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FABTECH 2015: Stringing a digital thread through the manufacturing supply chain

November 20, 2015 | By Tim Heston

A "digital thread" extending up and down the manufacturing supply chain might sound like science fiction. But as evident at this year's FABTECH, the digital thread is becoming reality.

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FABTECH 2015: A metaphorical pit stop in the productivity race

November 19, 2015 | By Tim Heston

NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace was a hit at this year's show. Considering the nature of the sport, fast-paced while still rooted in advanced engineering, it's easy to see why attendees relate so well. And perhaps no one related better than those who exhibited at the show as part of an emerging field: 3-D printing.

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FABTECH 2015: Innovation to serve the company, not the process

November 18, 2015 | By Tim Heston

A certain excitement permeated this year's show, and it wasn't just about this incredibly fast laser, that press brake that eliminates setup time, or that welding power source that connects to the cloud and simplifies welding parameter selection. It was about how all these technologies and more can work together to make a shop better.

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FABTECH, community, and normalcy

November 17, 2015 | By Tim Heston

FABTECH was bigger than ever. The terrible news on Friday puts things in perspective, and yet shows just how valuable the "normalcy" of a trade show, and a healthy industry, really is.

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The double-edged sword of success

November 16, 2015 | By Josh Welton

For people who are truly good at what they do, the opportunities never end. That’s both the good and the bad news. Can you identify with Josh Welton’s state of mind these days?

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Stay young, stay committed

November 13, 2015 | By Dan Davis

If the manufacturing community wants to attract students into science, technology, engineering, and math careers, it might want to start focusing on elementary schools. That's what Brillion School District in Wisconsin is doing.

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Flat = Good

November 5, 2015 | By Dan Davis

When a fabricator says that business is flat when compared to previous months, you are hearing good news.

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100-hour workweeks and the art of welding

October 29, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Imagine 100-hour workweeks. Overload, fatigue, and burnout are to be expected. But it’s also very rewarding when your hard work bears fruit.

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Working with “family”

October 28, 2015 | By Nick Martin

What is family? In a job shop, it’s more than your kinfolk and, sometimes, more than human.

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How the master-and-apprentice relationship builds a skilled workforce

October 28, 2015 | By Tim Heston

New technology allows rookies to start making good parts right away, but that connection with experienced workers still needs to be there.

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Welcoming women into the manufacturing world

October 23, 2015 | By Dan Davis

With baby boomers heading for retirement in great numbers, manufacturers need to find the next generation of workers to replace them. To ensure they hire the best and the brightest for the job, manufacturers should not discount half of the population—women.

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Manufacturers want Congress to restrain EPA on ozone

October 22, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas

It may be an uphill battle as the EPA reduces the limits of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds that manufacturers can release into the atmosphere.

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Still Building America—Keeping the waste away

October 21, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Tag Ogren answered a call from a friend and found a career. He now operates his own business that helps keep waste and recycling trucks running.

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Evolution of the cutting laser: About the diode

October 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Don't blink, or you'll miss the fastest evolving technology in the custom fab shop: the cutting laser.

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How the mental game applies to welding—lessons from Yogi

October 8, 2015 | By Josh Welton

Various factors help determine success in any field, be it baseball or welding. Skills and physical stamina are important. So is your mentality.

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