Article - manufacturing-today.com
(February 6, 2018)
By Bruce Hagenau
Getting from Prototype to Finished Product: Three Must-Answer Questions
Articles about new product development have proliferated across the Internet, offering tips on major considerations ranging from patent protection and cost estimating to prototype development and materials (e.g. drawings; cardboard; molded plastic). Yet, beyond the traditional wisdom, there are questions many inventors never ask themselves—and that aren’t often covered in articles about product design, development and launch.
As the owner of a fabrication shop that works with inventors on a regular basis, I have identified many important, less common questions that, depending on the answer, can boost the odds of success for inventors moving from prototype to finished product. The three that follow are among the most important to consider—and answer honestly.
Metcam Wins Small Manufacturer of the Year Award
(November 16, 2017)
Metcam, an Alpharetta-based fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, was awarded "Small Manufacturer of The Year" for Forsyth County's 2017 Manufacturers of Distinction & Leadership (MODL) Awards.
This year serves as the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber and the South Forsyth Rotary Club's inaugural MODL Awards. The series of awards were created to highlight and celebrate local manufacturers that give back to Forsyth County Schools and local community organizations.
Metcam was chosen as this year's "Small Manufacturer of The Year" for its 28-year impact on Forsyth County. Metcam hosts educational events such as Manufacturing Day, supports several Forsyth High School robotic teams and provides student interns with practical experience.
"We are proud to receive the title of Small Manufacturer of The Year," said Bruce Hagenau, President of Metcam Inc. "For the past 28 years, we have serviced and influenced our community by partaking in sustainable practices, educating our community's youth and supporting the future leaders in manufacturing."
Winners of the Small, Medium and Large Manufacturer of The Year award were announced at the MODL Awards Luncheon, which took place on November 8 at Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming, Georgia.
Metcam is a fabricator of precision sheet metal components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) representing a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, electronics and HVAC. Metcam's advanced metalworking capabilities include laser cutting, punching, forming, hardware insertion, welding (including robotics), powder painting, silkscreen and parts assembly. Metcam also assists clients with product design and manufacturability to reduce their total cost of production. Metcam's award-winning service, combined with an aggressive focus on quality, environmental management and lean manufacturing, simplifies the outsourcing decision for firms worldwide.
Metcam President Bruce Hagenau Serves as Table Host at Green Chamber’s Sustainability Event
(October 23, 2017)
Metcam, an award-winning fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced that Metcam President Bruce Hagenau was a featured table host at The Green Chamber of the South’s 2017 Sustainability Interactive! The annual conference, which focuses on sustainability awareness and education, was held on September 25 at Georgia Tech’s Research Institute Convention Center.
Hagenau helped to educate conference attendees on best practices and the importance of sustainability. Other carefully selected companies included: The Coca-Cola Company, Honeywell International Incorporated and Chick-fil-A, also shared their company’s green initiatives. The successes achieved and improvements needed within the topics of social performance, circular economies and carbon-conscious businesses were also featured in presentation. Suhas Apte, author of “The Sustainability Edge — How to Drive Top-Line Growth with Triple-Bottom-Line Thinking” and former Sustainability Director at Kimberly Clark Corporation, served as the highlight speaker.
“Metcam is an award-winning leader in quality, lean manufacturing and sustainability,” Hagenau said. “We aim to continuously improve our green practices, while inspiring others to do the same.”
Metcam Expands Entrepreneurial Offerings to Include New Product Manufacturing, Logistics, Sales and Marketing
(December 15, 2016)
Metcam today announced it has expanded its Business Solutions Division and now is partnering with inventors to offer end-to-end product manufacturing, sales/marketing and delivery pipeline, either through a joint venture or a product acquisition model.
Previously, the BSD helped inventors bring products to market by orchestrating the design, manufacturing and distribution of innovative and sheet metal intensive products. Now, Metcam has expanded its involvement to include participation in patents and intellectual property rights, as well as management of product sales and marketing… ranging from developing websites and PR to organizing tradeshow participation and product distribution networks.
"Metcam has always been an innovator in its own right, in terms of our lean and quality efforts and our advanced manufacturing approaches," said Metcam President Bruce Hagenau. "Now, we want to help inventors of sheet metal intensive products to leverage the award winning quality, manufacturing, financial, and environmental systems and resources of Metcam to bring their products to market. We don't want lack of resources or manufacturing infrastructure to prevent a valuable concept from reaching fruition."
Already, Metcam's expanded BSD offerings are being put to full use in the debut of two products: TramBed™ and Best Built Cages™.
Metcam Formally Announces Business Solutions Division to Help Inventors Launch Ingenious Products
(December 2, 2016)
Metcam today announced the official debut of its Business Solutions Division (BSD). The BSD allows inventors of sheet metal intensive products to leverage the award winning quality, manufacturing, financial, and environmental systems and resources of Metcam to bring their products to market.
TramBed 2.0 Commercial Truck Bed Extension Debuts on Truck Candy Website
(November 1, 2016)
Metcam today announced that TramBed 2.0, its patented commercial truck bed extension, will soon be available on the Truck Candy website. Although Truck Candy sells internationally, its headquarters are U.S.-based in Glendale, Arizona. The firm has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2005 and it enjoys an A+ rating from the BBB. Truck Candy is also Trustwave Verified, ensuring online purchasers that their transactions will be safe.
