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Thursday | 10 March, 2011 | 10:36 am

Global diversification

A fool may say, “Don’t put your eggs in one basket,” according to Mark Twain. “But the wise man saith, ‘Put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket!’” he writes in the novel “Pudd’nhead Wilson.” In Twain’s view in the book, spreading eggs among multiple baskets is akin to scattering one’s time, attention and funds thinly. It may be better to concentrate efforts on a single endeavor and ensure its safety.

Thursday | 10 February, 2011 | 10:39 am

Faulty perception

The manufacturing industry is facing an image crisis. Many uninformed people think of jobs in it as truly dark, dirty, old-world careers or, perhaps worse, they don’t think of manufacturing at all.

Tuesday | 28 December, 2010 | 10:40 pm

Changing landscape

The first year I attended IMTS in 1978, it was known as the International Machine Tool Show. The name changed to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in 1990 to reflect the changing industry. Through the years, the event's name is not the only aspect that has changed. Machine tool manufacturers also have experienced pretty incredible changes.

Monday | 04 October, 2010 | 10:30 pm

Let your voice be heard

The upcoming 2010 midterm elections will be decided by the largest political referendum this nation has ever witnessed. And I am convinced, regardless of what you are led to believe, history will show that it had nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican but rather an American. People are angry. All you need to do is travel around the country and talk to everyday Americans to see they’re fed up. For far too long, our elected officials have put their own interests and ideologies above the people’s. Words written long before this year’s election cycle adequately sum up the state of our government.

Tuesday | 14 September, 2010 | 8:23 pm

Time will tell

The automotive industry is gaining strength, with companies such as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors posting increases in 2010 second-quarter net income.

Monday | 09 August, 2010 | 11:33 pm

Real American values

Welcome, Garage Shop Fabricators and friends! We're excited to be exhibiting at the 70th-annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and I'd like to begin by thanking the readers who pick up FFJournal every month. We also would like to welcome those who have never heard of FFJournal, the magazine for metal fabricating and forming technologies.

Friday | 30 April, 2010 | 9:44 am

More than motorcycles

Imagine you're standing among hundreds of thousands of people, all motorcycle enthusiasts. It's a summer day in South Dakota, and the sun glints off of the chrome on the bikes. The roar of engines rises above the collective voice of the crowd, and the smell of exhaust is in the air.

Tuesday | 13 April, 2010 | 2:59 am

Changing course

A couple of months ago, an associate forwarded me something that caught my eye. It was an article from strategy+business magazine headlined, "The case for backshoring: Which manufacturing operations should return to the United States?"

Wednesday | 03 March, 2010 | 9:17 pm

"Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget."

If you think about it, much of what you see and touch on a daily basis comes from fabricated and formed metal--it's everywhere. In the pages of FFJournal, as well as on FFJournal.net and FFJournal TV, we spotlight the machines and minds behind some of today's forming and fabricating innovations. Writing about things like the Orion space exploration vehicle, the Trans Alaska Pipeline, NASCAR race cars and the USS New York, featured on this month's cover, brings it all to life.

Tuesday | 02 February, 2010 | 3:57 am

A valuable lesson

How many of you build components, assemblies or products hoping a customer will buy them? To put in another way, if you build them, will customers come? Not necessarily--as automotive OEMs have learned.

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