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My Workshop Is Cold!

My garage is cold, and I’m trying to cure some urethane. All it needs is a nice warm hug… A while ago, I wrote about the need to monitor shop temperature, material temperature and mold temperature. It’s really important. These days, a go-to device...

We Have The Best Customers. Literally

Anybody who spends much time around me hears me rant and rave about how good local Canadian manufacturing talent is. Today there’s an official announcement that backs this up in a very unusual and surprisingly cool way.  For a while now the...

The Future of Composites Mass Production

For me, in this industry, the future is automation.  It isn’t the first and won’t be the last time I write a blog on it.  Composites are expensive to build.  The biggest reason they are expensive is labor.  Even offshore composite parts (don’t get me...

Sunny Days

SAMPE 2013 is over and it’s time for me to leave the sunny summer coast.  Monday I left Toronto sunny and 80⁰F. I get to Los Angeles to rain and 65⁰F. Show’s over, it’s Thursday night and guess what? Raining and 65⁰F. But enough complaining. Sitting on a patio...

Automated Composites

For me, one of the more interesting parts of our industry has been the race to fully integrate composites into the automotive industry.  Not so much the flashy clear finished carbon fiber parts showing up on performance cars, but run-of-the-mill production vehicles....