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COLUMN BY | STACI DAVIDSON

Welding Wonders

fabtech 2016 offered its new tech,
as well as extensive education
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The manufacturing industry in North America is showing a
lot of strength, but we've learned too many lessons in recent
years to know we can't take that strength for granted. There
are so many changes and advances happening all the time,
and it's important for manufacturers to stay on top of them.
That is why shows like FABTECH 2016 are so important -
they bring so many people in the industry together to not
only share new technology, but also advancements in ideas.
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FABTECH 2016 took place Nov. 1618 in Las Vegas, dedicated to uniting
world-class suppliers and presenting the latest industry products and
developments. The show is North
America's largest metal-forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event,
and this year it covered more than
550,000 square feet and hosted more
than 28,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibiting companies. The event is focused on helping companies expand
their networks and find tools to improve productivity, increase profits
and discover new solutions to their
operational needs.
A major focus of this year's event
was the education program. The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association
(FMA) International, SME, Precision
Metalforming Association (PMA),
American Welding Society (AWS)
and Chemical Coaters Association
International (CCAI) co-sponsored
sessions on cutting, laser finishing,
forming and fabricating, as well as
management, job-shop solutions, lean,
automation, stamping, workforce development and additive manufacturing. All of the sessions were two hours
in length, and sessions with tech tours
combined classroom instruction followed by expert-led guided tours on
the show floor to see technology operating in designated booths.
The AWS also presented a lineup of
welding education. Led by many top
professionals, the programs focused
on best practices and new commercial developments in welding and
thermal spray. The society offered
conferences, seminars, RWMA Resistance Welding School, professional
programs and society events.

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