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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Michigan Mfg. opens headquarters in Maryland

December 2, 2013

Michigan Mfg. Intl., a supplier of mechanical assemblies and components to OEMs, recently held a grand opening at its new headquarters in Stevensville, Md. The 39,000-sq.-ft. facility allows the company to offer more products and services, as well as lease space to others. Products include...

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Hinging Success—on Hinges - TheFabricator.com

Hinging Success—on Hinges

December 2, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Midlake grew from a small garage shop to a precision sheet metal manufacturer with an unusual focus--on hinges.

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Big improvements in a short time - TheFabricator.com

Big improvements in a short time

December 2, 2013 | By Tim Heston

A.J. Antunes started down the path of lean manufacturing about a year ago. Its managers say they are in the "baby steps" of lean--but those steps have been pretty big.

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The right equipment for the application - TheFabricator.com

The right equipment for the application

December 2, 2013 | By Dan Davis

When any discussion takes place about metal fabricating in Europe, the focus almost always centers on automation because these shops have to cope with high-priced labor and strict regulations. That’s not so much the case for all European fabricators, however. Shops in Belgium are more interested in increasing throughput, and sometimes that may not call for advanced automation. They want equipment that is the right fit for their shops.

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2014 forecast: The big question mark - TheFabricator.com

2014 forecast: The big question mark

December 1, 2013 | By Tim Heston

2014 could be a banner year for the metal fabricaton business, or it could be a dud. Uncertainty reigns, and at the end of 2013, most of it focused on Washington.

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SPC resource kit aids evaluation of real-time statistical data systems

November 27, 2013

Hertzler Systems Inc. offers a free download of its Easy SPC resource kit. The kit helps business leaders evaluate, plan, and implement real-time statistical data systems to help increase throughput, profitability, and quality, as well as reduce costs, the company states. Outlining the best...

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Visual Kanban boards aid inventory management - TheFabricator.com

Visual Kanban boards aid inventory management

November 27, 2013

Magnatag offers visual kanban CardView® boards to help manufacturers coordinate inventories and lean workflow. The boards are available in five formats: Next-Job, Build-Board, Job-Load, To-Do, and On-Hand. Each board comes in six sizes and includes kanban cards in 17 colors, card-printing...

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E-courses highlight testing methods to evaluate welds

November 26, 2013

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology has added two new e-courses to its lineup of online courses. The Destructive Testing Methods online course concentrates on methods used to evaluate welds by performing tests and determining the weld defects. It contains seven video segments totaling a run...

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Shelving system comes in preconfigured, build-your-own styles

November 26, 2013

Shure Mfg. offers ShurHold shelving systems. They are available in preconfigured packages with five widths, three depths, and two heights, or in a build-your-own system with two widths, three depths, and two heights. Starter and add-on units are available in 36- and 48-in. width increments....

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Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods

November 26, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating is supported by buddy checks, databases, and report cards.

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Four ways to measure team performance - TheFabricator.com

Four ways to measure team performance

November 25, 2013 | By Joe Mayer

Most organizations assess their teams by looking at lagging indicators. But would it not be beneficial to diagnose a team’s potential and performance in real time? These four strategies can provide immediate feedback.

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The hidden costs in manufacturing

November 25, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

Taken individually or in combination, hidden costs greatly affect a company’s financial and competitive performance.

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How one job shop retains skilled talent - TheFabricator.com

How one job shop retains skilled talent

November 25, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Southern Metalcraft Inc.’s average employee tenure is 20 years. Speaking on a shop tour during The FABRICATOR’s 2013 Technology Summit, the company founder described why employees rarely leave.

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Open ceiling fans keep air moving in manufacturing operations - TheFabricator.com

Open ceiling fans keep air moving in manufacturing operations

November 21, 2013

Zoo Products offers two models of open ceiling fans. The variable-speed axial fans are designed with seven curved, serrated blades with winglets. They are available in off-white or black fire-resistant, UV-treated plastic housings. Both 115 and 230 V are offered. The H30 is designed for ceiling...

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Guidelines show how to achieve new levels of process control for parts cleaning - TheFabricator.com

Guidelines show how to achieve new levels of process control for parts cleaning

November 21, 2013

The Professional Association for Industrial Parts Cleaning (FiT) has prepared guidelines for achieving new levels of process control to ensure quality in industrial parts cleaning. Emphasis is placed on quality control based on the interdependency of component cleanliness and process parameters....

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