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.

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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6 Ways to Cool Down Your Metal Fabrication Process During the Summer Heat

Summer has pretty much hit the entire country with full force in the past several weeks, reminding us all too well how hot it can get in a metal fabrication shop. As outside temperatures rise, interior temps increase accordingly. Working with welding equipment, heavy safety gear and helmets add to the inside heat so to combat this metal fabrication shops are always looking for solutions. While most welders and metal fabrication shop workers are used to the heat, cooling a shop floor by even 10 or 12 degrees can make a big difference in comfort and productivity. Here are some ideas to keep things cooler on your shop floor.

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Vocational Education is Experiencing a Rebirth - or Is It?

Vocational Education: Then, Now, and in the Future

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Opioid Addiction and The Toll it is Taking on Finding Skilled Manufacturing Workers

Opioid addiction in America has reached almost unimaginable levels. It is particularly disturbing due to the fact that many are getting addicted to the drugs that were originally prescribed legally by medical professionals. Legal opioid prescriptions rose from about 122 million in 1992 to 282 million in 2016. It has since dropped slightly but the impact is devastating. This is not a problem isolated to inner cities, the homeless, or the underprivileged. It has reached into middle and working-class families, the suburbs, and even in rural areas of the Midwest. It is impacting families, friendships, the economy, safety services and employers.

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Underride Guards: On the Mandatory Horizon for Truck Trailer Safety?

Underride Guards: On the Mandatory Horizon for Truck Trailer Safety?

Rear guards have been mandatory of semi-truck trailers since 1953. Designed to prevent cars from sliding, driving or crashing under the rear of the truck trailer, The standards of these guards have not been improved since 1998. Now, the The Stop Underrides Act of 2017 seeks to update standards and make tractor trailers safer. The act would require what are now optional features to become mandatory. It would require guards to be placed on the sides of trailers along with the front of trucks. If passed, it would also strengthen rear trailer guards.

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3 E's of Continuous Improvement: Efficiency, Effectiveness and Execution

If you've been doing business with Wiley Metal for any period of time, we hope you know that we are always looking at ways in which we can serve you better, help your business grow and add value. If you haven't experienced this, call us out on it. We are in a constant search of improving the way we conduct business.

In our continuing efforts to serve our partner clients, we have recently hired a Continuous Improvement Manager, Scott Meyer. Among other responsibilities, Scott is being charged with keeping us on the path to continuous improvement using the 3 E's of efficiency, effectiveness and execution.

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The Chaos of the Aluminum Metal Market and Future Impacts on Extrusion

Back to back decisions are wreaking some unintended chaos on the aluminum metal market and it is impacting those in aluminum extrusion, including Wiley Metal.

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#1 Reason Truck Trailer Production Orders Are Increasing

If you've done any traveling of late, you may have noticed an increase in truck traffic on the nation's roadways. It is not an illusion. Heavy duty truck traffic is up and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

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Understanding Precision vs. Tolerance vs. Accuracy in Metal Fabrication

Throw enough darts at the board and eventually you'll hit the bulls-eye. Does that mean it was an accurate throw, or did you just get lucky? Could you do it again? And again?

What we're talking about here is accuracy and precision. People trained in statistical quality tools might prefer the word “repeatability” over “precision”. The same people will tell us it's repeatability that matters most, and here's why: If you can hit the same spot on the dartboard with every throw, you're pretty precise, or repeatable. Add a little compensation and you'll hit that bulls-eye every time, no luck required.

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6 Criteria to Consider When Putting Tolerances on a Metal Fabrication


Generosity is the act of helping others by giving them something, with no expectation of getting anything back. Here at Wiley we feel good about giving, but sometimes we'd like to be on the receiving end. More specifically, we'd like a little generosity when it comes to putting tolerances on part prints.

A tight tolerance complicates metal fabrication, and that drives up cost. A generous tolerance gives us more flexibility in how a part or fabrication is made. That lets us select faster processes, which generally lowers costs. So to be blunt, if you could open up those tolerances just a little you'd do us all a favor.

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