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Blog posts are the online home to the thoughts of the Canadian Metalworking/Canadian Fabricating & Welding editors and key industry influencers. Topics typically address Canadian economic and political trends, manufacturing skill development, the business side of running a manufacturing company, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.

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Put a Little Control in Your Quality

March 22, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

A recent trip to Switzerland taught me a lot about quality.Whether it applies to the $25,000 Swiss-made Omega watch I briefly had on my wrist or the high level of service at the region’s hotels and restaurants, the Swiss certainly know a thing or two about quality.But how do they get that way? I...

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Use Your Existing Equipment ... As Collateral

March 6, 2017 | By Ken Hurwitz

Struggling to manage working capital is the business issue I consistently hear about most from my customers, but what many business owners don’t know is the existing equipment on the floor can help fight this battle. Most people assume a busy manufacturer is flush with cash and that owners and...

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5 IT Tools To Combat Thin Margins and Fierce Competition

February 24, 2017 | By Mark Humphlett

Software gives manufacturers the decision-making and quoting insights they need to achieve their profit goals for 2017 and beyond.

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Finding Zen One Book at a Time

February 21, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

In his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author Robert Pirsig describes his 17-day motorcycle ride from Minnesota to California, revealing the many philosophical discussions he had along the way.In some ways the book is an homage to Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, which...

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Where Does the Money Come From?

February 6, 2017 | By Ken Hurwitz

A general security agreement is the document that provides a lender a security interest in a specified asset or property that is pledged as collateral. In the event that the borrower defaults, this pledged collateral is seized and sold.

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Protect Your Business with a Buy/Sell Agreement

January 31, 2017 | By Mark Borkowski

These agreements spell out exactly how the business will continue to operate if an owner leaves the business.

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Appropriation Process Should Never Be Inappropriate

January 23, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Lewis Carroll, he of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass fame, once wrote that life is but a dream. If he was right, I think I’d like to wake up now.The reason? To paraphrase another famous British author, this time the Bard of Avon himself: This is the winter of my discontent.As...

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Don’t Get Fooled By A Fake ID

January 17, 2017 | By Jen Lynch

Metal identification has advanced quickly since the turn of the century. New technologies have helped transform the manufacturing industry from one where metal quality was unassured to a fast-moving market where metals can be identified with ease. Manufacturing companies looking for metal quality...

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One for all!

January 12, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Welcome to the new Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating & Welding web site! All the good features and content from the two previous sites, plus the material from the former Canadian Industrial Machinery web site are combined right here.We believe you’ll find that having the information...

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Private Equity Groups Are Looking At Manufacturing

January 6, 2017 | By Mark Borkowski

Lots of money, no deals available in the metalworking industry

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Industrial Ethernet infrastructure component sales will recover in 2017

December 22, 2016 | By John Morse

The market for industrial Ethernet infrastructure components has been monitored by IHS Markit for many years and has enjoyed revenue growth at a rate above that of industry in general, driven by the increasing adoption of Ethernet in its various forms as the industrial protocol of choice.There have...

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Figure 1 - A piece of metal that is heated expands equally in all directions unless it is restrained.

Business of Welding: How heat affects your profits

November 29, 2016 | By Orest Protch

Fabricators may feel quite confident that they have the effects of heat energy creation controlled and tamed, but it is this complacency that still rears up its ugly head like a venomous snake and strikes them in ways that can not only create huge repair costs and lawsuits, but also take lives.It...

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Dealing With Downturns

November 23, 2016 | By Ken Hurwitz

A question I quite often get asked is What are my options if -- for whatever reason -- the equipment on my floor is no longer required, but there is still an outstanding loan or lease that has to be paid?There is no doubt it has been a tough market for a number of industries in Canada recently. The...

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Do Your Diligence: Part II

November 1, 2016 | By Mark Borkowski

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a two-part series that outlines why a due diligence review is important when purchasing or selling a business and how to prepare for the review.When you are preparing to sell your business, you should have an independent reviewer look at your company...

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Why It’s the Greatest Generation

November 1, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

It was a rainy summer afternoon in my local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion when the talk, as it is wont to do, turned to history.In between hand after hand of euchre, and surrounded by the ribbons, awards, and photographs of the fallen, we spoke of Normandy, Dieppe, and of North Africa. It was...

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