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Measuring the manufacturing cycle in metal fabrication

September 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Many fabricators scrutinize how fast a laser cuts: How quickly can a machine finish a nest, how many blanks per minute can a press brake form. But how do these processing speeds correlate to a custom fabricator’s profitability?

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How small batches simplify metal fabrication

September 14, 2015 | By Tim Heston

When order quantities shrink, things can get really complicated on the job shop floor--unless the order-to-ship cycle shrinks as well.

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The need for growth--of the employee

August 28, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Metal fabricators that want to grow the business should focus on employee growth. The rest will take care of itself.

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Building a “third hand”

August 27, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Sometimes you need a third hand to stabilize parts for welding. Here’s how to build one from scratch.

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Keeping the shop humming when the boss is away

August 26, 2015 | By Nick Martin

Small-business owners are noted for never taking time off to smell the roses or enjoy the shore. Here’s what happened when one shop owner took a much needed week off.

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Still Building America—An unusual interest leads to a career

August 18, 2015 | By Josh Welton

As a teenager, Brian Tarter developed an interest in lawnmower derbies, which sparked an interest in welding and led to a career—an enviable career path.

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A call for the metal fabricating industry to shape up

August 14, 2015 | By Dan Davis

When metal fabricating shop owners and managers call for skilled workers, are they ready to accept bright and talented workers? In many cases, they aren't, and that's not doing the industry any favors.

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Training for the trades—where to look

August 11, 2015 | By Josh Welton

People of all ages often ask Josh Welton about how to break into a career in the trades. Here are his suggestions. What are yours?

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Cranking out complex drawings on a supercomputer?

August 7, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas

Proposed legislation might make it possible for manufacturers to access big-data capabilities at national labs.

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Manufacturing Day Builds Futures for Many

August 5, 2015 | By Ed Youdell

Manufacturers who open their doors for Manufacturing Day 2015 are not only educating their communities about career opportunities, they also may discover a new employee or two.

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Summer help—to hire or not to hire

July 28, 2015 | By Nick Martin

When school’s out, high school and college students need summer jobs. Hiring them is good for both the students and the shops that employ them.

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Building a fab business

July 24, 2015 | By Dan Davis

A question from a reader asking for advice in building a metal fabricating business leads to a discussion of several different paths to follow.

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Building ICONic vehicles in America

July 23, 2015 | By Josh Welton

A gearhead’s dream, ICON 4 x 4 turns out 24 vehicles a year that are highly functioning works of art. Go behind the scenes with Josh as he visits with owner Jonathan Ward.

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From the Web: Luring a $100 million facility; R2D2; fab lab; and metals make American manufacturing

July 16, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—Ohio community hoping to land metal fabricating plant; fabricated R2D2 rolls into Comic Con; FMA, Harper College collaborate on fab lab; Pittsburgh (and 11 other U.S. cities) poised for manufacturing growth; and 3-D printing and the Cardinals

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Knowing and appreciating the craft of metal fabrication

July 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston

The recipe for precision metal fabrication includes technology and craft. We hear a lot about the technology, but not so much about the craft.

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