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Working overtime to fix the overtime problem

June 12, 2014

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Metal fabricators that continue to lean on a select few interested in working excessive amounts of overtime are running the increased risk of employee burnout or production mistakes on the shop floor. They need to take steps to prepare the entire workforce to absorb additional manufacturing tasks, not just the few and proud to be working OT.

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From the Web: Fabricators in the limelight; high cost of a tiny, missing part; automakers and art

June 11, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Fabricators make an important list; a missing, nickel-size part leads to big settlement for ship builder; automakers contribute millions to save Detroit’s art; men continue to be on the short end of the jobs recovery stick; and more women become manufacturing entrepreneurs.

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Remote laser beam cutting: Blink once and you miss it

June 9, 2014

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Two laser cutting technologies—one using additional axes of motion in the cutting head, and the other using scanning optics and no nozzle at all—shows the awesome potential of the solid-state laser in the cutting arena.

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Fabricating thoughts from the road

June 6, 2014

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Editor-in-Chief Dan Davis picked up some interesting tidbits about ways to win employee loyalty and bringing younger workers into your company during his travels in May.

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From the Web: Fabricators in the thick of battle; how to be a preferred stamper; gearhead photos

June 3, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— How fabricators support warfighters on location; what it takes to be the stamping company of choice; rebuilding a chassis in 29 photos; how to foster innovation; and new fabricating jobs heading to South Carolina.

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No playbook for metal fabricating

May 30, 2014

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Fabricators might have something in common in the way that they bend, cut, form, and join metal, but the way that they run their businesses is completely unique.

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From the Web: 3-D printing & the supply chain; inspiration blows in; a fabricator success story

May 28, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— 3-D printing could alter supply chain; it takes a community of businesses to build a ballpark; placing the tail on this donkey is not so easy; fabricator moves out of the basement; and the wind ushers in a new product.

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Engaging the millennials

May 23, 2014

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Metal fabricators need to do a better job of attracting the millenial generation into manufacturing—or they are going to find it hard keeping up with future business opportunities.

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Man or machine?

May 22, 2014

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Despite the advancements made in welding technology, the operator is still the most important piece of the puzzle.

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From the Web: Tallest flagpole in NA; hydroformers on Sci Channel; society needs welding to function

May 20, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Designing the largest flagpole in North America no easy task; tube hydroforming featured on “How It’s Made” series; Florida fabricator encourages people to ‘actually build something’; South Carolina welding instructor pens opinion piece welding’s importance; and a Minnesota welding program’s students easily find jobs.

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Mexico and metal fabricating

May 16, 2014

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On the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it's easy to see that Mexico has really flourished. But today's success is not a guarantee for tomorrow's prosperity. Being a low-cost leader in manufacturing is not a long-term plan for survival. Just ask China.

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From the Web: Tool and diemaker for 50 years partly to blame for the worker shortage

May 13, 2014

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Developments affecting the spring/stamping industry; something to consider when opening a plant in a new location Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Praise for a tool and diemaker’s 50 years’ service highlights a reason for the worker shortage; A spring/stamping company VP lists 5 developments he believes will affect the industry; a stamping company’s move to El Paso has paid off, despite some difficulties; lawmakers attempt to make it less lucrative for companies to leave the U.S.; and this summer job is a blue-print for teaching entrepreneurship.

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Cutting with a beam of sound

May 13, 2014

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Today cutting with a laser—a beam of light—has become a mainstay in metal fabrication. But could shops one day cut not with light, but with sound?

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The trades—a viable first option

May 8, 2014

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Our schools oughta be giving kids the same opportunities and incentives to hone a cylinder or nail an overhead root pass as they do to find the value of x.

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How big fabricators are getting bigger

May 6, 2014

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North Georgia fabricator Impulse Manufacturing just acquired two machining companies, effectively doubling its size and greatly expanding its manufacturing capabilities. The growth shows what continuous improvement makes possible.

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