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Boring manufacturing data acts up a bit

March 31, 2015

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Economic indicators have been boring. This may change. The data slipped a bit this month, though it's too soon to say if it's a trend. Regardless, business owners are happy with boring.

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Working in a cold shop

March 26, 2015

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Winter weather conditions affect much of the country, but most people live and work in warm surroundings. Not so those in some fabricating shops. Here’s how one shop in North Carolina deals with the cold.

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MIG welding troubleshooting tips

March 25, 2015

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Having problems with your MIG welding equipment? Maintenance and troubleshooting knowledge can help you keep it running like a top.

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People make the difference at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit

March 24, 2015

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Technology is the engine of metal fabrication, but people are behind the wheel. And how they drive really matters.

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Still Building America: Lexi’s story—Do what you love, and love what you do

March 19, 2015

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School boards across the country considering canceling shop classes need to hear from students like Lexi Noonan, a young welder who would have been “absolutely lost” if she had graduated from high school without learning a trade.

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Rising dollar doesn't diminish U.S. manufacturing might

March 13, 2015

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A rising dollar could make it tougher for U.S. manufacturers to export goods, but the metal fabricating community shouldn't suffer too much. Overseas customers buy metal goods from U.S. manufacturers for a very good reason.

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From the Web: An arm’s value; bent & twisted artwork; sourcing materials; making 3-D affordable

March 12, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Fabricator does his own thing; what an arm’s worth depends on where you are; steel industry here and abroad; and hybrid kit designed to make 3-D printing more affordable.

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It’s all in how you shape it

March 11, 2015

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When creating his sculptures, Josh Welton achieves the same form by shaping many different materials to fit his vision. It’s just metal; it’s all in how you shape it.

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EPA targets aerospace segment

March 11, 2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in February to tighten up air emission standards for aerospace manufacturing and fabrication facilities. The agency said it initially surveyed 1,300 facilities nationwide that potentially could emit hazardous air pollutants (HAPs); all of these...

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Tax break for manufacturers up in the air

March 10, 2015

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Prospects for Senate passage of a bill establishing a permanent expensing allowance for capital equipment are dicey. The House passed the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636) in February with all but one Republican voting for it and 33 Democrats adding their support. Now...

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From the Web: Unique U.S.-made products; FedEx draws a line; making titanium cheaper; Texas mfg flat

February 26, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Two unique products made in the U.S.; FedEx says no to shipping a product; making titanium more affordable; and Texas manufacturing still flat

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Separating craftsmen from hacks—it’s in the details

February 26, 2015

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What quality do you think is most important in creating good work? The answer is in the details.

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Don’t forget the CAD guy

February 24, 2015

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When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.

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Automation, health, safety, and longshoremen

February 24, 2015

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The labor disupute at the West Coast ports is an odd, complex, ironic cog in the global supply chain.

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Old-school versus newfangled fabrication talk

February 20, 2015

The age of modern metal fabricating has introduced buzzwords and corporate speak to the language of business. On the other hand, small fabricators don't have time for confusing conversations. They shoot straight and tell it like it is.

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