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Fab Times: an industry blog created and maintained by Schuette Metals.

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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Copper wires fused accidentally before a lecture over 100 years ago was the seed that grew resistance welding.

Advent of Gas Welding

Welding with gas became the first step away from forge welding. However, it appeared just in time to help shipbuilders during World War One

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The Greek Titan Prometheus brought fire to mankind, giving mankind heat, hot food, and Forge Welding to make the tools needed to survive.

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It may seem like it's only been around for a 100 years, but Welding traces its lineage to the Iron Age

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When meeting all fire codes and working with fire suppression systems, Curtain Wall Systems decrease the odds of catastrophic building failures.

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When comparing e-coatings to a-coatings, there's very little daylight between the two processes. Turns out, the main difference turns out to be something small.

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