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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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Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication

April 24, 2013

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A Houston fabricator maintains a 99 percent on-time delivery rate. The business maintains its place as a reliable link in the supply chain, and the shop’s growth strategy aims to keep it that way.

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Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow

April 24, 2013

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As part of its unofficial business plan, Cumming, Ga.-based Accufab gets in on the ground floor and helps entrepreneurs to get off the ground. As a result, the company is able to grow with its customers.

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Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence

April 19, 2013

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In this fourth installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of planning outlines—which resemble work orders—to structure the estimator’s report of production expenses.

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The vital role of the CEO - TheFabricator.com

The vital role of the CEO

April 19, 2013

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If a metal fabricating company's CEO is running the plant or acting as a salesperson, who is guiding the business? For such companies, operating without a CEO can be a very dangerous situation.

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How trust drives business - TheFabricator.com

How trust drives business

April 19, 2013

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At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit in February, speaker Tom Ziglar used a bicycle as a metaphor for how people drive business success.

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The glue that holds company valuation together

April 19, 2013

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A company structure can be an attractive size and shape, with a seemingly strong foundation--but still be a house of cards. Therefore, it’s important to test the robustness of a company’s structure to determine whether it is what it appears to be.

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The comeback metal fabricator - TheFabricator.com

The comeback metal fabricator

April 8, 2013

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Everyone knows that metal fabricators need to be good at quick turnarounds. Super Steel became just that, hitting the financial skids in 2009 and transforming itself into a quick-turn fabricator and key manufacturing supplier to the freight rail industry in just three years.

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The quest to get America’s heroes hired - TheFabricator.com

The quest to get America’s heroes hired

March 15, 2013

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National unemployment rates for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans are high and the state of Michigan is toward the top of list of states with the highest number of unemployed veterans. The Merrill Institute of Welding is working to combat that by providing unemployed veterans with welding, fabricating, and leadership skills.

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Cryogenic processing—dispelling the myths, mysteries - TheFabricator.com

Cryogenic processing—dispelling the myths, mysteries

March 15, 2013

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Heat treating metals goes back thousands of years, but the use of cold temperatures, especially the very cold temperatures in the cryogenic range, is relatively new and hasn't been fully accepted in the manufacturing industry. Interviews with four cryogenic processors clear up some of the mysteries and misconceptions concerning this often-misunderstood process.

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More than numbers drive valuation -- much more

March 15, 2013

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Various factors drive company valuation, and one of the most significant is the market characteristics--that is, a company’s sources of revenue and the total available revenue within the company’s reach.

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The chaplain and the press brake technician - TheFabricator.com

The chaplain and the press brake technician

March 15, 2013

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Everyone has personal problems at some point of their lives, and those problems can affect productivity at work. In this sensitive area, workplace chaplains may be able to help.

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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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