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The art of welding versus welding art

September 25, 2014

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How do you make those sculptures? How can I make them? Not easy questions to answer, but not for the reasons you may think.

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An upgrade can be a game-changer

September 18, 2014

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When a fabricating shop sees its limits being pushed, it may be time for an equipment upgrade. Sometimes a new machine can be a real game-changer.

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How to reduce subjectivity in continuous improvement

September 16, 2014

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Manufacturing critical-path time, or MCT, puts a new perspective on activity across the enterprise. A job is either being worked on, or it's not. Period.

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IMTS 2014: Disruptive technologies step forward

September 16, 2014

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IMTS 2014 is proof that the metal manufacturing of tomorrow is going to be a bit different than what is done today.

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A welder’s hands and eyes

September 11, 2014

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Although steady hands and good eyesight are ideal for welding, there are ways to compensate for the inherent lack of either.

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From the Web: Death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; entire city to be built on stilts

September 10, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles — Ohio politician says death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; an entire city to be built on stilts; working women to outnumber men in Canada, but not in trades; metal shaper builds iconic cars; and another builds rat rods.

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A shop floor that needs both the old and new

September 10, 2014

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Faspro Technologies has both the old and new: automated lasers and press brakes alongside rows of small manual presses. In a sense, the Arlington Heights, Ill., shop paints an accurate picture of modern manufacturing in the United States.

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Enjoying the good times; prepared for the other times

September 5, 2014

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The U.S. economy appears to be chugging along with no real obvious obstacles in the near future. Having said that, metal fabricators are ready should an economic slowdown emerge. Two major recessions in a decade will do that to a company.

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Getting ready for the next generation

August 28, 2014

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The U.S. population is aging, as is the workforce. Employers of all sorts are doing what they can, or should be doing what they can, to prepare for increasing rates of retirement. If you're lucky enough to have (1) a pool of experienced workers, (2) a company culture that encourages the sharing of the tribal knowledge, and (3) an enthusiastic group of new recruits, you're just missing one element that can help to make the transition go smoothly.

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From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

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Economic reality and the skilled-worker issue

August 22, 2014

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The only thing missing from the skilled worker shortage were rising wages for skilled workers that were apparently in demand. Could that be changing?

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Aluminum oil tank repair

August 21, 2014

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A welded aluminum oil tank extended the life of a Formula Ford, making it race-worthy again.

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From the Web: Bicycle of the future; chocolate + welding; fabricator’s creative boom; and jobs

August 19, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Handlebars become a lock; an unlikely twosome—chocolate and welding; fabricator gets creative; who’s hiring, maybe; and small business’s thoughts on hiring.

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Swindling, murder, and additive manufacturing

August 19, 2014

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A generation or two from now, additive manufacturing may have changed everything, but the technology doesn't have storybook origins.

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A strong balance sheet = A strong business

August 15, 2014

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Metal fabricators are a conservative lot, but that can be a very good thing, especially in light of the unpredictable times in which we live.

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