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?
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).
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.
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.
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."
July 27, 2016 | By Dan Davis
Three welders embrace all aspects of digital communication as they share welding tips and tricks.
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.
July 20, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
All work and no fun makes for a stressful workplace and diminishes productivity. Are your employees having fun?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”