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Bring home the gold with an Olympic-worthy team

August 10, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you been watching the 2016 Olympic games? If so, you have witnessed some examples of teamwork at its best. All teams are not the same. Some are dynamic and successful, and others have the makings for disaster. How is your job shop team?

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Local efficiency versus global objectives in metal fabrication

August 9, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Metal fabricators are swimming in data these days. The trick is collecting the right data and focusing on what matters: global objectives (shortened total manufacturing time) instead of local efficiency (inches per minute at a specific machine).

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New technology enhances ability

August 4, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Change, even for the better, often meets with resistance. If you are skilled at your trade, why do you need newer technology? Here’s why.

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Overcoming nerves to spread the gospel of metal

August 2, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Being nervous in day-to-day interactions can be problematic, more so for some than others. It’s amazing how conversing about something you have a passion for can send nerves packing.

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What makes a good boss in manufacturing?

July 27, 2016 | By Tim Heston

So often, when a dispute arises between a supervisor and employee, it's not about "what." It's about "who."

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New-school knowledge transfer

July 27, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Three welders embrace all aspects of digital communication as they share welding tips and tricks.

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The daily grind in a small fab shop

July 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin

A day in a small fabricating shop seldom follows a linear progression. Many things vie for attention, and the ability to multitask comes in handy.

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A little fun in the workplace goes a long way

July 20, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

All work and no fun makes for a stressful workplace and diminishes productivity. Are your employees having fun?

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Still Building America—Pablo Guerrero’s art and ancestry

July 19, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Starting your own business isn’t for the faint of heart. It helps if you are inspired by an ancestor who did the same. Here’s the story of how Pablo Guerrero made his own mark while honoring his grandfather.

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Metal fabrication is a communication business

July 18, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Most view metal fabrication as a technology business. But custom fabricators are complex, albeit usually small businesses. In such complex environments, good communication can make things a lot easier.

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Learning a process is an ongoing process

June 30, 2016 | By Nick Martin

How does your shop train new hires and current employees? It takes ingenuity to train while keeping a small shop humming. Here’s how Barnes MetalCrafters does it.

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Welding is not black magic, it’s science

June 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Nonwelders who aren’t interested in learning more about the science don’t have an appreciation for what it takes to repair different items. One repair may take a few minutes, and another considerably longer. It depends on many things.

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A working vacation

June 29, 2016 | By Dan Davis

A welding instructor at a Wisconsin vocational school hits the shop floor in the summer to see what matters to manufacturers.

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Still Building America—The proof is in the weld

June 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton

The measure of your success as a welder lies in the quality of your weld. For female welder Sam Riggin, the quality of her welds also has earned her respect in a male-dominated profession.

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Skills aren’t everything

June 22, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”

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