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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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From the Web 4.01.14

April 1, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— How Fabricating Metal Products fared in March; an interesting animal-related product development; the future of a U.S. manufacturing nemesis; college graduates’ job search; and fabricators selling through Etsy.

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The need for speed to market

March 28, 2014

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Turnaround time matters for the fabrication shops of NASCAR teams as they try to get the latest mechanical improvements to the car down to the track as soon as possible. That "need for speed" is something all metal fabricators can identify with. Often new manufacturing technology can provide that much-needed boost.

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Cleanliness is godliness ...

March 27, 2014

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In my opinion, the lack of emphasis on clean materials carries over as much as the muscle memory from running stringers.

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Fixing the economy—it's not that simple

March 26, 2014

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Just what do we do to fix the economy? Is raising the minimum wage the answer? It's not that simple.

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