You know how the old saying goes: “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

In an ideal “lean” world, smooth production lines with locked-in takt times, and equally smooth communication across all internal and external teams, results in seamless, continual, predictable work environments.

And as companies become disciplined in lean, they do indeed move in that direction.

But sometimes, something intervenes. The unexpected. The unpredictable. Just look at the magnesium plant that was providing just-in-time deliveries to Ford and other automobile power players. Were they TS16949 and ISO14001 certified? Yup. Did they have a quality system that was robust? You bet. Did they know how to account for, and plan for, risks and opportunities? Duh. Don’t be insulting. You don’t get where they are at in Ford’s supply chain without that. And yet…the whole thing – literally – blew up.

On a much smaller scale (thankfully), “life” happens to us at RAM, too. What do we do when a customer decides they need to expedite parts? What do we do when material has to be sourced yesterday? What do we do when there’s a port strike? What do we do when a *crack team of Soviet commandos parachutes into Colorado, setting off World War 3?

It is in those circumstantial crucibles that you will see NECESSITY becoming the mother of INVENTION at RAM. While it’s true that we only build and ship to customer spec, everything outside of those parameters is a vista of opportunities for us to use our creativity, resources, grit and determination to wow our customers with awesome parts, awesome service, and awesome teamwork.

Necessity can be a demanding mom, for sure. But the inventions she’s birthed at RAM have helped make us the sharp and responsive team we are.

*Less of a concern now than it was in 1984.


We’re hiring, and want you (not your idiot friend Larry)

So your friend Larry has a ‘68 Coupe de Ville up on cinder blocks in his yard. To you, is that an eyesore? Or do you wish Larry would get out of the way and let you work on it cuz you could get that motor to sing?

What about that busted lathe that your mother-in-law has in her garage? Are you inclined to use it as a boat anchor? Or would you love to take a Saturday and finally show your mother-in-law the difference between a lost-cause situation and a just-needs-a-few-turns-of-the-wrench situation?

If you want to get the Cadillac humming, and the lathe lathing, then you might be the right person for RAM. We need a Manufacturing Maintenance Mechanic.

Now comes the fine print…Please read it. Because when we interview you and ask you, and you say, “I didn’t actually read the official job description or skills and qualifications”, then we’re going to say, “Well that was a dumb thing to do. And now we’re going to give this job to your idiot friend Larry just to spite you.”

So here you go. Grab some coffee and please pay attention.

Ha! Just kidding. The real (and actually legible) fine print is actually below.

The official job purpose of the Manufacturing Maintenance Mechanic is:

You will maintain production timeliness and quality by ensuring operation of machinery and mechanical equipment.

The responsibilities of the Manufacturing Maintenance Mechanic include:

You will serve others. You will understand that we all work toward the same goal, no matter how glorious or mundane the task. You must have a positive attitude and work well with your team. You will ensure operation of machinery and mechanical equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements on engines, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and production machines. You will troubleshoot problems in machinery and fix or coordinate with outside vendors to resolve problems. You will assemble new metal or plastic tools. You will repair broken tools as needed. You will perform various tasks as needed including electrical, welding, cutting, plumbing, carpentry, assembly etc. You will communicate obstacles clearly and immediately and gets necessary help as needed. You will control downtime by informing production workers of routine preventive maintenance techniques. You will conserve maintenance resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results. You will maintain a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations. You will create preventive maintenance records and systems as needed. You will improve preventive maintenance requirements that are not sufficient.

The basic qualifications and skills of the Manufacturing Maintenance Mechanic include:

Basic electrical, hydraulic, and plumbing system competencies. Welding, forklift, carpentry competencies desired. High school diploma/GED. Extensive knowledge of construction equipment and machinery. Efficient time-management skills.

Lastly, RAM Technologies is a non-smoking employer. Tobacco users need not apply. Yes, we know lots of great people and workers smoke and/or chew. But we have good reasons as a company to be tobacco-free. And if you have a problem with that, remember that your idiot friend Larry, who doesn’t smoke or chew, is waiting in the wings to take your spot.

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2 Welches, 2 Novis, 1 Foam Expo

Our own Kreston Welch is going to be representing RAM at the annual Foam Expo in Novi, Michigan, taking place from 3/6/18-3/8/18.

Stop by our booth and ask Kreston to get you up to speed on our growth, capabilities, and cutting edge opportunities in the world of foam and fabric.

While you’re thinking about that, consider this strange coincidence:

Lew Welch was from Novi, Michigan; and he commissioned the design of the Novi V8 car engine for use in the Indianapolis 500.

Kreston Welch is going to Novi, Michigan; and he is also going to be driving a rental car that has an engine.



Because they don’t hold a candle to our lamination techniques.

Lots of our customers require foam-to-foam and/or foam-to-fabric lamination.

Our method of using special and safe adhesives has proven reliable and effective over thousands of SKU’s and multiple decades.

Flame lamination can be very effective as well. But some of our competitors use it when they shouldn’t. For example, flame lamination has an adverse effect on fabric’s ability to wick and retain its antimicrobial qualities. What that means in layman’s terms, is: flame lamination has an adverse effect on fabric’s ability to wick and retain its antimicrobial qualities.

So when it comes to antimicrobial fabrics, contact RAM and stick with the sticky that isn’t tricky.™


But it turns out it’s only something for the animal kingdom, not websites.*

So after some Winter dormancy, we’re getting back at it. New content will be appearing post-haste.

See what I did there?

*We knew this would happen when we turned our website over to a certified nut job. – Management