Metcam Announces Release of TramBed 2.0, the World's Most Helpful Commercial Truck Bed Extension
(October 17, 2016)
Metcam today announced the debut of TramBed 2.0. TramBed is an ingenious, patented commercial truck bed extender—the industry's first truck bed extension with legs.
"TramBed provides a practical solution that truck owners have long needed, but that has not traditionally been available," said Metcam President Bruce Hagenau. "As an award-winning fabricator, it only made sense for Metcam to produce and market this sensible innovation."
Metcam President Bruce Hagenau Serves as Panelist at Next Generation Manufacturing's Yearly Signature Event
(October 11, 2016)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced that Metcam President Bruce Hagenau was a featured panelist at Next Generation Manufacturing's Sixth Annual Signature Event. The non-profit manufacturing advocacy organization held the event September 22, 2016 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Caterpillar Director of Supply Chain Rodney Kalessa (left), Denim North America President Monte Galbraith (middle) and Metcam President Bruce Hagenau (right) served as panelists at Next Generation Manufacturing’s Sixth Annual Signature Event.
Metcam to Host Facility Tours to Commemorate 6th Annual Manufacturing Day
Tours of Alpharetta Facility to Focus on Advancements and Careers in Manufacturing
(September 2, 2016)
Metcam, Alpharetta-based fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, will commemorate National Manufacturing Day by hosting tours for schools, businesses and members of the community, October 7, 2016, at its manufacturing facility located at 305 Tidwell Circle in Alpharetta, Georgia. Special arrangements have been made so that students from five local high schools will tour Metcam's facility the morning of Oct. 7.
Tours will run every 15 minutes, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and will focus on advancements within the industry and the need for well-educated, motivated workers. Attendees will learn about education requirements, salary ranges and duties for a wide range of careers available in manufacturing. Each tour will conclude with refreshments and a question and answer session.
Forsyth Central robotics team takes tall strides
Attended invitational competition over summer
Article - forsythnews.com
(August 22, 2016)
By Kelly Whitmire, Staff Writer
A local team was invited to a big competition this summer.
In July, six students from Forsyth Central High School competed in the Indiana Robotics Invitational, a prestigious competition for high school students held by FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC.
Coach Jonathan Lillie said Central's team — Team OTTO, named for sponsor Automation Direct — was one of 70 teams chosen to compete, though twice as many entered.
"They took in over 140 applications and these people that actually apply to the tournament are seasoned veteran teams. The best in North America is probably the best description. We have teams from Mexico and Canada that apply," Lillie said.
Metcam Silver Sponsor of Award-Winning Forsyth Central High School Robotics Team
(May 23, 2016)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced that they are providing sponsorship to the Forsyth Central High School Robotics Team. The Robotics Team, commonly known by the members as Team Otto, boasts 20 student members plus advisors and a growing list of sponsors that now includes Metcam.
Manufacturing Society Vision Breakfast Featured Programs and Students From Forsyth Central High School
(March 29, 2016)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced that the Manufacturers' Society of Forsyth County held its annual Vision Breakfast on March 1, 2016, at Forsyth Central High School. Metcam helped found the association in 2013 and continues its support through co-sponsorship of events.
Forsyth Central Engineering Team and Robotics Club Projects
Brushing up sheet metal assembly
Table brushes support cosmetically critical parts without a scratch.
Feature Article - thefabricator.com
(February 1, 2016)
Scratching a cosmetically critical part during assembly can be costly. This is where choosing the right material for the assembly table surface can be critical. It's here that the table brush may be able to help.
At Metcam, a custom fabricator in Alpharetta, Ga., assemblers slide parts across a series of table brushes for scratch-free production.
A job goes through punching, forming, hardware insertion, inspection, and now it's at the assembly station, after which an employee notices something. The cosmetically critical parts aren't acceptable. They're scratched.
What happened? A kaizen event commences, people start asking questions, and they find that the parts were scratched in the assembly stations. It really was no one's fault. Parts move across carpeted tables, and those tables sometimes have tiny metal parts or debris stuck on them. So how do they avoid this?
Ga. production slows but still up
Factors impeding manufacturing not expected to abate soon, expert says.
Feature Article - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(February 2, 2016)
Manufacturing in Georgia started the year moving forward but in a lower gear, according to a report from Kennesaw State University.
The sector, which employs more than 377,200 people statewide, nearly half in metro Atlanta, is being slowed by less-encouraging market conditions, according to the KSU Econometric Center.
The center surveys manufacturing companies across Georgia. The answers are factored into the Purchasing Managers Index, which sums up how things look for manufacturing.
The overall index dipped from 52.5 to 52.0 in January, with a decline in five of the six categories measured in the monthly report, according to economist Don Sabbarese, director emeritus of the center.
Two views of job growth
Manufacturing shrinks and retools, while distribution work surges
Feature Article - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(November 14, 2015)
It's loud inside Metcam Inc.'s metal fabrication factory in Alpharetta.
The din comes from the bang and buzz and drone of large lasers, cutting machinery and 165 employees sometimes working with the equipment, sometimes doing what the machines can't do.
If you have grown up digital, it's a little bit of a revelation.
