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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.