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It’s not your father’s manufacturing, but …

January 17, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Manufacturing's image is not just about how plants look, but also about what plant employees do.

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How Carl, Jackie, and Wally began their welding careers

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.

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ICYMI – The most viewed articles and posts in 2016

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 in 2016. Here are four items you may not have seen or may want to revisit.

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Tis the season—Give wisely and invest in the future

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.

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Visualizing products made from flat patterns—a valued job shop skill

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.

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Trust and turnarounds in manufacturing

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.

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Moving pains

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.

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Being your own boss versus working the “day job”

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.

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Job-related injuries and workers’ compensation—the more you know, the better

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.

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Repeat orders are manna to a job shop

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.

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FABTECH® 2016: Closing the loop

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.

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 3

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.

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 2

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.

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 1

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.

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Bright lights, big city, metal fabrication, and memories

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?

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