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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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The capacity dilemma in custom metal fabrication

January 20, 2015

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During this long, slow economic recovery, there’s plenty of churn in the market. Customers are less hesitant to change suppliers to get what they want. In this environment, having insufficient capacity has become very risky.

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Tech Air acquires McGinnis Welding Supply

January 20, 2015

Tech Air, Danbury, Conn., a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has acquired McGinnis Welding Supply. Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air management. McGinnis is a distributor of industrial, specialty, and medical gases with...

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Drew Industries acquires EA Technologies

January 20, 2015

Drew Industries Inc., Elkhart, Ind., a supplier of components for RVs and manufactured homes, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lippert Components Inc. (LCI®), has acquired the business and certain assets of EA Technologies LLC. EA Technologies, also of Elkhart, is a manufacturer...

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Handles work with 19-in. racks

January 20, 2015

J.W. Winco Inc. offers GN 423 aluminum rack handles in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant door handles have been designed to accommodate 19-in. rack and enclosure layouts. Handle tube and handle legs are joined by lightly pressing the legs into the tube, allowing for special lengths. Mounting...

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Deere employees volunteer 82,000 hours to community organizations

January 20, 2015

Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. has announced that U.S. employees recorded more than 82,000 hours of volunteer support to community organizations. This work is part of the company’s citizenship efforts that focus on long-term solutions for world hunger, education, and community development. One...

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Marking gun is portable, self-powered

January 19, 2015

SIC Marking® USA offers the E-mark all-in-one marking gun. The portable, fully autonomous, battery-powered unit has a built-in marking head and programming keypad. Fully portable and self-powered, the marking gun weighs about 6.5 lbs. and features an ergonomic grip. The 18-V lithium-ion...

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Free education and political football

January 19, 2015

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Making community college free is a bold move, but it shouldn't be used as a political tool. Unfortunately, that's the reality.

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Metalfab Inc. launches new website

January 16, 2015

Metalfab Inc., Vernon, N.J., a designer and manufacturer of dry-solids processing equipment, integrated systems and subsystems, specialty fabrication, and related services, has launched a new website at www.metalfabinc.com designed for ease of use and viewing on desktop computers and a variety of...

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Dropping oil prices and metal fabricating

January 16, 2015

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The drop in oil prices is not the end of the world, and it won't be the end of the world for the metal fabrication industry--at least for those not located in Texas, North Dakota, and western Canada.

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Mobile administration app allows system data access from remote locations

January 16, 2015

Global Shop Solutions has released a mobile administration app to give customers access to shop floor and system data from remote locations. The app runs on the web browsers of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. It gives system administrators remote access to such system data as...

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NN Inc. makes organizational changes to Metal Bearing Components Group

January 15, 2015

NN Inc., a diversified industrial company in Johnson City, Tenn., has announced that the Metal Bearing Components Group has reorganized its portfolio into two distinct business units: Global Rollers Division and Global Ball Division. The company also announced four newly created positions...

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From the Web: Research in 3-D; how manufacturing can gain momentum in 2015; training success stories

January 15, 2015

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Sandvik boosts 3-D printing research; one way U.S. manufacturing can gain momentum; training success stories, and introducing young students to metalworking.

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The one collar of the knowledge worker

January 15, 2015

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Technological devices are changing the world, but in a very human way. It may not be about what technology can do. Instead, it may be about how technology changes our lives.

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Petroferm appoints regional sales manager and marketing coordinator

January 14, 2015

Petroferm, Gurnee, Ill., a Vantage Specialty Chemicals business, has announced the appointment of Bill Breault as regional sales manager and Grant Zwicke as marketing coordinator. Breault has 17 years of professional industry experience in precision cleaning markets, nine of those with...

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Constellium supplies high-strength aluminum structural parts for new Ford F-150 pickup truck

January 14, 2015

Constellium N.V., based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, has announced that it is providing Ford Motor Co. with aluminum structural parts for the 2015 Ford® F-150 pickup truck that extensively uses high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy as a build material. Constellium is one of Ford’s largest...

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