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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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So you want to sell? - TheFabricator.com

So you want to sell?

September 5, 2013

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A seller wants to improve the business to drive higher EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) multiples. EBITDA indicates the profitability of a company and is considered when assessing its valuation during the sales process. As a company’s EBITDA consistently moves higher, so will the value of the company.

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Blast the silos to unlock potential - TheFabricator.com

Blast the silos to unlock potential

September 5, 2013

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In a company with silos, departmental functions rarely interact, and workers within those departments are focused solely on their core assignments. These silos perpetuate inward thinking, turf protection, and subpar results for customers. To improve, an organization needs to tear down these structures.

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So, exactly what are you going to improve?

September 5, 2013

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Cycle time? Labor performance? It’s easy just to pick a random area for improvement, but if a metal fabricator really wants to change operations dramatically, time and effort are needed to identify the root causes in the greatest need of correction.

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The industry gets a quarterly physical - TheFabricator.com

The industry gets a quarterly physical

September 5, 2013

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According to the inaugural Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report, released in July, business isn’t horrible, but it’s not gangbusters either.

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Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?] - TheFabricator.com

Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?

September 5, 2013

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The 2013 What Keeps You Up at Night? survey of The FABRICATOR readership reveals that fabricators are taking steps to ensure that recent growth is not a short-term occurrence, but a long-term trend.

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Automating OEE for the job shop - TheFabricator.com

Automating OEE for the job shop

September 5, 2013

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Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a proven means to track the effectiveness of production machinery, but its application in short-run, high-mix contract manufacturing has lagged somewhat given the difficulty in implementing it in its traditional manual form. Automatic data collection can help to overcome these obstacles, however.

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Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs.

September 3, 2013

The Konecranes ATB AirBalancer is a lifting device that aids picking, lifting, moving, and placing items by hand. The pneumatic-powered mover is suitable for assembly processes, repair, and industrial production tasks across a variety of industries. The unit reaches movement speeds up to 6.56...

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Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming - TheFabricator.com

Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming

August 29, 2013

ABB has introduced an overhauled system of robotic machine tending software for such applications as die casting, injection molding, and machining. Together, the new PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the new controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for...

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Tool data management software helps streamline CAM simulation

August 29, 2013

TDM Systems has released TDM 4.6 tool data management software, designed for short implementation times and simplified use. Three-dimensional generators have been improved to help streamline CAM simulation. The 3D-Revolve Generator for rotationally symmetric tools and the 3D-Solid Converter help...

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Superb Industries named a top U.S. manufacturer

August 29, 2013

Superb Industries, a Sugarcreek, Ohio, manufacturer, has made the Inc. 500|5000 list for the third year in a row. The list ranks the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. The company also is included in the Top 100 Manufacturer list for the U.S. and the Top 100 Company list for Ohio....

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Tulmar acquires Mil-Quip assets

August 29, 2013

Tulmar, Ottawa, Ont., a provider of engineered textiles to the Canadian defense and aviation markets, has acquired the assets of metal fabricator Mil-Quip, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. The new company operates as Mil-Quip Groupe Tulmar. Mil-Quip's capabilities include laser cutting and punching,...

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MFG Day Event Superior Joining Technology

Manufacturing takes center stage

August 28, 2013

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Actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to changing the public perception. Thanks to Manufacturing Day, more and more people are becoming more positive about manufacturing and manufacturing careers.

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Lantek Sheet Metal expands U.S. headquarters

August 28, 2013

Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions, a provider of integrated CAD/CAM, nesting, MES, and ERP systems for the metalworking industry, will relocate to an expanded U.S. headquarters in Mason, Ohio. The new location will improve the support and training provided to clients, according to the company. An open...

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Hobart Institute of Welding Technology establishes two new scholarships - TheFabricator.com

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology establishes two new scholarships

August 28, 2013

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio, has announced the establishment of two new scholarships for its students. The scholarships, in honor of HIWT President André A. Odermatt, are $5,000 each and will be awarded for the first time in May 2014. For more than 10...

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