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Dave Manney
Dave Manney

For nearly 30 years, Dave Manney has written professionally as a journalist, copy editor, technical writer/illustrator, and content marketing.

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4 Research-Based Strategies To Make Skilled Trade Careers More Attractive To Gen-Z

According to new data from Stanley Black & Decker, almost 80% of young people and their parents are worried about how they’ll pay for college. A career in the skilled trades could be the answer.

Onus of Laser Oxide Scale

Cutting sheet metal with a laser is an efficient and accurate process, saving time and material. The resulting laser oxide scale cost may lead to problems.

Manufacturing Missing Generation of Skilled Workers

Forget the outdated stigmas; advanced manufacturing is a field to be proud of. It's not a job—it's a career. And the sooner young people can see it, the better.

Avoiding Catastrophic Corrosion

Corrosion isn’t just ugly and expensive; it’s dangerous. It challenges our safety from affected roads, buildings, and bridges. Prevention becomes essential

What's the price of a seaside metal architecture? Corrosion!

The price of architectural designs near an ocean is corrosion. Disregarding environmental factors is a costly and perhaps catastrophic mistake.

How one company is dealing with the steel situation

The price and availability of steel have been quite the journey for the past several months. Here's how one company is dealing with such a confusing market.

A critical look at your process using an MCT Map

Time is money. Just how long does a job sit in inboxes. Although that doesn't sound daunting, it adds up. Identifying wasted time is where an MCT map shines.

Benefits from coating architectural steel

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When powder coating architectural steel, that chain becomes much stronger by preventing oxidation.

bringing weld training in-house

Two Midwest metal fabrication shops, DeWys Mfg. of Michigan and Schuette Metals of Wisconsin, share how the investment in welding training programs has helped them find, hire, and prepare welders for long-term success.

How Press Brakes Fulfilled Its Destiny

Forming metal has developed over hundreds of years. However, if it weren't for several brilliant men, who knows just how efficiently we'd be shaping metal.

You get more out of Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is finally taking off. There are several advantages in this version of the Industrial Revolution for companies willing to take that step.

SMAW and Stick Welding

Production speed is slower, and the results may not be as pretty as TIG welding, but SMAW remains one of the most popular arc welding methods.

Need a Beautiful Weld? Consider TIG Welding

TIG Welding provides beautiful results because of its versatility. However, the learning curve is steep, and it's an expensive process when starting out.

Is MIG Welding Accepted as the Backbone of Welding?

MIG welding simplifies the process, making it easy to learn how to do it. Its streamlined approach increases productivity while retaining quality welds.

top 10 articles of 2020

A year-end review of the top 30 articles published in Fab Times, Part 3: Number 10 to 1.

20 thru 11 most read 2020 fab Times articles

A year-end review of the top 30 articles published in Fab Times, Part 2: Number 20 to 11.

30 to 21 most Fab Times articles read in 2020

The first of a series of three posts ranking the top 30 most read articles on Fab Times

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In this in-depth interview, Peterson tells the story of purchasing Schuette Metals and turning it into one of the premier custom fabricators in the United States. With its growth came the need for additional hiring of skilled labor in the area. An aging workforce and lack of people entering the trades led Peterson and other key manufacturers to create the Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers Alliance (CWIMMA)

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Flux-core arc welding is widely used in construction because of its portability, flexibility, and high welding speed; producing high-quality welds.

the 4 most common arc welding methods

The last leg of our welding journey is arc welding. There are many variations using an arc, but we're only writing about the four most common methods.

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