May Newsletter

Evans Metal Stamping, Inc/Evans Tool & Die, Inc
Walk of Heroes: Veterans War Memorial
“Freedom is not Free!”

On May 16th at 4:30 p.m. Evans Companies will honor its employees who are veterans at the Walk of Heroes/ Veterans War Memorial in Conyers, Georgia. We encourage ALL employees to attend. More details will follow. During this special ceremony, Evans will present 11 personalized pavers
dedicated to each employee who served in our country’s
armed services. We are thankful for their service to our county and encourage other businesses in our community to honor their workforce who are veterans by supporting the Walk of Heroes/Veterans War Memorial.

Read more about it in our Newsletter:

Georgia Game Changers

Evans Metal Stamping, Inc Steps Up to the Plate

We are excited to announce that Evans Metal Stamping, Inc/Evans Tool & Die, Inc is the sole supplier for the struts Quest Renewables is using for the solar system at a 71,000+ seat sports and entertainment complex in Atlanta. Solar panels refers to panels designed to absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity.

The QuadPod canopy system was featured on WSBTV’s Georgia GameChangers, which discussed how the clean energy racking system was developed at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and commercialized by Quest Renewables. Through Quest Renewables, whose mission was “to expand the solar industry by increasing install speeds and improving productivity of operation”, Evans Metal Stamping, Inc/Evans Tool & Die, Inc is now supplying the struts to support the QuadPod Canopy System and other similar projects across the country!

QuadPods are ideal for long span applications like parking lots, parking garages, pedestrian malls and agricultural or industrial areas.

DESIGN FEATURES:
• Recipient of the Department of Energy’s SunShot grant award
• World-class material resource productivity
• Enables flexible orientation to achieve greater panel density
• 3-dimensional truss leverages nesting, bolted connections that reduce overall material and labor

CONSTRUCTION FEATURES:
• Modular system for ease of shipping, installation and site flexibility
• Assembles on the ground for rapid module installation and site management
• Pick-n-place array minimizes overhead work, optimizing job site safety

Details about Our Plastic Stamping Services

Plastic Stamping Machine Press

We’re committed to quality customer service, and we do that by always keeping the customer’s needs a top priority in everything we do and manufacture. We provide many services, including metal stamping, tool and die design, welding services, design engineering and plastic stamping, just to name a few. Focusing on our plastic stamping services, we produce parts using our own tool and dies with our high-speed equipment.

Our expert staff of professionals provides quality care by meeting fast deadlines and providing accurate delivery. Our team works with a range of various materials from .010 to .250 inches in thickness, and our stamping press sizes range from five tons to 1000 tons. We can produce progressions up to 60 inches and coil widths from .125 to 40 inches. Also, we work with tolerances as tight as .003 inches. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and gets each job done efficiently.

The materials we use for our plastic stamping capabilities include unfilled Delrin acetal homopolymer, polypropylene and extruded plastic. We serve various industries that include refrigeration, electrical, medical, automotive, ATV/4 wheelers and golf carts. Our additional services are:

  • CNC Machining
  • Drilling
  • Countersinking
  • Tapping
  • Reaming
  • Vibratory/Burnish Finishing
  • Riveting
  • Grinding
  • Deburring
  • Assembly
  • Packaging
  • Pad Printing

You can learn more about our plastic stamping services by checking out our website. You can also contact us with any questions you may have.

Dee Barnes, owner of Evans Tool and Die, was named as the winner of the 2013 Small Business Person of the Year Award

Dee Barnes, owner of Evans Metal Stamping, was named the the 2013 Jerry Barboe Small Business Person of the Year by the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce in recognition of Dee’s contributions and the difference she has made in the community.
“I want to remind everyone that the people who are here are the ones who drive our communities,” said emcee Superior Court Judge David Irwin said before announcing the award. “It’s the small folks who make that difference. The small businesses are what separate our communities from other communities. These are our neighbors.”
Barnes said after the ceremony “I am very honored to have won this award, to be in the community and to be able to give back and provide jobs. I wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for the staff supporting me and making Evans great. We are proud as a company and I am proud to be part of it.”

Evans Adds New EDM Wire Machine – Industry Leading Metal Stamper Invests for Future

Wire EDM

(March 27 – Atlanta) Evans Metal Stamping announces an expansion of its industry-leading tool and die making capability with the installation of a new Agie Charmilles CUT 300 EDM wire machine.

