Automation advantages

September 1st, 2019

Technology solutions offer marine fabricators expanded capabilities, opportunities for greater creativity, and new project and market options. By Pamela Mills-Senn  Ask Thomas Carlson, manager of Tulsa, Okla., Carlson Design Corp., about his number one competitor and he offers up a surprising response.  “It’s a pair of scissors. Most of our customers have been cutting manually […]

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Considering automation in your shop? Read this first

July 1st, 2018

Automation continues to play an increasingly important role in everyday life. Its potential effect on a marine fabricator’s workplace has, unsurprisingly, become a focus of both research and reality. The topic can become a bit like playing 20 Questions: What jobs will or won’t be replaced by machines? Which equipment will serve as the best […]

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Better job costing for better profits

July 1st, 2018

Working with numbers may not be your cup of tea, but it’s critical to the success of your business. It’s a fairly safe bet that not many fabricators started their operations because they wanted to work on spreadsheets. But like it or not, when you hang out a shingle, only part of your work will […]

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Too quick to click?

March 1st, 2016

Customer Relationship Management programs can help keep the work flowing. On certain days, do you have too many clients with too many boats with too many customized needs? Do you forget whether it was John Larson or Joe Larson who needed the eight blue-striped cushions by June 15? Or do you lose track of inventory? […]

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CRM programs run the gamut

February 1st, 2016

There are dozens and dozens—maybe hundreds—of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software programs on the market. And it seems that most are difficult to use. In terms of navigating the programs, many CRM packages seem to be rated along an arc of complexity, from user-unfriendly to totally impossible to use. One well-known program, Salesforce, is often […]

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Tech blows in

May 1st, 2013

OK, you’re afloat in the Bahamas. The enclosure protecting your pilot house blows out. You need a fix right away. Wind, waves, weather—it happens all the time, but replacement isn’t always easy. In many such cases, an enclosure must be fitted carefully to your specific boat. So, stuck there in the Bahamas, you contact the […]

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3-D software and hardware for marine fabrication

May 1st, 2010

Few words captivate the technology sector more than the word “change.” Anyone with even a casual understanding of the technology marketplace recognizes that change is constantly afoot. For the marine fabrication industry, technological advancements in the area of three-dimensional software and hardware engineering are changing the way many fabricators do business. Think about it. You […]

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Creating a virtual bimini

May 1st, 2008

Last summer we created a “virtual” three-bow bimini frame and top from measurements taken using CAD. A 3-D bimini is modeled in CAD software using measurements taken in the field. The frame is dimensioned for specs necessary to bend the tubing. The top, created by “flattening” its 3-D surfaces to a 2-D plane, is cut […]

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