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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Pot'ente by mi Chelle Vara

Life in abstract

March 14, 2011

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Artist mi Chelle Vara is one of the lucky ones. She has found a way to combine her two passions—art and welding—into a career and a business that she loves.

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custom-fabricated arch

Changing up the daily grind

March 14, 2011

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A manufacturer of aluminum radar arches found that a simple change in grinding discs yielded big results.

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Welding triumphs and woes in Wisconsin

March 1, 2011

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There's good news coming out of Wisconsin's network of technical colleges. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported that enrollment at the state's 16 technical colleges is up 40 percent over the last decade, which aligns well with the state's prediction that middle-level jobs will grow at a...

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Meeting the new EPA regulation head-on

January 25, 2011

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On the wings of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) efforts to control the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of hexavalent chromium, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gone one step further. By July 25, 2011, the agency requires that metal fabricators comply with...

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A feminine approach to PPE - TheFabricator.com

A feminine approach to PPE

January 10, 2011

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Women welders face many challenges, and one of the most overlooked is finding PPE that fits women welders properly, while providing them with a safe level of protection and allowing them to showcase their own personalities. Recently, some equipment manufacturers have stepped up their efforts to address this.

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Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws - TheFabricator.com

Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws

November 22, 2010

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The process of deciding between a band saw and a cold saw is not always clear-cut. Here are some short answers to this and other frequently asked sawing questions

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A paradox in welding education

November 1, 2010

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What's going on in welding education? That's a question I had to ponder when researching an article I was asked to write for the FABTECH® Show Daily, a publication distributed at this year's exhibition in Atlanta. It's a broad question that could go in many directions, but in my research I found...

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