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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Durable Mecco acquires Stamp-Rite steel stamps division

July 24, 2014

Durable Mecco, a manufacturer of industrial marking equipment, has acquired the steel stamp division of Stamp-Rite Supersine Inc. The company has named Laurie Barcaskey, a 30-yedar veteran of the marking industry, as account manager for this group of customers. Stamp-Rite Supersine, located in...

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Linde names Conroe Welding Supply as independent distributor

July 24, 2014

Linde LLC, Murray Hill, N.J., has signed a contract to supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to Conroe Welding Supply Inc, an independent distributor located in Conroe, Texas. Conroe Welding Supply serves the East Texas market with welding equipment and industrial and safety supplies, as...

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Epic Systems listed among the top places to work in St. Louis

July 24, 2014

Engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the second year in a row. Companies are chosen based solely on employee feedback from a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics. The survey evaluates whether...

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Metalworking handbook provides essential information for students

July 24, 2014

Industrial Press offers Shop Reference for Students and Apprentices. The compact, 550-page spinoff of Machinery’s Handbook provides essential information for students preparing for jobs in the metalworking industry, from the ability to understand and use shop mathematics to the reading and...

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Differentiating in a commoditized market

July 24, 2014

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There are four principles to understand about differentiation and the buying factors that go beyond price: They always exist; they have economic value; they vary by customer; and they change with time, because yesterday’s differentiators can be tomorrow’s commodity.

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Winners announced for first round of Gene Haas Foundation/NIMS scholarships for schools

July 23, 2014

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Fairfax, Va., and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) have announced the first round of winners of a new scholarship program to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers. Danville Community College,...

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James Tool Machine & Eng. adds additive manufacturing technology

July 23, 2014

James Tool Machine & Eng. Inc., Morganton, N.C., a provider of precision CNC machining and builder of hydraulic workholding fixtures, now offers additive manufacturing technology. The company now offers fused deposition modeling (FDM) using ABS plastic in-house, direct metal laser sintering...

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Mecco Marking & Traceability names sales manager

July 22, 2014

Mecco Marking & Traceability, Cranberry Township, Pa., has promoted Bill Holtzman to sales manager. Mecco is a provider of laser and dot peen marking systems. Holtzman, a graduate of Allegheny College, has been with the company since 2010. He served previously as sales engineer and laser product...

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The complex reality of business spending

July 22, 2014

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Business spending is a complex animal, and it's difficult to sum it up in a few charts.

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From the Web: Blacksmithing, 3D printing, and an immigration nightmare stymies a shop’s growth

July 22, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Immigration nightmare stymies company’s growth/job creation; imagination an important tool in blacksmith’s arsenal; ultimate use of 3D printing; fabricator gives in many ways; and veterans trade combat helmets for welding helmets.

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Mills Products hires materials manager

July 22, 2014

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Mills Products, a metal forming company producing hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped parts for the automotive and appliance industries, has appointed Kristy Johnson as materials manager. Before joining the company, Johnson worked for 19 years at Maremont Exhaust in...

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Electrically heated cabinet oven heat-treats titanium

July 22, 2014

Grieve has developed No. 965, a 1,350-degrees-F, electrically heated cabinet oven used for heat-treating titanium. The unit’s workspace is 24 by 24 by 24 in. Nickel-chrome wire coils supported by a stainless steel frame deliver 30 kW to heat the oven, while a 1,300-CFM, 1.5-HP alloy...

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Gas apparatus innovator Loren Charles Smith dies

July 21, 2014

Loren Charles Smith, a well-respected innovator in the gas apparatus industry, died June 25 in Gainesville, Ga. He worked at The Harris Products Group from 1991 to 2012 as a senior project engineer. Smith’s career with The Harris Products Group was a second act in his life. He officially...

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Control monitors coolant concentration levels

July 21, 2014

Prab Inc. has added the AC3 (automatic coolant concentration control) to its Guardian™ coolant recycling system. The control continually monitors coolant concentration levels and adjusts automatically to maintain programmed ratios within ±0.5 percent accuracy. The system achieves this...

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Compact filters, regulators, lubricators feature modular design

July 21, 2014

ROSS CONTROLS® has introduced the MD3™ line, which comprises general-purpose filters (5- or 40-micron filtering elements), coalescing filters (0.3- or 0.01-micron filtering elements), oil vapor removing filters, general-purpose regulators, modular lubricators, and an integrated filter/regulator...

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