FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

Web Content Manager
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Shop Management | Blog Posts

Job-related injuries and workers’ compensation—the more you know, the better

November 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Unless you work in human resources or have been involved in a work-related injury, you probably don’t know much about workers’ compensation. The leading reasons for claims just might surprise you.

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Blog Posts

FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 3

November 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The sun has set on FABTECH® 2016. If you weren’t there, you missed an amazing show. Each year I wonder what could possibly be new? And each year I am overwhelmed by the amount of innovation. Ours is a creative industry.

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 2

November 17, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

A new theme surfaced in today’s FABTECH® booth visits: collaboration. Find out who’s collaborating and why. Also read about what’s next in laser cutting technology and some interesting welding product introductions.

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 1

November 16, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Product improvements and introductions were on display in abundance on day one of FABTECH® 2016. Here are just a few of many that can be seen at the show.

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Bright lights, big city, metal fabrication, and memories

November 15, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

It’s that time of year again. Fabricators are hitting the road to see the sights and sounds of the biggest show in North America devoted to metal fabricating. FABTECH® opens tomorrow. Will you be there?

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Metals/Materials | Blog Posts

Medical device manufacturing and the need to adapt

November 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What effect does the evolving nature of materials used for fabricated medical devices have on those who manufacture them? Are shops able to use the same processes and equipment with newer materials?

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Your product is only as good as your service

October 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What good is having that new product or machine if you can’t get service when you need it? Smart companies provide exceptional service. It makes good business sense.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Fabricators and the 2016 presidential election

October 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is 25 days away. Who will be the nation’s 45th president? “Fabricating Update” readers weighed in on who they are voting for and why.

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Arc Welding | Blog Posts

An Oktoberfest story for fabricators

October 5, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever had anyone who owes you money offer to pay their debt with welding lessons? Kathy Walton did, and now she makes money using the skills she learned.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Shift workers and the challenges they face

September 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Not all of us work 9 to 5. Some people work different shifts. While some enjoy doing so, it isn’t for everyone. No matter the reason behind it, those who work odd hours must be keenly aware of the aspects of such work that potentially are detrimental to their health and quality of life.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Manufacturing Day 2016—You in?

September 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Frustrated by politics, the economy, or other things over which you have no control? Focus your energy on doing something positive for your industry. Participate in Manufacturing Day. You’ll be glad you did.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Laboring on Labor Day

September 7, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Love unions or not, they are responsible for many improvements in working conditions in the U.S. They also are responsible for our most recent Federal holiday. However, many workers are not able to observe this holiday the way it was intended.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Would your shop survive a natural disaster?

August 31, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

One in three small businesses have felt the impact of storms or extreme weather, and nearly 40 percent do not reopen after being hit by a natural disaster. Preparation is key to survival.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Bosses—the good, the bad, and the clueless

August 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What do you think of your boss? Is he or she a good motivator? Do you feel valued? Does your relationship with your boss affect your job performance and satisfaction? Some “Fabricating Update” readers took the time to share their thoughts about bosses they’ve known and what makes a good boss.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Bring home the gold with an Olympic-worthy team

August 10, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you been watching the 2016 Olympic games? If so, you have witnessed some examples of teamwork at its best. All teams are not the same. Some are dynamic and successful, and others have the makings for disaster. How is your job shop team?

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