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.

5 Keys to Building a Successful Metal Fabrication Business


They said it wouldn't last. Actually, I may have said that to myself. Many times.

Wiley Metal is celebrating our 35th anniversary this year and it serves as a time to reflect, smile, and ask “how the heck did we do it?” It is also a time to be grateful.

I looked up 35th Anniversary gifts, knowing that the 25th anniversary was silver and the 50th was gold. Of course, I thought some form of precious metal would be appropriate, considering we are in the metal fabrication business. Turns out the appropriate gift for a 35th anniversary is coral or jade. Go figure.

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Painting Your Fabrication? There Are Standards for Surface Preparation

There's a steel railroad bridge that links England to Scotland. It crosses an inlet from the North Sea called the “Firth of Forth” so the bridge is the Forth Bridge. Being on the coast, the air is quite corrosive and the bridge needs regular repainting. In fact in Britain “painting the Forth Bridge” is an expression for any never-ending task.

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Technical Skills vs. Soft Skills on the Metal Fabrication Shop Floor

We've spent countless articles over the past few years discussing the skills or talent gap in recruiting new employees. It has been a challenge for manufacturers in all sectors, including metal fabrication.

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Why is Sheet Metal Thickness Measured In Gauge and Not Inches?

Some things are hard to understand. Movies about time travel are one, specifying sheet metal thickness in gauge numbers is another. Now we're metal fabricators, not quantum physicists so let's jump straight to the second one and talk about gauge.

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Defining OEM Manufacturer, Contract Manufacturer, and Original Design Manufacturer

If you've ever been involved in any business or social situation, you've likely been asked: “So, what is it you do?” At Wiley Metal, it has never been a simple question for us to answer. Responding with “I'm in metal fabrication” may be direct but it is often met with glazed stares. We then follow it up with something like “We make things out of metal...” and go on from there. Unless they are involved in manufacturing, many people don't have an idea what a metal fabricator does.

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Advantage Fiber VS CO2 in the Laser Cutting Battle

We were talking about fiber lasers recently here on the shop floor, when this quote came to mind (after a quick Google search we learned that it is attributed to Shakespeare!): “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” The point Bill Shakespeare was making is that it's all very well being top dog but watch out because someone wants to take your place.

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Matching Press Brake Machine Type to Needs of Your Fabrication Shop

Walk through our shop and you'll see nine different press brake machines. Sometimes when we're showing visitors around our factory we'll be asked, “Why do you have so many different machines for doing the same job?” That's a good question, so let's explain.

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Why OEM Manufacturers Love Our Stainless Steel Polished Bumpers

Perhaps no product we produce is as visible and generates more interest than our stainless steel polished bumpers created by the Avionic Structures Indiana (ASI) division of Wiley Metal. In fact, we have written several articles on the polishing process including how tequila and rubies play a role in their creation.

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How to Eliminate Arc Blow when Welding

At the risk of sounding like a TV infomercial, are you struggling with undercuts? Are your weld beads crooked or wavy? Is there too much spatter around your welds? If you answer “yes” to any of these, you may be suffering from arc blow.

You can put away that credit card because there’s no 800 number to call for an arc blow solution, and no operators are standing by to take your call. What you can do though is apply a little science and logic to the problem. Here’s our not too technical explanation of why it happens, and some suggestions for what to do about it.

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Attention to Detail is Key in RV Door Production

At Wiley Metal, we are proud to have some of the largest and most respected brand names in the recreation vehicle industry as our customers. We built these relationships on trust and in a true spirit of partnership. We've also been able to deliver the level of detail necessary in a superior RV parts supplier. This is particularly true when it comes to one of the largest moving pieces in an entire recreational vehicle, the RV doors.

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