March 23, 2016
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.
March 14, 2016
Negativity reigns during this elections season. Here's a secret: Some good news does indeed exist, even in manufacturing.
March 10, 2016
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.
March 2, 2016
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.
March 1, 2016
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.
February 24, 2016
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.
February 22, 2016
The ideas behind the "digital thread" in the manufacturing supply chain may have big potential in custom metal fabrication.
February 17, 2016
With the right skills and support, it’s possible for talented welding students to move directly into a good job with growth potential.
February 16, 2016
For some fab shops with deep ties to the energy sector, the past year and a half has not been fun.