December 2018

Manufacturing industry person of the year

Each year, FAB Shop Magazine Direct has the honor of naming our Manufacturing Industry Person of the Year. And this year is no different. Well, mostly. Every year, every month, basically every time you blink your eyes, the face of the manufacturing industry looks a little different than it did before. It is continually becoming… Continued

Dispensing insight

Vending machines have long been convenient and low-cost devices for offering a variety of food and drink choices for those on the go or in need of some quick fuel. As with most technologies, the vending machine industry has undergone significant changes over the past few years. As with most industries, the Internet and digitization… Continued

Buying a robot

For anyone who’s recently attended a trade show or talked to a neighboring fabricator, there is no denying the tremendous impact the growing industrial robot install base is having on the manufacturing sector. From machine tending to material removal, servo-driven industrial arms are agile enough to perform all kinds of tasks. Robots can also reduce… Continued

Keeping tabs

What would you do with an extra $100,000? From investing in new machinery and technology to compensating employees and making facility improvements, any fabricator could easily find a myriad of ways to put that money to good use. But, for those companies that employ fiber laser cutting, one solution can all but eliminate the time… Continued