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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Major energy bill includes manufacturing provision

February 12, 2016

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Under the provision, Industrial Assessment Centers would be able to do more than advise manufacturers.

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IHEA launches Induction Division

February 12, 2016

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), Taylor Mill, Ky., has launched its Induction Division, which focuses on educating induction OEMs and end users of thermal process technology on best practices such as safety and operations, how best to use the technology, and the latest...

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NIMS releases new online tool to connect competencies, credentials, and careers

February 11, 2016

Fairfax, Va.-based NIMS has introduced the Career Pathway Tool to help employers, job seekers, and educators understand the numerous career pathways in the industry and how NIMS credentials can be earned to enter and advance in careers. Employers can use the tool it to enhance hiring practices,...

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Houghton Intl. metalworking fluid earns Pratt & Whitney approval

February 11, 2016

Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, Pa., has received approval from Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company, for the use of Hocut® 4940 metalworking fluid in the production of its aircraft engines and military power units under the Pratt & Whitney reference PMC 9151. Pratt & Whitney approved...

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How to crunch chronic defects with variables search

February 11, 2016

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Variables search is not a well-known quality tool, but it can be helpful in rooting out factors that produce scrap and rework at metal fabricating facilities. All that’s needed to identify the sources of quality problems is a dedicated group and a disciplined approach to the investigation process.

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Software delivers automated quotations

February 11, 2016

Bermo Inc. has released F.R.E.D. (First-of-its-kind Rapid Estimate Delivery) quotation software, offering automated quotations to the OEM customer base. The program, created in-house, links the user’s CAD models to Bermo's manufacturing processes: laser cutting, metal stamping, forming,...

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There's strength in numbers: How the Industrial Internet of Things applies to fabricators

February 11, 2016

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Just what is the Industrial Internet of Things, and what could it possibly mean to fabricators? Here’s how it can improve a welding operation.

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Inline part marking system suitable for automated production lines

February 11, 2016

The new M4 Inline from Dapra Marking Systems is a turnkey inline, direct part marking system for industrial traceability. The system eliminates the need for additional vision identification and control equipment, making it suitable for use in automated production lines and custom-engineered...

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NBT announces summer manufacturing camp locations

February 10, 2016

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), the foundation of Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), has announced the 30 locations that will be hosting 41 summer manufacturing camps in 2016. The list is still growing, according to the association. Camps will be offered...

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Report reveals drivers of growth in global vacuum heat-treatment market through 2020

February 10, 2016

London-based Technavio has forecast the global vacuum heat-treatment market to post a CAGR of more than 6 percent by 2020, according to its latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global vacuum heat-treatment market for 2016-2020. Based on end...

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Kolene Corp. appoints executive VP

February 10, 2016

Detroit-based Kolene Corp. has appointed Dennis J. McCardle as executive vice president. He is a 27-year molten salt industry veteran at the company and now will spearhead the sales and marketing initiatives for the company's largest revenue segments. McCardle attended Northwood University. He...

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Waukesha Metal Products hosts business tour for Milwaukee students

February 10, 2016

Metal parts and assemblies manufacturer Waukesha® Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., hosted about 20 seventh-grade students from the Golda Meir School in Milwaukee as part of a program launched by the Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) aimed at giving nearly 1,800 Milwaukee Public Schools...

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Process audits in manufacturing: Do as the accountants do

February 10, 2016

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The fab shop is ripe territory for unexpected (and usually bad) things to occur. The best operations prevent them by doing as the accountants do. They audit regularly.

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Part-marking on the move

February 10, 2016

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A new battery-operated, hand-held marking unit has capabilities and software that are often found only on much larger units.

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Managing metal fabrication through the generations

February 10, 2016

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Although the study of generations is an inexact social science, it may help company leaders empathize, minimize conflict, and get everyone on the same page.

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