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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How to build a little of everything, every day

August 6, 2014

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Legrand’s West Hartford facility has been on the lean journey for several decades, and the journey hasn’t stopped. The focus continues to be on clear communication and documentation, good metrics, ergonomics and safety, staff incentives—and producing a little of everything every day.

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Caterpillar Foundation announces $11 million in investments for Africa

August 5, 2014

The Caterpillar Foundation, supported by Caterpillar Inc., continues working to alleviate poverty worldwide, including on the African continent, through a series of investments. Since 2010 the foundation has invested $30 million in African programs that address access to clean water, energy,...

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Cable/accessory hanger fits over gas cylinder neck

August 5, 2014

Action Weld & Supply offers the Weld-Rac hanger for organizing workspaces. It fits around the neck of any standard gas cylinder to provide storage space for the welder. It can be used to hang welding cables, helmets, and grinding shields. The hanger’s formed channel-based construction is...

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Industrial products M&A activity surged in second quarter

August 5, 2014

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity surged across the global industrial products (IP) industry during the second quarter of 2014, according to PwC US. A significant uptick occurred in both deal volume and value across the majority of sectors on both a sequential and year-over-year basis, with...

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Sciaky to provide electron beam additive manufacturing system to aerospace parts maker

August 5, 2014

Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing systems, has announced receipt of a purchase order from a major aerospace parts-maker to provide an electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system. In July, the company...

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Two northern Illinois students receive college scholarships from NBT

August 5, 2014

Two recent high school graduates from the northern Illinois area were each awarded $1,500 scholarships for postsecondary studies leading to careers in manufacturing from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. The recipients are Kirk...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in July; growth in orders, employment, production

August 4, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Automobiles and artwork

August 4, 2014

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For Monty Kollath, a degree in commercial art and a career in automotive repair work provided a nice living and positioned him well for a little moonlighting as a metal artist. However, Kollath had one more factor in his favor—his job in the auto repair field provides an endless supply of cast-off items suitable for metal sculpture.

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Fixture supports robotic welding education training systems

August 4, 2014

Lincoln Electric has developed a new welding fixture designed for use on robotic welding education training systems. The patent-pending, three-in-one welding fixture is flexible and compact, enabling the welding instructor to teach common and industry-supported joints and positions in welding....

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Thermal mass flowmeter provides gas line control for industrial ovens, furnaces

August 4, 2014

The ST75 air/gas flowmeter from Fluid Components Intl. measures fuel gas, process gas, inert gas, waste gases, and air in small line sizes. It is suitable for optimizing natural gas flow control for industrial ovens, heat chambers, and furnaces to reduce process and plant fuel costs. The...

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Superior Industries to close manufacturing facility in Arkansas

August 1, 2014

Superior Industries Intl. Inc., a manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America, will close its manufacturing plant in Rogers, Ark., as part of an initiative to reduce costs and enhance its global competitive position. The company expects to cease...

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Registration open for annual Made in New Jersey event in celebration of Manufacturing Day

August 1, 2014

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Inc. (NJMEP), Morris Plains, N.J., has opened registration for its yearly Made in New Jersey event in celebration of the third annual Manufacturing Day. The event, to be held Oct. 3 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, N.J., will celebrate...

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Manufacturing leaders identify six critical issues for industry in the year ahead

August 1, 2014

Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, Mountain View, Calif., the global business network for senior industrial executives, has established a new Critical Issues Agenda for manufacturing for 2014 to 2015. The council has focused the new agenda on six critical issues: Factories...

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UTC Aerospace Systems delivers 5,000th set of landing gear for Boeing 737

July 31, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems, Charlotte, N.C., has announced that its Landing Systems facility in Everett, Wash., has delivered its 5,000th set of landing gear for a Next-Generation 737 to Boeing. "Our Everett facility is designed to meet Boeing's need for JIT delivery," said Dave Castagnola,...

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A fabricator and community college partnership

July 31, 2014

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When metal fabricator Shickel Corp. sought to boost the overall skill level of its employee base in the face of a more competitive business environment, it went back to school. More specifically, it sought the local community college to help craft a curriculum and implement a class structure to deliver the improved math and shop skills it desired.

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