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Cutting with a beam of sound

May 13, 2014

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Today cutting with a laser—a beam of light—has become a mainstay in metal fabrication. But could shops one day cut not with light, but with sound?

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The trades—a viable first option

May 8, 2014

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Our schools oughta be giving kids the same opportunities and incentives to hone a cylinder or nail an overhead root pass as they do to find the value of x.

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How big fabricators are getting bigger

May 6, 2014

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North Georgia fabricator Impulse Manufacturing just acquired two machining companies, effectively doubling its size and greatly expanding its manufacturing capabilities. The growth shows what continuous improvement makes possible.

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From the Web: The future of manufacturing training in New Jersey; the staggering price of a recall; golf being replaced as the networking sport

April 29, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—General Motors proves Murphy’s law and takes a big hit, thanks to its cost-focused management; New Jersey launches a rolling initiative to train manufacturing workers statewide; misconceptions about the skill level required for today’s manufacturing workers aren’t exclusive to the U.S.; passing golf on the left, cycling is becoming the preferred networking activity ; and a Flint, Mich., shop bar captures the prosperity and excitement the city once knew.

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Selling safety

April 28, 2014

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If the attendees at the sixth annual FMA Safety Conference could agree on one thing, it was the fact that a safety-first work environment needs management buy-in to be successful.

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But it’s only a quick fix

April 24, 2014

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It’s something welders hear all the time: “It’s a small job, just a quick fix,” meaning you’ll charge little if anything. It’s not that simple, not by a longshot.

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From the Web 4.22.14

April 22, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Tesla to build electric cars in China; sales for a certain gun accessory are booming; a fab shop and mega manufacturer are involved in a multimillion dollar venture; bike center expansion to make fab equipment available to more people; and British Columbia, Canada will need 2,000 new welders and fabricators over the next 10 years.

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Hip, hip, away ...

April 16, 2014

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Metal-on-metal hips seemed like a good idea, in theory. In reality, some have become an implant patient’s worst nightmare.

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How scalable is contract metal fabrication?

April 14, 2014

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How big can custom fabrication get? Judging by recent trends at some of the larger contract operations in this country—very, very big.

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Fabricating next-generation workers

April 11, 2014

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Many fabricators are sitting on the sidelines when it comes to training their current stable of employees and creating a new generation of workers. In the end, that's bad for business.

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Choose your weapon

April 10, 2014

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Each welding process has its pros and cons, and a wise welder has them all in his or her arsenal.

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From the Web 4.09.14

April 8, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—a possible capital spending boom; GE’s big plans for the ‘Industrial Internet’; invisible technology in development; a Washington fabricator does it better; and a Ford Bronco’s (not that Bronco) 12-year journey.

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Political roadblocks

April 4, 2014

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Business leaders don't like unpredictability because it makes planning difficult. That's why they increasingly are calling on Congressional leaders to work together to chart some sort of course for the future.

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Parts is parts?

April 3, 2014

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So the part doesn’t meet the specifications. Well, let’s just install it anyway and hope for the best. What are the odds something will happen? Wrong, stupid decision.

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Tool- and diemakers in short supply ... where does the fault line lie?

April 2, 2014

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The tool- and diemaker shortage may be blamed on the educational system's bias toward college preparatory coursework, but it's likely that other factors come into play as well. These include the 2008 near-death knell for the stamping and automotive industries, manufacturing's lingering negative image, and the expense of setting up "shop" classes in today's highly technical industrial age.

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