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Heat Stress Webinar — In Case You Missed It

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Miller Product Manager Bill Gardner, along with two industrial hygiene and safety experts presented an hour-long webinar discussing heat stress in welding environments, including common symptoms of heat stress, their dangers and best practices for preventing heat stress-related illnesses and injuries.

In case you missed it (or if you did catch it and want to download the PowerPoint document) the webinar is now archived on the Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) Web site, and will be available until June 23, 2011. Visit the ISHN Web site to register (free) and begin listening to the webinar. Click here learn more about Miller’s CoolBelt and CoolBand products, as featured in the webinar.

Combating Heat Stress

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Time is running out to sign up for Miller’s free online Webinar—Keeping Cool: Managing Heat Stress For Welders. During the one-hour presentation we’ll be discussing the causes and symptoms of heat stress, how to properly monitor and implement a heat stress control plan and how Miller’s new CoolBand™ and CoolBelt™ products can fit into a heat stress control plan.

The Webinar will be at noon on June 23, 2010, and will be archived for free download on the ISHN Web site for one year. Visit ISHN magazine’s registration page to learn more and to sign up. Webinar attendees will be able to ask questions of the three speakers following the initial presentation.

Choosing the right TIG welder

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Wondering if an upgrade to an inverter-based TIG power source is worth it? Check out this article to read about the experiences of five manufacturers and two schools and the productivity and weld quality improvements they realized by making the switch to inverter-based controls for aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steel applications.

As an example, A1A Dock Products, a small manufacturer of aluminum ladders in Hollywood, Fla., achieved an annual savings of $28,224 by investing in inverter-based TIG power sources. Their investment paid for itself in just two weeks!

But that’s just the beginning. Click here to see what advanced TIG controls can do for you.

Free Heat Stress Webinar

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Summer’s almost here, and for many welders that means one thing — heat. Heat from the arc. Heat from the base metal. Heat from the safety apparel. These three factors combine to make welding an unusually dangerous occupation when the ambient temperatures reach into the 80’s and hotter. In addition to heat exhaustion and other heat-induced illnesses, heat stress can also reduce a welder’s ability to recognize and respond to other physical dangers in the workplace.

To call greater attention to this issue, Miller will be presenting a free, one-hour Webinar that will discuss the dangers of heat stress, national regulations pertaining to heat stress in the workplace, options for reducing heat stress and ways to monitor employees’ heat stress exposure. The Webinar will take place at noon (Central time) on Wednesday, June 23, and will be hosted by Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN). You can read more about the Webinar and sign up on ISHN’s registration page.

Speak Up For Welding

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Welding is not a career for the faint of heart – that’s nothing new, but a recent survey by a job search Web site ranked it as the fifth worst out of 200 different professions. Ironworker fared even worse, coming in as the third worst job for 2010. Knowing the passion and pride that welders and ironworkers take in their jobs, we suspect the Web site didn’t consult with any while conducting their survey. (more…)

The Year Ahead

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Well, we’re just about through one of the most challenging and uncertain years for business in recent memory — and good riddance!  Here’s to a prosperous 2010.

Although we’ll all be glad to put 2009 behind us, the unfortunate reality is that changing our economic fortunes is not as simple as changing our calendars. Despite some signs that the economy is recovering, many individuals, businesses and industries continue to struggle through the ongoing effects of the recession.

Nevertheless, the new year does provide an opportunity to take a small step back and assess the lessons learned in 2009 and think about how to apply that hard earned knowledge upcoming challenges in 2010.

A common business practice when deciding on a course of action is to perform a S.W.O.T. analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that you expect to face in 2010? Do you plan to make any changes to your business in the coming year in response to the ongoing economic slump? Do you expect to see a strong pick-up in business next year, or more of the same?

Tell us what your crystal ball is telling you by posting a comment below

Never Too Old to Learn a Trade

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Summer’s over and school is back in session, but this fall, it’s not just for the kids. From South Carolina to Massachusetts to California, states across the country are experiencing huge surges in vocational and technical school enrollment among students in their 40’s and 50’s.

This should come as no surprise, given the state of the economy and the unemployment rate, but there are other less obvious reasons that probably share some of the credit for attracting more non-traditional sutdents into the trades. (more…)

Where Is Your Business Focused?

Monday, September 14th, 2009

In times of economic uncertainty and limited resources (which is pretty much always), deciding where to focus your company’s resources and efforts in order to improve your welding performance and profitability can be an agonizing decision.

Some companies, believing they already have enough employees to meet their orders, focus on maximizing the efficiency of those employees by purchasing equipment that reduces set-up and training time or by implementing programs that improve operator skills and weld consistency. (more…)

(Highly Skilled) Help Wanted

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Going back to school to learn a new skill or trade – such as welding – has been a popular choice for many during these tough economic times, but a recent report in the New York Times casts some doubt on whether new graduates will be able to find work in their chosen field.

According to the article, employers are desperately in need of welders with very advanced skills, such as laying a flawless TIG weld on oil piping, but they are not looking for basic-level skills. Those with the advanced skills, however, are able to demand top wages and where they want to work. (more…)

Starting Your Own Weld Shop

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The economy has forced many companies out of business recently, and many people are out of work, but there is still welding to be done. This may present an opportunity for enterprising individuals who can achieve a high level of efficiency, quality and productivity.

Starting your own small weld shop could provide the advantage of reduced overhead and employment-related costs that can burden larger shops. A leaner, more responsive shop can often provide a quicker turn around on orders and find profit in one-off projects that would be a wash for other shops. (more…)