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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 shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure

October 9, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the presentation of the estimate to the customer will require some preparation.

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Corrosion protection paper includes moisture barrier - TheFabricator.com

Corrosion protection paper includes moisture barrier

October 9, 2013

Using patented, recyclable, and repulpable technology, Cortec® has produced VpCI®-144 multimetal moisture-barrier, corrosion-inhibiting paper. The paper is an environmentally safe alternative to polyethylene and wax papers, with water vapor barrier properties that are comparable to...

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Triangle Mfg. earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

October 9, 2013

Triangle Mfg., Oshkosh, Wis., has announced its certification as an ISO 9001:2008 compliant manufacturing company. To become certified, the company underwent an evaluation process that included quality management system development, a management system documentation review, pre-audit, initial...

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Health care reform: Navigating pay or play - TheFabricator.com

Health care reform: Navigating pay or play

October 9, 2013

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For business owners, one of the most dramatic changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act will be what has come to be known as the “pay or play” provision, under which many employers will need to provide employee health care coverage or pay a tax.

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Adding rocks to the knapsack: A roadblock to continuous improvement

October 9, 2013

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There’s nothing wrong with tackling the low-hanging fruit, unless it kills the big improvement initiatives that can really make you better.

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How top performing metal fabricators get it done - TheFabricator.com

How top performing metal fabricators get it done

October 9, 2013

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FMA’s recently released Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey digs deep into the numbers. The results give a realistic view of the industry and reveal how successful its top performers can be.

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No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks - TheFabricator.com

No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks

October 9, 2013

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This Minnesota fabricator took a pragmatic approach to lean manufacturing, one that takes the challenges of the job shop into account. Employees focused on communication, organization, and simplicity. The result was an operational and, most important, cultural transformation.

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SigmaTEK names VP of sales

October 8, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting software and manufacturing process automation, has promoted Kevin Ramirez to vice president of sales. In this role, he directs sales operations in North, Central, and South America. Ramirez has worked for the company as regional sales director....

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Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013

October 7, 2013

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Show attendees can expect 360 degrees of technology, education, and networking.

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DeWys Mfg. adds rotary index laser cutting system

October 7, 2013

Metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc., Marne, Mich., has installed an Amada FOM2 3015 NT RI rotary index laser cutting system for efficiently cutting mid to thick materials. The machine simplifies switching from flat sheet cutting to tube or pipe cutting. Features include lens burn detection, cut...

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Schrock Metal announces expansion

October 7, 2013

Schrock Metal Products, a metal fabricating company in Akron, N.Y., has completed a two-phase expansion. The company has added 12,000 sq. ft. of space to accommodate a fully automated Amada high-speed, linear-drive, 4000-W flying-optic laser cutting system. It also has installed Amada’s FO...

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Siemens to host Chicago executive conference in October

October 7, 2013

On Oct. 24 Siemens will host an executive conference, "Manufacturing in America: Capture the Competitive Advantage," in Chicago. This event will feature presentations and best practices as to how manufacturers can implement new strategies to drive innovation, generate the highest possible market...

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How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months - TheFabricator.com

How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months

October 7, 2013

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Manufacturing boils down to three principal services: design and engineering, prototyping, and production. One Georgia fabricator has evolved to offer all three.

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Baron Machine Co

A career versus a job

October 4, 2013

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Baron Machine Co., Laconia, N.H., views its tuition reimbursement program as a win-win for the company and its employees—one that will attract individuals looking for a career versus a job.

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STI/SPFA webinar targets water infrastructure industry

October 4, 2013

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., has announced a new webinar of interest to utility owners and engineers, design engineers, and consultants in the water infrastructure industry. "Steel Water Pipe Fittings and Design" takes place Friday,...

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