July 18, 2014
3-D printing isn't a must-have tool for metal fabricators—at least not yet. But the technology is advancing at great speeds. It's time to start paying attention.
July 9, 2014
Manufacturing is getting a lot of attention in Washington. Proposals abound about pushing new products and technologies from R&D to the market. But when it comes to a purely employment perspective, process innovation—including continuous improvement—may be even more important.
July 2, 2014
Metal fabricators fear that a negative image is preventing the next generation from considering manufacturing as a career choice. What's the best way to combat that? Let metal fabricators share their stories. They love their profession, and as a result, they can help others to love fabricating as well.
June 26, 2014
Here’s a topic that I get asked about more than any other: “How do you get those weaved welds?” These days I rarely (occasionally, but not often) encounter the need to weave, but it’s fun, it looks rad, and it’s nice to stay sharp. DISCLAIMER: I'm not a boilermaker, and I'm not a...
June 24, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Welding to satisfy math and language requirements; heavy-metal tour attracts future workforce; companies join to lower energy costs; stampers expect slight downturn; and metal sculpture transcends art.
June 23, 2014
Where are parts coming from, and where are they going? Line-of-sight issues plague older plants, full of walls to separate departments. But some companies have overcome this problem and adapted lean to fit very old work spaces.
June 12, 2014
TIG welding thin material presents some challenges that can be addressed by tried-and-true techniques and newer welding technology.
June 12, 2014
Metal fabricators that continue to lean on a select few interested in working excessive amounts of overtime are running the increased risk of employee burnout or production mistakes on the shop floor. They need to take steps to prepare the entire workforce to absorb additional manufacturing tasks, not just the few and proud to be working OT.
June 11, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Fabricators make an important list; a missing, nickel-size part leads to big settlement for ship builder; automakers contribute millions to save Detroit’s art; men continue to be on the short end of the jobs recovery stick; and more women become manufacturing entrepreneurs.
June 9, 2014
Two laser cutting technologies—one using additional axes of motion in the cutting head, and the other using scanning optics and no nozzle at all—shows the awesome potential of the solid-state laser in the cutting arena.
June 3, 2014
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— How fabricators support warfighters on location; what it takes to be the stamping company of choice; rebuilding a chassis in 29 photos; how to foster innovation; and new fabricating jobs heading to South Carolina.