FMA Communications Inc.

Amanda Carlson

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

Arc Welding | Articles

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.

Continue Reading

Assembly and Joining | Articles

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.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

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.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

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

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

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.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

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.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

Layer by layer

July 16, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

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

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

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.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

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.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Blog Posts

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.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

Cliché lawn art, be gone

April 1, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

Salt Lake City metal artist Fred Conlon demonstrates a steady flow in creativity with his sculptures that make you laugh, make you think, and make your lawn look good.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

Fabricating for the win

March 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

What does it take to make it in this ultracompetitive world where your work is heavily scrutinized, your time is not your own, and all the while you have a driver’s life in your hands? It requires incredible skill, yes, but there are other qualities you must possess and things you must accomplish. To be successful at one of racing’s top teams requires more than just welding ability. It requires an unparalleled dedication to the sport and to your craft. With that dedication, however, sometimes comes sacrifice.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

Fabrication minus the relaxation

January 15, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson

No-niche southwest Florida fabricator grows big in small time frame

Continue Reading

Bending | Articles

Pass it on

December 12, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Ron Covell’s 50-year career manually building autobodies for street rods, dragsters, and motorcycles is impressive, to say the least. But he doesn’t plan on hoarding all of the expertise he’s garnered over the years. His latest passion, of the last 20 years anyway, has been sharing information in his traveling workshops to current or up-and-coming autobody enthusiasts. It’s what he hopes is his longest and most impactful legacy.

Continue Reading

Arc Welding | Articles

Creativity springs forth from the darkness

November 10, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

A freak accident changed the life of a materials science professor at Texas Tech University. Not only does he appreciate the second chance at living, he also discovered a talent for giving discarded metal objects a second chance at living through metal sculpture.

Continue Reading