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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Skills aren’t everything

June 22, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”

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Flatness control integrates directly onto leveler

June 22, 2016

Arku offers the FlatJack®, a new process for monitoring the flatness of sheet metal parts. The process rapidly checks the flatness of punched, laser-cut, and flame-cut parts with minimal effort before and after leveling. The process can be integrated directly onto the inlet rollers of the...

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The 2016 FAB 40: Planning their next move

June 22, 2016 | By Tim Heston

It’s been quite a run. Over the past four years many FAB 40 companies have reported big revenue gains. In 2015, not so much, at least on average. Sales at some big companies either held steady or declined somewhat, mainly thanks to weak markets that by now every fabricator knows about: oil and...

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Wall Colmonoy appoints president

June 21, 2016

Wall Colmonoy, Madison Heights, Mich., a global materials engineering group of companies that manufacture surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components, has appointed Nicholas W. Clark as president. All business units—Alloy Products, Aerobraze Engineered Technologies, and...

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EVS again named a top 40 metal fabrication shop by The FABRICATOR

June 21, 2016

Riverdale, N.J.-based EVS Metal, a provider of sheet metal fabrications and complex machined items, has been named to The FABRICATOR®’s list of Fab 40 manufacturers. The company, which has been included in the list since its inception, is placed at No....

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Open-design baskets help improve parts cleaning

June 21, 2016

Metallform offers workpiece holders and baskets for bulk parts cleaning. Produced from stainless steel rounds, the baskets have no enclosed surfaces, corners, or edges, giving ultrasonics and spray jets unfettered access to parts. Removed contaminant is flushed from the basket quickly and can...

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DeWys Mfg. welcomes three co-op students

June 21, 2016

Metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc., Marne, Mich., has announced the addition of three co-op students—Jesse, Derek, and Alex. These co-op students will be exposed to a variety of projects to encourage new critical thinking skills and to receive a hands-on learning experience. The three students...

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Condat Corp. marks 20th anniversary

June 21, 2016

In 2016 Condat celebrates 20 years of manufacturing environmentally friendly lubricants for such industrial markets as tube, metalworking, hot forming, wire drawing, and maintenance. A wholly owned subsidiary of the French international Condat Group, Condat Corp. started production in 1996...

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U.S. needs better educated workforce to meet advanced manufacturing needs, says study

June 21, 2016

America’s advanced manufacturing sector needs a better educated workforce in order to continue expansion, says a new study from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. “Advanced Manufacturing in the United States” examines advanced manufacturing across the nation. The report was prepared by...

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Touchscreen material automation system works with positioning systems

June 20, 2016

TigerStop has introduced the TigerTouch v1.2 onboard, touchscreen material automation system. Machining equipment that performs cutoff, punching, boring, or pack and panel processing can be paired with a TigerStop positioning system and the updated material automation system. It operates with a...

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Cordless, high-output area light provides 360 degrees of light

June 20, 2016

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the M18 RADIUS™ LED compact site light. According to the company, the light fills an entire workspace with 360 degrees of light for task, area, and overhead applications. Providing up to 4,400 lumens, the light can illuminate large workspaces for hours on a single...

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nexAir to move headquarters in Tennessee

June 20, 2016

nexAir, a distributor of atmospheric gases and welding supplies, has announced plans to move its headquarters to a new location in Memphis, Tenn. The new 33,000-sq.-ft. facility will open in early 2017. About 65 employees will relocate to the new headquarters. The company’s fill plants,...

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HVLS fans designed for efficiency

June 20, 2016

Blue Giant offers the AirFlow series of HVLS fans. The blade design moves cool air in summer and distributes ceiling-level heat in winter to help reduce energy bills by up to 30 percent, according to the company. Two models are available, both of which come in a variety of blade sizes. All fans...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling with surfaces, patterns, and configurations

June 20, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the use of equations, configurations, design tables, and specific modeling tools for creating 3-D models of paper and cake.

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Metal fabrication and the buying experience

June 17, 2016 | By Tim Heston

SixAxis, a fabricator of safety platforms, portable stairs, and other industrial products, developed its own software with quoting, customer relationship management, and product configuration features. According to sources, software changed the customer buying experience, which in turn helped the company quintuple in size over six years.

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