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Amanda Carlson

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Cutting and Weld Prep | Articles

Fiberglass tape that has your [weld’s] back

October 22, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Aquasol’s Fiback line of fiberglass backing tape, now available in high- and low-amperage options, gives welders a simple, safe, and reliable way to protect the back side of their weldments, even those that have a complex shape.

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Shop Management | Articles

A second-chance career

July 28, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

A maritime welding program, jointly created by Vigor Industrial and South Seattle College, is part of a greater initiative in Washington state-to return idled workers to gainful employment. The class doesn’t just help the underemployed, it also helps feed the resurging shipbuilding industry in the greater Seattle area.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Hope dies last

July 9, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

A hard-nosed welding instructor at a medium-security prison in rural North Carolina gives his students discipline, confidence, a foot in the door to a trade, and the possibility for a new life upon release.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Courage over fear

May 26, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

After trying her hand at various traditionally female-oriented careers, an Alabama woman, on a mission to provide the best life for herself and her newborn son, found courage to ask a shipyard for a job. That courage ultimately sparked a chain of events that led her to a fulfilling career.

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Arc Welding | Articles

The art of welding and friendship

May 19, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Ten years ago, three women enrolled in an art and sculpture welding class. Little did they know it would be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Make way for the brew crew

May 5, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Craft beer is all the rage these days, and Crawford Co., Rock Island, Ill., has thrown its hat into the ring. After working closely with a local brewer who contracted the fabricator to build larger-capacity equipment, the two partnered to form a no-nonsense brewing division within the company to address the needs of the booming craft beer industry.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Drip by Drip

March 20, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Ever wonder about the backstories behind the people with the funny screen names on welding message boards? This is the story of a tool and die welder who discovered a talent for drawing with a TIG torch.

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crimped wire

Laser Welding | Articles

Creating art that inspires thought

February 3, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Las Vegas metal artist creates abstract contemporary pieces that make viewers think and let him sleep.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Millennials, stress, and technology

January 23, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

According to the “State of Workplace Productivity Report” released by Cornerstone OnDemand, a cloud-based talent management software company, the millennial generation, or those born between the years 1980 and 2000, is struggling with technology and information overload. The report, which...

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Angle Grinder

Power Tools | Articles

Technology Spotlight: Tight spaces? There’s a grinder for that

January 17, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Small angle grinders are incredibly flexible tools; however, even they have their limitations, like accessing confined spaces. A power tool manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pa., developed a small angle grinder with a reduced profile that reaches into tight spaces not normally accessible with standard angle grinders.

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Welder

Arc Welding | Articles

How to build a metal cube

January 13, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Scott Behr, founder and fabricator at Total Metal Resource Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., usually gets a pretty enthusiastic response when he tells people what he does for a living. With the upstart of his Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, he can now share tiny parts of his job with people who might otherwise never get an opportunity to try their hand at metalworking.

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Putting a wrap on Schweissen & Schneiden - TheFabricator.com

Arc Welding | Articles

Putting a wrap on Schweissen & Schneiden

January 2, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Schweissen & Schneiden, Europe’s premier and most comprehensive welding and cutting tradeshow, had plenty of technology and innovation. Twelve exhibition halls housed more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 40 countries. Roughly 55,000 attendees from 130 countries made their way through the aisles during the six-day event, where they were able to view the latest advances in welding and cutting technology, hand tools, safety gear, consumables, and other equipment.

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Lowering the learning curve - TheFabricator.com

Arc Welding | Articles

Lowering the learning curve

November 27, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

A Pennsylvania crane fabricator relies on virtual weld training to kick-start weld training for new hires.

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Apple picking for the 21st century - TheFabricator.com

Shop Management | Articles

Apple picking for the 21st century

November 5, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Phil Brown Welding of Conklin, Mich., designed and fabricated the Apple Harvester, a machine that makes picking apples easier, faster, and allows for picking at night, not just during daylight hours.

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Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Shop Management | Articles

Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013

October 7, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Show attendees can expect 360 degrees of technology, education, and networking.

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