Shop Management Articles

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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Simulating the workplace in welding education

July 29, 2015

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West Virginia has launched an educational initiative designed to help welding instructors better prepare students for the workplace. Welder and educator Carlisle Smith explains the program, which is showing promising results.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design alignment

July 21, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of how to use CAD to address the inclusion of a flat-head screw and a countersink in a 3-D design..

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CB Fabricating finds success giving people second chances

July 20, 2015

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Indiana fabricator continues to grow thanks to technology and a small, dedicated staff. The small shop may prove the merits of giving people a second chance. It’s not just moral. For CB Fabricating, it’s not just moral; it’s good business.

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Employee engangement drives the manufacturing economy

July 15, 2015

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Automation and other advanced manufacturing technology have become the ticket for entry to compete in custom fabrication, but people still make the difference.

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Building a manufacturing workforce

July 15, 2015

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Alexandra Industries, a producer and fabricator of aluminum extrusions in Alexandria, Minn., recognized the need to get involved in the local school district to boost the image of manufacturing in the eyes of students. But it didn't just volunteer to send over speakers. It heavily influenced the curriculum at the new high school and donated new manufacturing technology.

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Software tracks truth on the manufacturing shop floor

July 14, 2015

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Manufacturing execution systems manage schedules based not about assumptions on available capacity, but on data gathered directly from manufacturing equipment.

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Securing your business for the next generation

July 14, 2015

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Fab shop owners may avoid succession planning. They may be too busy, or the decision may be difficult. But nobody lives forever, and not having a solid succession plan in place puts the future of the business at risk.

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Technology: The ultimate moving target

July 14, 2015

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How will technology advancements affect the kind of skilled worker we will need in the future? And how many skilled workers will we need? The answers to these questions are of incredible importance to metalworking and manufacturing in general

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Document management

July 6, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of using document management tools with a CAD workstation.

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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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How basic training in lean manufacturing establishes a common view

June 23, 2015

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To ensure every employee has a common view of what’s ideal versus what needs to be improved, a few hours of basic lean training can go a long way.

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When It Pays to Spend

June 9, 2015

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Specialized press brake tooling increases productivity, reduces operator fatigue, solves problems

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Better ideas, better growth at Texas metal fabricator

June 3, 2015

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Special Products & Mfg. Inc., a custom fabricator in Rockwall, Texas, has transformed its culture. A decade ago it was a command-and-control environment. Today, ideas from front-line workers drive improvement.

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Upskilling – What it means and where it stands

June 3, 2015

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Much attention has been given to the skills gap, a critical issue affecting manufacturing. The Upskill Summit held in April provided an opportunity for manufacturers and other entities to explore concrete measures to alleviate the gap by upskilling workers. Summit participant Traci Tapani, co-president, Wyoming Machine, discusses the initiative.

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Going vertical: Distributor expands into stamping, metal fabrication, and assembly

June 3, 2015

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Millenia Products Group launched as a distributor in 2001, but from the very start it had plans for vertical integration down the supply chain. Today it offers distribution, stamping, roll forming, fabrication, and full assembly services—all in one organization.

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