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Learn 6 of the Most Common Sheet Metal Fabrication Procedures

There are numerous sheet metal fabrication techniques, but the six procedures listed below are a great staring point for individuals new to the sheet metal fabrication process.   1. Sheet Metal cutting begins every fabrication process. The thickness of the metal and the project’s specifications determines the specific cutting method used. In this article, we […]

Lean Manufacturing Helps MEP Contractors Eliminate Waste

Lean manufacturing addresses a significant issue that can impact any MEP Contractor: Waste. Not taking full advantage of all your resources stunts efficiencies and, in so doing, interferes with production. These neglected resources include everything from manufacturing tools and processes to worker skills. The Construction Industry is, of course, rife with waste and issues related […]

The New Horizon of Industrialized Construction

With innovative technology and the convergence of manufacturing and construction, we are in the early phases of a new horizon of Industrialized Construction. Today, we are witnessing a long-overdue disruption of the construction industry.   Industrialized Construction includes the manufacturing of single-trade Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) components, such as piping, electrical conduit racking, or […]

What is Industrialized Construction?

It is a bold shift, but the economic and cultural benefits are substantial for the Construction Industry to become industrialized.   In 1908, the Model T car cost $850. Just five years later, its cost dropped almost 40% to $525. How was Henry Ford able to hit production capacity and reduce costs while still making […]

7 Ways MSUITE is Charting a New Course for the MEP Construction Industry

Founded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, MSUITE is charting a new course for the MEP construction industry as it empowers contractors and modular builders to manage the entire construction lifecycle.  MSUITE is a cloud-based management suite of software programs that connect BIM, Fab, and Field teams through easy-to-use and straightforward workflows that automate tedious tasks like […]

Prefabrication in construction. What does it mean?

Getting Started with Prefabrication and Offsite Construction Since the days of playing with Tinker Toys and Race Cars during our youth, the appeal of prefabrication has been around for many years. The number of parts, color-coded to different lengths, multi-sockets tagged to help children assemble their masterpieces with minimal effort. It is unbelievable that prefabrication […]

10 Ways to Improve Your Fabrication Shop

Construction Manufacturing and, specifically, pipe, plumbing, and sheet-metal fabrication is a fantastic practice that keeps buildings running and daily life in them enjoyable. The bottom line is that fabrication and fabrication shops are essential in modern construction practices. Below are ten ways that you – Our much appreciated and valued Fabricator, can improve your Fabrication […]

The 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing in Construction

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy foundationally built on creating value. Major manufacturers rely on lean manufacturing to eliminate waste, improve efficiency, and provide higher value to customers. Many firms also report improved employee morale from the results achieved.    Implementing lean construction has been gaining traction over the last several years as more MEP contractors realize […]

Get Smarter – Improve Your Fabrication Shop with Model-Based Data

With the construction industry beginning to see exceptional value in adopting lean manufacturing & fabrication, there is a lot of information and opinions floating around about how to do it. Discussions can get vague, even puzzling. One thing that seems clear is that the foundation of smart manufacturing is model-based data. Moving it quickly up […]

Dodge Data Reports MEP Process Improvements

Dodge Data & Analytics, a leading researcher for the construction industry, recently released the Prefab and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report. The latest research from Dodge Data & Analytics on BIM and Pre-fabrication reveals that MEP contractors around the U.S. see extraordinary value from its use.   The Dodge report provides a comprehensive examination of […]

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