FMA Communications Inc.

Amanda Carlson

Associate Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107
Welded metal art sculpture

Flat, straight, and shiny

March 11, 2008

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Two community college weld instructors and a student collaborated to create a welded metal art sculpture for a silent auction benefiting the college's foundation.

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Image of helium tanks

Helium: In short supply

March 11, 2008

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Shops that perform stainless steel, aluminum, or laser welding are feeling effects of the current helium shortage. Looking into gas blends with lower percentages of helium or alternative gases, and ensuring that day-to-day welding practices are not resulting in helium waste, will help these shops save money and helium supply.

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Rotary weld positioner

Spin city

March 11, 2008

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Welding workpieces with circular components can leave welders spinning, literally. By keeping three considerations in mind, welders can stop spinning and start welding.

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2007 FABTECH photo

It's a wrap

January 15, 2008

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A recap of the 2007 show, including products, the the panel discussion, and final attendance numbers.

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Laser welding machine

9-1-1: Weld Emergency!

November 6, 2007

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Toolweld Inc., a microwelding shop run by a father/son duo, faces the challenges of providing quality welds while working against the clock. The shop utilizes both micro-GTAW and laser equipment to meet the demands of a variety of customers.

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’Tis the season to give … of yourself

November 1, 2007

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Over the past 12 months I've held tight to my plan to discuss the skilled welder shortage in my editorials. I've shared stories of companies finding ways to train welders and foundations trying to expose young adults to the industry. As a result, several readers have reached out to share with me...

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Speedglas with Adflo system from 3M

Examining respiratory safety

September 11, 2007

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In the wake of the implementation of OSHA's hexavalent chromium standard, read three fab shops' efforts to provide safe breathing conditions for its welders.

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Michael Ulman Sculpture 'Gone Postal'

Lost and found

July 10, 2007

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A welder from Boston makes realistic scupltures depicting boats, motorcycles, cars, and planes using discarded junk found in garbage piles, yard sales, flea markets, and dumps.

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A recycled dream

April 10, 2007

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A Tennessee artist and welder uses scrap metal parts to create one-of-a-kind metal sculptures.

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Home-court advantage

April 11, 2006

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A company bid and won a contract from a company who was previously sending its work to Mexico. The company bought a computer-controlled pipe cutting machine to automate the process and cut lead times.

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