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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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Helander Metal Spinning earns AS9100C quality management system certification

November 18, 2013

Helander Metal Spinning Co., a Lombard, Ill., provider of custom metal forming and fabricating services, has received its AS9100C certification, awarded for the improvement of product quality, delivery, and costs in the aviation, space, and defense industries. The standard, which can be applied...

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BRP opens manufacturing facility in Mexico

November 15, 2013

BRP has established a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, for the assembly of Rotax engines for its Can-Am off-road vehicles, assembly of the Sea-Doo Spark watercraft, and manufacturing of composite hulls and decks for Sea-Doo watercraft. By 2015 the entire Sea-Doo watercraft lineup...

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Waukesha Metal Products to acquire Revstone Fabrication

November 15, 2013

Waukesha® Metal Products, an international metal forming supplier, has announced its intention to purchase the assets of Revstone Fabrication San Luis Potosí S de RL de CV, located in San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico. The final agreement will be completed by Dec. 7, 2013. The 100,000-sq.-ft. plant...

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Mega deals drive surge in industrial manufacturing deal value in third quarter

November 15, 2013

Deal activity in the industrial manufacturing sector experienced an uptick in the third quarter of 2013, while merger and acquisition (M&A) value for the quarter rose to the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2007. The strength of industrial manufacturing M&A in the past three months...

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Caterpillar opens Georgia plant

November 7, 2013

Caterpillar Inc. has opened a $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, Ga., for manufacturing mini hydraulic excavators. Currently employing about 300 workers, the 1 million-sq.-ft. plant is expected to be fully staffed with 1,400 employees by 2015. Based in Illinois, Caterpillar also has...

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Harbour Results study finds auto industry can anticipate future capacity constraints

November 7, 2013

Harbour Results Inc., Royal Oak, Mich., anticipates a vendor tooling capacity constraint within the automotive industry by 2018, according to its 2013 Vendor Tooling Study. In about five years, the required capacity of the vendor tooling industry will reach $15.2 billion, with available current...

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Fisher Barton marks 40 years in business

November 7, 2013

The Fisher Barton Group has marked the 40th anniversary of its first shipment of lawnmower blades. The company has since expanded into a family of eight manufacturing companies providing industrial components, product and process improvements, and coating technologies. Founded by metallurgist...

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The potential of collaborative manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

The potential of collaborative manufacturing

November 6, 2013 | By Tim Heston

As globalization took hold in recent decades, Tony Chirchirillo was keenly aware of how many viewed manufacturing. He decided to change that perception in an unconventional way—by forming a network of noncompeting, complementary companies.

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A metal fabricator’s quiet transition - TheFabricator.com

A metal fabricator’s quiet transition

November 6, 2013 | By Tim Heston

The management buyout of the Schott metal fabrication division was, for many employees, a quiet affair. But transitioning to become an independent enterprise did call for major changes behind the scenes.

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Portable area lights enable true color perception - TheFabricator.com

Portable area lights enable true color perception

November 5, 2013

Air Systems Intl. Inc. has introduced the Air Light-II™ portable area lighting system. It is designed with a stable platform; IP68-rated light heads; and a 12-VDC sealed, 35-amp-hour AGM lead acid battery for use in any weather condition. The Dual model provides 1,800 lumens of light,...

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Robotic welding system designed for education, training - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding system designed for education, training

November 5, 2013

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Swift Arc™ ML (mobile learning) system, a pre-engineered, fully contained robotic welding system for education and training. The system is designed to demonstrate, develop, and teach proper welding techniques, robot programming, and...

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Job Shop Consumption Report shows improvements in third quarter

November 5, 2013

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its 3rd Quarter 2013 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report — one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the heart of the manufacturing cycle. The inaugural issue of...

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Epic Systems hires project manager

November 5, 2013

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, an engineering and fabrication firm, has announced the hiring of Mike Wodicker as project manager. He specializes in process engineering and project management for modular process systems. A graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s...

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Going cellular: A year later - TheFabricator.com

How cellular manufacturing can work in contract manufacturing

November 5, 2013 | By Tim Heston

For the past year one contract fabricator in Georgia has operated under the cellular manufacturing concept. Even in the shop’s high-product-mix environment, the concept is working—even thriving.

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Apple picking for the 21st century - TheFabricator.com

Apple picking for the 21st century

November 5, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Phil Brown Welding of Conklin, Mich., designed and fabricated the Apple Harvester, a machine that makes picking apples easier, faster, and allows for picking at night, not just during daylight hours.

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