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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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From the Web: Low wages ‘major’ issue; inside a 3-D machine shop; ‘craftsmanship is still around’

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.

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Getting back to basics—Human element enhances a machine’s potential

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.

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More from the Floor at FABTECH®

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?

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Free education and political football

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.

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Dropping oil prices and metal fabricating

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.

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From the Web: Research in 3-D; how manufacturing can gain momentum in 2015; training success stories

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.

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The one collar of the knowledge worker

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.

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Still Building America—Welding opens up opportunities

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.

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Congress approves manufacturing program--with an asterisk

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.

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