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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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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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Business of Welding: Slag as a profit centre

November 1, 2016 | By Orest Protch

Welding shops and fabricators are always on the prowl to increase profits and cut waste to maximize profits. Or at least they should be.Many shops are good at tracking various weld fabrication costs such as gas, rod and wire, electricity, metal, and maybe even toilet paper. And fabrication shops...

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Tool systems for re-turning railway wheels include insert holders with replaceable seats for tangentially mounted inserts, which better hold up to the stresses produced by large cutting depths.

Riding the Rails

October 31, 2016 | By Kevin Burton

If you don’t think railway wheel re-turning is a big industry, think again. Any company or municipality responsible for running railway cars, from heavy freight to light commuter, either is in the practice of re-turning railway wheels or outsourcing the work to someone else.Re-turning, which...

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Adding Additive to Your Shop

October 26, 2016 | By Ken Hurwitz

Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the most exciting and interesting technological advances that we have seen in the manufacturing industry for a very long time. What’s even more interesting is how manufacturers are using this technology in their shop to make parts and turn a profit.In...

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Having welding operators and robotic weld cell supervisors who can quickly troubleshoot and solve problems makes all the difference when it comes to keeping costs down, generating high-quality results, and maintaining optimal efficiency.

Welding Tech: Keeping your welding robots fit

October 1, 2016 | By Jeff Wells

Whether or not a robotic welding cell stays productive and consistently generates a positive return on investment is determined, in large part, by the amount of downtime it incurs. Since robotic welding systems are built for speed, accuracy, and repeatability, the cost of arc-off time spent...

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