Selected articles from the October 2002 issue available online:

Job Seeker experience level pie chart

Death, taxes, and the skilled labor shortage

October 24, 2002

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It's an issue that refuses to go away—the difficulty in finding, hiring, and keeping skilled labor. Four out of five employers who responded to thefabricator.com's recent job skills survey reported that they have been searching for skilled workers from three to 20 years. They are looking for high school graduates or GED recipients with five-years on-the-job experience.

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Tube Hydroforming Design Flexibility—Part II

October 10, 2002

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It's difficult to overemphasize the importance of cross section expansion when you're talking about successful and innovative hydroforming of steel tubing. Overemphasizing one aspect of the tube hydroforming design process can take attention away from others and result in less than optimal design....

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Deep drawing aluminum—not as hard as it looks

October 10, 2002

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Keeping a couple key tips in mind can help you turn aluminum stamping from a source of frustration to a source of income and satisfaction in a hurry.

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Using proper press brake setup procedures

August 29, 2002

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Think about it: If your setup is off, the rest of your press brake operation will soon follow. Take the time to do your setup right, and you won't be doing it a second time.

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