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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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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Dust collector for robotic welding offers small footprint

June 29, 2016

RoboVent has created the Spire® dust collector to address the needs of robotic welding operations where space is at a premium. The unit is designed to complement the most common robotic welding applications used in the automotive industry, though it can be applied to many other industries as...

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Report reveals conflicting opinions on skilled-labor shortage

June 29, 2016

PwC has released “Upskilling manufacturing: How technology is disrupting America’s industrial labor force,” a report based on a 2016 survey of 120 U.S. manufacturers with emphasis on how advanced manufacturing technologies are affecting workforce dynamics. According to PwC, while there is...

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Air quality system uses modular parts for quick changes

June 29, 2016

RoboVent has introduced the RoboVent Grid® ducted air quality system. The whole-facility system comprises modular, standardized QuickClamp ductwork and components that can be reconfigured as facility needs change. The air quality system needs 70 percent of the airflow used by individual units,...

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American Metal Roofs launches recruitment website

June 29, 2016

American Metal Roofs has launched an employee recruitment website at www.amrhelpwanted.com to help expand its workforce to meet the high demand for metal roofing products in Michigan. The website provides a list of current positions available, including appointment setters, salespeople, and...

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A working vacation

June 29, 2016 | By Dan Davis

A welding instructor at a Wisconsin vocational school hits the shop floor in the summer to see what matters to manufacturers.

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All you need to know about the heat-affected zone

June 28, 2016 | By Andrea Bustreo

Any thermal cutting or welding process changes the material makeup of the workpiece. This heat-affected zone can make downstream processing of the metal a bit more unpredictable.

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Magnetic LED beacon mounts on metal machinery

June 28, 2016

Larson Electronics has released a 7-W, chemical-resistant, industrial LED beacon equipped with a 100-lb. grip magnet. The GAUSB-CRNM-LED-PC-M magnetically mounted light is designed for use in general work areas where permanent solutions are not feasible. It comes with optional steady-burn or strobe...

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AP&T expanding sales and service in Japan

June 28, 2016

Sweden-based AP&T has announced it is expanding its sales and service organization in Japan. The firm is consolidating all operations under the same roof at its new office in Yokohama. AP&T has had a sales company in Japan since 2001, offering complete production systems for press...

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Advanced Machine & Eng. to be featured on "Innovations" TV segment

June 28, 2016

Television program "Innovations with Ed Begley Jr." will feature Advanced Machine & Eng. Co. (AME), a manufacturer and distributor of precision machine tool components and metal cutting machinery in Rockford, Ill., in an upcoming episode airing in Q4 2016. In this segment, viewers will learn...

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Tempering furnace designed for heat treating weldments

June 28, 2016

Grieve Corp. has built No. 885, a 1,400-degrees-F electric, inert-atmosphere tempering furnace used for heat treating weldments. Workspace dimensions are 24 by 36 by 24 in. The workspace is heated by 42 kW installed in nickel chrome wire coils, supported by a stainless steel frame. A...

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