Nicole Shariati, 14, an eighth grader at Fulton Science Academy, was touring Metcam along with her robotics team. They are accustomed to working with computers, but not to seeing — and hearing — them in action making things.
"It's incredible that this is in Alpharetta," Shariati said. "And that is a good thing."
Bruce Hagenau Recognized at Forsyth Chamber Celebration as Chair Elect
(October 26, 2015)
Forsyth County Business Leaders, members of the Chamber's Executive Committee and Board of Directors joined together Friday night, October 23, for the 2015 Annual Dinner and Celebration, presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Guests were treated to a review of the highlights of the year before 2015 Chair Mark Bond passed the gavel to Bruce Hagenau as Chair Elect for 2016.
The black tie optional affair was held at the Forsyth Conference Center Ballroom.
Partners sponsoring the event included Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth, Georgia Power, Kubicek Information Technologies, AT&T, Carter Goble Lee, Hansgrohe, PNC Bank and Hayes, James and Associates to name a few.
Bruce Hagenau was joined by his family for this special recognition
Metcam Celebrates Fifth Annual Manufacturing Day with Open House and Tours of Its Alpharetta Facility
Businesses, Schools, Members of the Community Invited to October 2 Event to See Lean Manufacturing Principles in Action and Learn about Careers in Manufacturing
(September 9, 2015)
Metcam, an Alpharetta-based fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, will celebrate National Manufacturing Day by welcoming businesses, students and members of the community for a tour of its manufacturing facility located at 305 Tidwell Circle in Alpharetta, Georgia on October 2, 2015.
During the tours, which will start every 15 minutes from 1:30-4:30 PM, guests will have the opportunity to learn about lean manufacturing, rewarding, high-paying careers in manufacturing and the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy. Refreshments will be served in the factory's control center at the conclusion of the tour.
Metcam Enters Commercial Truck Accessory Market with Launch of New TramBed Division to Manufacture and Market Truck Bed Extensions
(September 2, 2015)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announces the launch of a new division to manufacture and market TramBed™, a commercial-grade truck bed extension. Metcam has acquired full rights to the technology, and its new division will be operating the entire supply chain for this unique product, from engineering to manufacturing, assembly and distribution. This effort marks a major milestone for Metcam, moving it from component manufacture, assembly and logistics to complete lifecycle manufacturing.
Metcam President Bruce to Participate in Panel Discussion at TAG Manufacturing & TAG Infrastructure Meeting
(September 2, 2015)
Please join TAG Manufacturing and TAG Infrastructure for a discussion on water use and consumption in modern manufacturing. Water is the most precious part of our infrastructure, and manufacturing depends on it as much as any other part of the economy. The efficient use, conservation and management of water in manufacturing is essential environmentally, societally and increasingly economically.
Wednesday, September 2nd
3:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Two Alliance Center
Level P4 Conference Center
3560 Lenox Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Resurrection of an industry — manufacturing
Feature Article - bizjournals.com
(July 31, 2015)
While many in the popular press declared the end of manufacturing in this country years ago, manufacturing is once again a growing and vital part of our national and regional economy. According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), since the end of the recession in 2009, manufacturing output has increased 18 percent. Manufacturers contributed a record $2 trillion to our economy. The manufacturing sector is larger than the entire economies of all but seven countries, and manufacturing exports have reached an all-time high. Manufacturing is no longer a declining sector of our economy but one that is growing.
Ready to Reduce Your Footprint? Start by Taking These 5 Steps
By Sue Max, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Metcam
Article - inboundlogistics.com
For resource-intensive organizations, conservation and environmental initiatives are more than feel-good activities. Environmental stewardship can ease regulatory and compliance burdens, reduce effort and waste, and increase profit margins. Yet, many companies still struggle to justify green efforts.
Implementing an environmental initiative in your business can be more than just an exercise in sustainability. The program can contain pragmatic efforts to achieve specific business goals, from reducing compliance requirements to enhancing product quality.
A kaizen strategy to achieve LSS
Feature Article - Lean Management Journal
(June 2, 2015)
Bruce Hagenau, president of fabricators Metcam, discusses how the Georgia, USA firm reaped big rewards with kaizen.
In the manufacturing sector, and for that matter, in many large organisations across a variety of industries, kaizen is a well-respected approach to improvement. The methodology, whose moniker literally means good change in Japanese, has its origins after World War II. However, based upon many published studies and articles about its adoption, organisations might assume kaizen as a sweeping effort often undertaken by giant corporations with equally large budgets.
Metcam Extends Its Services to Prototype Fabrication for R&D;
Helps U.S. Manufacturer Develop an Alternative Energy Product
(March 5, 2015)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced it is now offering research and development (R&D) services, including test unit (prototype) fabrication, for major manufacturers. Metcam is currently working with a U.S. based, multinational conglomerate to produce prototype fuel cells, one of the most exciting alternative energy developments of the modern era.
Improving Quality Through Good Change: Metcam Tackles Kaizen
Feature Article - thefabricator.com
(January 9, 2015)
All manufacturers seek to improve processes and ROI. Alpharetta, GA-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, has seen significant improvement since beginning its kaizen initiative in late 2013. What follows is the company's blueprint for kaizen success.