“The CUT 300 allows Evans to make dies with extremely tight tolerance, improving the quality of the resulting stamped parts,” said Dee Barnes, President of Evans. Continues Ms. Barnes, “The CUT 300 also reduces the amount of time needed to create and repair individual die sections, which helps keep die repair costs down.”

“Agie Charmille is recognized as the best EDM wire machine on the market,” say Art Neff, VP of Sales for Evans. “With the CUT 300 Evans can also shorten lead times, which helps customers get their parts produced and delivered in the timeframes they need.”

With the ability to give a 4 micron finish and 30 degree taper, and cut at 42″ per hour, the CUT 300 demonstrates Evans’ commitment to ensuring customers recieve the highest quality parts, on budget and on time.

For more infromation on how Evans can help your company succeed with better parts, contact Art Neff, VP of Sales, at 770.922.3480 or artneff (at) evanstd (dot) com.

U.S. Manufacturing Hits a New Four-Year High

Evans Metal Die Manufacturing Growth

The manufacturing industry has fluctuated much like any market over the years, but currently the industry has seen substantial gains, hitting its highest level in nearly four years. According to a survey conducted by Markit, factory activity has expanded at its fastest pace in nearly four years as well, during February 2014. The stock market measured by the Dow Jones shows that the market has gained all of its losses from the crash of 2008, even after an unsteady start this year.

Additionally, claims for unemployment insurance have recently fallen as well, which is a good thing for the job market, as less people are getting laid off. Claims for unemployment insurance have fallen in the past weeks. The stock market pinpoints the previous industry weaknesses on the negative effects of the extremely cold weather and severe storms that the U.S. has been experiencing. Now, however, things are starting to improve.

In terms of statistics, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 92.67 points, or 0.58 percent, bringing it to 16,133.23. NASDAQ rose 29.59 points, or 0.7 percent, bringing it up to 4,267.55. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 11.03 points, or 0.60 percent, to end at 1,839.78.

The gradual strengthening of the U.S. economy obviously plays the largest role in helping the U.S. manufacturing industry. The creation of more jobs will allow the industry to continue to grow rather than slowly stagnate. While U.S. manufacturing will undoubtedly continue to see gains and losses, the fact that it’s currently stronger than ever is very uplifting and reassuring news.

More Minority Students are Getting Involved in STEM

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educationSTEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is highly important because it serves as a stepping stone to get students of all ages and races to prepare for careers in any one of those fields. An increasing emphasis has been placed on STEM education nationally in the last few years. The U.S. Department of Education says that only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in STEM careers. And of those who study those fields in college, only about half choose to work in such a career.

An organization called the Pennsylvania Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), a division of MESA USA, which was founded in 1970, helps millions of low-income students get involved in STEM through challenging courses, mentors and training.

Hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia, the MESA initiative offers free Saturday classes, a two-week summer camp and support to after-school clubs in a variety of technology-based subjects. It focuses on African-American and Latino students who are underrepresented in high-paying STEM jobs.

Since the program’s launch in May 2011, it has served over 3,500 students in grades six through 12 in the School District of Philadelphia, including those in some of the district’s lowest-performing high schools. Recently, students in the program took home four team medals and 18 individual awards at the 2013 MESA USA National Engineering Championships.

Another program called the Logistics, Acquisitions & Supply System Operations (LASSO) is a two-week summer camp taught almost exclusively by Navy core officers. It builds on skills in math, Microsoft Excel, teamwork and problem solving. During the summer of 2013, the Navy contracted with Pennsylvania MESA to organize the camp in three other cities: Chicago, Baltimore and Newark. This summer, the program is planned to be conducted in 12 different cities.

The Promising Future of US Manufacturing

Metal Stamping in the USA

US Manufacturing is slowly but surely seeing a revival in terms of its job market. This is largely thanks to the decreasing energy costs in US along with growing labor costs in China. In fact, energy usage is equivalent to only about 17% of US gross domestic, while China’s energy usage equals about 27 percent. This decrease in energy costs is due in part to a rise in shale oil and natural gas exploration in the U.S. By 2015, prices for natural gas are expected to be 60 to 70 percent cheaper in the U.S. than in Japan or Europe. Electricity prices are also predicted to go down in the US, anywhere from 40 to 70 percent cheaper compared to other countries.

With this steady surge in the manufacturing industry, the US economy is seeing a modest recovery. Many types of companies in all different job markets are starting to add more employees to their payrolls, thus causing the unemployment rate to go down. These trends are only expected to continue in the years ahead, and as a matter of fact, manufacturing is predicted to remain a positive contributor to the economy in 2014. This is because consumers are expected to spend more on cars, appliances and durable goods, and businesses are likely to increase spending on new capital equipment.

