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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 marker converts high pulse frequencies into short marking processes

January 29, 2015

The TruMark 5020 fiber laser marker from TRUMPF Inc. offers high pulse frequencies and pulse-to-pulse stability for metal applications that require high speed and a high edge quality. The unit’s scanner module converts pulse frequencies of up to 1 mHz into a correspondingly high processing...

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From the Web: Finding a niche; faking a roar; falsifying welding certificates

January 29, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Meeting global competition by finding a niche; faking an engine’s roar; students sue over bogus welding certificates; bright future for girls in welding; and apprenticeships make a difference.

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Metal Sales metal wall panels clad condo building in Los Angeles

January 29, 2015

Metal Sales™ Mfg. Corp., Louisville, Ky., has provided T2630 perforated and solid metal wall panels for Cloverdale749, a 10,500-sq.-ft. residential structure located in Los Angeles. “We specified metal because we know it works well in the Southern California climate,” said Lorcan...

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Dengensha America adds customer sales and service support for southern states

January 29, 2015

Bedford, Ohio-based Dengensha America has appointed Curtis Dietrich as southern sales associate, responsible for customer relations, sales, service, and support in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. Dietrich has opened an office in Cincinnati to...

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Breathing system monitors air quality for OSHA standard compliance

January 29, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers the Quality Air Breathing System, which the company says helps users comply with the OSHA requirement for Grade D breathable air. When placed near the point of use, the system works with the existing compressed-air supply. The four-stage filtration filters the air,...

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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 South Carolina 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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