Blog Posts

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.

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Safety as a value

May 1, 2015 | By Dan Davis

The FMA Safety Conference is an annual reminder that keeping workers safe on the job should be a company value, not just an organizational priority.

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From the Web: Remembering Rosie; GM invests; new jobs; subpar growth; and Uber’s economic role

April 30, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—A tale of two Rosies; GM to invest billions; new jobs in Chattanooga; and the current and future economy.

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Is your shop online? Should it be?

April 29, 2015 | By Nick Martin

You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.

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Beware promises of jobs and money, money, money

April 27, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Yes, it’s important to make a good wage. But it’s also important to work at something you enjoy. Don’t pursue a career simply because you’ve been told that good-paying jobs are available in that field.

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A new spin on an old debate

April 24, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

The need to attract young people and to change negative perceptions certainly isn’t new, but after spending three days at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit in Orlando in late February, business consultants, community and technical college leaders and educators, and business owners shed some light on a well-publicized subject.

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The Woz predicts technology with more understanding

April 17, 2015 | By Sue Roberts

Contributing Editor Sue Roberts visited Automate 2015 and ProMat 2015 in Chicago in March and had the opportunity to listen to one of the founders of Apple Inc. Needless to say, Steve Wozniak had some interesting thoughts about the future. Roberts shares some of the highlights.

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Still Building America: Trenton’s story—24 years old and a lead fabricator

April 15, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Bitten by the welding bug as a child, Trenton Bennett progressed in his craft and mastered TIG welding to become the lead fabricator at a large dairy plant in Ohio. As skilled as he is, he wants to be better. And he wants the older welders to cut the young guys some slack. “Everyone starts somewhere.”

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The robots are coming

April 15, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Robots replacing fabricators is not likely to happen in the next few years. However some predict that robots may replace almost 50 percent of all kinds of jobs in the future. That is likely to include some fabrication jobs.

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Truth on the shop floor

April 13, 2015 | By Tim Heston

If truth comes from the shop floor, everyone should hear it.

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Going the nontraditional route

April 10, 2015 | By Dan Davis

The manufacturing industry is focusing plenty of attention on millennials as companies try and entice them to consider manufacturing careers. These companies might be better off looking at other industries, where workers might be looking for a career change.

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From the Web: ‘Routine’ jobs disappearing; business expands; 3-D printing updates; and brake woes

April 9, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—The future of routine jobs; Lincoln, Neb., business expands; 3-D developments; and brake concerns.

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Troubleshooting TIG

April 9, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Struggling to get a strong arc and clean puddle in your TIG welding? Most of the time the answer lies between the machine and the torch, and occasionally the bottle.

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From the Web: Training programs; evolution of can making; and a universal safety concern

April 2, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—Baltimore to re-establish a training center; the importance of an educated workforce; evolution of can making; and addressing a safety concern of a different sort.

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Machining association chips away at ozone proposal

April 2, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas

The Precision Machined Products Association believes metal manufacturing operations will struggle to meet proposed EPA ozone standards.

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Boring manufacturing data acts up a bit

March 31, 2015 | By Tim Heston

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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