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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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Fiber laser offers consumable-free metal part marking

June 29, 2015

REA Elektronik has developed the REA JET FL fiber laser, which permanently marks metal and plastics. The system uses no consumables and offers long operational life, the company states. The high-resolution print provides machine-readable codes for product traceability. Typical applications...

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High-density storage saves floor space

June 29, 2015

The Vidmar® Tower high-density vertical storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) can be built up to 46 ft. high with unlimited custom drawer configurations. It offers an optional dual-delivery, continuous-pick feature and a choice of ergonomic picking bay designs and drawer access setup....

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Back-blow air nozzle cleans IDs

June 25, 2015

Exair offers the 1006SS ¼ NPT back-blow air nozzle, designed to blow debris and liquids from pipe or hose IDs, channel, bores, holes, and internal threads. An array of holes provide a forceful 360-degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips, and light oils from machining processes. The nozzle...

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SelfLube breaks ground on expansion

June 25, 2015

SelfLube, a manufacturer of precision mold and die components, has begun a major expansion of its manufacturing operations in Coopersville, Mich. The project will add 13,000 sq. ft. to the manufacturing facility. When the expansion is complete in the fall, new machines will be installed and...

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FMA, Harper College partner to construct new metal fabrication lab

June 25, 2015

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has partnered with Harper College for the construction of a $1.5 million facility designed to create critically needed skilled workers for area manufacturers and related businesses. The new 6,000-sq.-ft. FMA Metal Fabrication...

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Exact launches online shop floor assessment tool for small manufacturers

June 25, 2015

Exact, a provider of business software in the cloud for small and medium-sized companies, has launched a manufacturing health assessment tool. The free online tool here allows business owners and production managers to get tailored advice on how to optimize their shop floor to meet customer...

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Aluminum-media shotblast machines provide gentle cleaning of light workpieces

June 25, 2015

Walther Trowal has introduced the THM continuous-feed shotblast system for use on light metals such as aluminum and magnesium, as well as steel, zinc, and brass components. This troughed-belt machine employs aluminum blast media rather than stainless steel media. It handles large quantities of...

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Shell Lubricants announces Platinum Sponsorship of Manufacturing Day

June 24, 2015

Shell Lubricants has announced its participation as a Platinum Sponsor of Manufacturing Day™ 2015. This is the third straight year that Shell Lubricants has sponsored Manufacturing Day, and its second year as the exclusive Platinum Sponsor. Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to...

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Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI) names global quality manager

June 24, 2015

Stevensville, Md.-based Michigan Manufacturing Intl. (MMI) has named Praburaman Rengaramanujam as global quality manager. In this role, he is responsible for quality systems at all MMI locations. Rengaramanujam has 14 years of experience in the quality assurance industry, specializing in quality...

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Curveballs in a small fabricating shop

June 24, 2015

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Diversity is essential for a small shop’s viability. It also can make for some interesting jobs that require ingenuity and produce beautiful work.

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NBT awards grants for 24 summer manufacturing camps

June 24, 2015

Rockford, Ill.-based Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), has awarded $50,000 in grants to community and technical colleges nationwide that host summer manufacturing camps for students 12 to 16 years old. A complete listing...

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TRUMPF Ltd. names managing director

June 24, 2015

Annette Doyle will take on the role of managing director of TRUMPF Ltd., Luton, Bedfordshire, U.K., a subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group, effective July 1. In this role, she is responsible for business operations in the U.K., including customer service, technical training, product sales, and...

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Lean manufacturing in producing square, retangular tubing

June 24, 2015

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Tube and pipe mills conventionally use a set of tooling for every tube or pipe diameter, and the tools are mounted to opposing stands. Cage forming provides an alternative forming process that uses a single set of tools.

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A job shop story about diving in head first

June 23, 2015

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Many fab shop owners aren't in this business for the money. The act of diving in head first drives them.

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NAPW inducts Jim Manuel Iron Works owner into VIP Woman of the Year Circle

June 23, 2015

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Garden City, N.Y., has inducted Regina Lee Manuel, owner of Jim Manuel Iron Works, into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. "Regina Lee Manuel is a prime example of a woman determined to get a college education despite all the...

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