Stephanie Vaughan

Contributing Writer



Safety | Articles

Personality + Protection

April 6, 2004 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Being expected to wear more than one hat at work these days is commonplace??but not more than one welding helmet.

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Consumables | Articles

Order for earthquake resistance in the court

March 25, 2004 | By Stephanie Vaughan

New construction abounds all over the U.S., and Seattle is not immune to this trend. In 2002 an open-looking courthouse was completed, rising 387 feet above the city skyline.

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Safety | Articles

One system does not fit all

January 13, 2004 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Ventilation systems come in a variety of types for different types of welding processes and varying fabrication facility setups. The emphasis on proper application of these systems and best use of the components used in them comes from an increased interest in cleaner air for the welder.

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Shop Management | Articles

Camp Manufacturing

October 1, 2003 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Ah, the memories of summer camp. Swimming, sunscreen, hiking, bug spray, camping, arts and crafts. And the promise of an exciting experience with friends. Like youths all over the U.S., 10 students from the Rockford, Ill., region have their own summer camp recollections. Theirs are from a one-week experience the last week of July, but it wasn't necessarily like the camp you may remember.

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Shop Management | Articles

Budget cuts hit welding hard

September 25, 2003 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Bill Garner is outraged when he hears that Connecticut, where he teaches welding, would rather import welders than keep adult vocational education programs that train the state's own residents."I don't think that the people making this decision understand that welding is used in business today,"...

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Shop Management | Articles

The end of the (welding) world as we know it?

June 26, 2003 | By Stephanie Vaughan

The end of manufacturing is near for the state of Connecticut, some fear.

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KNOWLEDGE: The key to welding productivity?

January 16, 2003 | By Stephanie Vaughan

In the year 2000 manufacturing, construction, and mining industries had $34.1 billion worth of welding-related expenses. At the same time more than a half million people in the U.S. had welding-related jobs -- and that's not counting self-employed and nonproduction welders.

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Welder workstation layout

Safety | Articles

Working in a welder's wonderland

November 21, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

A good welder is a lazy welder, according to Greg Lamm -- but when he says lazy, hemeans comfortable. His microwelding workstation has been set up with ergonomics inmind.

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Nucor Corp Plant

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Man of Steel: FABTECH keynote speaker Ferriola discusses harnessing change in steel

October 10, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Nucor Corp., recycler and manufacturer of steel products, is using new technology, such as the HIsmelt® process and the micromill, both of which are allowing them to start out with thinner steel strip to more efficiently process steel for its customers. John Ferriola, executive vice president of the Sheet Mill Group at the company, will address these technologies and how steel industry changes can positively affect steel consumers.

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bill capozzoli plaque

Arc Welding | Articles

A monument(al) rememberance

October 4, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Welder Bill Capozzoli owns and operates a small specialty fabrication company. He works with architect Phillip Conte to fabricate a memorial made of stainless steel to honor fallen Delaware County, Pa. law enforcement officers.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Set loose the juice

September 26, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

As in other facets of welding equipment technology, arc welding power sources are evolving as fabricators' needs change. Electronics is playing a large role in power source modernization as power source equipmentmakers begin to employ digital interfacing, Internet access, software control, and other innovations to these machines.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Embracing change

July 25, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Automakers are constantly trying to improve automotive designs, making vehicles lighter and stronger, using thinner materials, and redesigning points of strength for better crash resistance. At the same time, welding equipmentmakers who serve the industry are focusing on this quest for quality by developing the equipment to weld hydroformed parts, aluminum, and coated materials: critical components that affect how vehicles are made today.

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Safety | Articles

Welder, beware

June 27, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

This article provides some statistical analysis, causes for, and tips to consider regarding welding and cutting fire and explosions. It includes a sidebar about governing codes and questions to ask regarding fires and explosions when welding or cutting is suspected in an incident.

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Arc Welding | Articles

Terrorist attacks inspire Washington welder

May 30, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

John Jackson is a welder in Lacey, Wash. who has started The Spirit of America Foundation with a group of people. He established the foundation so that memorials to honor those who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Robotic welding systems

Shop Management | Articles

Now's the time to AUTOMATE

May 30, 2002 | By Stephanie Vaughan

This article outlines some of the challenges fabricators are facing and how robotics and automation equipmentmakers are trying to address these challenges. Also addressed are different equipment and technological advancements and other factors affecting welding automation.

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