FMA Communications Inc.

Amanda Carlson

Associate Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Arc Welding | Articles

Perforated metal inspires creative play

December 7, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Balfour Brickner Early Childhood Center at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan wanted a playground system suitable for the rooftop of the building that houses the center. The center preferred a custom-designed system rather than the standard playground equipment universally available. Center...

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Shop Management | Articles

When family matters

November 17, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Huffman Welding & Machine Inc., a family-owned and -operated job shop in southeastern Iowa, has always had big goals to grow and thrive in a competitive economic climate. So far they have been able to strike the right balance between pursuing those goals while maintaining the emphasis on people and their community – their family.

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Shop Management | Articles

Bet on FABTECH® 2016

October 24, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Whether your company is preparing for growth, a slowdown, a process upgrade, or hiring new workers, FABTECH brings together every aspect of the metal fabricating industry in one location to educate, inform, entertain, and provide networking opportunities to you.

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From pilot to fabricator

October 24, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

When opportunity called, Navy veteran and barbecue grill fabricator Fred Moss was ready and willing to answer.

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Miles ahead with design & welding

September 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Fed up with waiting on his welding subcontractor, an owner of a landscape design company regained control and gets a creativity boost by learning how to weld.

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Safety | Articles

Evolving robotic welding fume extraction

September 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

RoboVent’s Spire filtration system for robotic welding applications endeavors to be the small, easy-to-use, and relatively hands-off version of its predecessor.

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Cutting and Weld Prep | Articles

When weld prep matters

September 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A welding and fabrication company specializing in large-diameter pipe found that a switch in its grinding consumables made all the difference in safety, productivity, and weld quality.

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Miles ahead with design and welding

August 4, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Fed up with waiting on his welding subcontractor, an owner of a landscape design company regained control and gets a creativity boost by learning how to weld.

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There’s something about Marty

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Marty Rice’s time as Arc Welding 101 columnist was relatively short, but his breadth of work online and in print has educated, inspired, and entertained readers for more than 10 years.

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Inside Frank’s Aluminum Workshop

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Practical Welding Today’s Aluminum Workshop columnist Frank Armao is the magazine’s longest-tenured contributor. Read how he landed the gig and what he’s learned during his 14-year journey.

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Still asking Elmer

July 20, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

The Ask Elmer column, written by Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructor Elmer Swank, appeared in Practical Welding Today for four years. Even though the column no longer exists, Swank is still in the business of answering questions and developing good welders.

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Welding trends, technology advancements, and tales

July 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A collection of PWT Editorial Advisory Committee members discuss what they believe to be the most important advances in welding technology, trends, and education.

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Long live the “Welding Queen”

July 14, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Her energy was genuine and her love of welding and welders was as real as the smile on her face. Ten years after leaving Practical Welding Today®, former editor Stephanie Vaughan shares her fondest memories of an industry she still loves.

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Shelving bad habits with your GMAW gun

July 14, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A welder tired of accidental triggering or incidental damage to his gun developed a holster that can be mounted to a worktable, welding cart or in any way necessary.

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No experience necessary

June 1, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A fed-up masonry contractor from Scottsdale, Ariz., closed his business, taught himself how to weld, began sculpting in metal and bronze, and now happily makes a living as a metal artist.

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