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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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Singapore agency establishes facility for sustainable production technologies

January 28, 2015

Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) has launched a new facility that allows companies to breathe new life into old product components by reusing them in their manufacturing processes. Located at Singapore's first eco-business park, JTC CleanTech Two@ CleanTech Park,...

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Round-over dies round edges of fenders, custom panels

January 28, 2015

Van Sant Enterprises offers Ron Covell’s round-over dies for metal fabrication. Suitable for rounding edges of motorcycle fenders and custom panels for hot rods, the dies are precision-machined from heat-treated steel and can handle up to 16-ga. mild steel. Rolls are available in four sizes:...

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Fabricating and mounting a “quick-quote,” heavy-duty utility truck rack

January 28, 2015

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Sometimes a “quick-quote” job turns out to be significantly more complicated than it appears. It also can become a great learning experience. Such was the case when Barnes MetalCrafters fabricated a heavy-duty utility truck rack that required compensating for the vehicle’s lightweight components to mount.

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Coldwater Machine opens S.C. office

January 28, 2015

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co. has announced the opening of a sales office in Greenville, S.C. The company offers custom machines and automation equipment such as robotic workcells, vision inspection systems, and assembly lines, as well as solid-state welding technologies including...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Metal marking

January 28, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the CAD operator through the process of creating a drill index.

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The hiring question in metal fabrication: Experience or potential?

January 28, 2015

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Should you hire people with experience or rookies with good potential? It depends on the situation, but training and developing the inexperienced has become more important than ever. There just aren’t enough people with experience to go around.

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Manufacturing jobs pay well, right?

January 28, 2015

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Manufacturing wages vary widely, and like anything in life, the wage story isn't simple or straightforward.

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Communications interface simplifies integration of CNC machine tools, manufacturing software

January 28, 2015

NUM has developed a new communications interface option for its CNC systems that complies with the open MTConnect interoperability standard. Known as NUMConnect, the interface can be fitted to new or existing systems and simplifies the integration of CNC machine tools with third-party manufacturing...

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Compressed-air filter removes particles to 5 microns

January 28, 2015

Walmec North America offers a 5-micron compressed-air filter that provides point-of-use filtration of liquids, oils, and other contaminants. The filter is suitable for a variety of applications, including surface preparation, paint spraying, powder coating, air-powered tools, and pneumatically...

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NAM names board of directors

January 27, 2015

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Washington, D.C., has announced a new board of directors. Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc., has been named as chair, and John F. Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker Inc., will serve as vice chair for a two-year...

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Durable goods orders declined 3.4 percent in December

January 27, 2015

New orders for manufactured durable goods in December decreased $8.1 billion or 3.4 percent to $230.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down four of the last five months, followed a 2.1 percent November decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.8...

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EFD Induction Group names VP of operations

January 26, 2015

EFD Induction Group, Skien, Norway, a provider of induction-based industrial heating systems, has appointed Artur Pająk as vice president of operations. Pająk previously worked as director of business line interior for Kongsberg Automotive and in operations and engineering roles for Star...

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MEC announces changes to senior leadership team

January 26, 2015

Mayville Engineering Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., a provider of metal fabrication, laser and plasma cutting, stamping, forming, machining, welding, tube bending and forming, painting, polishing, brazing, cleaning, assembly and kitting, prototyping, and product testing and validation, has...

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From the Web: Low wages ‘major’ issue; inside a 3-D machine shop; ‘craftsmanship is still around’

January 22, 2015

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Low wages a major impediment to labor supply; inside Incodema 3D’s facility; job shop named best business in Blue Earth, Minn.; Mississippi shop grows, invests, hires; and craftsmanship is still around.

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Camfil APC promotes four to sales management posts

January 22, 2015

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), Jonesboro, Ark., a global manufacturer of dust-, fume-, and mist-collection equipment, has promoted four members of its sales management team to new positions. John Dauber, who joined the company in 1998 and most recently headed up the U.S./Canada sales team,...

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