Choosing a Mil-Spec Supplier: Criteria, Questions & Pitfalls

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Here is an amazing statistic: In 2012, world military expenditures hit a huge number—$1.7 trillion. North America alone made up 40% of that spending with $691.22 billion. To put these numbers into perspective, Russia’s entire GNP in 2012 was $1.8 trillion. To manufacture trillions of dollars of military equipment, there are more military and defense […]


The Many Benefits of Just in Time Inventory

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Today’s manufacturing is touted for its innovation, efficiency, and adherence to quality. It is this emphasis on these values that has helped American manufacturing not only recover, but prove to be a competitive global force to be reckoned with.   One of the most effective business philosophies most successful manufacturers have relied on is Just-in-Time […]


The Growing Role of Machine Vision in Manufacturing

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According to an AIA Vision Online article, machine vision is playing an ever-growing role in the electronics industry, especially as components continue to get smaller and smaller. Machine vision allows manufacturers to monitor and measure the parts being produced to ensure accuracy while maintaining peak productivity. At Keats Manufacturing Co., our role as a small […]


Trends to Watch in the Automotive Industry

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The automotive sector appears to experiencing a peak in innovation, with numerous advancements and trends gaining popularity. Not least of which is the surge of electric vehicle manufacturing. According to IHS Automotive, electric vehicle and hybrid production is expected to rise 67% in 2014. This can be attributed to tightening emissions standards worldwide, as well […]


Material Considerations: Copper Alloys and Applications

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At Keats Manufacturing, we use a wide range of copper types for our stampings. These include hundreds of different alloys all engineered for different grades of quality in several areas: conductivity, machinability, strength, and corrosion resistance.  As copper is the most conductive non-precious metal, each alloy is an attempt to improve other characteristics of the material without […]


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