Drawing on the expertise of Techgen Media, publisher of Welding Productivity and Shop Floor Lasers, and through collaborations with industry experts, FAB Shop Magazine Direct educates and informs readers of new technologies and strategies aimed at increasing their productivity and profitability. In an industry that is constantly advancing, FAB Shop Magazine Direct works diligently to keep readers in the know.

January 2021

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January 2021

Welcome to 2021 and the year’s first edition of FAB Shop Direct. We look forward to covering all the latest technological advancements that benefit metal fabrication companies in the year to come. We start off this issue with a look into how robots (or “droids” for you Star Wars fans) assist manufacturers in everything from compensating for the skilled labor shortage to making up for losses due to tariffs.

While some welding procedures have remained largely unchanged for decades, welders continue to gain access to tools that make their jobs easier. This includes equipment for welders on the job site, which is the focus of our second feature. For our third article, we’re proud to put a spotlight on manufacturing based in America with a feature on Cincinnati Inc., which touts its “American made” ethos loud and proud. 


Finally, “Building foundations” rounds out the 2021 inaugural issue with a focus on the future of the manufacturing industry. An organization called Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs introduces America’s youth to manufacturing processes in an effort to spark an interest in the next generation of manufacturing leaders.

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