7 Key Interview Questions To Ask Job Candidates

Posted by OTC Daihen on July 25, 2016
  1. Find out how they dealt with a difficult situation on the job. Did they reach out to use teamwork to overcome the problem? Did they put in extra time to make it happen? Or are they blaming someone else? Behavior patterns tend to come along with new employees, so keep their answer in mind when choosing the right one.
  2. Ask them about their best times at work. Many people expect questions about difficult times, but they don't have a pre-fabricated spin on the good times. Did they get excited about a raise? Did they enjoy moving up through the ranks? This question helps you figure out the candidate's priorities and how they'll behave to excel at your company.
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Topics: Management, Hiring

5 Ways to Improve Your Personal Productivity

Posted by OTC Daihen on July 18, 2016

Today's busy world makes serious demands on our time. During the same time that we're expected to get everything done, there are more issues that need to be resolved, errands that need to be completed, and events to attend. How do you squeeze it all in and still get any rest and free time? By boosting personal productivity. These five tips will help get you started on the road to more free time fast.

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Topics: Productivity

Three ways to reduce spatter

Posted by OTC Daihen on July 11, 2016

When you have welding in your production line, one of the worst problems to deal with is determining how to reduce spatter. Caused by metal thrown free from the welding point to land on nearby surfaces, reducing spatter improves efficiency and reduces overhead in your assembly line, as less time is spent cleaning up the weld and in wasted material. Why would you spend time and money removing part of what you worked so hard to apply? But how do you reach a point of having minimal spatter in your welds? Here are three tips for reducing spatter from your production line welds.

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Topics: Spatter, Productivity

Three ways to reduce weld porosity on your assembly line

Posted by OTC Daihen on July 5, 2016

When you're under a deadline to get production completed, the last thing you need is quality control issues. Unfortunately, weld porosity is a common problem in welding applications. Fortunately, it's also relatively easy to fix. How do you reduce porosity in your production line? We've taken a look at causes of porosity and found the easiest ways for reducing porosity in your facility.

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Topics: Welding, Porosity, Efficient Assembly Lines

When should I automate welding processes in my production line?

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 27, 2016

In production, we're seeing more automation as time goes by. What started as machinery seen only in the most high-end factories is becoming the standard. If you're planning on using automated welding machinery, you're in good company. But when is the best time to add welding robots to your automated production line? Should you close things down temporarily and try to get them in quickly or wait until a better time? How do you determine when that better time falls? Though these are tough questions that will depend on your company, we've got some easy answers to help you along the way.

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Topics: Welding, Automation

Why should I automate my welding process and how do I justify automation?

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 20, 2016

As our world becomes more digitized, connected and automated, what does that mean for the welding process in a factory? Many businesses are considering switching from manual welding processes to systems that automate welding. There are many reasons for switching, but some business owners aren't sure if they can justify the expense of robotic welding machines. Here's a quick look at the benefits of automating your welding process and how to justify the expense.

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Topics: Welding, Automation

Choosing the Right Wire Diameter for Welding

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 13, 2016

When welding is a vital part of your production line, every component in your machine can make a big difference in your efficiency and in the quality of the finished product. One of the areas where your choice can make a big difference is the welding wire diameter you decide to use. Is the wire you're using too small, too large or right where it should be? Today we'll help you learn how to decide by taking a good look at wire diameter and how to choose welding wire that will work best for your project.

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Topics: Welding, Welding Parameters

Comparing Aluminum Welding With Push-Pull Gun and a Push Gun

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 6, 2016

When your operation is dealing with aluminum welding, it can seem as though there's a whole new world of issues to troubleshoot. Porosity, oxidation, weld cracking, wire burn-backs and many more issues tend to plague production lines around the world. One common concern is whether a push-pull gun or a push gun works best when welding aluminum. In this piece, we'll take a solid look at what the advantages and disadvantages are of each type of gun and how to best incorporate them into your production line.

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Topics: Welding, Aluminum, Push/Push-Pull Guns

The Advantages of a Dual Wire Feeder vs a Single Wire Feeder

Posted by OTC Daihen on June 2, 2016

When you're involved in assembly line management, there are a wide range of inputs and processes that can affect your overhead and, by extension, your profitability. When your assembly line slows down, it costs labor and production. Processes that keep your line running efficiently directly impact your profitability. One area where many companies find room for improvement is in their welding processes. Fine tuning the process to reduce slag and spatter, improve welding times and provide better quality control results can come from a range of changes. One area where improvement can be found is in choosing to use a dual wire feeder or a single wire feeder. Here's a quick overview of each welding wire feed and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Topics: Wire Feeds

How To Select The Right Welding Process

Posted by OTC Daihen on May 23, 2016

One of the biggest problems we see from our clients is knowing how to build the proper welding process for their particular situation. There are many factors that can influence both your decision and the final result. But which ones will provide you with a high-quality weld that meets your production line's specifications? Here are a few things to keep in mind while choosing a welding process that meets your needs.

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Topics: Productivity, Welding

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