thefabricator.com has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.
September 16, 2015 | By Tim Heston
M&A activity has been on the rise in metal fabrication in recent years, but what's the strategy behind it all? Fabricators seem to be diversifying, both in terms of process offerings and customer bases.
September 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Many fabricators scrutinize how fast a laser cuts: How quickly can a machine finish a nest, how many blanks per minute can a press brake form. But how do these processing speeds correlate to a custom fabricator’s profitability?
September 14, 2015 | By Tim Heston
When order quantities shrink, things can get really complicated on the job shop floor--unless the order-to-ship cycle shrinks as well.
August 28, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Metal fabricators that want to grow the business should focus on employee growth. The rest will take care of itself.
August 27, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Sometimes you need a third hand to stabilize parts for welding. Here’s how to build one from scratch.
August 26, 2015 | By Nick Martin
Small-business owners are noted for never taking time off to smell the roses or enjoy the shore. Here’s what happened when one shop owner took a much needed week off.
August 18, 2015 | By Josh Welton
As a teenager, Brian Tarter developed an interest in lawnmower derbies, which sparked an interest in welding and led to a career—an enviable career path.
August 14, 2015 | By Dan Davis
When metal fabricating shop owners and managers call for skilled workers, are they ready to accept bright and talented workers? In many cases, they aren't, and that's not doing the industry any favors.
August 11, 2015 | By Josh Welton
People of all ages often ask Josh Welton about how to break into a career in the trades. Here are his suggestions. What are yours?
August 7, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
Proposed legislation might make it possible for manufacturers to access big-data capabilities at national labs.
August 5, 2015 | By Ed Youdell
Manufacturers who open their doors for Manufacturing Day 2015 are not only educating their communities about career opportunities, they also may discover a new employee or two.
July 28, 2015 | By Nick Martin
When school’s out, high school and college students need summer jobs. Hiring them is good for both the students and the shops that employ them.
July 24, 2015 | By Dan Davis
A question from a reader asking for advice in building a metal fabricating business leads to a discussion of several different paths to follow.
July 23, 2015 | By Josh Welton
A gearhead’s dream, ICON 4 x 4 turns out 24 vehicles a year that are highly functioning works of art. Go behind the scenes with Josh as he visits with owner Jonathan Ward.
July 16, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Web articles for fabricators—Ohio community hoping to land metal fabricating plant; fabricated R2D2 rolls into Comic Con; FMA, Harper College collaborate on fab lab; Pittsburgh (and 11 other U.S. cities) poised for manufacturing growth; and 3-D printing and the Cardinals