One of the kaizen projects involved reorganizing and creating a management system for the turret punch tool center. The improvement enhanced the efficiency and workflow of the turret punch cells and facilitated maintenance and inventory improvements.
In late 2013 Metcam Inc. brought in two experienced kaizen consultants to identify small but significant improvement initiatives that would yield meaningful results and ROI. This effort was the first step in our plan to implement kaizen practices into our operation.
Kaizen is a Sino-Japanese word that literally means "good change" (kai = change; Zen = good). In the business world, it has come to describe a system of continuous improvement based upon the principle that making small, positive changes on an ongoing basis can lead to big results.
Metcam Welcomed Canadian Business and Government Leaders to Facility
(December 4, 2014)
Metcam, a certified fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, proudly welcomed an impressive delegation of Canadian business and government leaders to their Alpharetta campus last month in partnership with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. The Canadian group was in Georgia for FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center, November 11-14, 2014.
Metcam Sent 100 Employees to FABTECH 2014
and Presented Educational Session on Reducing Environmental Footprint
(November 20, 2014)
Last week, Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, sent 100 employees to FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, held at the Georgia World Congress Center, November 11-14, 2014. Metcam holds the distinction of having the most registrants from a single company at the event. The company chartered two buses to transport their team to FABTECH where they were able to observe live equipment demonstrations, network with industry peers, and discover cost-saving solutions for their business. FABTECH expected 27,000 attendees with 1,400 exhibiting companies to participate. Metcam employees chose from more than 100 educational sessions on the latest industry trends and technology.
Metcam Completes and Implements Nine Kaizen Projects;
Reaps Substantial ROI and Process Quality Improvements
(November 6, 2014)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced it has successfully implemented nine process improvements since it began its Kaizen initiative in early 2014. Kaizen, which is Japanese for "good change," is a business philosophy of continuous improvement through small, targeted initiatives. Thus far, the projects have netted the company significant improvements in throughput (as much as 30%) and reductions in cycle times to the now-modified processes while further enhancing quality.
Metcam Recognized with 2014 Infor Excellence in Action Award
(September 29, 2014)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced it has been recognized by Infor, one of their key software vendors, with an Excellence in Action Award. The Award was presented at Inforum 2014, Infor's annual user conference, in New Orleans on September 17.
Excellence in Action Awards honor organizations that have successfully deployed Infor technology to drive business value, reduce complexity, and improve overall performance in four distinct categories - Financial Excellence, Operational Excellence, Employee Excellence and Customer Excellence, and an overall Customer of the Year. Metcam's award honored their efforts in Financial Excellence.
Metcam first approached Infor for assistance in enhancing the company's overall material planning and control activities through improved material flow, improved operational efficiencies, and reduced inventory levels. Success in these competitive markets means providing the highest quality products, delivered on time at a competitive price. To meet these goals, Metcam utilized Infor Syteline for their Materials Planning and Inventory Control project.
Recipients, left to right: Bruce Hagenau, President of Metcam; Allan Davies, CIO Asia Pacific of Dematic; Jullian Hjellnes, Asset Care System Supervisor of Coca-Cola Enterprises Norway; David Widegren, Head of Engineering Processes Support of CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research; Ray Kendrick, VP of Human Resources of Memorial Healthcare System; Mikko Luoma, Director of Business Support (Communications, Marketing Services, IT, Logistics) of V V-AUTO; Julie Armendariz, Director of HR and Organizational Development of Transplace.
Metcam Opens Doors for Manufacturing Day: October 3, 2014
Factory Tour Highlights Lean Manufacturing Principles, Raises Awareness of Skilled Career Options and the Importance of Manufacturing to U.S. Economy
(September 22, 2014)
To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has joined a group of public and private organizations in the launch of the third annual Manufacturing Day on October 3, 2014.
"By participating in this year's event, Metcam hopes to attract the interest of young people and technology-minded professionals from across North Georgia and get them excited about pursuing good-paying opportunities in an innovative environment," said Bruce Hagenau, President of Metcam.
Manufacturing Day has been designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing's value to the U.S. economy. In 2013, more than 834 events were held in schools and manufacturing facilities and more than 35,000 people participated. Read More >
4 Manufacturers view roles in sustainable supply stream
Between a green and a sage place
(May 26, 2014)
Josh Gibson of Kerry Ingredients, J.L. Clark's Phil Baerenwald, Steelcase's Mary Ellen Mika, and Metcam's Sue Max delve into the complexities of their companies' roles in a sustainable supply chain at the May Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2.0 Conference & Exhibits.
Metcam Applies Pressure Downstream
A sustainability effort can be effective only if manufacturers' suppliers and vendors are part of the effort as well.
Sue Max, EHS Manager, Metcam, Inc., Alphretta, Ga., advised attendees to partner with suppliers and vendors to find common goals and identify barriers.
A metal fabricator such as Metcam relies heavily not only on its material suppliers, but also on its capital equipment and machinery suppliers. When the company wanted to replace its solvent-based paint with a powder coating, that meant not only replacing the coating but the entire coating equipment line as well.
The powder coat system transitioned the company's classification from a "large-quantity hazardous waste generator" to a "conditionally exempt small-quantity generator." As a result of ceasing to emit volatile organic compounds (VOC), an air permit was no longer required, and the reduction in hazardous waste disposal cut costs.
