Spika Blog

3 Ways to Close the Skills Gap with Today's Workforce

10/24/14 11:30 AM

You may have heard that US manufacturers are facing a shortage of skilled workers — a shortage so severe that in 2011, 600,000 jobs went unfilled. What's the big deal, you ask? Plenty of kids graduate from high school and college each year. Surely they'll fill that gap.

Actually, they won't unless...

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7 Steps to Buying the Perfect Custom Work Platform

8/5/14 11:33 AM

So you've decided you need to buy a custom work platform. How do you go about ensuring you end up with one that perfectly suits your needs? Try following the steps below.

1. Determine your needs

This first step is the most important. The better you understand your needs, the happier you will be...

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Why You Need to Work with a Small Manufacturer on Your Next Project

6/2/14 11:38 AM

You need to buy a new product, and you’re deciding between a large manufacturer and a small one. Nine times out of ten, I believe you are going to be more satisfied with the small company. Here’s why:

1. Outstanding Customer Service

Small businesses often excel at customer service. To a small...

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7 Things Your Boss Wants to Know About Aircraft Maintenance Stands

5/1/14 11:12 AM

1. Can I buy something off the shelf or do I need a custom design?

If you perform daily or phase maintenance on a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, chances are good you can buy a platform off the shelf and have it perform exactly as you need. Aircraft maintenance stands typically adjust to meet...

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7 Signs You Should Invest in an Industrial Work Platform

4/18/14 4:06 PM

1. You could fall four feet or more

Unless you are in the construction industry, OSHA requires that any time a person could fall four feet or more, railings are required. Do your maintenance or manufacturing processes require upper-level access above four feet? Are permanent rails not a good...

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(Video) Spika Overview

4/8/14 2:28 PM

We're called Spika Welding and Manufacturing, but our team does a lot more than just weld. Watch this video to learn more about Spika and how we may be able to help you solve your safety, maintenance, and manufacturing challenges.

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Meet the Team: Bill Berg, Project Manager

4/3/14 10:18 AM

From time to time we like to feature members of our team in order to introduce you to some of the smartest and hardest working Montanans you'll meet. They're the people who go out of their way to ensure our products and services exceed the expectations of every customer we serve.

Today we talk with...

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Industrial Work Platforms: Aluminum or Steel?

3/19/14 9:27 AM

The first decision to make when buying or designing an industrial work platform is the type of metal you want for the structure. You typically have two options: aluminum or steel. There are benefits to both, but for many applications, aluminum is a much preferable option. There are three key...

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The Long and Short of Aircraft Maintenance Stands

3/18/14 9:26 AM

When it comes to aviation, there are plenty of options for maintenance stands. Do you need a small stand to perform routine maintenance and inspection of the rotor hub? Or do you need a large system that allows you to completely tear apart and rebuild the aircraft? From simple fueling stands to...

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Bugly: Similarities in Aviation and the Animal Kingdom

2/27/14 8:00 AM

No offense to the men and women who fly, maintain, or build them, but some helicopters look an awful lot like bugs. They're oddly shaped, have antennas, and, of course, fly. And a lot of them are ugly. That doesn't mean we don't love them; sometimes, we love them because of their hideousness. But...

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