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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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Demand for synthetic formulations surges in global metalworking fluids market

December 19, 2014

Booming end-user markets, especially in Asia, are driving the global metalworking fluids market. As industrial production increases in China, India, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, and Southeast Asian countries, regulations on wastewater treatment and disposal are compelling end users to optimize the use...

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Caterpillar announces officer retirement, appoints new vice president

December 19, 2014

Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc., a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural-gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives, has announced the retirement of vice president Jim Johnson and the appointment of a new vice president, Raymond Chan....

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Is the production meeting a relic of the past?

December 19, 2014

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In today's manufacturing world where more is done with less, many metal fabricators don't see the need for a daily production meeting. It's one more example of manufacturers adjusting to the times because of lack of time.

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Aleris to sell extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama

December 19, 2014

Aleris, Cleveland, a privately held, global provider of aluminum rolled products and extrusions, aluminum recycling, and specification alloy production, has signed a definitive agreement to sell its aluminum extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama Inc., a Japanese building products and extrusions...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Surface modeling techniques

December 18, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through some of the CAD tricks necessary to create a 3-D model of a series of drill bits.

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RAM Specialty Fabrications receives 2015 Manufacturer of the Year Award

December 18, 2014

Ram Specialty Fabrications, Naugatuck, Conn., has been named as Manufacturer of the Year in the 2015 Harold Webster Smith Awards, presented by the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Small Business Council. The company produces precision sheet metal parts and custom metal fabrications for the...

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New squeezes on the small metal fabricator

December 18, 2014

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The custom fabrication market is changing as more customers—with a single-minded focus on price—stipulate new performance demands for quality, delivery, service, responsiveness, and payment terms. Should custom fabricators rethink how they are structured and how they operate to offset what could be fatal weaknesses?

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Camfil APC Americas names VP

December 17, 2014

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a global manufacturer of dust, fume, and mist collection equipment in Jonesboro, Ark., has promoted Thomas (Tomm) Frungillo to the position of vice president, Camfil APC Americas. He assumes full responsibility for the Jonesboro manufacturing facility as well as...

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Solar Atmospheres of Western PA obtains Bell Helicopter approval

December 17, 2014

Hermitage, Pa.-based Solar Atmospheres of Western PA (SAWPA) has announced that it has attained an approved supplier status for Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. SAWPA has received approval for the heat-treatment of steel and titanium alloy components used in the production of the helicopters. This...

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Partners Group to acquire Dynacast

December 17, 2014

Partners Group, Zug, Switzerland, a global private markets investment manager, has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Dynacast Intl., Charlotte, N.C., a global manufacturer of small, highly complex metal components, on behalf of its clients. The transaction is expected to close...

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Frost & Sullivan names GE Intelligent Platforms business as 2014 Global Company of the Year

December 17, 2014

Based on its recent analysis of the human machine interface (HMI) market, Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, Calif., has recognized GE's Intelligent Platforms business with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. GE's foresight in using real-time operational intelligence (RtOI) to...

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FMA’s Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs foundation announces 2015 spring scholarship winners

December 17, 2014

Thirteen students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $2,500 toward their post-secondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int'l.® (FMA). Scholarships were awarded to the following students for the upcoming 2015...

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Industrial Innovations to supply plant-wide lubrication system to Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive

December 17, 2014

Industrial Innovations, Grandville, Mich., has announced a new contract with Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive, a manufacturer of automotive structural supports located in Austin, Ind. The contract includes an Pro-Mix V proportional mixing system and the necessary piping, nozzles, and manifolds for the...

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ASQ survey reveals manufacturers’ social responsibility predictions for 2015

December 17, 2014

In the recently released ASQ 2015 Manufacturing Outlook Survey, nearly 1,500 manufacturing professionals from the aerospace, automotive, food, medical device, and utility industries share their predictions for their companies’ participation in social responsibility in the coming year. As...

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Solid roof increases dust collector strength

December 17, 2014

Imperial Systems has changed the roof design of all CMAXX cartridge dust collectors to have a solid, one-piece roof. The updated roof is reinforced and slightly positively bowed to make the unit stronger and assist with water runoff. According to the company, the system remains the only modular...

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