Metcam reviews its material suppliers and seeks those with recyclable materials and reuse programs. Max said that ISO 14001 standards lay out the path, starting with identifying all environmental impacts and tracking ongoing performance.
Metcam Environmental Health and Safety Manager Sue Max to Speak at Upcoming Sustainable Manufacturer Conference; Joins Board of New Sustainable Manufacturer Network
(May 22, 2014)
Metcam announced today that Metcam Environmental Health and Safety Manager Sue Max was a guest speaker at the Sustainable Manufacturer Conference held May 20-21 at the Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center in Naperville, IL. On May 21, Max was a panelist for a featured discussion on "Your Role in the Sustainable Supply Chain."
Metcam Undertakes Dedicated Kaizen Initiatives to Effect Additional, Permanent Lean Manufacturing Improvements
(April 30, 2014)
Metcam announced today it has completed the first of three Kaizen programs that were born of a lean manufacturing study begun in December 2013. For the effort, Metcam hired professional lean manufacturing consultants to study its operations. The team identified 12 possible kaizen projects that had potential for a solid ROI. Kaizen, which means "improvement" or "change for the best" in Japanese, is a methodology that focuses on continuous improvement of processes.
Manufacturers' Society of Forsyth County Sponsors 2014 Manufacturing Bootcamp
(April 22, 2014)
Metcam announced today that the Manufacturers' Society of Forsyth County, which Metcam helped found in July 2013, held its first 2014 Manufacturing Bootcamp on April 21, 2014. Metcam was a co-sponsor of the event, which was held at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming, GA 30041. The day-long workshop offered Georgia manufacturing companies a variety of helpful sessions on issues ranging from lean manufacturing to safety.
Metcam Implements Infor SyteLine
By implementing Infor SyteLine, Metcam was able to reduce inventory by 50%. SyteLine provides visibility into all aspects of their fabricated sheet metal business. Real time visibility into operations has improved decision making.
Sue Max Featured As Member Spotlight in February 2014 Issue of Sustainable Manufacturer Network E-Zine.
(February 21, 2014)
Sustainable Manufacturer Network board member Sue Max is the EHS manager at Metcam, a fabricator of precision sheet metal components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers representing a variety of industries, including telecommunications, electronics, and HVAC. Metcam's advanced metalworking capabilities include laser cutting, punching, forming, hardware insertion, welding (including robotics), powder coating, silkscreen printing, and parts assembly. Located in the Southeast but serving customers internationally, Metcam maintains a consistent focus on quality, environmental management, and lean manufacturing.
Metcam President Bruce Hagenau Featured as Expert on "How Can I Make Green by Going Green?" at Leadership Summit
(February 18, 2014)
Metcam announced today that Metcam President Bruce Hagenau will be presenting an "Expert Address" at The FABRICATOR'S Leadership Summit February 26-38 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, TX. The address, entitled "How Can I Make Green by Going Green?" chronicles the successes that Metcam and the co-presenting company, Dell Inc., have had integrating sustainability into their manufacturing processes.
Metcam President Bruce Hagenau Speaks about Sustainability at Penn State's Advanced Manufacturing Forum
(November 19, 2013)
Metcam announced today that company President Bruce Hagenau spoke last week at the 74th meeting and 30th Anniversary of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) held November 7-8 at Penn State University. Hagenau was invited to speak on sustainability by Gerald Susman, director of the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change (CMTOC) and the Sustainability Council operated by Penn State's SMEAL College of Business.
Metcam touts manufacturing - Event opens doors, minds
(October 7, 2013)
A south Forsyth business opened its doors to the public Friday as part of National Manufacturing Day.
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components on Tidwell Circle, joined hundreds of other manufacturing businesses around the country for the second annual event presented through the National Association of Manufacturers.
Bruce Hagenau to speak at the 74th Meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum
…on November 7-8, 2013 at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center, Sponsored by the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change at the Penn State SMEAL College of Business.
Metcam Deemed "World-Class Fabrication Shop" by FABRICATOR Magazine,
Highlighted as Facility Tour Location for Technology Summit on October 1, 2013
(September 17, 2013)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced that FABRICATOR magazine, an official publication of The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and a leading industry publication for the industry, has invited Metcam to be a showcase facility in its upcoming Technology Summit. Attendees will tour Metcam's facility on October 1, 2013—the first day of the event—as one of six "world-class fabrication shops" Fabricator has chosen for this honor.
You're Invited to Help Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2013
with a Tour of the Leading-Edge Manufacturing Technologies at Metcam
(September 16, 2013)
Metcam, an Alpharetta-based fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has joined hundreds of manufacturing firms nationwide in the celebration of the second annual Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013.
Metcam Helps Found Manufacturers' Society of Forsyth County; Co-Sponsors Georgia Tech Kickoff Event
(July 22, 2013)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced the debut of the Manufacturers' Society of Forsyth County (MSFC). Metcam helped found the MSFC, the mission of which is to be the engine for profitable growth in the community through collaborations among students, educators and manufacturers. The MSFC will accomplish its mission through education, training and resources and awareness efforts.
Metcam Fills Expanded Chief Financial Officer Position;
Hires New Personnel to Staff Key Production-Based Roles
(May 9, 2013)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced it has filled positions in three key roles: Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Materials Manager and Quality Manager.
