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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Vacuums designed for use in shop, on-site

June 18, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced its newly redesigned Turbo I, Turbo II, and Turbo II HEPA series of professional shop vacuums. All three models have the same basic features and specifications with the exception of filters, weight, and tank capacities. Each model’s body is made of...

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Artist’s career goes into overdrive

June 18, 2014

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Dominique Martinez, founder of Rustic Steel Creations, does a little of everything—using found objects and new metals, making functional items like handrails and decorative items (artistic sculptures), making items for sale and working under contract, working for profit and donating pieces for fundraisers—and in doing so, has built his company into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

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Modular clamping system grips odd-shaped parts

June 18, 2014

The OML VariClamp modular clamping system, available from Lexair Inc., uses a floating mechanism of fixed and movable jaws and a variety of gripper forms to provide custom clamping of irregular-shaped workpieces, including round, curved, elliptical, rectangular, stepped, and slanted parts. The...

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Maybe we all need a little boot camp

June 18, 2014

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Military vets with experience in fixing and maintaining equipment can be a valuable asset to high-product-mix fabricators. Their military experience helps them develop standards and processes out of the chaos.

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Winning in commoditized markets

June 18, 2014

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The lowest-cost-producer business model is simple. If you have the lowest costs and prices, you win. But this model can be ruthless, too.

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Grainger to build Northeast distribution center

June 17, 2014

Chicago-based Grainger, a supplier of MRO products serving businesses and institutions, has purchased 96 acres of land in Bordentown Township, N.J., with plans to build a 1.3 million-sq.-ft. distribution center. When the facility is up and running in 2016, the company expects to employ more...

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Magnetic trays secure small parts at any angle

June 17, 2014

Ergodyne has introduced the Arsenal® 5920 magnetic tray organizer—rectangle and Arsenal 5925 magnetic tray organizer—round. Designed to control and organize ferromagnetic objects, the trays keep objects accessible at any angle and help minimize the risk of dropped or misplaced...

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Shrink film’s corrosion inhibitors diffuse to every area of wrapped parts

June 17, 2014

Cortec offers MilCorr® VpCI® shrink film for protecting surfaces against powerful natural elements. The nontoxic, environmentally friendly film includes corrosion inhibitors that can replace rust preventives such as oils and desiccants, offering an alternative to wooden crating, aluminum foils,...

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FAB 40: How Nu-Way Industries uncovered a new way

June 17, 2014

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The Illinois contract fabricator ramps up its efforts toward operational excellence.

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Tool grinding software includes functions for complex-geometry tools

June 17, 2014

NUM offers Numroto tool grinding software, which includes functions for complex-geometry tools such as multihelical end mills with variable-width flute areas. The software accommodates several new types of gash-out on drills and form cutters, allowing the grinding wheel to follow the tool’s...

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Additive manufacturing system supports series production of variety of alloys

June 17, 2014

EOS offers the EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) system for tool-free production of serial metal components, spare parts, and prototypes. Build volume is 9.8 by 9.8 by 12.8 in. The unit offers extensive monitoring functions for the system and for the build process. A camera built...

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Knowledge is job security?

June 16, 2014

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In modern business, knowledge matters, but communicating that knowledge may matter even more.

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Fabricator/entrepreneur makes the most of everything Texas has to offer

June 16, 2014

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Native Texan and farmer Aggie Devin Gerland earned a degree in agricultural engineering and took a succession of engineering positions in and around Bryan, Texas. Now an entrepreneur with his own fabrication shop, Gerland is putting his farming and ranching experience to work, developing his own line of farm implements.

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Working overtime to fix the overtime problem

June 12, 2014

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Metal fabricators that continue to lean on a select few interested in working excessive amounts of overtime are running the increased risk of employee burnout or production mistakes on the shop floor. They need to take steps to prepare the entire workforce to absorb additional manufacturing tasks, not just the few and proud to be working OT.

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High-capacity mother carts deliver machined parts

June 12, 2014

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has introduced a new gantry-style mother cart that moves three daughter basket carts totaling up to 3,000 lbs. The daughter carts are rolled onto a gas spring-controlled drop ramp from either side of the mother. Mother carts feature reverse coupled caster steering for...

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