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.
July 27, 2016 | By Tim Heston
So often, when a dispute arises between a supervisor and employee, it's not about "what." It's about "who."
July 27, 2016 | By Dan Davis
Three welders embrace all aspects of digital communication as they share welding tips and tricks.
July 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin
A day in a small fabricating shop seldom follows a linear progression. Many things vie for attention, and the ability to multitask comes in handy.
July 20, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
All work and no fun makes for a stressful workplace and diminishes productivity. Are your employees having fun?
July 19, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Starting your own business isn’t for the faint of heart. It helps if you are inspired by an ancestor who did the same. Here’s the story of how Pablo Guerrero made his own mark while honoring his grandfather.
July 18, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Most view metal fabrication as a technology business. But custom fabricators are complex, albeit usually small businesses. In such complex environments, good communication can make things a lot easier.
June 30, 2016 | By Nick Martin
How does your shop train new hires and current employees? It takes ingenuity to train while keeping a small shop humming. Here’s how Barnes MetalCrafters does it.
June 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Nonwelders who aren’t interested in learning more about the science don’t have an appreciation for what it takes to repair different items. One repair may take a few minutes, and another considerably longer. It depends on many things.
June 29, 2016 | By Dan Davis
A welding instructor at a Wisconsin vocational school hits the shop floor in the summer to see what matters to manufacturers.
June 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton
The measure of your success as a welder lies in the quality of your weld. For female welder Sam Riggin, the quality of her welds also has earned her respect in a male-dominated profession.
June 22, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”
June 14, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Independent fabricators and artists need workspace. On his search for space in Detroit, Josh Welton came across an interesting alternative to the typical offerings modeled on a similar, successful venture in New York. He’s excited about the prospect of working in this environment.
June 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.
June 1, 2016 | By Josh Welton
The U.S recently celebrated Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. To commemorate this occasion, Josh Welton has turned the podium over to his better half, Darla, who honors her dad and his fellow soldiers killed in action in this moving tribute.
June 1, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
U.S. manufacturers have to come to terms with the new overtime rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.