Maximizing Operator Comfort and Safety to Increase Productivity: Part 2


In the metalworking industry, one of the major challenges is increase productivity, which can ultimately be achieved through reducing downtime and increasing yield. Tools that can withstand the harsh environments and rigors of the job, feature an ergonomic design and are comfortable to use mean users can get their job done more quickly and efficiently, while putting less strain on them.

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Maximizing Operator Comfort and Safety to Increase Productivity: Part 1


There are many issues that play a role in welding operator comfort, including the heat generated by the welding process, the repetitive motions, and at times, cumbersome equipment. These challenges can take a tole, which can result in aches, fatigue and physical as well as mental stress for welding operators.

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Output Current Considerations for SMAW


Output current and voltage is delivered by power sources with the electrical characteristics that make arc welding possible. For shield metal arc welding, (SMAW), two types of power sources are utilized: static machines that convert energy supplied by electric power companies and motor generators that combust fuel (chemical energy). The selection of a power source is the most crucial and most expensive element of the welding electrical circuit and is the first consideration in implementing the SMAW process.

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Now Hiring Machinists

Hiring Machinists

Job Title: CNC Programmer/Manual Machinist

Reports To: Owner & Production Manager

Position Overview:

Machinist will program & operate various Manual and/or CNC mills & lathes to produce quality machined components. This position requires that the individual provide feedback to the Owner and/or Production Manager regarding program accuracy, cycle time improvements and job status. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Duties:

(Other duties may be assigned)

  • Navigate & read prints to machine complex parts within the print tolerance
  • Verify material supplied meets requirements
  • Service machine fluids as necessary
  • Report unsafe conditions & required maintenance to authorized personnel
  • Perform machine tool setups using proper mechanical techniques and machining practices
  • Properly operate CNC or manual mills and lathes & perform required tool changes
  • Ability to properly use precision measuring equipment
  • Knowledge of speeds and feeds relation to various material types
  • Ability to read and understand software various machines use
  • Basic math skills
  • Hand tools knowledge

Work Environment:

  • Moderate noise levels in shop area
  • Good eye and steady hand
  • Other functions that may be necessary throughout the day: walking, kneeling, reaching with arms and hands, climbing/balancing, crouching or crawling
  • Must supply your own tools (will provide tool list)


  • A minimum of a high-school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is required
  • Vocational training/certification a plus
  • a minimum of 3 years’ experience running a manual lathe and manual mill in a job shop environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • must be proficient in spoken and written English (Bilingual a plus)

Working hours are Monday through Saturday, as workload requires. We offer competitive wages, uniforms, 401K, health insurance, paid holiday, and paid vacation. Visit our website to learn more about us and to apply today:

Variable Affecting the Mechanical Properties of Carbon Steel Welds

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When designing a structure — whether it’s a bridge, building or vehicle — engineers have to do according to the strength of the base material. Every finished product is required to meet specific requirements, including how much weight it can withstand and the amount of force it can resist. During welding, it is typically important the filler metal match or slightly overmatch the base material’s mechanical properties to achieve those requirements and prevent weld failures that could be potentially catastrophic.

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