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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Electric dust collector generates 8,000-CFM airflow

July 8, 2016

Marco has introduced the Dustmaster® 8,000 CFM electric dust collector. Its 25-HP Baldor® motor and reverse-incline blade fan work together to create an engineered airflow that provides ventilation and collects airborne dust and debris from enclosed work sites. Two 16-in.-ID duct hose inlet...

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Metal fabrication and metrics: Measure what matters

July 8, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

An operation with poor or nonexistent performance metrics is a magnet for lots of confusion and disruption. Poor metrics often have a narrow focus that can negatively affect the whole organization. Conversely, good metrics support the business and its mission.

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Rust-preventive fluid is weldable

July 7, 2016

Lincoln Electric’s RP6™ is an oil-based fluid that provides up to six months of indoor corrosion protection by preventing rust on ferrous metals without adversely affecting the welding process. The rust preventive is suitable for welding applications in heavy fabrication, automotive, steel...

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TRUMPF to build digitally connected demonstration facility in Chicago

July 6, 2016

Machine tool and laser manufacturer TRUMPF is building a demonstration factory in Chicago that is designed as a flexible, digitally connected production plant. The entire sheet metal process chain, from ordering of a sheet metal part to its design, production, and delivery, will be interconnected....

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Oven Industries relocates within Pennsylvania

July 6, 2016

Oven Industries, a provider of custom electronic temperature controllers and sensors for the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, defense, medical, and semiconductor markets, has announced its relocation from Mechanicsburg, Pa., to Camp Hill, Pa. The new facility gives the company 60 percent more...

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Roselle Tool and Die acquired by Englert

July 6, 2016

Roselle Tool and Die has been acquired by Englert Inc. The company, an Englert vendor for more than 40 years, has closed its doors in Roselle, N.J., and will open an expanded shop within Englert’s new manufacturing and office building in Perth Amboy, N.J. Roselle owner George Kaminski and...

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LA-CO Industries CEO to transition to executive chairman of the board

July 5, 2016

LA-CO® Industries, Elk Grove Village, Ill., a producer of marking products, industrial temperature indicators, and plumbing and chemical products, has announced that Dan Kleiman will transition from his long-time position as CEO to executive chairman of the board. Kleiman joined the company in...

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Conduction-cooled capacitors handle massive current

July 5, 2016

Illinois Capacitor offers HC and LC series conduction-cooled capacitors for resonant power circuity having very high current demands. Large, flat copper plates allow the LC series to handle the current and voltage in resonant power circuits. The HC series are compact, rectangular block types....

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FTI signs strategic partnership agreement with Plante Electric Vehicle Co.

July 5, 2016

Forming Technologies Inc. and Plante Electric Vehicle Co. have signed a strategic partnership agreement whereby FTI will provide a customized design and costing system for the car body of Plante’s electric vehicles. The launch of the H car will be the first application of this system. Plante...

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Belt conveyor oven heat-treats coiled spring steel

July 4, 2016

Grieve has supplied No. 866, a 550-degrees-F belt conveyor oven, to a customer for heat treating coiled spring steel. Oven workspace dimensions are 18 in. by 20 ft. by 15 in. Nichrome wire heating elements deliver 60 kW to heat the oven, while a 4,200-CFM, 3-HP recirculating blower provides...

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Job site markers available in ultrafine point

July 4, 2016

Milwaukee Electric Tool has added ultrafine-point markers and pens to its INKZALL™ line. Built with a clog-resistant tip, the markers write on dusty, wet, and oily job site materials with bleed- and smear-resistant ink. Both markers and pens feature extended cap-off life up to 72...

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5 ways that CAD/CAM nesting software impacts the bottom line

July 1, 2016 | By Alyson Schoenung

Modern CAD/CAM nesting software can assist metal fabricators looking to reduce costs related to raw material spending, production labor, parts programming, and work order creation.

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Membrane dryer features four-stage prefiltration

June 30, 2016

The WNA AMD-035 membrane dryer from Walmec North America features a four-stage prefiltration, a flow rating of 35 SCFM, and maximum working pressure of 150 PSI. The first- and second-stage filters remove moisture, liquids, dust, rust, and scale to 5 microns. An automatic float drain under the...

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LMI Aerospace to close fabrication operation in Kansas

June 30, 2016

LMI Aerospace Inc. has announced plans to close its Wichita, Kan., sheet metal fabrication operation by the end of September and move remaining work to the company’s facility in Mexicali, Mexico. The Wichita-Esthner facility plant has mainly fabricated legacy platforms for the large...

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Learning a process is an ongoing process

June 30, 2016 | By Nick Martin

How does your shop train new hires and current employees? It takes ingenuity to train while keeping a small shop humming. Here’s how Barnes MetalCrafters does it.

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