Shop Management

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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DIN-rail power supplies are compact

July 28, 2016

IDEC Corp. has introduced the PS5R-V line of DIN-rail power supplies, replacing the PS5R and PS5R-S series. They are available in 7.5-, 10-, 15-, 30-, 60-, 90-, 120-, and 240-W versions. They are compact, with overall dimensions reduced by up to 25 percent from previous generations. Operating...

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MagneGas announces top automaker’s switch from acetylene to renewable-waste fuel

July 27, 2016

MagneGas Corp., Tampa, Fla., has announced that a global auto manufacturing company based in the Midwest has switched from acetylene to MagneGas2® as its sole fuel of choice for metal cutting and brazing in one of its factories. MagneGas2 is produced in a patented process that converts...

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What makes a good boss in manufacturing?

July 27, 2016

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So often, when a dispute arises between a supervisor and employee, it's not about "what." It's about "who."

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Lydall acquires Texel

July 26, 2016

Lydall Inc., a provider of filtration and engineered materials in Manchester, Conn., has acquired Texel, a division of ADS Inc. Texel comprises three manufacturing operations and one distribution center in Quebec and employs about 300 people. The acquisition will be included in Lydall’s...

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Ross Technology adds sales engineer

July 26, 2016

Ross Technology, Leola, Pa., has named Tracy Buck as industrial storage sales engineer to support the company’s structural steel I-beam racks marketed under the Dexco brand name. Buck has more than 25 years of diverse experience in the material handling industry, including product design,...

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The daily grind in a small fab shop

July 26, 2016

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A day in a small fabricating shop seldom follows a linear progression. Many things vie for attention, and the ability to multitask comes in handy.

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UV-A LED lamp designed for use in the field

July 25, 2016

Spectroline’s OPTIMAX™ 365 cordless UV-A (365-nm) LED inspection lamp is designed to meet the needs of inspectors in the field. It is suitable for magnetic particle and fluorescent penetrant inspection. Nominal steady-state UV-A intensity is 18,000 µW/cm² at a distance of 15 in. Powered by...

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Deere announces workforce adjustments

July 25, 2016

Deere & Co. has informed approximately 120 production employees at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Ill., that they will be placed on indefinite layoff effective September 6. The factory currently employs about 1,050 people. The company said it continues to adjust the size of its...

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U.S. Rep. Foster tours CNH Industrial's North American headquarters

July 25, 2016

CNH Industrial recently hosted Congressman Bill Foster at its North American headquarters in Burr Ridge, Ill. Foster, who represents Illinois' 11th district which includes Burr Ridge, met with local management, toured the facility, and learned about the company’s production of agricultural and...

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Solar Atmospheres of California receives Nadcap 24-month merit status

July 25, 2016

Fontana, Calif.-based Solar Atmospheres of California has been awarded Nadcap 24-month merit status for heat treating. The firm has held Nadcap accreditation since opening in 2011. The new recognition grants the company an accreditation that lasts until July...

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Bradbury roll tooling engineering manager retires after 45 years of service

July 25, 2016

The Bradbury Co. Inc., a provider of coil processing and roll forming equipment in Moundridge, Kan., has announced the retirement of Verne Voth, roll tooling engineering manager, after 45 years of service. During his career, Voth has been involved in the design of standing seam roof panels,...

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Kimball Electronics acquires Aircom Mfg.

July 21, 2016

Kimball Electronics, Jasper, Ind., has acquired the assets of Aircom Mfg. Inc., an Indianapolis-based contract manufacturing company that specializes in metal fabrication, plastic injection molding, and assembly. As part of the transaction, Kimball Electronics acquired Aircom’s 80,000-sq.-ft....

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Chemetall metalworking coolant gains Boeing approval

July 21, 2016

Chemetall, New Providence, N.J., has announced that its Tech Cool® 35052CF Generation V semisynthetic metalworking coolant has received Boeing Aircraft approval for use under BAC5008, including areas 2, 5, and 6. The coolant combines ultrahigh lubricity characteristics required for aerospace...

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Proto Labs expands additive manufacturing services

July 21, 2016

Proto Labs Inc., a digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts, has announced it will integrate multiple Concept Laser Mlab cusing and M2 cusing machines into its new, 77,000-sq.-ft. facility in Grapevine, Texas. The new LaserCUSING® metal powder-bed systems...

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Shop management software upgraded

July 21, 2016

Sightline Systems has released Assure 2.0, which allows users to monitor multiple servers and access control servers; applications; storage devices; network devices; and peripherals, such as cameras and doorlocks. Enhanced with new views and customized dashboards, the software also enables...

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