Technology Archives

Cyber Security

  • Emerging Security Threats

    New technology offers benefits but also comes with security threats. Avoid scams by learning threat signals and online security threats to stay away from. By Mark Yonchak.

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  • “They’re Back!”

    Online scams have again become prevalent in the gases and welding industry. Learn to avoid being scammed on online con artists. By Victor Fuhrman.

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  • Computer Security For Small Business

    Computer security is an increasingly important issue as identity theft and hacking become more prevalent. Ensure your computers are secure against internal and external threats. By Chris Dominiak.

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Efficiencies

  • It Wasn’t Raining When Noah Built The Ark

    A few simple steps will protect your company’s important data. Howard Ruff, author of numerous financial planning books, has been quoted as saying, “It was not raining when Noah built the ark.” His reference was to financial planning, but the same notion applies when it comes to business planning for disasters. Many businesses spend a great [...]

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  • What You Can’t See Can Sink You

    Discovering the hidden waste in your organization is where the most significant opportunities for improvement exist. As global competition continues to drive and change the business landscape, the ability of distributors to remain profitable and sustain positive results gets harder every day. It is easy for distributors and suppliers in the gases and welding industry to [...]

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  • Technology Tames The Collections Beast

    Atlas Welding Supply takes the hassle out of collections.

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  • Why 2-D Is The Next Big Thing

    You’ve seen them on posters, billboards, books and business cards. Mobile bar codes are coming to your showroom.

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  • Let Your Customers Do The Work

    Paperless invoices and online payments make for an efficient distributor. By Jim Broughton

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  • Materials Joining And Technology

    A July 2010 survey by the Edison Welding Institute identified emerging challenges for the materials joining industry across various manufacturing segments. By Chris Conrardy.

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  • Automated Invoicing

    GAWDA’s Management Information Committee examines electronic invoice processing. By Jim Broughton.

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  • Virtual Welding

    Virtual welding simulates the welding experience with hi-res images and software without using consumables. By Deanna Postlethwaite

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  • Scanning The Way To Savings

    Cylinder bar coding increases efficiency and accuracy in a gas cylinder distribution operation. By Iain Hodgekins

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  • Wireless Field Service

    Handheld wireless bar code scanners allow for more efficient cylinder tracking for specialty gas cylinders. Wireless technology saves time and money for a specialty gas distributor. By Sean Hoyt.

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  • Mobile Processing

    Mobile technology allows a welding supply distributor to process orders from the field and track gas cylinders much more easily. This technology saves gases and welding distributors time and money. By Jim Broughton.

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  • Getting To A Paperless Environment

    Specialty gas distributors can save money by converting to a paperless gas distribution and gas cylinder tracking system. By Tim Fusco.

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  • Position Yourself For Success

    GPS can be used to track the location and speed of a specialty gas transportation vehicle or welding service vehicle as well as gas cylinder tracking.

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  • Industrial Distributors Can Learn From Consumer Goods Retailers

    Consumer retailers have zero tolerance for supply chain errors, and gases and welding distributors should mirror that. Gases and welding distribution should be made just as efficient as that of consumer retailers with more automated supply chains and distribution systems. By Scott Ehrnschwender.

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  • The Well Connected Distributor

    Emerging technologies including VoIP, RFID, Wi-Fi and GPS make the distribution of specialty gases and welding equipment more efficient than ever.

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  • Radio Frequency Identification

    Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is changing the way distribution centers manage inventory, including specialty gas cylinders and welding equipment. By Scott Ernschwender.

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Information Technology

  • Cloud Computing 101

    Your gases and welding business can benefit up there in the cloud. By Marie Fournier.

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  • A New Kind Of Selling Tool

    O.E. Meyer’s outside sales team uses new iPad 2s to remotely connect to the company’s asset management software.

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  • It’s Time To Revisit Your IT Strategy

    Companies feel new stresses to squeeze more value out of their IT budgets. By Vict Ying

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  • Establish Yourself As An Expert

    GAWDAwiki provides tools for gases and welding distributors in digital age, connecting end-users, distributors and suppliers.

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  • Finding The Right IT Solution

    A decade into the 21st century, information technology is a critical business resource. Organizations are changing the decision making process for implementing new technology. By Tina Estes.

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  • Make E-Learning Effective For A
    Traditionally Hands-On Audience

    The gases and welding industry is a hands-on business. However, that doesn’t mean that hands-on training is the only way for salespeople to learn. Gases and welding distributors will get the most out of their training programs by mixing in elements of e-learning. By Gail Smart

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  • Building A Salesperson From The Ground Up

    For gases and welding distributor principals, great salespeople aren’t born—they’re created. Each company has a unique way of training its gases and welding sales force. These are a few examples.

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  • Experts In Efficiency

    Meet four IT professionals who make life easier for their companies: Michael Chelgren, American Welding & Gas; Chris Bennear, Dale Oxygen; Rodney Huber, Huber Supply Company; and Allison Earlbeck, Earlbeck Gases & Technologies.

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  • The Browser As User Interface

    Online resources are a new way to access and deliver information. Browser-based applications are user-friendly and create a flexible business structure. By Tim Fusco.

