Wiley Tiki Talk


Wiley-Tiki-Talk-BlogWelcome one and all to Tiki Talk!

First of all, what’s with the name right? Well, Tiki Talk comes from our fun project where we used scrap metal to build our unique Tiki Bar. At our scrap metal Tiki Bar we’ve shared a few cold ones and exchanged some pretty good (and also some pretty bad) ideas. We figured it would be a great name for our virtual gathering place.

Tiki Talk is our blog, but more importantly we want it to be a place where we can address your questions, share your comments and let you know what is going on with our company. We want everyone to take part...customers, potential customers, experts and novices alike. We hope it will be a fun and friendly exchange.

Look, if we could hang and have a couple of beers and play a round of golf with everyone, we would do that. Believe me we would do that. For now, Tiki Talk is the place. Pull up a stool and join in.

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3 Ways the Metal Fabrication Industry Can Embrace a Greener Future

There's a certain irony that metal fabrication companies who may fabricate wind turbines, solar panels or products that save energy for the transportation industry may themselves, lack in energy saving policies and procedures.

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How to SmartWay Retrofit Your Truck Trailer to Reduce Fuel Use


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[Infographic] Hoosier welders Needed to Help Keep America Moving

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How Removing these 8 Wastes Adds Value to Your Customer Experience

Wiley Metal, led by our Continuous Improvement Manager Scott Meyer, has been conducting numerous 5S events recently with a focus on the 8 wastes. It is part of on-going “Lean Life” training for our team designed to add value to the customer experience.

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3 Top Ways a 5s Event Brought Order to our Metal Fabrication Shop

At some point, all of us have been exposed to the K.I.S.S. principle of "keeping it simple, stupid". It was actually integrated into the U.S. Navy design systems in the early 1960's as a reminder that sometimes, and in fact most often, the simplest design is the most effective. Variations of the phrase include “Keep it simple, silly”, “Keep it simple and straightforward” and “Keep it small and simple". In any variation, the point is the same. 

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How Our New Continuous Improvement Manager Plans to Respond to Customer Needs Quicker

When Wiley Metal hired Scott Meyer as Continuous Improvement Manager. it was in part, to allow us to respond quicker to the needs and desires of our customers. There are a lot of caveats to that goal, however, because speed alone is far from the only mission. There are still quality, satisfaction and efficiency goals associated with improving continuously. Then of course, there are the constant pressures in metal fabrication and manufacturing overall, to meet the bottom line and financial expectations of making a profit.

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Why You Might Consider C-section channel for a Metal fabrication

As fabricators we do a lot of work with structural steel and aluminum. It's used extensively in trailers and also makes a great wood substitute in construction. The I-beam is about the most recognizable structural shape, but we'd argue there are times when you're better off with a ”C”. Here's why we think C-channel, (or alternatively, C-beam or C-section,) is worth considering.

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How to Take Your Press Brake Bending from Bottoming to Air Bending

When we're making sheet metal fabrications like enclosures, cabinets and work chests, we bend a lot of metal. Bends are made mostly on a press brake by one of two techniques, bottoming or air bending. Some customers are interested in which method we use. Others trust our fabrication expertise, and that's okay too. Bending technique does make a difference to the fabrication though. Here's an explanation of air bending vs bottom bending.

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4 Factors Influencing Metal Fabrication Coating Durability

Remember the DeLorean? Maybe you weren't around for the 1980's, but if you've seen “Back to the Future” you've seen a DeLorean. One of the coolest features of this car was the stainless steel body. (The flux capacitor didn't come along until much later.) Not only did stainless look different, but it saved company founder John DeLorean the expense of putting in a paint shop. Other manufacturers have however stuck with painting their steel-bodied vehicles, despite all the work involved.

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How Will Industry 5.0 Impact Metal Fabrication?

It was less than two years ago when we published an article about Industry 4.0 and its role in metal fabrication. Now, in what seems like the blink of an eye, there is talk of Industry 5.0. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's do a quick review.

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