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Poor inventory management: The hidden profitability killer in manufacturing

October 10, 2016

Perfectly accurate inventory records will help you improve turns, which frees up cash; improve customer service, because you know what you have when a customer calls; increase shop productivity, because material will be available when needed; and increase profitability, because you won’t be writing off inventory that isn’t there.

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MFG.com names VP of product strategy

October 10, 2016

Marietta, Ga.-based online manufacturing marketplace MFG.com has hired Allan “AJ” Sweatt as vice president of product strategy. He served as the company’s vice president of marketing from 2007 through 2011.Sweatt most recently served as director of global marketing at TydenBrooks SPG. Before...

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Flow and the metal fabricator: Making it visual

October 10, 2016 | By Chad Vincent

When communication is visual, we see together, know together, and therefore act together.

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Marketing for metal fabricators: Don’t pitch, educate

October 10, 2016 | By Bruce McDuffee

A fabricator’s marketing function shouldn’t be about tradeshow booths, brochures, and websites. It’s not there simply to serve the sales function. Instead, marketing reinforces a fabricator’s value proposition and, ultimately, helps drive the direction of the business.

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Celebrating simplicity and flexibility on Manufacturing Day

October 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston

It's Manufacturing Day, when we celebrate where this industry has been, what it is, and, especially, where it is going.

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Election season, management style, and the metal fabricator

October 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Cultural challenges on the shop floor may relate to challenges in politics and, for that matter, society at large.

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Denso to open facility to students on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 7

October 6, 2016

Denso has announced it will open its doors to high school and college students on Manufacturing Day℠, Oct. 7, in an effort to dispel manufacturing myths and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).In addition to on-site tours, the company is...

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Revolution Labs opens 3-D manufacturing facility in Maryland

October 5, 2016

Revolution Labs has opened its doors in Salisbury, Md., offering 3-D manufacturing and digital fabrication to help manufacturing companies design and bring new products to the marketplace through idea development, product engineering, digital design, and prototype fabrication. The company will...

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ADF Group announces new U.S. contracts valued at $101 million

October 5, 2016

Terrebonne, Que.-based ADF Group Inc., a fabricator of steel superstructures, has been awarded new contracts in the U.S. totaling $101 million. The largest contract is part of Salt Lake City's new terminal redevelopment program, which includes the fabrication, industrial coatings, steel structures,...

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7 tips for optimizing your fabricating operation

October 5, 2016 | By Shane Strowski

There’s always room for improvement in any operation. Following these seven steps can help you identify areas that need improving and put your shop on the path to optimal efficiency, increased productivity, and less waste.

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Vacuum workholding systems suitable for flat, ground plate

October 4, 2016

TCI Precision Metals has introduced vacuum workholding systems for flat stock. The vacuum chucks are available in standard size configurations but also can be customized. Vacuum workholding secures hard-to-hold parts and with no clamps. Each system is built with industrial-grade components and a...

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HDT to invest $4 million in Alabama plant

October 4, 2016

HDT Global has announced it will add 120 jobs and invest $4 million in an expansion at its plant in Tanner, Ala. The expansion will add 206,500 sq. ft. of production space to the facility, which produces generators, heaters, and robotics. The company will move its Buena Vista, Va., manufacturing...

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AM General awarded more than $151 million for Humvee sales, service

October 4, 2016

South Bend, Ind.-based AM General has been awarded $151 million in new Humvee contracts and modifications to existing domestic and international contracts for vehicles and parts for Afghanistan, Ukraine, and the U.S.National Guard and Reserves.The contracts cover items including new production...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector expanded overall in September; primary metals, fabricated metals contracted

October 4, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following one month of contraction in August, and the overall economy grew for the 88th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®.The report was issued October...

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Pennsylvania SBDC announces Oct. 5 events for Manufacturing Week

October 3, 2016

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) has announced “Duquesne University SBDC Presents: Export Basics,” to be held Oct. 5 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. as part of Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week, Oct. 1-7, 2016.Held at 1 Woodland Road in Pittsburgh, this course is designed for...

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