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  • Business Intelligence

    Tools and options to allow distributors of industrial, medical and specialty gases and welding equipment to make smarter business decisions.

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  • Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing offers a remote data site to support your information technology requirements. By George Slogik.

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  • GAWDAwiki Sparks Industry

    The gases and welding wiki at www.gawdawiki.org has information on abrasives, anti-spatter, atmospheric gas, cryogenic equipment, gases, MIG and TIG and welding equipment and more.

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  • GAWDAwiki: Keeping You Connected

    GAWDAwiki is a resource for the gases and welding industry designed to keep gases and welding professionals informed and updated on gases and welding news and information.

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  • Exercise an Extranet

    The benefits of using an extranet, a private network for Internet technology and public telecommunications. By Doug O'Dell.

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  • Reduce Your Software Costs

    Open-source software offers low-cost software for gases and welding distributors. There are advantages and disadvantages of open-source business software. By Chris Dominiak.

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  • Acceleration³

    The rate at which technology is changing in the gases and welding industry is accelerating due to increased processing power, storage and bandwidth. By Daniel Burrus.

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  • Price File Updates

    The GAWDA Management Information committee is attempting to synchronize pricing data and other updates between gases and welding supplier and distributor members. By David J. Frea.

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  • Technology Disposal: What You Don’t Know Could Cost You

    Improper disposal of technology and hamzat can lead to fines and even prosecution. Properly dispose of all hazmat and technology as outlined in this article. By Rob Mathews.

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  • Electronic Price Update Standard

    The GAWDA Management Information Committee completed a revision to the Electronic Price Update Standard outlining format consistency, welding pricing updates, POS bar coding and other standards for the gases and welding industry. By Jim Broughton.

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  • Did You Know…? Your Telephone Is More than Just a Dial Tone

    Enterprise-class mobility is the ability to combine and unify all the communications tools available to your gases and welding supply employees, including VoIP-based phone systems. By George Slogik.

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  • Solution Providers

    The GAWDA Management Information Committee seeks to provide solutions in technology for GAWDA members by implementing software standards and educational opportunities By Rick Smith.

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  • Software As A Service

    Software as a service includes free software and pay-as-you-go software services for particular applications in the gases and welding industry. By Scott Ehrnschwender.

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  • Leasing Technology Assets

    Leasing information technology expenditures can save a gases and welding distributor money. IT leasing helps a creditor relationship and increases working capital By Scott Ehrnschwender.

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Social Media

  • The Dollars and Sense of Social Media

    The social networking explosion is no longer a new phenomenon. Facebook and Twitter are over a decade old, and neither is showing signs of anything but growth. Facebook is home to 1.5 billion active users. The business networking site LinkedIn boasts an impressive 300 million registered professionals. It’s not just your kids using these sites either. [...]

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  • Social Media: The First Wave

    Convention Keynote Speaker David Nour challenges our industry to reinvent our infrastructure, and some distributors are taking initial steps. Every Distributor will tell you that customer relationships are at the heart of his or her business; in fact, relationships are the engine driving their success. In this new age of digital communication, establishing relationships has become [...]

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  • Social Media For Small Business

    You’re in business to make money, not to make friends. There are three important things small businesses should know about social media… #1 Social Media is not about you; it’s got to be about them. If it’s not valuable and useful to your target audience, why would they devote their time and attention to you? They [...]

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  • For Return On Impact, Challenge Your Status Quo

    “Strong. Proud. Independent.” GAWDA’s theme for its 70th anniversary year describes characteristics anyone would be proud to display, and attributes anyone would happily support in a company they worked for, bought from, or invested in. And yet, for mature companies in mature industries, behind those words lights a warning: Don’t be so strong, proud, or [...]

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  • The Power Of Networking

    Doing business on Social Media has absolutely nothing to do with technology. By Judy C. Flanagan

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  • The Pitfalls of Social Media

    There is a legitimate need for Social Media training in our industry. By Judy C. Flanagan

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  • Return On Relationships

    Over the last decade, authentic leadership has been the focus and target of many leadership models. By Karl Meinhardt

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  • Five Social Media Success Stories

    Five GAWDA members share how they are generating sales leads from Facebook, YouTube, blogs and more. [Slideshow]

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  • Connecting With Customers

    Your customers are using social media. What are you waiting for? GAWDA Members share social media successes.

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  • What You Say Online IS Your Reputation

    Marketing your company online requires care and attention. By Sam Richter

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  • Networking For A New Marketplace

    Why gases and welding distributors can’t afford to skip out on social networking.

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  • GAWDA’s Social Media Strategy

    GAWDA uses social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogs to promote the association.

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  • How To: Stay Safe On The Social Web

    A recent study shows that more than half of online account passwords are not secure. Avoid scams, theft and controversy as you navigate Web 2.0.

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  • Corporate Blogging Best Practices

    Here are ten tips to establishing a successful blog for your company

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  • Tackling The Twitter Trend

    Navigating the next big thing in social media

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  • You’re LinkedIn, Now What?

    Tips for how dealers of industrial, medical and specialty gases and welding equipment can use social networking site LinkedIn.

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