The impact on steel, stainless, copper and aluminum material cost increases are affecting companies throughout the supply chain. Shortages are consistent across all forms: coil, bar, rod, tube and sheet. This month, material suppliers are implementing price increases as well as surcharges.Read More
Here at R&M, we’ll be the first to tell you we’re not the lowest cost metal fabricator, and we don’t want to be. We do our best to keep prices low for our customers, and in order for us to deliver high-quality components, we have to invest in ways that bring value to our customers.Read More
If you've tried buying materials out on the spot market, you know how much of a gamble it can be. Whether you’re seeking a minimal poundage of a special material that your typical vendors don’t have, or you're still searching for trusted vendors to work with, purchasing from the spot market can leave you with materials that are damaged, under spec, or just plain unusable.
Where you source your raw materials from is extremely important. Here's why.Read More
The vendors you work with have an impact on your business. Whether that impact is positive or negative depends on a few factors, including each vendor's dedication to quality. And, like any relationship, things can start going south before you start to realize it. Here are five metal manufacturing vendor red flags to watch out for.Read More
Just over a month ago, I was down in Atlanta, Georgia at FABTECH 2018. And I, along with tens of thousands of individuals tied to the manufacturing industry, attended this year’s FABTECH conference for any number of reasons: to learn, teach, exhibit, network, advertise, or otherwise participate in shaping the future of the manufacturing industry.
Overall, I attended to represent R&M Manufacturing and to freshen my perspective on the manufacturing industry outlook going into 2019. But before we dive in too deep, let’s start with a few of the basics.Read More
Do you have experience with progressive die stamping? Due to recent growth, we have some available metal fabrication jobs in Buffalo, MN. One position we’re looking to fill is for a Progressive Punch Press Setup Operator. This position is available for both first and second shift. You can view the full position details here:Read More
There are no two ways about it; quality assurance is critical to any metal manufacturer. And while every component fabricator will have quality assurance processes in place, how strictly they adhere to those policies has a big impact on how well they meet the needs of their customers. Here’s a look at quality assurance and having zero defects as your goal.Read More
Metal stamping is a process that uses dies to transform flat metal sheets into shapes. In the most basic sense, it’s an operation where metal is cut with a component. Stamping can be performed both as a progressive operation or with a stage tool. Metal stamping is used to produce parts for large machinery or can be molded into shapes for household items.Read More
Here at R&M Manufacturing, we are committed to delivering competitive pricing. We understand that each customer has different needs, so we work with customers as individuals in order to provide them with what they need. There’s no doubt that we manufacture quality parts to exact specifications, but it’s important to realize that’s not all we do. Here’s a look at what else we provide our customers.Read More
When it comes to our relationships with customers, we’re not just metal fabricators, we’re also problem solvers. Typically, our customers come to us with a need for a high-quality prototype. They’re looking for a metal component that does exactly what they need it to do. Developing, designing, and fabricating a new component depends on many variables, so we work closely with our customers to develop something that fits their needs and works within the guidelines of metal fabrication.Read More