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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Antistatic air gun is CE-, UL-, and RoHS-certified

February 29, 2016

Exair’s new Ion Air Gun removes static electricity, contaminants, and dust from parts before labeling, assembly, packaging, painting, or finishing. It has undergone independent laboratory tests to ensure it meets the safety, health, and environmental standards required to attain the CE and UL...

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Romco Equipment opens Romco Power Systems division

February 29, 2016

Romco Equipment Co., a heavy equipment distributor based in Texas, has announced the opening of a new division called Romco Power Systems. The division provides new and rebuilt engines, generators, and industrial pumps, as well as...

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Dengensha America appoints sales manager of Japanese accounts

February 29, 2016

Resistance welding equipment manufacturer Dengensha America, Bedford, Ohio, has appointed Takashi “Tak” Nakano as sales manager of Japanese accounts in the U.S. and Canada. He has extensive experience in both domestic and overseas sales and management, especially with respect to manufacturers,...

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January manufacturing employment up from December

February 29, 2016

The Economic Situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in early February revealed a growth of 151,000 jobs for the month of January, a decrease of 42 percent over December’s gain of 262,000 jobs. Manufacturing added 29,000 jobs in January, following little employment change...

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Forklift scale achieves 0.2 percent maximum deviation

February 26, 2016

Keytroller has introduced the Precise Hi-Accuracy forklift scale. The water-resistant scale is equipped with a 4.3-in. color LCD touchscreen and solenoid-operated bypass module. The operator raises the load to the level of the magnetic sensor. A horizontal line on the display shows the load’s...

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World demand for machine tools to reach $181 billion, says Freedonia Group

February 25, 2016

Worldwide demand for machine tools is projected to climb 5.5 percent per year through 2019 to $181 billion, according to “World Machine Tools,” a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. North America is projected to see machine tool demand decline nearly...

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Belden Universal wins two manufacturing awards for aerospace universal joints

February 25, 2016

Broadview, Ill.-based Belden Universal, a manufacturer of custom universal joints and mechanical power transmission products, has won the 2016 Manufacturing Leadership Award: Engineering & Production Technology category from Frost & Sullivan, as well as the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Award in the...

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Gilchrist Metal Fabricating expanding facility, upgrading equipment

February 25, 2016

Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co. is expanding its 70,000-sq.-ft. metal fabrication and machining facility in Hudson, N.H., to accommodate an AweA double-column, 5-face machining center for use in small- and large-volume fabrication projects. The machine gives the company the capability to handle...

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Weaver Fab & Finishing receives Women's Business Enterprise certification

February 24, 2016

Weaver Fab & Finishing, an Akron, Ohio-based precision metal fabrication company serving the aerospace, medical, food equipment, heating and cooling, packaging equipment, and robotics industries, has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The designation was...

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Blue Point Capital Partners, Alco Mfg. Corp. acquire Lakeshore Fittings

February 24, 2016

Cleveland-based Blue Point Capital Partners, in conjunction with its portfolio company, Alco Mfg. Corp. LLC, has acquired Lakeshore Fittings Inc., a designer and manufacturer of standard and custom precision machined brass, eco-brass, stainless steel, and aluminum fittings for the lawn and garden,...

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Be wary of customers that take advantage

February 24, 2016

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Attracting new customers is an important part of keeping a custom fabricating shop in business. However, be wary of the customer that continually takes advantage of your willingness to produce a small quantity of parts on short notice and sends the larger jobs elsewhere. Remember, you can’t keep calling the same buddy to pull you out of the mud and never invite him to the party.

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M3C program looking for Chicago-area manufacturers to host spring break interns

February 23, 2016

Chicago-based Manufacturing Renaissance has announced it is looking for Chicago-area companies to host spring break internships from April 18 to 22, 2016. The internships expose high schoolers to careers in manufacturing. In the last five years, the Manufacturing Career & College Connect (M3C)...

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Mats carry safety messages

February 23, 2016

Wearwell® has introduced Safety Message mats to the Invision line. They feature a diamond-plate surface, Nitricell® nitrile rubber composite formula, crush resistance, and bounce-back for long-term standing comfort. The mats help reduce heel strike strain and slips while conveying a safety...

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C.I. Hayes installs humpback conveyor belt furnace

February 23, 2016

C.I. Hayes, Cranston, R.I., a Gasbarre Furnace Group company that manufactures industrial vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating equipment, has announced the recent installation of a humpback conveyor belt furnace for brazing of stainless steel parts to be used in the electrical industry. The...

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Böhler-Uddeholm to host March 10 heat-treatment webinar

February 23, 2016

Böhler-Uddeholm has announced it will present the webinar “The 10 Keys to Good Heat Treatment” on March 10, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Joe Price, technical manager, will cover such topics as the basics of heat treatment, the root causes of failures, and the manufacturing techniques and...

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