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 Truck Trailer Driver Shortage Solutions


 Help Your Customers Keep Their Trucks Driving

The  truck driver shortage in America is real and it is significant. There are several reasons for this, including the recession of 2009 that chased many drivers into other careers or retirement. The industry recovered but many drivers didn't return. The luster and appeal of driving on the open road are not what it once was. For many of us, driving is no longer the joy it once was. Trucking has struggled in attracting new drivers, yet the demand continues to grow. The American Trucking Association (ATA) says that trucks carry 70% of consumer goods. It also says the industry needs to recruit about 900,000 new drivers to meet current demand. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) says the truck driver shortage is its number one priority for 2018. Read More

6 Sheet Metal Material Criteria for Your Fabrication Project

They, whoever “they” are, say that form follows function. In other words, design to make your project work, and worry about appearance later. It's logical, but not always very helpful, especially when it comes to selecting sheet metal.

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Permanent vs. Reusable Joints for Sheet Metal Part Assembly

When our grandfathers were young they'd repair anything that wore out or broke. Today though, repairing things is a disappearing skill. Part of the problem is the way so many products are assembled. If you've ever tried taking something apart you'll know that welds and adhesive joints often make it impossible.

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Shearing Machine Maintenance Checklists Increase Operation and Decrease Downtime

Last year was the safest year on record for commercial aviation, which we can all agree is good news. One of the many tools that helps keep us safe in the air is the pre-flight checklist. This simple device ensures the pilot doesn't skip any essential checks before “pushing back” and taxiing to the runway.

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Shearing vs. Sawing for Cutting Metal

Most of us have seen a guillotine. They're usually in movies about the French Revolution. Rather than use swords or axes, back in 1792 the French decided this machine was a more humane means of dispatching criminals and political opponents. That's debatable, but certainly, a shearing process has to be better for those involved than the other way of cutting: sawing.

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How RV Door Assembly Saves Your OEM Time

We've all heard and may even frequently use the phrase “time is money”. Yet, situations arise almost daily when we are faced with the decision between “time” and “money” and choose money. We may, in an instant, think that we have the resources in-house to accomplish something or even continue to do something in-house without considering the alternatives. There are times and places where outsourcing can not only be convenient but save you and your team valuable time. For those in the recreational vehicle industry, many are discovering the benefits of an OEM RV door fabricator that includes assembly services in their customer service capabilities.

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Polished Stainless Steel Bumper vs. Chrome Plated or Painted Bumpers

People have been driving into things for about as long as there have been cars. That's a problem for many reasons, not least of which is that cars have always been expensive. Bumpers were invented in an effort to reduce repair costs and protect pedestrians, but car manufacturers quickly turned them into decorative features.

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7 Uses for a Polished Stainless Steel Finish

If ever you find yourself in downtown Chicago be sure to visit Millennium Park. There you'll find the Cloud Gate sculpture. Locals refer to it as “The Bean” because it's shaped much like a kidney bean, but one that's 66 feet long and 33 feet high. The most impressive thing about the bean though, in our view anyway, is not the size but that it's made from highly polished stainless steel - that then turns into a mirror reflecting both the Chicago skyline and the thousands who go to see it every day.

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5 Ways to Adopt Continuous Improvement in your Metal Fabrication Shop this Year

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As we head further into January and the New Year, many of manufacturers are in search of the next big thing that will take our busienss to the next level. Perhaps it's a new piece of technology, robotics or an app. It could be a new management strategy or a total rethinking of how we lay out our metal fabrication shop floor. While it is always good to be forward in our thinking and on the lookout for that next big trend, it can be just as valuable, if not more, to keep in mind the importance of continuous improvement. Sure, there are those times when you'll pull the trigger on a big investment in a machine or technology or even in adding personnel but more often than not success lies in the pursuit of steady, consistent, and continuous improvement.

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RV Exterior: Durable Parts Always Trending

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Here in the Midwest, where Wiley Metal calls home, it has already been a brutal winter. We're far from alone, however, with frigid temperatures and heavy snows spanning across large portions of the country. But from Maine to Florida and from Las Vegas to Seattle it is not just the winter season. It is RV 'planning' season, with RV manufacturers and dealers across the country gathering to capturing the imagination of consumers when they need it most. RV shows are a terrific way for these manufacturers to demonstrate new capabilities, technologies, and developments for the coming season. While many developments are trendy and attention-getting, there is one aspect of RV construction that Wiley is intimately involved with and has been for years.

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