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.
February 12, 2015 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith
Technician, technologist—just semantics, or is there a marked difference between the two? In welding, there is a definite difference.
February 3, 2015 | By Tim Heston
In their book Cashing Out of Your Business, authors Kathleen Richardson-Mauro and Jane M. Johnson tackle not just the nuts and bolts of selling an enterprise—revenue concentration, profitability, health of the market—but also the personal elements. When an owner sells a business, his or her life changes in a dramatic way.
January 28, 2015 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis walks the CAD operator through the process of creating a drill index.
January 28, 2015 | By Dick Kallage
Should you hire people with experience or rookies with good potential? It depends on the situation, but training and developing the inexperienced has become more important than ever. There just aren’t enough people with experience to go around.
January 22, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Overall projected capital spending growth has slowed from the dramatic rebound seen postrecession, but the growth continues, especially in capacity-building equipment.
January 20, 2015 | By Dick Kallage
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.
January 12, 2015 | By Dan Davis
Metal fabricators are better at manufacturing than holding meetings, but some sort of regularly occurring production meeting is needed to get everyone on the same page. Several fabricators offer their opinions as to what works best for them in their production powwow.
January 9, 2015 | By Bruce Hagenau
All manufacturers seek to improve processes and ROI. Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, has seen significant improvement since beginning its kaizen initiative in late 2013. What follows is the company’s blueprint for kaizen success.
January 8, 2015 | By Tim Heston
More than 30,000 visited the FABTECH 2014, a show that had several dominant themes: skilled labor, intuitive manufacturing technology, and supply chain collaboration.
December 18, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through some of the CAD tricks necessary to create a 3-D model of a series of drill bits.
December 18, 2014 | By Dick Kallage
The custom fabrication market is changing as more customers—with a single-minded focus on price—stipulate new performance demands for quality, delivery, service, responsiveness, and payment terms. Should custom fabricators rethink how they are structured and how they operate to offset what could be fatal weaknesses?
December 16, 2014 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith
Codes and standards are important and necessary. Which apply to the work your shop does? That depends on the nature of the work.
December 8, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Fabricators expect steady growth for 2015. At the same time, they’re gearing up to handle increasing customer demand by investing in capacity-building equipment.
December 8, 2014 | By Dan Davis
New bending, welding, and laser technology on display at the world’s largest metal fabricating and forming tradeshow helps manufacturers in their pursuit of achieving higher levels of production efficiency.
December 3, 2014 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD operators how to use two separate design functions to create the same cap-off treatment.