Wiley Tiki Talk

Welcome 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.

 

Aluminum vs. Steel for Decreasing Trailer Weight

Aluminum vs. Steel for Decreasing Trailer Weight

Even if you've no desire to live in one, you must admit, Airstream trailers look cool. Aerodynamic styling is part of the appeal, but so too is the bright aluminum bodywork. It's said that 70% of all Airstream trailers ever built are still on the road, and while...

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How We Improved Our On-Time Delivery to 95%

How We Improved Our On-Time Delivery to 95%

Our Quest to Improve On-Time Delivery to 95% Most of our blogs in Tiki Talk discuss subjects of general interest in manufacturing and frequently metal fabrication in particular. In recent posts, we've discussed the economy, technology, tariffs' and a host of other...

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Lightweight Comparison: Steel vs. Aluminum vs. GFRP

Lightweight Comparison: Steel vs. Aluminum vs. GFRP

Maybe you've already thought about how weight affects motion, but what about static structures or fabrications? Weight can be important there too. Some point to consider are: Will the fabrication need transporting? Almost certainly yes, unless you're assembling it...

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Adhesive Bonding or Welding? The Answer May Surprise You

Adhesive Bonding or Welding? The Answer May Surprise You

In fabrication the main way we create permanent joins is by welding. Welding has it's drawbacks though, some of which we've discussed here. Thin materials, dissimilar materials, aluminum, even stainless can present challenges. And then there's all the prep and...

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Heavy Metal Fabrication vs. Light Metal Fabrication

Heavy Metal Fabrication vs. Light Metal Fabrication

We're partial to a bit of heavy metal here at Wiley, but we don't mean the music. Walk through our shop and you might see the occasional Metallica or Iron Maiden tee-shirt, but when we say heavy metal we mean it in the fabrication sense. We've nothing against light...

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How Strong is Extruded Aluminum?

How Strong is Extruded Aluminum?

As you may recall from some earlier Tiki Talk posts, we’re big fans of extruded aluminum. It’s strong for its weight, machines easily and can be extruded into an almost limitless variety of cross-sections. That makes it ideal for applications ranging from window...

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