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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Superior Tube veteran retires

December 7, 2015

Superior Tube Co. Inc., Collegeville, Pa., has announced the retirement of longtime company executive John Reinhart. Employed in 1969 at the company’s facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Reinhart started as a draftsman in the plant engineering department and worked his way up to become project engineer...

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Matheson acquires 3-D Welding & Industrial Supply

December 7, 2015

Matheson, a provider of welding and industrial gases, supplies, and equipment based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has acquired 3-D Welding & Industrial Supply Inc., an independent welding supply company with seven facilities in central Texas. Matheson is the largest subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso...

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EU air and space companies hold additive manufacturing summit at Norsk Titanium

December 7, 2015

Norsk Titanium AS (NTi), a supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, hosted a European additive manufacturing summit on Dec. 1 at its Technology Center in Olso, Norway. Norsk executives granted unprecedented access to the company’s patented Rapid Plasma...

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Davron Technologies expands facility in Tennessee

December 7, 2015

Industrial oven manufacturer Davron Technologies Inc. has added 20,000 sq. ft. to its facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., doubling the floor space devoted to heavy manufacturing and enlarging its electrical shop. This expansion responds to the company’s 100 percent increase in sales volume and 50...

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Bladeless blowers extract dust and fumes with no moving parts

December 7, 2015

Vortec offers Air Flow Amplifiers for extracting smoke, dust, and debris. The high-flow, bladeless blowers take ordinary compressed air and amplify it by up to 60 times in unducted applications with no moving parts. Airflow and output are adjustable. They do not require electricity, so they can...

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Winnebago to open plant in Oregon

December 3, 2015

Winnebago Industries, an Iowa-based recreational vehicle maker, has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Junction City, Ore. The plant, expected to open in the second half of 2016, will employ 200 people initially....

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Van-Am Tool & Eng. adds 5-axis laser system

December 3, 2015

Van-Am Tool & Eng. LLC has added a 5-axis laser system to its facility in St. Joseph, Mo. The machine offers capacities up to 131.6 by 60.8 by 28.3 in., plus 4,000 W of cutting power, for processing of flat plate, formed or drawn shapes, tubing, pipe, and structural items. The firm also offers...

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Universal Trailer begins construction of facility in Indiana

December 3, 2015

Universal Trailer Corp. has announced the start of construction of a 200,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Bristol, Ind. According to the company, the facility will feature advanced manufacturing techniques not currently used in the cargo trailer industry. The firm manufactures for the...

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Manufacturing cell uses single software program to optimize production flow among machines

December 3, 2015

Salvagnini has introduced FlexCell, a concept linked to the optimum management of a cell that can be tailored to meet specific needs. The system starts with bending and can be extended upstream to cutting to optimize the workflow management of a cell comprising two or more stand-alone machines,...

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Manufacturing Day 2015 helps change perception of industry

December 3, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM 2015, including all events scheduled throughout the year, has far exceeded expectations of scale and impact, reaching more than 400,000 participants and improving the public’s perception of manufacturing. A Deloitte perception survey, developed in collaboration with The...

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A job shop reborn

December 3, 2015

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Co-Lin Metals Fabricating, Rockford, Ill., was an old-school shop. Estimates were done by hand, and important documents were transferred by fax. Stephen Hedlund, who had once worked summers at the shop where his dad, Michael, worked, wants to change all of that. He and his dad are the new owners, and they want to take the shop into the 21st century.

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Kennametal completes sale of noncore businesses

December 2, 2015

Pittsburgh-based Kennametal Inc. has completed the sale of several noncore businesses related to certain castings, steel plate fabrication, and deburring operations to Madison Industries. The sale is in alignment with the company's previously announced portfolio simplification strategy and its...

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Metal fabrication in 2016: Diversification proves its worth

December 2, 2015

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2015 has been a tale of two markets—commodities and everything else. Demand for food, fuel, and materials is suffering and prices are dropping. But low prices in these areas are spurring growth elsewhere. Many predict this tale to continue into 2016.

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When a machine goes down

December 2, 2015

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When a machine goes down in a job shop, work can grind to a halt. Getting that machine in working order becomes priority one, and time is of the essence.

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USCTI launches manufacturing careers website

December 1, 2015

The United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI), Cleveland, has launched its Careers In Manufacturing website at www.mfgcareers.org. The website promotes careers in manufacturing and provides resources for students, educators, parents, and manufacturers. The site was developed to help identify...

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