American Industrial’s New CAGE ID

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We’re ready for government contracts – American Industrial has been issued a CAGE ID.

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What social security numbers are to people, the CAGE ID codes are to government contractors.  In order to do business with the government, it’s important for a company to obtain its exclusiveNAICS, DUNS and CAGE ID codes. These unique code numbers are essential for promoting and marketing purposes, and are must-haves before the company begins the bidding process for government contracts.
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U.S. Production Costs Becoming Competitive With China

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A new report has shown that over the past 10 years, manufacturing in the United States has started to become more competitive compared to many low-cost rivals- the most notable one being China. Today, U.S. factories are able to produce goods at cheaper prices than many of those produced in Eastern Europe. According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), it is now less than 5% cheaper to produce goods in China compared to the United States, which is quite good considering that the U.S. wasn’t even on the map prior to this.
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The American Shop Floor – An Infographic

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With new technologies, rules, and regulations being tossed into the mix each day, the typical manufacturing shop floors of America have been constantly evolving over the years to reach their current state.

But how exactly do we describe the current state of these shops? Who are they serving the most, and what machines are now being used? What types of metals do they machine with most often, and how do they handle quality control?
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New Manufacturing Facility Cooling Water Intake Regulations from the EPA

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To cool their plants and facilities, many industrial manufacturers utilize large volumes of water from various bodies of naturally occurring water.  The list includes oceans, estuaries, rivers, and lakes. Although this has been done for decades, there has been growing concern and debate about possible damage that is caused by the intake systems to the overall environment, and in particular, marine life.
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Maintaining Quality with The Micro Vu Matrix

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At American Industrial., we emphasize quality in every aspect of our quality assurance testing services. We incorporate advanced technology, using the latest inspection/measuring systems such as the manual Micro-Vu Matrix video system. Our system, model 9050A, offers many features to deliver consistent quality measurements that typical optical comparators cannot.
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The Problem with Outsourcing

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One of the biggest conversations surrounding American manufacturing these days is reshoring; companies of all sizes are bringing business and jobs back to American soil. It’s welcome news for the industry.

As some companies still make the decision to outsource—and as many of us focus on the reshoring trend—what many people are not talking about is whyoutsourcing is such a bad decision, not just for the country, but for those individual companies.

Outsourcing is complex and often fraught with problems.  The actual process of moving manufacturing overseas, and then making sure it is being done correctly and efficiently, is even more complicated than it sounds.
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Precision Metal Stamping

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When people think American Industrial Company, we hope they immediately think of precision metal stamping. As we have centered our company on the stamping process, as opposed to other manufacturing processes, we certainly hope that is what we are best known for. Here, each day revolves around best serving our customers through precision metal stamping and our main focus, progressive die stamping.
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Selecting the Best Materials for your Project

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American Industrial Company works with a variety of materials.  Two of the most utilized metals are Cold Rolled Steel and Stainless Steel.  We created two material selection charts for both of these materials in order to take the guess work out of what grade is best for specific applications.  Below is a brief summary of both materials and then at the end of this blog you’ll find a button that will take you to the charts in order for you to download each – for free!
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Automation in the Metal Stamping Industry

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In a quest to become more efficient, cost effective, and lean, many industries have implemented various automation initiatives into their business strategies. It has been no different for the manufacturing industry. As more equipment becomes automated, manufacturers are utilizing these machines in their production processes.

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