Finding lean in simple inspirations
Featured Article - thefabricator.com
(May 6, 2013)
No facet of a metal fabricating operation is too insignificant for lean improvement. If you're looking for ideas on areas to tackle, this article will help.
Metcam Adopts New Technologies; Expands Production Capacity;
Resulting in Record Sales Growth
(April 25, 2013)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced it has completed implementation of a number of improvements, from plant configuration changes and floor space expansion to installation of more than $2 million in new equipment.
Metcam Underscores Its Commitment to Sustainability with New Paint Line Featuring Low-Environmental-Impact Components and Materials
(March 26, 2013)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, today announced it has added a new paint line specifically designed for low environmental impact. The line features an energy-saving PEM SprayLean inline washer optimized for low-phosphate cleaners and pretreatments and uses low-environmental-impact powder coatings.
U.S. Manufacturers Gain Edge over Foreign Competition with Quality and Sustainability Initiatives
(January 11, 2013) - eponline.com
Environmental sustainability is being increasingly linked to initiatives in “lean manufacturing”, an area in which U.S. manufacturers have excelled for years. The focus of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste—wasted materials, motion, time, effort, inventory, transportation expense, and other expenses involved in the manufacturing process.
Metcam Manufacturing Day Attracts Broad Community Interest;
Sparks Plans for Future High School Visits
(October 29, 2012)
Metcam’s Manufacturing Day, held October 5, 2012, drew a substantial and engaged crowd of attendees interested in learning more about manufacturing. Attendees included students from nearby Lanier Technical College as well as leaders from Forsyth and Fulton County Schools.
Metcam Opens Doors for Manufacturing Day: October 5, 2012
Factory Tours Raise Awareness of Skilled Career Options and Importance of Manufacturing to U.S. Economy
(September 14, 2012)
To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has joined a group of public and private organizations in the launch of Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5, 2012.
Metcam Shines Spotlight on Diversity; Commitment to Quality and Sustainability with New REFUsol Fabrication Contract
(August 28, 2012)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with German firm REFUsol GmbH to fabricate aluminum enclosures and other parts for photovoltaic inverters used in solar panel arrays.
Biz Talk Podcast
Cellular fabrication at Metcam
(March 28, 2012) - thefabricator.com
Alpharetta, GA-based Metcam recently transformed its shop floor. The shop now organizes its entire fabrication operation not in process-based departments, but in manufacturing cells. Read the story. (Length: 5 minutes)
Metcam Named Finished Goods Supplier for Furniture Manufacturer Steelcase
(March 28, 2012)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that it has certified as a finished goods supplier for Steelcase, a global office environments manufacturer.
Expansion Project Sets Tone for 2012Read More
(March 2012) - Horizons
Metcam Cleans House - Georgia fabricator jumps into cellular manufacturingRead More
(February 28, 2012) - thefabricator.com
Factories of the Future - Bruce Hagenau participates in a roundtable discussion.
(January 2012) - Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal
Jerry Ward appointed as new associate director for Fabricators & Manufacturers AssociationRead More
(October 20, 2011)
Bruce Hagenau Interviewed on Bold Ventures Radio
(October 19, 2011) - radiosandysprings.com
Guest host Richard Kopelman interviews Bruce Hagenau, President/Co-Founder of Metacam, and High Massey, President/Founder of DNA Behavior International, about the success of their businesses.
Metcam Continues to Grow
(September 22, 2011) - wsbtv.com
Visual work instructions reduce comprehension time and errors, raising quality and efficiency.
(June 1, 2011) - ohsonline.com
For any company that performs fabrication and assembly, documenting work instructions and processes is a daunting task. Customers revise and update their products frequently. Assembly process improvements require changes to paper documents. Often, before the paper document can be changed, the product or process has been revised again. Providing up-to-date work instructions for the assembly area requires constant attention to the documentation.Read More
Metal facility finds success in sustainability - Metcam continues to work toward green facility
(May 16, 2011) - Forsyth Herald
For Bruce Hagenau, president of Metcam, being a good steward to the environment "is the right thing to do."
"If you do it well, it can improve your bottom line," Hagenau said. "It could also improve your marketing efforts to your customers."Read More
Bringing it Home - U.S. Firms Can Reclaim Clients
(SPRING/SUMMER 2011) - manufacturing-today.com
With companies from General Electric to NCR announcing the reinstatement of U.S. production, and Whirlpool, Dow, and other firms building new U.S. factories, it's undeniable that interest in insourcing among U.S. firms is on the rise. Nevertheless, this doesn't mean manufacturers can simply open their arms and say, "Come home."
Metcam Expands Workforce with the Addition of 30 New Jobs, Enters Training Partnership with
Georgia Quick Start and Lanier Technical College
(April 29, 2011)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that it will be adding 30 new positions to their Forsyth County-based facility. The new manufacturing hires represent a 20% increase in the overall size of Metcam's workforce.
