thefabricator.com has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.
January 12, 2017 | By Vicki Bell
How did you find yourself where you are in your career? Are you happy with your profession and your current job? At least three individuals in the welding industry can answer “yes” to both parts of that last question. Read about their career journeys.
January 5, 2017 | By Vicki Bell
Remember when the Internet was in its infancy? My how it’s grown. So much content vies for your attention that you may have missed the most popular articles and blog posts published on thefabricator.com in 2016. Here are four items you may not have seen or may want to revisit.
December 15, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
It’s that time of year when organization after organization asks you to open your wallets and contribute to their cause. Some are legitimate and upstanding; others are not. Here are two examples of programs worthy of fabricators’ consideration.
December 14, 2016 | By Nick Martin
Take a flat-patterned drawing and visualize the end product, complete with all of the necessary bends in the correct sequence and orientation. Can you do it? This skill is much appreciated in a metal fabrication shop.
December 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Lack of communication and trust may lie at the heart of a lot of problems at a lot of companies, in manufacturing and elsewhere.
December 6, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Things change and businesses move. Change and moving aren’t always easy, but acceptance and good planning can help make the transition as seamless and painless as possible. Remember, it is what it is. Make the best of it.
December 5, 2016 | By Josh Welton
While being self-employed is a dream of many who are “working for the man,” doing so isn’t always as idyllic as many think. Here’s a dose of reality for those who are pining away for the greener pastures of being your own boss.
November 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Unless you work in human resources or have been involved in a work-related injury, you probably don’t know much about workers’ compensation. The leading reasons for claims just might surprise you.
November 29, 2016 | By Nick Martin
Job shop business is often cyclical. There are times of feast and famine. Repeat customers and jobs are the lifeblood of most shops. Finding and keeping them is a high priority.
November 21, 2016 | By Tim Heston
When it came to new technology, FABTECH didn't disappoint. But this year, one theme dominated: closing the loop--or improving the entire process, from the initial quote to the final shipment.
November 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
The sun has set on FABTECH® 2016. If you weren’t there, you missed an amazing show. Each year I wonder what could possibly be new? And each year I am overwhelmed by the amount of innovation. Ours is a creative industry.
November 17, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
A new theme surfaced in today’s FABTECH® booth visits: collaboration. Find out who’s collaborating and why. Also read about what’s next in laser cutting technology and some interesting welding product introductions.
November 16, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Product improvements and introductions were on display in abundance on day one of FABTECH® 2016. Here are just a few of many that can be seen at the show.
November 15, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
It’s that time of year again. Fabricators are hitting the road to see the sights and sounds of the biggest show in North America devoted to metal fabricating. FABTECH® opens tomorrow. Will you be there?
November 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston
The presidency usually doesn't have much immediate, direct impact on the economy, despite the campaign rhetoric we hear. But is this time different?