Amanda Carlson

Amanda Carlson


FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

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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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Grill or be grilled

May 23, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A fabricator of one of the most renowned wood-fired grills available recently integrated a robotic welding cell to help cut lead times and keep up with overwhelming demand.

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Still waters run deep

May 23, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Elaine Waters, the 2016 PWTeacher of the Year award winner, has taught, inspired, and intimidated the hell out of welding students for 30 years. This is her story.

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Hot tubbin' and grillin'

March 2, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Omaha, Neb., man with the need to create found two unique uses for a couple of old '57 Chevy cars. The first, a working grill. The second, a hot tub and tabletop bar.

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Have you thanked your welding instructor today?

January 28, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A simple expression of appreciation can go a long way.

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Add-on equipment makes a difference in SMAW

January 27, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

An optional digital meter for SMAW power sources allows welders to lay beads within set parameters.

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What happens when a nonwelder meets a laser?

January 27, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

How does a nonwelder transition into the role of laser welding machine operator? What aptitude or experience does someone need to be successful? Practical Welding Today® sat down with Tracy Stenger of Superior Joining Technologies, Machesney Park, Ill., to find out.

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Make way for the torch queen

December 2, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Contributing Editor Amanda Carlson introduces us to a former contractor who has found her niche as a welding artist and instructor.

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When imagination meets craftsmanship

October 8, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

The fleur de lis is a well-known symbol with deeps roots in Louisiana culture. However, the massive 14-ft., three-sided stainless steel version of the fleur de lis that sits atop a water fountain at the UL Lafayette Quadrangle is a larger-than-life representation of what can happen when you mix imagination with talent along with some good old-fashioned craftsmanship

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Dodging the drought – in business

August 4, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

While the much-publicized drought in California has wreaked havoc on the state overall, from the economy to simple daily living, one Santa Ana fabricator is versatile enough to avoid a drought in new and returning business.

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The cycle continues

July 29, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Glenn Kay II, the 2015 PWTeacher of the Year, is a self-described workaholic with a passion for welding that was first fueled by competition. Today the 37-year-old has instilled that same passion in his students.

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Layer by layer

July 16, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Tennessee metalworker makes a living combining old and new metalworking processes.

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An artist and welder in equal measure

May 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

San Francisco-based metal artist leans on creativity and production welding know-how to create sculptures that are simple in appearance but complicated in execution.

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Replica cars? There’s a kit for that

May 12, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

A component (kit) car manufacturer in Wareham, Mass., made two big process changes that helped streamline its manufacturing operations.

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A new spin on an old debate

April 24, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

The need to attract young people and to change negative perceptions certainly isn’t new, but after spending three days at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit in Orlando in late February, business consultants, community and technical college leaders and educators, and business owners shed some light on a well-publicized subject.

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