Expansion Adds 30 Jobs for Workers from North Fulton, Forsyth
(April 13, 2011) - Alpharetta-Milton Patch
A precision metal fabricator just across the border from Milton in south Forsyth is expanding by 30 jobs, according to the Georgia Quick Start program.Read More
Metcam, Inc., Quick Start Partner for Job Creation
(April 12, 2011)
Precision metal fabricator Metcam is growing in Alpharetta. The company recently announced a training partnership with Georgia Quick Start and Lanier Technical College in support of a 30-job expansion in the company's advanced metalworking operation.
Metcam earns Gold Level Partner designation from Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia
(March 7, 2011) - thefabricator.com
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs based in Alpharetta, Ga., has announced that it has been accepted as a Gold Level Partner with the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia.
The partnership fosters environmental leadership and recognizes superior environmental performance in companies. Gold Level Partners' environmental programs integrate robust pollution prevention efforts and community outreach.Read More
Metcam's Environmental Efforts Earn Gold from Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia
(February 23, 2011)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that it has been accepted as a Gold Level Partner with the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. The Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia fosters environmental leadership and recognizes superior environmental performance in companies.
The repatriation of U.S. manufacturing: The case for bringing business home
By Bruce Hagenau, on thefabricator.com
(February 7, 2011)
Some manufacturing work formerly outsourced to other countries is beginning to return to the U.S. What's behind this shift, and how can fabricators best position themselves to acquire some of this repatriated work?
Metcam Minimizes Manufacturing Errors with Plant Standardization on Visual Work Instructions
(January 11, 2011)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today a facility-wide commitment to the implementation of visual work instructions. The new digital imagery instruction system reduces errors, increases the quality of production and improves plant efficiency.
Innovative Approach Pays Off: Metcam Reports Record Revenues
(January 2011) - fabricatingandmetalworking.com
Metcam, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA) recently announced that they achieved record revenues in the third quarter of 2010. Quarterly revenues increased 46 percent over the first quarter and 26 percent over the second quarter, resulting in the second highest quarterly sales on record for the 21-year old firm. Furthermore, the manufacturing firm is projecting record yearly revenues of more than $20 million, representing a 16 percent growth in annual sales over 2009.Read More
Metcam Honored with Tyco Supplier Excellence Award
(November 16, 2010)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that they are the recipient of Tyco Fire & Safety's Supplier Excellence Award. The award was presented at Tyco's Sourcing Council 2010 Suppliers Day conference at the Boca Raton Marriott in Boca Raton, FL.
Metcam Reports Record Revenues as Innovative Approach Pays Off
(November 9, 2010)
Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that they achieved record revenues in the third quarter of 2010. Quarterly revenues increased 46% over the first quarter and 26% over the second quarter, resulting in the second highest quarterly sales on record for the 21-year old firm.
All Aboard for FABTECH ... and We Mean All (FABTECH 2010 Show Daily, November 4, 2010)
Many shop managers bring a few top people to FABTECH, but Jerry Ward, vice president of Metcam, knew he wanted to bring more. After all, it's only about 30 miles between downtown Atlanta and the contract fabricator's shop floor in Alpharetta, GA.
Facility Upgrades Result in Reductions in Energy Costs for Alpharetta Company
Metcam implements Sustainable Manufacturing programs and reaps rewards
(August 2010) - gasustainability.org
As part of their ISO 14001 program implementation, Metcam identified the significant environmental aspects of their operations along with the associated environmental impacts from these activities. The significant environmental impacts they identified included energy usage, natural resource consumption, and solid waste generation.Read More
Metcam Introduces Revised Mission Statement (September 2009)
A team of 25 Metcam employees developed a revised Metcam Mission Statement. The group focused on making the Mission Statement simple, meaningful and easy to remember. Taking time to go offsite for this effort, the team succeeded in revising the Mission Statement.
Metcam Tenure of Employees Continues to Grow. (August 2009)
The experience of Metcam's workforce can be measured in part, by employee tenure. The tenure of Metcam's salaried employees now exceeds an average of 13 years. The tenure of Metcam's hourly employees is now 6 years.
Metcam Completes Facility Renovations. (August 2009)
Metcam is completing a series of renovations and upgrades to its 100,000 square foot facility, which include installing a new insulated roof, floor repair and painting throughout, installation of low energy/ high output lights throughout, and upgrade to plant HVAC systems, including sophisticated digital monitoring and control.
Metcam Successfully Completes ISO 14001/2004 Audit. (June 2009)
Metcam has successfully completed the transition audit for certification to ISO 14001/2004 standard. The audit was performed in June 2009. The registrar conducting the audit was Advantage International Registrar.
Metcam Pursues Gold Level Partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (June 2009)
Metcam is currently a Silver Level Partner in the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. Having completed ISO 14001/2004 registration, Metcam is now pursuing the highest level of partnership with the Georgia DNR and its Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia.
Metcam Partners in the Clean Air Campaign. (April 2009)
Metcam has been a corporate member of the Clean Air Campaign since March of 2008. This partnership has provided training to Metcam's employees regarding energy conservation, air quality, and tele-commuting
Metcam completes Rebuild of Paint System Ovens and Conveyor Controllers. (January 2009)
An important aspect to this upgrade is the ability to remotely monitor key temperatures and the paint line conveyor speed.
Metcam Adds Additional Punching Capacity. (2005, 2008)
To meet growing demand, Metcam has added three additional turrets over the past several years . . . one Amada Vipros 358K and two Amada EM2510s with auto load/unload.
