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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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Rotary hearth oven preheats, cures powder coatings

December 31, 2015

The Grieve Corp. has developed No. 816, a 500-degrees-F, gas-fired, rotary hearth oven, for preheating and curing powder coatings onto electric motor parts. Workspace dimensions are 54 by 54 by 72 in. It features 350,000 BTU/hr. installed in a modulating gas burner, while a 4,200-CFM, 3-HP...

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NIST issues Notice of Intent to fund new manufacturing innovation institutes

December 23, 2015

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Washington, D.C., has issued a Notice of Intent to fund up to two institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The Commerce Department will provide up to $70 million per...

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Fab shop customer mix: Hitting the right spot

December 22, 2015

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Interest rates are rising, oil prices are falling, and energy and agriculture equipment sectors continue to struggle. What's next for fabricators in 2016? The news isn't all bad, really, depending on a shop's mix of services, technology, talent, and customers.

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CB Fabricating announces facility, personnel expansion in Indiana

December 22, 2015

Sheet metal fabricator CB Fabricating Inc. has opened an additional 9,000-sq.-ft. facility in Anderson, Ind., and added 13 full-time jobs in 2015. The new building houses light assembly services. The company has added contracts from customers in the janitorial, energy, agriculture, medical,...

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NAM releases study examining benefits of crude oil pipelines

December 22, 2015

A new study from IHS Economics and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Washington, D.C., reveals the impact crude oil pipelines have on U.S. manufacturing growth and employment and the advancement and development potential for manufacturers if new crude oil pipelines...

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Precision Bend & Machine seeks investor or buyer

December 21, 2015

Precision Bend & Machine Co., a custom metal fabricator in Walcott, Iowa, has retained Heritage Equity Partners to seek an immediate sale of the company, or new funding for current growth opportunities. The company provides CNC tube and sheet bending, CNC wire forming, laser cutting, production...

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Epic Welding and Mfg. relocating to larger North Dakota facility

December 18, 2015

Fabrication company Epic Welding and Mfg. Inc. has announced plans to move to a 22,000-sq.-ft. facility in West Fargo, N.D., and add a 5,000-sq.-ft. sandblasting area and a 65-ft. paint booth. The firm expects to hire four employees immediately and more in the future....

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CNC introduced for cutting systems

December 18, 2015

Hypertherm has introduced the EDGE® Connect CNC for plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems. It includes the newest version of Phoenix™ software, as well as CutPro Wizard™ for job setup and an introductory version of ProNest® CNC nesting software. This added software allows table...

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Collaboration is key to training next generation

December 17, 2015

In a room packed with educators and other invited stakeholders from the Chicago area, the question up for discussion was what will it take to satisfy manufacturing's future manpower needs. The assembly was brought together as part of the Bold Bets series of manufacturing-based events held across...

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K&K Industries expands prototype manufacturing capability

December 17, 2015

Custom sheet metal fabricator K&K Industries, Bellingham, Wash., has acquired Automated Metal Technologies, Redmond, Wash. With this acquisition, the company has added 8,500 sq. ft. of manufacturing capacity, new equipment and technology, and now can deliver prototype parts in three to five days...

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Not just for analyzing metals anymore

December 17, 2015

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Used for many years to analyze metals, XRF analyzers have been improving over the years. The latest models can detect elements at less than 10 parts per million and are equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and built-in digital cameras, providing many additional capabilities compared to the analyzers of years ago.

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GM invests $356 million in three Michigan engine/component operations

December 16, 2015

General Motors will invest more than $356 million in a new engine line in Flint, Mich., and driveline and powertrain components in Saginaw and Grand Rapids, Mich., creating more than 50 jobs and helping to retain nearly 500 positions. As part of an amended agreement with the Michigan Strategic...

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Aperam Stainless Services & Solutions hires director of operations and continuous improvement

December 16, 2015

Aperam Stainless Services & Solutions USA, a provider of stainless steel products in Sterling Heights, Mich., has hired Subramaniam (Mani) Manivannan as director of operations and continuous improvement. Manivannan previously worked at Ford Motor Co. in assignments including supply chain,...

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Fabricator wannabees tell us how it’s done

December 16, 2015

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Continuing a theme explored by Josh Welton in a previous post on thefabricator.com, Nick Martin shares his experience exhibiting his shop’s custom products at festivals and farmer’s markets.

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Cemtrex acquires Advanced Industrial Services

December 16, 2015

Cemtrex, Farmingdale, N.Y., has completed the acquisition of Advanced Industrial Services Inc. (AIS) and its affiliate subsidiary companies based in York, Pa. AIS will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Cemtrex. AIS offers plant and equipment erection, relocation, and disassembly for such...

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