Blog Posts 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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Don’t forget the CAD guy

February 24, 2015 | By Nick Martin

When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.

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Automation, health, safety, and longshoremen

February 24, 2015 | By Tim Heston

The labor disupute at the West Coast ports is an odd, complex, ironic cog in the global supply chain.

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Old-school versus newfangled fabrication talk

February 20, 2015

The age of modern metal fabricating has introduced buzzwords and corporate speak to the language of business. On the other hand, small fabricators don't have time for confusing conversations. They shoot straight and tell it like it is.

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From the Web: Diversifying; restructuring; growing; and wearing a Ferrari

February 19, 2015 | By Vicki Bell

Web articles for fabricators—Study confirms fabricators should diversify; restructuring helps revive businesses; Nebraska company on the growth track; and how you can wear a Ferrari

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The college track passes right by manufacturing

February 13, 2015 | By Dan Davis

As educators push for their students toward a college-prep curriculum, students are missing out on possible vocational training opportunities and the manufacturing industry is missing out on young talent.

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From the Web: Warning for chocoholics; love locks; doggie business; robot revolution

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.

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Still Building America—Backup plans matter

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.

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Diversification makes life easier on the roller coaster

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.

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From the Web: Big pay raise; Smart, but not rich; 3-D breakthroughs; welding—a worthwhile career?

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.

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Why I still use 2 percent thoriated (red) tungsten

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.

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Watch where those spent solvents go

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.

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People: A fabricator’s greatest competitive advantage

February 4, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Competing fabricators can invest in the same technology and software, but they can't employ the same people.

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From the Web: Finding a niche; faking a roar; falsifying welding certificates

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.

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Fabricating and mounting a “quick-quote,” heavy-duty utility truck rack

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.

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Manufacturing jobs pay well, right?

January 28, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Manufacturing wages vary widely, and like anything in life, the wage story isn't simple or straightforward.

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