Metcam Welcomes Sue Max as EHS Manager. (September 2008)
Sue's experience and expertise fit well with the requirements for Metcam's position of Environmental Health and Safety Manager. Sue will focus on environmental compliance, employee health and safety, environmental management system implementation, ISO 14001 implementation, and workers compensation. Sue holds a Master's Degree in Public Health and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
Metcam Welcomes Anne Williams as Human Resources Manager. (December (2007)
Anne Williams joins the Metcam team as HR Manager. In addition to her certification as a Professional in Human Resources, Anne also has Master's degrees in Business and Human Resources. Anne will be instrumental in advancing a wide range of HR programs at Metcam, including a formal employee evaluation program and managerial training on HR topics.
Metcam Welcomes Return of Bob Cheek as Quality Manager. (March 2007)
We are pleased to announce that Bob Cheek has rejoined Metcam as Quality Manager. Bob has tremendous experience in both production and quality, with expertise in ISO9000, quality metrics, lean manufacturing, internal and external auditing, product failure analysis, and quality training.
Metcam Introduces New Video Kiosk Design for AES Marketing (July 2006)
Metcam introduces a new video kiosk for use by American Exhibition Services Marketing (AES Marketing). The firm plans to carry the units to tradeshows all over the country and was seeking a design that was mobile and as light as possible. The kiosk features 2 video displays and two backlit add displays. It collapses to a cube that rides on a custom pallet.
Metcam Announces Bill Freeman as Plant Manager. (July 2005)
Bill Freeman has been a part of the Metcam team for over 10 years, and has now advanced to Plant Manager. With over 30 years of broad manufacturing experience, Bill brings tried and true skills in plant management, lean manufacturing, quality and health and safety.
Metcam Receives Avaya Award. (October 2004)
Metcam was pleased to accept an award from Avaya Communications at the company's first ever Supplier Forum.
Metcam Receives Siemens Award. (October 2004)
Metcam recently received the Siemens ICN 1999 Supplier Recognition Award. This award was presented to fewer that 10 vendors in Siemens ICN's worldwide vendor base.
Metcam Adds Amada BendCAD and Pressbrake. (October 2004)
Metcam has been selected by Amada to alpha test its new integrated sheet metal CAD/CAM software solution, called BendCad.
Metcam Featured as Cover Story Article in February 2004 Metalforming Magazine. (February 2004)
Less wastewater, better quality AND lower costs?! This cover story in the February 2004 Metalforming magazine describes how Metcam accomplished this unlikely task. It also hints at the next phase of pollution prevention -- taking hexavalent chrome out of the aluminum pretreatment process!
Metcam expands partnership with Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (December 2003)
Metcam has expanded its partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Pollution Prevention Assistance Division to study the effectiveness of a non-hazardous substitute for both a chrome conversion chemistry used on aluminum substrates and an iron phosphate chemistry used on steel substrates. A final draft of the report will be submitted by August 31, 2004.
Metcam puts high tech video advertising kiosks into McCormick Place in Chicago. (October 2003)
Working with American Exhibition Services, Metcam has introduced twelve video advertising kiosks into Chicago's McCormick Place convention center.
Jerry Ward Takes Position on Board of Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (January 2003)
Jerry Ward, Vice President, is selected to serve as a Board Member and a member of the Technology Council of the Fabricators and Manufactures Association, International (FMA), which focuses on the educational and workforce development needs of the metal fabricating industry.
Metcam's "Quick Turn Prototyping" services well received. (February 2003)
To meet our customers' rapid prototyping needs, Metcam has developed a system called QTP (Quick-Turn Prototyping).
Bruce Hagenau is a Founding Member of the Georgia Technology Leadership Coalition. (June 2002)
Mr. Hagenau's participation in the Tech America (formerly AeA), the nation's largest trade association of technology companies, which included a term as Chairman of the Southeast Council and a member of the National Board of Directors, led to his involvement in the formation of the Technology Leadership Coalition. The TLC represents the interests of Georgia's high technology community in state and local legislative issues.
Metcam Receives ISO Registration. (May 2001)
May 7, 2001 - Metcam, Inc. announced today that its Quality Management System has been certified to meet the requirements of ISO9002:1994 by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certifications, Inc.
Metcam Expands Laser Cutting Services
(Item updated 05/14/01)
In 1998, Metcam added laser cutting capabilities to its arsenal of fabrication equipment.
Facility Expansion/Renovation Complete
(Item updated 1/14/99)
Metcam announces completion of facilities expansion. The expansion increased parking, employee break areas and restroom facilities. With the new facilities, Metcam will be able to employ up to 175 employees. Metcam currently averages about 130 employees. In addition, Metcam has renovated its manufacturing operations. All equipment has been realigned for lean manufacturing. The assembly operations have been consolidated and expanded.
Siemens Certified Vendor
(Item Updated April 21, 1998)
On January 14, 1998, Metcam achieved 1997/1998 Certified Vendor Status with Siemens Telecom Networks (STN).
(Item updated 06/12/98)
Metcam installed a new 10 foot, 130 ton press brake.
Technology Leader Award
(Item updated 11/12/97)
Metcam was recently included by Coopers & Lybrand, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and Georgia Tech in their 1997 Georgia Technology Leaders Survey.