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Be wary of customers that take advantage

February 24, 2016

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Attracting new customers is an important part of keeping a custom fabricating shop in business. However, be wary of the customer that continually takes advantage of your willingness to produce a small quantity of parts on short notice and sends the larger jobs elsewhere. Remember, you can’t keep calling the same buddy to pull you out of the mud and never invite him to the party.

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The digital-thread potential in custom metal fabrication

February 22, 2016

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The ideas behind the "digital thread" in the manufacturing supply chain may have big potential in custom metal fabrication.

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No such thing as too safe

February 18, 2016

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A recent fatality at an industrial site underscores the need to be vigilant about safety at all times. You can never be too safe.

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A new course for education

February 18, 2016

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A Colorado school district recognized not everyone was destined for college, so it launched a new curriculum approach as a result. The school is going to embrace vocational education.

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Sheet metal and plate meet the mill and lathe

February 17, 2016

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3-D software may be bringing two different crafts, sheet metal fabrication and machining, just a little closer together.

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Still Building America—Giving a young welder a chance

February 17, 2016

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With the right skills and support, it’s possible for talented welding students to move directly into a good job with growth potential.

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Oil and gas downturn: Worse than 2009? For some, yes

February 16, 2016

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For some fab shops with deep ties to the energy sector, the past year and a half has not been fun.

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Manufacturing’s image: The engaging logic of the entire process

February 15, 2016

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What sparked Pat Hopkins' interest in manufacturing wasn't just the technology, but the engaging logic of the entire fabrication process.

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Major energy bill includes manufacturing provision

February 12, 2016

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Under the provision, Industrial Assessment Centers would be able to do more than advise manufacturers.

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10 things welding students need for class

February 11, 2016

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Getting the most out of your welding classes requires some tools of the trade. Well-prepared students need these 10 items.

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Voices that matter, in Iowa and the metal fabrication shop floor

February 2, 2016

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Having your voice matter may be at the core of good culture. This may apply as much to Iowa voters as it does to people on the fab shop floor.

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Never undervalue what you do

February 2, 2016

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“Welding is easy; business is hard.” At least that’s how Josh Welton sees running his own business. An important thing to remember is “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

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Bowie, Frey, Rickman, Vigoda, and Dial—let's not forget Dial

January 28, 2016

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Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.

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Have you thanked your welding instructor today?

January 28, 2016

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A simple expression of appreciation can go a long way.

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A job to remember

January 26, 2016

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Custom fabricators get some unusual requests, both in terms of the job itself and the timeline for completion. Sometimes they go the extra mile to “do the right thing.”

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