Shop Management

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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Closed-loop control developed for additive manufacturing systems

May 26, 2016

Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc., has developed the patented IRISS℠ (interlayer real-time imaging and sensing system) closed-loop control to power its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) systems. The closed-loop control provides consistent process...

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Cincinnati Incorporated accepts Manny Award for BAAM machine

May 26, 2016

Cincinnati Incorporated’s (CI’s) Big Area Additive Machine (BAAM) was named Biggest Breakthrough of the Year at the 2016 Manny Awards, sponsored by Cincinnati magazine. The Manny Awards recognize the accomplishments of manufacturers in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. BAAM, an industrial-sized...

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Growth strategies for fabricators

May 26, 2016

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Many small businesses grow quickly in the early years, but eventually growth hits a plateau. Big gains in additional growth come from gaining new customers or acquiring another company. In Going to Market, a presentation at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit, Lisa Wertzbaugher, sales and marketing manager for fabricator Superior Tube Products, discussed a four-part strategy for expanding the company’s sales, revenue, and profitability.

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Electric dust collector creates airflow up to 6,000 CFM

May 26, 2016

Marco has released the Dustmaster® 6,000 CFM electric dust collector. It provides ventilation for and collecting airborne dust and debris from enclosed worksites. Features include a reverse-incline blade fan that is matched with a 15-HP Baldor® electric motor to produce the airflow. The...

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Voting workers off the island

May 25, 2016

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Working in a job shop or any small, tightknit organization requires attributes beyond job skills. If you don’t measure up, you might find yourself voted off the island and out the door.

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Spacesaver acquires Viking Metal Cabinet Co.

May 25, 2016

The Spacesaver Corp. has expanded its museum storage lines with the acquisition of Viking Metal Cabinet Co., Plainfield, Ill. The acquisition allows Spacesaver to offer design, installation, and maintenance of metal museum cabinets, shelving, art racks, custom components, and compact storage...

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Midwest Engineered Systems expands in Wisconsin

May 25, 2016

Midwest Engineering Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and integrated systems, has announced an expansion of manufacturing and engineering office space in Waukesha, Wis. The new 60,000-sq.-ft. facility is located next door to the company’s corporate headquarters. It features 50,000...

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Industrial matching event to connect suppliers, end users in Chicago region

May 25, 2016

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and Chicago Metro Metal Consortium will host a Manufacturing Matchmaking event on June 23, 2016, at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill. The event is designed to increase sales opportunities for firms in the primary metals, metal...

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Large back-blow air nozzle cleans IDs

May 25, 2016

Exair’s new model 1008SS 1 NPT back-blow air nozzle has been designed to blow debris and liquids from pipe or hose IDs, axle housings, bores, holes, internal threads, and other internal part features found in hydraulic cylinders, gearboxes, and differential housings. An array of holes provide...

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Babcock & Wilcox closes West Point manufacturing plant

May 24, 2016

North Carolina-based Babcock & Wilcox has announced it has ended production at its West Point industrial boiler manufacturing plant in Mississippi. The closure affects 165 workers, with 50 remaining to help wind down operations. In 1998 the 250,000-sq.-ft. plant employed 700 people as the...

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Weldaloy announces expanded capabilities

May 24, 2016

Warren, Mich.-based Weldaloy, a provider of custom copper, aluminum, and other nonferrous forgings, has expanded its seamless rolled ring capabilities, allowing the company to produce a wide variety of ring sizes in less time. In addition to investing in new manufacturing equipment, the company...

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Portable laser marker’s beam accurate up to 3 ft.

May 24, 2016

Automator has introduced the VIS-P portable laser marker. It comes standard with IVO₄, 10-W, 20-W, 30-W, and 40-W laser source options. The laser marker can be used on metals, alloys, plastics, and anodized and painted surfaces. With a laser beam that is accurate up to 3 ft., the unit can be...

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RC Inc. acquires Heinrich Co.

May 23, 2016

RC Inc., Racine, Wis., has announced the acquisition of Heinrich Co., a 10-employee manufacturer of industrial vises and workholding tools also based in Racine. Umbrella company RC Inc. also includes Racine-based companies Ace Stamping & Machine Co. Inc., Innotec of Wisconsin Inc., and...

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F&M Mafco names industrial gases business manager

May 23, 2016

F&M Mafco Inc., Cincinnati, has appointed Roch Monahan as industrial gases business manager. He has more than 27 years of experience in the gases and welding industry. Monahan most recently served as COO for OKI Bering. Before that he held various executive positions in operations and sales with...

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Don't lose track of the latest design updates

May 23, 2016

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The goal of forward-thinking fabrication shops is to be closely involved in a customer's supply chain, where perhaps it participates in part designs and design for manufacturability activities. If a shop is to be an active supply chain partner, it needs to be able to stay on top of engineering change orders and part design discussion. Cloud-based product life cycle management software can help.

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