A recent survey from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) showed that its October ISM manufacturing index increased from 56.2 to 56.4 in September, which is the highest it’s been in over two years. This reading indicates that more manufacturers are reporting improving conditions for their companies, and therefore, many firms are seeing more long-term manufacturing conditions.

The US economy still has a long way to go in order to improve, but as of right now, conditions remain favorable for growth in 2014. Likewise, manufacturers will benefit from consumer demands and continue to strengthen in the imminent future.

After Manufacturing Day: Let’s Keep it Going

For those of us who participated in Manufacturing Day on October 4, it was an invaluable opportunity to reach out to our communities and the younger generations, and tell the story of manufacturing. It was a day to celebrate this great industry, while focusing on its future.

One of the main purposes of Manufacturing Day was to get younger people—those entering the workforce as well as those still in school—interested in careers in manufacturing. As American manufacturing continues to gain momentum, we are facing a skilled labor shortage, and companies are continuously in need of qualified workers.

Here are just some statistics*:

  • More than 70% of Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong economy and national security, yet only 17% named manufacturing as among their top industry choices to begin a career, and only 30% of parents said they would encourage their children to pursue careers in manufacturing.
  • By 2030, there will be twice as many retirees as there are today, but only 18% more workers.
  • 83% of U.S. manufacturers surveyed in 2005 for the National Association of Manufacturer’s Skill Gap Report indicated a shortage of skilled manpower, already affecting their ability to serve customers.

So what is the solution? Of course, this is not easy. But one way to look at it is to make every day Manufacturing Day. To consistently reach out to customers, students, teachers, our children, our peers, and showcase the value of what we make, what we do, and why it keeps America running.

According to this article written by Douglas Woods of AMT, “It’s important that we’re finding ways to share that passion [for manufacturing] with a broader audience, especially the younger generation – those who will carry our industry forward in the years to come.” He suggests a 365 day/year effort, including “industry-related events, coalitions, forums” such as conferences, workshops, and more.

Tackling such an overwhelming challenge isn’t easy—but this is American manufacturing. We are up for the challenge.

*Source: http://www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/EPK-Fact-Sheet-final.pdf

Robotics and Automation: The Next Big Industrial Revolution is Here and Now

Evans Arc Welding Robotic Assembly

It’s been 100 years since Henry Ford created the first manufacturing assembly line – he physically pulled a Model T on a rope! Ford’s assembly line helped to answer demand for the automobile, and it was one of the biggest breakthroughs in the industrial revolution, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press. The creation of assembly lines has had global ramifications over the past century, ramifications that have extended all the way to today.

robotThe article states, “When Ford pulled that first Model T on a rope, it was one of the biggest breakthroughs in America’s industrial revolution. Breaking down the Model T’s 3,000 parts into 84 distinct steps performed by groups of workers simplified and shortened the building of a car. Assembly time for a Model T went from 12 hours to about 90 minutes.” This assembly line was, literally, the grandfather of today’s manufacturing lines, and, just like that original assembly line, today’s automated manufacturing production lines offer a lot of advantages:

  • Simplification of an assembly/manufacturing process.
  • Higher production rates.
  • Time-savings.
  • Cost-savings, and more.

A recent article on USAToday.com says, “The savings achieved through the first assembly line enabled Ford to reduce the Model T price from $850 to less than $300, making it affordable for the masses. By 1927 Ford was able to build a Model T every 24 seconds and sold more than 15 million worldwide, accounting for half of all automobiles sold at the time.”

Today, automation, in various forms, is revolutionizing manufacturing in every sector. Manufacturing Engineering Media reports, “Although automation can and does take many forms, ranging from barfeeds and parts catchers to pick-and-place systems, and to floor, machine, or gantry-mounted robots, each type has its pros and cons.”

The pros of automation – such as filling the manufacturing skills gap, offering a high-level of accuracy, and taking humans out of dangerous environments and situations –definitely outweigh the cons. The same article states, “Small and midsized shops also have an opportunity to adopt automation as a ready-made and cost-effective solution to critical gaps in the availability of skilled workers for applications like welding, for instance.”

Fast-forward from 1913 to 2013, look at every manufacturing industry and you’ll see the legacy left behind by Henry Ford’s first assembly line. Today, however, you’ll find robotics and technology playing important roles on the assembly line. Automation is one of the keys to success – and to remaining competitive – in manufacturing on a global scale. Yes, we’ve come a long way from Ford’s days of pulling cars on ropes, and who knows where we’ll be 100 years from now!