Shop Management

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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impluse manufacturing

If you don't measure it, you can't improve it

April 1, 2010

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At Impulse Manufacturing, operators double as quality assurance personnel. The company tracks efficiency and quality via an innovative Web-based shop-management system. The company's mantra: If you don't measure it, you can't improve it.

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sketch model wheel

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part IV

April 1, 2010

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When it comes to providing exact details for the bill of materials for a 3-D design job, columnist Gerald Davis provides some pointers to help speed up the project.

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ralco industries

ERP and the cloud

April 1, 2010

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The concepts of cloud computing, or software as a service (SaaS), show their mettle at one automotive metal stamper. The stamper is in the middle of a growth spurt, and is proof that companies can find success in the changing automotive market.

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Fixturing components designed for stainless steel

March 30, 2010

Fixtureworks® continues to expand its product offering to encompass stainless steel fixturing, workholding, and operating elements. The products include Fairlane Products' quick-release ball lock...

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Insulated curtain walls provide up to 40 degrees F of temperature separation

March 30, 2010

Zoneworks™ has introduced the TZ series of insulated curtain walls. The flexible, adaptable system allows users to partition large interior spaces for temperature and energy savings. The curtain...

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Dixie-Southern adds sales, estimating staff

March 30, 2010

Dixie-Southern, Duette, Fla., has added a sales and estimating team to help achieve faster turnaround for its RFQs, a stronger project management focus for customer requests, and to assist...

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Solar Atmospheres, RTI Intl. Metals enter into supply agreement

March 30, 2010

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, located in Hermitage, Pa., has signed a long-term agreement with RTI Intl. Metals Inc., Pittsburgh. Solar will provide the services of vacuum heat treating, vacuum...

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Air filtration units offer variety of bolt-on intake options

March 24, 2010

The Module-Air AF-1000 series air filtration units from Tanis Technologies offers a variety of bolt-on intake options, including multidirectional angled intakes, standard straight intakes, hood pans,...

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Automated metrology system

Launching new cars sooner

March 23, 2010

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Automakers and other manufacturers increasingly are using optical metrology to help reduce the time and money spent in new-product development while improving quality. What is this technology, and how does it work?

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Kinder Morgan donates extra pipe to Louisiana Technical College

March 23, 2010

Kinder Morgan, Houston, has donated $8,000 worth of surplus pipe from the 500-mile Midcontinent Express natural gas transmission pipeline to welding students at Louisiana Technical College in...

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Delaware introduces Clean Energy Jobs Act

March 23, 2010

Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware has announced his intention to seek legislation that will modify the existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), put more people to work, and expand emerging industries...

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Industrial-duty vacuum cleaner handles high volumes of dry materials

March 23, 2010

Exair Corp.'s new Heavy Duty Dry Vac™ is an industrial-duty vacuum cleaner that has been engineered to vacuum high volumes of dry materials. The wear-resistant design is suitable for the cleanup...

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Alphabet Soup

How to get from ABC to ERP

March 23, 2010

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Ever wonder what all those business software acronyms mean and which, if any, package can help you cost-effectively run your shop more efficiently? Newer systems integrate with the basic accounting, spreadsheet, and human resource packages used by smaller companies.

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged during next three months

March 16, 2010

According to the March 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged from the February...

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Load turner has small footprint, operates like rotating C-turner

March 15, 2010

Sweed Machinery Inc. offers a new bundle turner for repositioning of large stacks of metal plates and coils. The unit is compact, taking up less space than a standard C-turner, yet loads and unloads...

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