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Rachel Duran

Rachel Duran is the editor of Fabricating & Metalworking. She can be contacted by emailing or by calling 1-866-832-8473, ext. 108.

Articles by Rachel Duran

Steel Warehouse is a Trusted Solution

Steel Warehouse, pickled steel, flat roll processor,

When Nathan Lerman started Steel Warehouse in 1947 in South Bend, Ind., with partner Herman Segal, he couldn’t have imagined the scale of the products and services the company would someday offer, as well as the incredible growth the company…

CINCINNATI INC.: Designed for Operators, Built for Owners

Cincinnati,Matt Garbarino, verteran friendly employer,CLX series, laser cutting machinery,EZ BEND cobot, press brakes,CI Cobotic 100T Welding Cell

Cincinnati partners with fabricators to examine where they are today and where they want to be in the future, building road maps and pathways to integrate technology and automation into their operations when it makes the most sense.

Embrace Disruption: The Supply Chain

Embrace Disruption: The Supply Chain, COVER STORY, Leigh Chesley, Rebus® Software Platform, Longbow Advantage Inc., David Latona, systems integrator of hardware, conveyors, mezzanines, sorters, robotics, automation, Enterprise Resource Planning, SYSPRO, Daniel Graef, managing the supply chain, SYSPRO’s software, Mitigate the Disruption, Come Back Home, digital transformation, manufacturing operations, SPARK 2022, Matthew Gordon-Box, David Latona, Tompkins Solutions, Leigh Chesley, Matthew Gordon-Box, SYSPRO, Beckwood Press

The supply chain is forging stronger links, driven by trends in ERP systems, digitalization, as well as newfound opportunities thanks to reshoring and nearshoring initiatives.

Next Level Finishing

New Breakthrough Cut-off Wheel, WALTER Surface Technologies, ZIP™ XX, SMART RESIN technology, ceramic micro-crystals, cut-off wheel, increase productivity, ceramic wheels

Aggressively (but safely) and rapidly remove material and achieve precise cuts thanks to breakthroughs in surface finishing products. Electronic dosing systems ensure meticulous paint applications.

Manufacturers Remain Persistent and Push On

MFG Day initiatives, Manufacturing Institute, Manufacturing PMI, Precision Metalformers Association, Timothy R. Fiore, FABTECH, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, November 8-10, Fabricating & Metalworking, Rachel Duran

FABTECH 2022’s attendees can view the latest machinery and software innovations and find the tools and new solutions that will assist them in improving productivity and increasing profits. Many exhibitors will unveil new or updated machinery or products and services.

Frontline Initiatives Aim to Plug Workforce Gaps


The fabricated metal products industry continues to report growth in new orders, as well as employment — even with hiring challenges. Learn about efforts to assist you in filling open positions.

Momentum is Building

OEM construction equipment

Optimism proliferates for construction equipment manufacturers, spurred by federal funding of infrastructure projects and other factors. Here’s what to expect.

Welding Systems Ready for Every Challenge

ABICOR BINZEL USA, FreedomDrive, ABIMIG, Abicor Binzel

The next generation of welders, guns and torches are prepared to handle your job shop’s application challenges. The latest innovations and advances in MIG/TIG welders, guns and torches link fabricators to a wide range of products to successfully overcome hitches in the fabrication process.

CAMBRIO and SigmaNEST Keep Innovation at the Forefront of Everything They Do

CAMBRIO aims to help shape the future of manufacturing and assist its customers in meeting changes head on. CAMBRIO’s brands, including SigmaNEST, comprise a diverse set of smart end-to-end design and manufacturing software solutions. The acquisition by Sandvik allows CAMBRIO to collaborate with the Sandvik family and put those resources to work for the benefit of customers.

Make the Leap to Industry 4.0 in 2022

digitalization, Industry 4.0, workforce, labor, W. Kent Lorenz, robotics, Lakeside Consulting, fabricating, Rachel Duran, manufacturing, economy, economic, automation, fabrication, 2022

Still on the fence about implementing digitalization in your shop? Consider your future workforce — or lack thereof. By smarting small, your shop can keep and invest in the staff you have and implement machine-centric processes to do your base line work.

Be Ready…Planning for the Takeoff

Rachel Duran, manufacturing, economy, economic, reshoring, automation, fabricating, fabrication

Things are “boomy” for manufacturing and the new year offers opportunities for those shops prepared and positioned to overcome challenges and take advantage of the continuing “takeoff.” The reshoring of production back to the United States is creating opportunities at the regional and local levels. Now is the time to invest, for example, regarding automation and workforce initiatives, and thrive in 2022.

Eventful Year Creates a Multitude of Opportunities Heading into 2022

Fabricating & Metalworking, F & M, Institute of Supply Management, ISM, AMT, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, NAM

Despite obstacles, U.S. fabrication shops continue to invest in new machinery to meet demand and increase efficiencies to expand product lines and attract new industries. In addition, according to ISM, the fabricated metal products sector continues to register moderate to strong growth.

Communicate, Diversify and Be Creative

Marion Manufacturing, metal forming, fabricating, stamping

There is a bright side to the challenges machine shops are dealing with. Get ahead of the issues and the positives in the manufacturing economy will see you to the other side. The experiences of a die stamping company in Connecticut may sound familiar; learn how their pro-active measures are making a difference.

Manufacturing Digs Deeper Thanks to Data

metalworking, fabrication, fabricating, manufacturing, automation, digitalization, welding

Manufacturing as we once knew it continues to evolve through the digitization of the factory floor. Leading business indicators continue to show an expanding manufacturing sector. Now is the time to invest or continue to invest in these technologies.

Online Bonus Coverage: Siemens’ Vivek Furtado Discusses Digital Twins

Siemens, digital twins

The September issue of Fabricating & Metalworking features a cover story entitled: “Seeing Double, How Smart Factories Use Digital Twins.” F&M Editor Rachel Duran visited with Vivek Furtado, head of machine tool digitalization for Siemens, about digital twins and Industry 4.0. Furtado provided a compelling discussion regarding the digitization of machine shops.

FABTECH Is Live and In Person: Let’s Get Business Done

Fabtech, Fabtech 2021

FABTECH 2021 returns to Chicago’s McCormick Place, September 13-16. As the excitement builds to make those invaluable in-person, business-to-business connections, machine shops are busy embracing the post-pandemic economy and the “next normal” as the nation reopens.

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June 25 - 27, 2024
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September 9 - 14, 2024
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