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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High-bay fixture protects, deflects heat from LED

February 17, 2014

Big Ass Fans’ new Big Ass Light division has unveiled a high-bay LED fixture. Manufactured from a solid piece of anodized, extruded aluminum that includes ribbed fins at the top, the structure acts as a heat sink to move heat away from the fixture and LEDs, helping to increase the LED lifespan....

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U-handles offered in customized lengths, bends

February 17, 2014

J.W. Winco Inc. offers U-handles that can be purchased in customized lengths and bends to suit particular applications. The company’s RoHS-compliant tubular handles include aluminum tubular handles in the GN 333 offset version and the GN 333.1 straight version, in inch and metric sizes. Both...

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Welding education - the good, bad, and ugly

February 17, 2014 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welding education has come a long way from cast-iron repair and forge welding taught by blacksmiths. Today’s welding students have training options that can lead to different career paths.

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Mission-critical metal fabrication

February 17, 2014 | By Tim Heston

No matter how eye-popping the technology, the means of getting a job done is secondary; the result is primary. This is where General Tool Co.'s "team of experts" appraoch comes into play.

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Not your typical supply chain assistance

February 14, 2014 | By Dan Davis

David Tilstone, president, National Tooling & Machining Association, is pretty certain precision metalworking shops across the U.S. need help. According to a 2013 NTMA survey of its membership, just over 70 percent have a job opening that they are having difficulty filling. At least a third have...

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Three companies to invest $27.6 million in Michigan

February 14, 2014

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has announced that three companies will be expanding and adding jobs in. The expansions are expected to generate nearly $27.6 million in new capital investment and create 494 jobs. Advance Eng. Co., a metal stamping and plastic thermoform company, plans to...

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Rubbermaid Commercial Products plant to close

February 14, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid, Atlanta, has announced plans to close its Rubbermaid Commercial Products metal fabricating facility in Pottsville, Pa. in 2015. According to the company, the closure is a result of the company’s consolidating the Pottsville facility’s production with expanded operations...

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Matheson acquires Continental Carbonic Products

February 14, 2014

Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of industrial, medical, electronics, and specialty gases and welding supplies based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has acquired Continental Carbonic Products Inc., a Decatur, Ill.-based manufacturer and supplier of dry ice and liquid carbon dioxide....

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Author of The Great Game of Business to give opening address at Leadership Summit

February 13, 2014

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) has announced that Jack Stack will deliver the keynote presentation Thursday, Feb. 27, at The FABRICATOR®'s 9th Annual Leadership Summit and FMA's 18th Annual Toll Processing Conference. Hailed by Inc. magazine as the "smartest strategist...

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Malleable cast-iron clamping squares work with modular welding tables

February 12, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced new BuildPro™ malleable cast-iron clamping squares. The compact, four-face, heavy-duty clamping squares feature 26 mounting holes over three surfaces for fixturing with BuildPro modular welding tables. Operators can use the mounting holes to stop, locate,...

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CRP Industrial appoints senior applications engineer

February 12, 2014

CRP Industries Inc., Cranbury, N.J., a supplier of high-pressure paint spray and industrial hoses, synchronous belts, and specialty electric motors, has named Caitlin Travers as senior applications engineer for its CRP Industrial business unit. She provides direct engineering support to customers,...

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Water recycler reduces metal blackening process water consumption by 99 percent

February 11, 2014

Birchwood Technologies offers the Near-Zero™ water recycler for use with its TRU TEMP® black oxide system. The recycler reuses the rinse water in the process line, reducing typical water consumption by 99 percent, the company states. It can be installed on a new or existing black oxide...

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VR Charlotte completes sale of H & A Machine and Fab Inc.

February 10, 2014

VR Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions of Charlotte, N.C., has completed the sale of H & A Machine and Fab Inc., Lancaster, S.C., a precision machining and fabrication company. The business was sold to a strategic buyer located in Naugatuck,...

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Roy Mackey

Art for art's sake

February 10, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Metal sculptor Roy Mackey took a long, circuitous route to become an artist, and occupies an unusual niche. With no specific art classes or vocational education in his background, he learned metalworking bit by bit, and spends quite a bit of his time making sculptures that are realistic, but too unusual to represent real objects.

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Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards honor four SME board members

February 7, 2014

Four women who serve on the SME and the SME Education Foundation board of directors have received the STEP (science, technology, engineering, and production) Award from The Manufacturing Institute. The award is given to women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and...

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