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Restoring the USS North Carolina—sharing history with friends

March 23, 2016

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Think Facebook is the ultimate time-waster? Nick Martin’s Facebook connection to an old classmate and fellow soccer teammate led to an important job preserving history for Barnes MetalCrafters. It also provided a learning opportunity, as many fabricating jobs do.

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Stop to notice the technology

March 17, 2016

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Keeping your nose to the grindstone could prevent you from noticing the rapid changes occurring in the world around you.

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Scholarship fund to honor Dick Kallage

March 15, 2016

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FMA’s Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs foundation has set up a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Dick Kallage, an influential member of FMA and columnist for The FABRICATOR magazine. Kallage died of cancer Feb. 18.

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There is always more to learn about welding

March 15, 2016

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How much do you know about welding? The best welders recognize that there is always room for improvement and more to learn.

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Positive manufacturing news: A well-kept secret during the election season

March 14, 2016

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Negativity reigns during this elections season. Here's a secret: Some good news does indeed exist, even in manufacturing.

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FMA Annual Meeting: Sharing ideas to build a better business

March 10, 2016

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Networking, conversation, and idea sharing are at the heart of the FMA Annual Meeting. For instance, what if a shop salesperson learned to operate a tube laser? That idea at one roundtable got participants talking.

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Should welding students and welders provide their own tools?

March 2, 2016

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A recent post on The Fabricator Blog sparked a Facebook discussion about whether welding students and welders should provide their own tools for school and on the job. We opened the discussion up to “Welding Wire” readers. Here are a few of the many responses we received.

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Feeling the love at Autorama

March 1, 2016

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The first time welder and metal artist Josh Welton displayed his art at a show was at the 2010 Detroit Autorama. Six years later, he’s still participating and enjoying not only the show but the people, including some who have become valued friends and mentors. He also appreciates the opportunity to talk shop and share his passion for welding.

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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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