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 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.
January 15, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Sandvik boosts 3-D printing research; one way U.S. manufacturing can gain momentum; training success stories, and introducing young students to metalworking.
January 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Technological devices are changing the world, but in a very human way. It may not be about what technology can do. Instead, it may be about how technology changes our lives.
January 14, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Taking shop classes to enhance his automotive skills, Tom Howes found a new love in welding, one that opened up a world of opportunity.
January 9, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
Congress fulfilled President Barack Obama's wish to set up a network of manufacturing innovation centers across the U.S., but there is a catch: The effort won't have its own budget. The endeavor will have to be funded through existing budgets in the Department of Energy and the Pentagon.
January 7, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Everyone is familiar with the workaround. You don’t have the ideal part or solution, but you improvise and come up with a workable plan. Here’s how welder Josh Welton used the tools on hand to repair an air compressor part and avoid a trip to a big-box store.
December 22, 2014 | By Tim Heston
As 2015 approaches, manufacturing's image is in pretty good shape, all things considered.