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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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So you want to buy a metal fabricator

March 21, 2016

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Buying a company isn’t just about getting a certain multiple. A buyer needs to define a buying strategy, analyze a seller’s business model, and uncover what the seller’s company truly is worth.

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Dust collector stand provides maximum 472 CFM

March 18, 2016

The new JET® metal dust collector stand from JPW Industries Inc.® captures abrasive dust, chips, and debris with a filter efficiency of 90 percent at 50 microns. The freestanding dust collector’s turbo fan design provides maximum air movement of 472 CFM for metal dust collection. The unit...

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PMA elects Dayton Rogers’ owner/president as board chairman

March 17, 2016

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Cleveland, has elected Ron Lowry, owner and president of Minneapolis-based Dayton Rogers, as 2016 chairman of the PMA board of directors. Dave Arndt, president of Pentaflex Inc. in Springfield, Ohio, will serve as first vice chair, and Richard Sade,...

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Marlin Steel hosts NAM tour

March 17, 2016

Marlin Steel recently hosted the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM’s) 2016 National State of Manufacturing Tour at its Baltimore factory. This event was the final stop on NAM’s 10-day, seven-state trip across the U.S. to discuss manufacturing industry topics with businesses and...

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FMA partners with Edge Factor to promote manufacturing careers

March 17, 2016

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced it is partnering with Edge Factor to provide 12 college campuses nationwide with story-driven media and resources intended to inspire students, boost enrollment for technical education programs, and make...

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Stop to notice the technology

March 17, 2016

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Keeping your nose to the grindstone could prevent you from noticing the rapid changes occurring in the world around you.

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AMT names winner of 2016 Albert W. Moore AMT Leadership Award

March 17, 2016

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va., has presented the Albert W. Moore AMT Leadership Award to Marcus B. Crotts, founder of full-service machine tool distributor Crotts & Saunders LLC, Winston-Salem, N.C., in recognition of his outstanding support of the manufacturing...

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Data collection unit provides interface between manufacturing process, ERP/MRP II

March 17, 2016

The new MDT-20 from Production Process is a universal, real-time data collection and production scheduling interface between any discrete manufacturing process and ERP/MRP II. The unit provides a bidirectional link to any discrete parts manufacturing machine and gathers production, performance, and...

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3-D printing metal market worth $776.8 million by 2020, says report

March 17, 2016

MarketsandMarkets, Pune, India, has published the report "3D Printing Metal Market by Form (Powder and Filament), by Type (Titanium, Nickel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Others), by Application (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Medical & Dental, Others), and by Region—Global Forecast to 2020.”...

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Can industrial fans and welding mix?

March 17, 2016

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How do large industrial fans affect shielding gas coverage in welding environments? The truth is it is tricky but not impossible. With the right testing and support, overhead HVLS fans can work in most welding facilities, while variable-speed column fans can take care of the rest.

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Ready, set, interview

March 17, 2016

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Yuba College welding instructor and Practical Welding Today Editorial Advisory Committee member Dan Turner has been on both sides of the interview process. In this first installment of Viewpoint, Turner shares advice for job-searching welders on the art of the job interview.

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Wismarq Industries appoints CEO

March 16, 2016

Oconomowoc, Wis.-based Wismarq Industries LLC, a provider of coil coating services for aluminum and steel products, has appointed Jim Dockey as CEO. He joined the company in September 2015 as chief commercial officer. Dockey is a 20-year veteran of the coil coating industry, having previously...

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Ernest-Spencer buys Topeka Metal Specialties out of bankruptcy

March 16, 2016

Meriden, Kan.-based Ernest-Spencer has announced that it has purchased Topeka Metal Specialties (TMS), a metal fabricator specializing in industrial cab manufacturing, out of bankruptcy proceedings. TMS, a competitor of Ernest-Spencer, was owned by Harvey, Ill.-based LB Steel LLC, which filed...

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Financial benchmarking in metal fabrication

March 16, 2016

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The world is full of surveys these days, and some really don’t have much purpose. Others, however, can be extremely valuable. Industry benchmarking surveys, for instance, can be a vital tool for any company looking to improve. This includes the “Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey” from FMA.

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Getting standard work instructions right for fabricating

March 16, 2016

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The goal of any fabricating operation is to discover the safest and most efficient method to produce quality parts. That goal can be achieved only with clear work directions for shop floor employees. Fabricators that follow some basic guidelines, or implement the right software, can make sure they are putting together work instructions that anyone can follow.

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