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Scholarship fund to honor Dick Kallage

March 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston

FMA’s Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs foundation has set up a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Dick Kallage, an influential member of FMA and columnist for The FABRICATOR magazine. Kallage died of cancer Feb. 18.

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There is always more to learn about welding

March 15, 2016 | By Josh Welton

How much do you know about welding? The best welders recognize that there is always room for improvement and more to learn.

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Positive manufacturing news: A well-kept secret during the election season

March 14, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Negativity reigns during this elections season. Here's a secret: Some good news does indeed exist, even in manufacturing.

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FMA Annual Meeting: Sharing ideas to build a better business

March 10, 2016 | By Tim Heston

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.

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Should welding students and welders provide their own tools?

March 2, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

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.

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Feeling the love at Autorama

March 1, 2016 | By Josh Welton

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.

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Be wary of customers that take advantage

February 24, 2016 | By Nick Martin

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.

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The digital-thread potential in custom metal fabrication

February 22, 2016 | By Tim Heston

The ideas behind the "digital thread" in the manufacturing supply chain may have big potential in custom metal fabrication.

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No such thing as too safe

February 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

A recent fatality at an industrial site underscores the need to be vigilant about safety at all times. You can never be too safe.

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A new course for education

February 18, 2016 | By Dan Davis

A Colorado school district recognized not everyone was destined for college, so it launched a new curriculum approach as a result. The school is going to embrace vocational education.

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Sheet metal and plate meet the mill and lathe

February 17, 2016 | By Tim Heston

3-D software may be bringing two different crafts, sheet metal fabrication and machining, just a little closer together.

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Still Building America—Giving a young welder a chance

February 17, 2016 | By Josh Welton

With the right skills and support, it’s possible for talented welding students to move directly into a good job with growth potential.

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Oil and gas downturn: Worse than 2009? For some, yes

February 16, 2016 | By Tim Heston

For some fab shops with deep ties to the energy sector, the past year and a half has not been fun.

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Manufacturing’s image: The engaging logic of the entire process

February 15, 2016 | By Tim Heston

What sparked Pat Hopkins' interest in manufacturing wasn't just the technology, but the engaging logic of the entire fabrication process.

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Major energy bill includes manufacturing provision

February 12, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas

Under the provision, Industrial Assessment Centers would be able to do more than advise manufacturers.

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