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.
May 26, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Medical issues are difficult, even more so when they limit your ability to work. Imagine having surgeries on your wrists when you are a welder and being told you have a long recovery time.
May 20, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Drew “Ruby” Parker has landed what many would consider a dream fabricating job—body hanger for a racing team. Where will this job take him?
May 14, 2015 | By Dan Davis
If you walk into a fabrication shop today, you more than likely are going to see a machining center on the shop floor. It's not that these shops are chasing machining work; they are just looking to add more manufacturing services to win more business from their current customer base.
May 11, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
Mechanism to protect investors outside the purview of U.S. courts proves to be an issue of concern for those that oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
May 11, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Will the custom metal fabrication business become more consolidated in the years to come? It's hard today, but more than likely, it will depend on the fabricator's customer base.
May 7, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Josh Welton’s social media efforts have helped him make money as an artist. Which applications does he use, and how does he use them?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
April 13, 2015 | By Tim Heston
If truth comes from the shop floor, everyone should hear it.