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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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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 of 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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Keeping pace with fabricating technology

February 10, 2016

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Quality is a given, but delivery time is not. Sjoberg Tool & Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, WIs., knows that, so it has relied on the latest machine tools over the last 40 years to squeeze time out of the production process. It must be working because customers keep coming back—with ever-increasing demands.

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Nesting software connects SOLIDWORKS 3D Design to manufacturing

February 10, 2016

Geometric Ltd. has released NESTINGWorks™ 2016 3-D nesting software for nesting layouts of SOLIDWORKS® parts and assemblies automatically for production. This application is integrated within SOLIDWORKS 2016 software, enabling automated nesting of flat or 3-D part or assembly models made from...

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Lean manufacturing prepares lawn care OEM for the future

February 10, 2016

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After rapid growth, a commercial lawn care OEM prepares for the future with better part flow, better production controls, better communication, and better planning. The company’s continuous improvement initiative is well on its way.

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C4 Industrial to hold open house in March at new Dallas facility

February 9, 2016

Houston-based C4 Industrial Inc. will hold a grand opening at its new C4 Industrial Experience Center in Dallas on March 30-31, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will showcase fiber laser, high-definition plasma, waterjet, press brake bending, milling, and turning equipment, with...

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FMA’s Software Council to offer complimentary educational webinar March 3

February 9, 2016

Rockford, Ill.-based FMA’s Software Technology Council has announced it will present an education program on supply chain, lean, and inventory management as a complimentary webinar on March 3, 2016. The Software Technology Council comprises 10 industry leaders representing software providers...

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Twin-stacked conveyor arrangement grabs, compacts chips

February 9, 2016

The MunchMan® II chip and scrap removal conveyor has been introduced by Jorgensen Conveyors Inc. The unit employs a twin-stacked conveyor arrangement at the lower curve and through the incline and chip discharge of the system. The primary and secondary belts run in opposite directions to grab...

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LIA’s Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop set for March 2-3, 2016

February 9, 2016

The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will host its annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop on March 2-3, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The two-day workshop will offer keynotes, sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities for professionals involved in manufacturing of complex, lightweight...

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C.I. Hayes installs pusher furnace for brazing, heat treating

February 8, 2016

C.I. Hayes, Cranston, R.I., a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has installed a model BA-M atmosphere pusher furnace for brazing and general heat treating of stainless steel materials for a dedicated processor of select cutlery product lines. The furnace is equipped with a rigid chain indexing drive,...

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