM facility to minimize risk and increase your organization’s value. Standardize Your Systems It’s important to standardize your systems to understand which operations are helping or hurting your quality control – and paper processes make [...]

4 Ways to Make Your Construction Project More Sustainable

As construction and demolition materials pile up quickly, the construction industry poses a substantial threat to the environment. By 2025, the volume of construction waste is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tons every year. The construction industry has a chance to make more responsible choices with an eye toward sustainability. With a proper strategy for going green in place, companies can save time and materials and improve their bottom line. In this post, we’re breaking down the ways the construction industry can have an impact by making projects more sustainable. Efficient Building Design & Material Selection While material choice undoubtedly needs careful thought, it is important to also consider the bigger picture. Materials are just [...]

Guide to Reducing Downtime in Manufacturing

Downtime is a serious threat to any original equipment manufacturing business. A total of 82% of manufacturing companies have experienced unplanned downtime over the past three years, which can cost a company as much as $260,000 an hour. When unplanned downtime occurs, no value is being produced but the cost of overhead operations continues to grow, which directly impacts your bottom line. Downtime can happen for several reasons. Reducing the amount of time that production idles is crucial to increasing efficiency and improving your overall revenue margins. Let’s take a closer look at the main causes of unplanned downtime and how to overcome them. Machine Failure The most common cause of unplanned downtime is a breakdown, [...]

Challenges Facing the Aerospace & Defense Industry

The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry reported an 8% decrease in revenue since 2019 and a 61% decrease in operating profit, primarily due to the impacts of the pandemic. A&D has virtually always been on the forefront of product innovation. However, increasing cost challenges and new market dynamics are dramatically changing the way companies serve their customers, collaborate with partners, and take ideas and solutions to market. Let’s take a closer look at some of the major challenges the A&D industry is facing, and how to overcome them. Free Download: Five Techniques to Reduce Aerospace Project Costs Increasing Profitability and Reducing Cost Pressures The rise in the costs of various raw materials is driving down the [...]

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Metal Roof

On average, a corrugated metal roof can last between 40-70 years. Asphalt shingles, for comparison, are good for around 15-30 years. Because of their durability ­­– combined with their stylish and low maintenance qualities – metal roofs continue to become an extremely popular choice for residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings. But as with any new roof, all is good…until it’s not. And from our experience, if something goes wrong, it is almost always traced back to the installation. Let’s take a closer look at the common mistakes that occur when installing a metal roof, and how to avoid them. Carelessly Recording Measurements Inaccurate measurements are a significant profit killer in the roofing industry. Failing to measure [...]

Construction Vendor Management Checklist

If you’re a project manager in the construction industry, it’s safe to assume you know that under-managed vendors lead to hindered productivity and project delays, increasing inefficiencies and costs. When using a variety of different vendors, it’s critical to provide ongoing management to understand if things are working as they should or if you need to find a replacement. So, how do you develop a foolproof process for managing vendors? Our checklist below will walk you through best practices to help guide your management strategy and keep your vendors, and project, on track. Set (and Reinforce) Clear Expectations Throughout the vendor selection process, it’s important to clearly define the business goals and expectations. Let the vendors [...]

6 Strategies to Reduce Logistics Costs

Logistics is a crucial part of business for every manufacturer. With fuel and machinery market price increases, consumer demand for fast delivery times, and many other budgetary pressures, logistics can contribute to a large percentage of business costs. Taking action to minimize expense is a primary focus for business operations. Management and logistics play a big role in the supply chain, and with the right strategies in place, companies can successfully improve efficiencies resulting in lower operating costs. Here are the key strategies for reducing logistics costs. 1. Maintain visibility of your supply chain Overseeing visibility and control of your supply chain can reduce unexpected costs and improve planning through better management. Disruptions in the logistics [...]


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