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New year, new welding helmets - TheFabricator.com

New year, new welding helmets

February 1, 2012

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Taking a closer look at a few new welding helmets.

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SMAW is in session - TheFabricator.com

SMAW is in session

January 10, 2012

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Welding educators discuss why SMAW still holds a relevant place within their classrooms and in today's high-tech industry.

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Calling all welding educators

January 5, 2012

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Welding professionals have always struck me as being loyal to their industry and proud of the work that they do.  But it’s the welding educators who have left an impression because of the lengths they are willing to go to for their students and their programs. Many times the role of... Continue Reading

Scottie who?

November 11, 2011

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Have you ever had a conversation with someone younger than you and realized that the references you were making to him or her were completely lost in translation? This happened to me about two months ago with my high school volleyball team I coach. We competed in a tournament in the Chicago... Continue Reading

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Where the rubber meets the road

November 7, 2011

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Joshua Shaw describes himself as half archaeologist and half fabricator. Those qualities come in handy when he's restoring vintage Sprint race cars, which can provide a number of historical and fabrication and welding challenges. To do it right requires patience and flexible welding equipment.

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Sawing potential

October 20, 2011

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Saw operator discovers artistic talent in the discarded metal pieces from his saw and around his job shop.

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FABTECH 2011

Discover technology, opportunity at FABTECH® 2011

October 10, 2011

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North America's largest metal finishing, forming, fabricating, and welding tradeshow returns to Lake Michigan shores Nov. 14-17.

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Robotics technology advancements aid disaster relief, manufacturing

September 9, 2011

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The events of 10 years ago forever changed our lives, our country. Like many of you, I spent the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 remembering where I was when the first tower fell, and recalling the variety of emotions that coursed through me as the events unfolded. To this day many of us view... Continue Reading

Full steam (chest) ahead - TheFabricator.com

Full steam (chest) ahead

July 26, 2011

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Welding and fabricating using exotic metals requires a special touch, one that Schwabel Fabricating Co., Tonowanda, N.Y., has built its business on for the last 53 years.

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The journey is the destination

July 19, 2011

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A recent survey released by Mercer LLC states that approximately one-third of U.S. workers currently are considering leaving their jobs. The company surveyed 2,400 people and reported that 32 percent of them are "seriously considering" leaving, while another 21 percent said they don't want to leave... Continue Reading

Adventures in metal sculpture - TheFabricator.com

Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011

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Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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Mioshi Neal welding instructor

Little by little

May 9, 2011

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Determined to make a life for herself and provide for her family, Mioshi Neal juggled full-time work,night classes, and single-parent duties to ultimately land her dream job—welding instructor.

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Arc welder welding

A journey of 1,000 welds

May 9, 2011

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Seven years ago Doug Wilkinson of Reinke Mfg., Deshler, Neb., set out to start up a welding education program for high school and adult students that would give them the opportunity to earn AWS D1.1 or D1.2 qualification. It's been an uphill battle but Wilkinson is still at it--and the welding program continues to grow.

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Tis the season, four years later

May 1, 2011

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I've been at the PWT desk for a little more than four years, and I've found that one of the best parts of the job is meeting and talking to people who have a contagious energy about the welding industry and what they do. After about eight months on the job, I received a phone call from a guy named... Continue Reading

robotic welding cell

Taking the load off material handling

March 14, 2011

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A manufacturer of healthcare products automated the material handling and welding of a popular line of medical tables.

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