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Keeping It Cool With Boston’s Largest MEP Contractor

Posted on Dec 19, 2017

In the early 1960’s John Cannistraro set out to build something special. Using $1,500 and ample encouragement from his wife Rita, John founded J.C. Cannistraro LLC. 50 years later, Cannistraro is a top tier mechanical contracting firm with over 700 employees. Cannistraro has been touted as “Boston’s Largest Mechanical Contractor” according to the Boston Business Journal, been named one of the “Top Places to Work” by the Boston Globe, “Top 50 Mechanical Contractors in the U.S.” by ENR Magazine, and it’s even an inductee in the Massachusetts Building Congress Hall of Fame.

How To Automate Your Cold Saw

Posted on Dec 12, 2017

If you like Harley-Davidsons, The Packers, cheese curds, brats, and Brodies, then you surely love Wisconsin. “America’s Dairyland” is famed for a number of culinary rarities (25 best things about living in Wisconsin), and kindhearted Midwesterners rallying around their shared love of football, food, and most importantly, family. For J&D Tube Benders, a 3rd generation family run manufacturing shop in Schofield, Wisconsin, being a tight knit community focused business is its greatest strength.

Simple Machines Saw Operators Can't Live Without

Posted on Dec 5, 2017

Buying high tech equipment for your shop is often a no-brainer. The ROI pencils out in terms of production and efficiency increases and reduced waste, but ONLY if the equipment is used consistently day in and day out. Widespread employee adoption is key. If operators aren't willing to use the equipment, either due to its complexity or unreliability, that large capital purchase just went down the drain. Erector Sets Inc., manufacturers and purveyors of production and news sets, knows how important it is to utilize equipment that can be easily operated by each and every employee, shift after shift. Erector Sets employs an automated cross cut fence that's as efficient as it is easy-to-use. This type of equipment keeps its operators fully engaged in the manufacturing process. 

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape

Posted on Nov 29, 2017

If you thought your TigerStop was solely used for accurately positioning material- you thought wrong! Your TigerStop is actually a planet saving transformer; what you get is so much more than meets the eye. Your TigerStop has a whole host of hidden talents ranging from incredible pushing capacities up to 2,100 pounds, material yield increasing skills, scrap waste reduction abilities, and a plethora of software features. Behold the key to unlocking your TigerStop’s superpowers.

Cross Cutting The Way To Picture Perfect Sound

Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Noah Kaplan is a commissioned artist, woodworker and business owner. He admits that he can’t paint a picture without a piece of music playing, so it makes sense that the successful entrepreneur would be the driving force behind arguably one of the coolest speaker manufacturing companies in the nation, Leon Speakers. Using top of the line tools, including an automated cross cutting system, Leon Speakers is able to deliver picture perfect audio products. 

Ten Ways To Control Aluminum Costs

Posted on Nov 14, 2017

If your aluminum costs are sky high and you are struggling to understand why, fear not! TigerStop has compiled a list of things you can do, or stop doing, to help you save big time on your raw material expenditures. Most items on the list are simple things that you can implement today to realize immediate savings. If your bottom line is hurting, and you feel like a slave to your aluminum supplier, then check out the below tips. 

The Dirty Secret About Your Scrap

Posted on Nov 7, 2017

Scrap is a great indicator of a company’s performance. Every piece of scrap in the scrap bin has a story about how it got there. Scrap is a domino effect. A full scrap box can suggest poor operator performance or machining at the very beginning of the production process, leading to rework, bottlenecks, poor quality controls, and eventually, a late or mismanufactured product arriving at your customer’s doorstep. It all adds up. Stop the domino effect. Rethinking how your organization handles its scrap can do more for the bottom line than any other activity. Keep reading to learn the simple steps to reducing scrap and rework in your operation. Download TigerStop's FREE scrap reduction guide below.

ShoreMaster Pushes 10 Million Pounds of Aluminum With TigerStop

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

Well, it's official people. Summer is over. We hate to break the news to you, we know how hard this must be. Kiss those lake days goodbye until next year. But in this time of mourning we can also take time to remember those who did their utmost to make our lazy days on the water as magical as possible. To the unsung heroes of yore- we thank you for your service. 

To the people who helped us scurry away from the Loch Ness monster by providing reliable dock railings and to those who protected our feet from splinters as we geared up for epic cannonballs (regardless whether the lifeguard said no running on the dock), you deserve a standing ovation. To the people who protected our boats with robust boat lifts and hand crafted docks, year after year, ShoreMaster, we thank you. Learn how water sport equipment manufacturer, ShoreMaster, has continued to save summer over the last 45 years, and the secrets behind its manufacturing success.  

Custom Architectural Fabrication Shop Positions Itself For Success

Posted on Oct 24, 2017

This is a story about the Giumenta's, a hardworking and dedicated Italian family with a flourishing business spanning three generations; no easy feat. Keep reading to find out how they mastered the art of lean manufacturing while simultaneously combatting the skills gap in their metal fabrication shop.

Tax Codes Are Boring, $500,000 Deductions Aren't: 411 On Section 179

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

What if we told you that you could buy machinery and software to help your manufacturing business and deduct up to $500,000 on your taxes? Well, your wish is our command! While we can’t take full responsibility (or any responsibility, really) for the creation of this glorious tax code, we can help explain it in simple enough terms so your biz can reap the benefits. Check out our guide to Section 179.