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Metal fabrication and the Internet of things

August 12, 2014

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If the majority of activities in a supply chain added value, what kind kind of world would that create?

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Make government work

August 11, 2014

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The act of not reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. is just the latest example of how the extreme dysfunction found in Congress is slowing down what could be a more robust economic recovery.

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Saving a stool and a memory

August 7, 2014

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Some things simply can’t be replaced. That’s when repair welding really comes in handy.

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Keep it simple, senators!

August 6, 2014

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Can we depend on our representatives to undo some of what they have been doing? Maybe, maybe not. But it would be nice if they would.

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From the Web: 3-D printing warheads; jobs lost and jobs added

July 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— More about 3-D printing, this time on a larger scale; the state of steel jobs in Northwest Indiana; politics and fabricating; and one company’s solution to the skilled worker shortage.

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See women in manufacturing

July 30, 2014

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Women now comprise more than a quarter of the manufacturing workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—28.7 percent of the 14.8 million people employed in industry in the U.S.

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A new kind of skilled workforce

July 28, 2014

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The need for skilled worker continues unabated, but the issue has many wrinkles of complexity. For one, technology has changed the nature of the job.

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Colors in welds and what they mean

July 24, 2014

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The variety of colors that can occur in welds might surprise you. Sometimes they are desirable and sometimes not. It all depends on the material, the industry, and the application.

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The complex reality of business spending

July 22, 2014

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Business spending is a complex animal, and it's difficult to sum it up in a few charts.

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From the Web: Blacksmithing, 3D printing, and an immigration nightmare stymies a shop’s growth

July 22, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Immigration nightmare stymies company’s growth/job creation; imagination an important tool in blacksmith’s arsenal; ultimate use of 3D printing; fabricator gives in many ways; and veterans trade combat helmets for welding helmets.

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Figure it’s about time to get into the action of 3-D printing

July 18, 2014

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3-D printing isn't a must-have tool for metal fabricators—at least not yet. But the technology is advancing at great speeds. It's time to start paying attention.

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Working with dad

July 17, 2014

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Working in the family business can be difficult and isn’t right for everyone. But sometimes, it can lead to a rewarding career.

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Training your off hand for TIG welding

July 10, 2014

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"The world has enough one-handed welders."

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The importance of process innovation

July 9, 2014

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Manufacturing is getting a lot of attention in Washington. Proposals abound about pushing new products and technologies from R&D to the market. But when it comes to a purely employment perspective, process innovation—including continuous improvement—may be even more important.

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Spreading the word about metal fabricating

July 2, 2014

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Metal fabricators fear that a negative image is preventing the next generation from considering manufacturing as a career choice. What's the best way to combat that? Let metal fabricators share their stories. They love their profession, and as a result, they can help others to love fabricating as well.

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