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.
February 12, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Web articles for fabricators—Metal in your chocolate; a new spin on locks; fabricating for dog owners; a traveling CNC mill, and a manufacturing revolution.
February 11, 2015 | By Josh Welton
What happens when your employment situation changes? If you have a backup plan, you might find that the change was just what you needed to move forward.
February 6, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Even in the face of falling oil prices and the potential slowdown of offshore fabrication work, Bill New, president of New Industries Inc., Morgan City, La., still looks forward to coming to work each day.
February 5, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Web articles for fabricators—Ford workers get big raise; reporter questions welding as a worthwhile career; being smart doesn’t necessarily make you rich; 3-D printing breakthrough; students build wind turbines.
February 5, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Despite concerns some have about radiation emanating from 2 percent thoriated (red) tungsten electrodes, welder Josh Welton sees little risk. The electrode continues to be his first choice.
February 5, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
The Environmental Protection Agency has finally enacted its rulemaking that affects metal manufacturers that have to recycle or dispose of spent solvents.
February 4, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Competing fabricators can invest in the same technology and software, but they can't employ the same people.
January 29, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Web articles for fabricators—Meeting global competition by finding a niche; faking an engine’s roar; students sue over bogus welding certificates; bright future for girls in welding; and apprenticeships make a difference.
January 28, 2015 | By Nick Martin
Sometimes a “quick-quote” job turns out to be significantly more complicated than it appears. It also can become a great learning experience. Such was the case when Barnes MetalCrafters fabricated a heavy-duty utility truck rack that required compensating for the vehicle’s lightweight components to mount.
January 28, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Manufacturing wages vary widely, and like anything in life, the wage story isn't simple or straightforward.
January 22, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Low wages a major impediment to labor supply; inside Incodema 3D’s facility; job shop named best business in Blue Earth, Minn.; Mississippi shop grows, invests, hires; and craftsmanship is still around.
January 22, 2015 | By Josh Welton
In 2014 media headlines claimed that Toyota was replacing robots with humans in its factories. Not so, but the real story is important and encouraging.
January 20, 2015 | By Kate Bachman
Feeling those no-show-to-go-to blues? Missing the great times you had at FABTECH? Yearn for just a glimpse of what you saw on the floor ... oh, the clanking and whirring of machines, the tastes of happy hour brew?
January 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Making community college free is a bold move, but it shouldn't be used as a political tool. Unfortunately, that's the reality.
January 16, 2015 | By Dan Davis
The drop in oil prices is not the end of the world, and it won't be the end of the world for the metal fabrication industry--at least for those not located in Texas, North Dakota, and western Canada.