April 29, 2015
You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.
March 26, 2015
Winter weather conditions affect much of the country, but most people live and work in warm surroundings. Not so those in some fabricating shops. Here’s how one shop in North Carolina deals with the cold.
February 24, 2015
When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.
January 28, 2015
Sometimes a “quick-quote” job turns out to be significantly more complicated than it appears. It also can become a great learning experience. Such was the case when Barnes MetalCrafters fabricated a heavy-duty utility truck rack that required compensating for the vehicle’s lightweight components to mount.
December 9, 2014
There are traditions, and then there are the stories behind them—something we often don’t know. In this post, Nick Martin explains Barnes MetalCrafters’ tradition of thanking its customers at Christmas.
November 12, 2014
Just how detailed do shop drawings have to be? That depends on several factors, including whether you are doing the work in-house or sending it out.
October 15, 2014
From an attendee’s perspective, FABTECH is akin to Christmas morning, when all the new toys and possibilities are revealed, complete with a soundtrack. At least that’s how Barnes MetalCrafters’ Nick Martin sees it.
September 18, 2014
When a fabricating shop sees its limits being pushed, it may be time for an equipment upgrade. Sometimes a new machine can be a real game-changer.
August 14, 2014
Working in a small business has a lot of perks, but often requires the duties of multiple job titles. My title at Barnes MetalCrafters is “product designer,” but I use that term loosely when people ask what I do. It is hard to describe what I do, because for the most part, it changes every...
July 17, 2014
Working in the family business can be difficult and isn’t right for everyone. But sometimes, it can lead to a rewarding career.