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.
October 20, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Variety is the spice of life, and it also may be the seed from which employee engagement can grow
October 19, 2016 | By Dan Davis
Manufacturing Day is the perfect time to let the general public know that manufacturing's value chain has a much greater impact on the U.S. economy than they are likely to know.
October 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
What good is having that new product or machine if you can’t get service when you need it? Smart companies provide exceptional service. It makes good business sense.
October 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
The 2016 U.S. presidential election is 25 days away. Who will be the nation’s 45th president? “Fabricating Update” readers weighed in on who they are voting for and why.
October 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston
It's Manufacturing Day, when we celebrate where this industry has been, what it is, and, especially, where it is going.
October 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Cultural challenges on the shop floor may relate to challenges in politics and, for that matter, society at large.
October 5, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Have you ever had anyone who owes you money offer to pay their debt with welding lessons? Kathy Walton did, and now she makes money using the skills she learned.
September 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Not all of us work 9 to 5. Some people work different shifts. While some enjoy doing so, it isn’t for everyone. No matter the reason behind it, those who work odd hours must be keenly aware of the aspects of such work that potentially are detrimental to their health and quality of life.
September 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton
After months looking for a new workspace following a move to Detroit, Josh Welton revisited a site he looked at a year ago. While this spot is not ideal for his operation, sometimes, out of necessity, you have to make do with what’s available. Adapting is a process.
September 28, 2016 | By Dan Davis
As the metal fabricating business gets more complex, shops have to be smart about investing in technology, developing robust information technology systems, and investing in employee training.
September 28, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Justin Webster’s fabricating career began as a spark ignited by his father, who advised him to take a welding class in his freshman year of high school. His journey did not take a linear path, but he now has his own shop and is living his dream. Here’s how he got there.
September 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin
There’s nothing quite as gratifying to a small-shop owner as seeing healthy capacity levels. However, when limited workspace becomes an impediment to growth, it’s time to think about expanding. Wilson, N.C.-based Barnes MetalCrafters has reached this point.
September 26, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Who doesn’t like music? It has charms to soothe the savage breast and also can make a workday more tolerable. Thanks to modern technology, listening to your personal favorites in the shop is getting safer and more comfortable. Here are some options.
September 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Why is college so expensive? Sky-high demand may have something to do with it. Other businesses could learn a thing or two from custom fabricators and other manufacturing sectors, where a four-year college degree isn't the only ticket to success.
September 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Frustrated by politics, the economy, or other things over which you have no control? Focus your energy on doing something positive for your industry. Participate in Manufacturing Day. You’ll be glad you did.