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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U.S. dominates automotive aftermarket in North America

March 24, 2017

The U.S. dominates the North American automotive aftermarket for powertrain components, accounting for 86 percent of overall sales, or $10.3 billion, in 2016. Through 2021 U.S. aftermarket demand for engine, transmission, and drivetrain components will rise 1.6 percent per year, a slight uptick...

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Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing to be held March 28-30

March 24, 2017

Women in Manufacturing™ (WiM) and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management’s second annual Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing will be held March 28-30, 2017, in Cleveland. The event provides executive education and training to WiM members in mid- to high-level...

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Hoist buckets offered in three sizes

March 24, 2017

Ergodyne has added seven new hoist buckets to its ARSENAL® gear storage line. Two detachable polyester safety tops are available to secure the contents inside of the buckets.Five of the hoist bucket models are made of 24-oz., abrasion-resistant, gray canvas with synthetic leather bottoms. The...

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U.S. Labor Department delays beryllium rule effective date

March 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a delay in the effective date of the rule titled “Occupational Exposure to Beryllium,” from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.The delay will allow OSHA to review and consider the rule further, in keeping with the Jan. 20, 2017, White House memorandum,...

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Augmented reality meets the press brake.

The future of fabrication is now

March 23, 2017 | By Dan Davis

Augmented reality and verbalizing operating instructions to machine tools may be coming to your shop floor sooner than you realize.

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London Taxi builds plant to produce electric vehicles

March 22, 2017

The London Taxi Co. (LTC) has opened the U.K.'s first car plant dedicated to the production of range-extended electric vehicles (EVs). The plant, located in Coventry, U.K., will produce the world's first purpose-built, mass-market electric taxi.LTC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely, has invested...

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Automated Precision’s Services Division expands in Virginia

March 22, 2017

Automated Precision Inc.’s Services Division has moved into a new building in Newport News, Va., that features 14,000 sq. ft. of office and calibration laboratory space. The firm has performed calibrations for its laser trackers since 2012, but increased demand for Omnitrac 2 laser tracker models...

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Ready-to-use rust preventive suitable for tight tolerances

March 22, 2017

Cortec® has introduced VpCI®-277, a ready-to-use dry film rust preventive designed for preserving metals during storage and transportation. It contains a biobased corrosion inhibitor in a nonflammable, low-VOC solvent carrier. The product combines film-forming additives with vapor-phase corrosion...

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Forecast 3D to offer new 3-D printing technology

March 21, 2017

Forecast 3D, Carlsbad, Calif., has announced it will be one of the first companies to offer HP’s new Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3-D printing technology. The company reports it will install two MJF machines on March 31 for producing functional prototypes and end-use parts.The MJF platform uses fusing...

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Sussex Wire acquires Marox Corp.

March 21, 2017

Sussex Wire Inc., a manufacturer of miniature and microminiature, tight-tolerance, cold-formed, roll formed, and four-slide component parts, has acquired Marox Corp., a provider of CNC precision machined orthopedic implants and aerospace components.The acquisition supports the strategy of both...

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Chicago Tube and Iron laser fabrication team participates in STEM Fest

March 21, 2017

On March 4 the Romeoville, Ill.-based Chicago Tube and Iron laser fabrication team participated in Romeoville Library’s STEM Fest 2017. Students participated in hands-on demonstrations from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) leaders.According to the U. S. Department of...

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It’s not your father’s shop

March 21, 2017 | By Kayvan Mott

The primary difference between your father’s way of marketing his shop and the modern way to market your shop lies in your approach. Content marketing is based on the idea of creating valuable information that customers can access when they want to make a purchase decision.

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Developing the value network map

March 21, 2017 | By Shahrukh Irani, Ph.D.

Dr. Shahrukh Irani offers an alternative to the value stream map in lean manufacturing. He calls it the value network map, and it’s tailored for the high-product-mix, low-volume world of the job shop.

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Brochure highlights fabricating equipment

March 20, 2017

A six-page brochure, available from Pacific Press Technologies, describes its full line of hydraulic presses, press brakes, and shears, listing standard features for each. The literature also features a brief company history, details on custom-built machinery, and an explanation of the firm’s...

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Divergent 3D enters strategic partnership with SLM Solutions Group

March 20, 2017

Los Angeles-based technology development and licensing company Divergent 3D has entered into a strategic development partnership with SLM Solutions Group, a manufacturer of 3-D metal printing equipment in Lübeck, Germany. SLM Solutions Group will work closely with Divergent to develop specific...

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