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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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Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues

March 7, 2013

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In this third installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes why an estimator cares how well a project fits the capabilities of the shop.

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low amperage, plasma marking

Introduction to plasma marking

March 4, 2013

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Fabricators mark parts for various reasons using different technologies, each with its own benefits. This article describes several marking options and further discusses plasma marking.

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Nesting software

Nesting software makes the intelligent connection

March 4, 2013

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Nesting software continues to evolve. Once a relatively simple program that allowed you to achieve a fairly decent nest with minimal engineering, today’s software provides enhanced material management and whole-operation connectivity.

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An alchemy of intentions - TheFabricator.com

An alchemy of intentions

March 1, 2013

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METAL LLC of Ann Arbor, Mich., is not your typical custom fab shop. Along with taking on architectural fabrication jobs, the company also handles restoration of antique and contemporary vehicles, performs product research and design, and fabricates custom sculptural projects. If that weren't enough, METAL has plans to release its own line of custom tables and routinely opens its doors to the public for art showings and as a musical venue, truly pushing itself to the forefront of the Ann Arbor arts and entertainment scene.

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Developing shop employees for the field - TheFabricator.com

Developing shop employees for the field

February 15, 2013

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Companies involved in heavy-duty metal fabricating and fieldwork discuss the traits they want to develop in their own workforces.

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Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations - TheFabricator.com

Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations

February 15, 2013

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Cal Poly engineering students use tablet computers to assist them with learning how to run and perform maintenance on machining centers. Discussions reveal that they enjoy this type of interaction rather than traditional training.

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Basics on the financials for metal fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Basics on the financials for metal fabricators

February 15, 2013

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Generally, five categories are examined to determine company valuation. All are important in assessing risk-adjusted valuation, but the one that gets the most immediate attention, rightfully, is the financials.

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Tube bending, the next generation - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending, the next generation

February 15, 2013

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A tube bending shop with roots that go back to the Gemini and Apollo missions looks far different today than it did eight years ago.

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Advice on improving manufacturing's future - TheFabricator.com

Advice on improving manufacturing's future

February 15, 2013

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An educator gives metal fabricators advice on how they can improve the overall image of manufacturing and help to develop their next generation of workers at the same time.

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Tube producer knocked down, but not out - TheFabricator.com

Tube producer knocked down, but not out

February 1, 2013

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When one of its facilities was struck by an EF5 tornado on April 27, 2011, Independence Tube Corp. vowed to rebuild the facility. The reconstruction, which was aided by its staff, its customers, and its suppliers, was a Herculean effort that resulted in a small miracle exactly a year later: the new facility reopened for business on April 27, 2012.

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Growing in the face of uncertainty - TheFabricator.com

Growing in the face of uncertainty

February 1, 2013

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Having survived a bankruptcy in the 1990s and the Great Recession, A&E Custom Manufcturing isn't about to embark on an aggressive growth path just to chase more business. It wants to grow intelligently, balancing investment with real opportunity. With that in mind, the company has made some very wise decisions that has allowed it to grow in the face of ongoing uncertainty.

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What is your company worth?

January 18, 2013

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Columnist Dick Kallage explains why a private company should be interested in establishing its market value even if it isn't for sale.

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More exhibitors, more attendees, more FABTECH - TheFabricator.com

More exhibitors, more attendees, more FABTECH

January 10, 2013

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More than 26,000 people affiliated with the metal fabricating industry showed up at FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas in mid-November not to lose money, but to learn about new technologies and processes that could help them reduce production costs and put more of their money back into their own pockets.

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Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps

January 10, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis begins a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this first installment, he describes how an estimator needs to understand what processes are needed to quote accurately, as well as to determine which jobs align with the shop's mission and capabilities.

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Time to outsource inventory management?] - TheFabricator.com

Time to outsource inventory management?

January 10, 2013

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When a fabricator doesn't have money tied up in raw material just sitting around, that cash can be invested elsewhere to help the business. Unfortunately, many shops don't recognize that. That's where leaning on service centers can help.

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