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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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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Software records all aspects of shop floor activity

February 6, 2014

Lantek offers Lantek Workshop Capture, which is fully integrated into the Lantek Integra ERP system for access to accurate, real-time shop floor data. The software is compatible with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as bar code readers and Windows®-based operating...

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Inline casters designed to compensate for floor irregularities

February 6, 2014

Hamilton Caster has custom-engineered an all-stainless inline caster for an aerospace part supplier. The casters, designed for a clean-room environment, have a carrying capacity of 15,500 lbs. each. The application required the load to remain completely level to compensate for floor...

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Realistic talk about jobs

February 6, 2014 | By Dan Davis

During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech in late January, he made a point to focus on the development of more advanced manufacturing institutes, also called “hubs.” The idea is that these hubs would focus on advanced manufacturing technologies and possible commercialization...

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Mathison Metalfab announces name change

February 6, 2014

Mathison Metalfab Inc., a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies in Waukesha, Wis., has changed its name to Mathison Mfg. Inc. According to the company, the name change reflects the company’s services beyond metal fabrication, including engineering, manufacturing, and...

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Industrial washer redesigned for aftermarket applications

February 6, 2014

Viking Corp. has released the CBW1212 industrial washer. It has a 12-in.-wide by 12-in.-tall washer zone on a chain mesh belt conveyor. This redesigned unit is suitable for hard-to-clean aftermarket applications, but it also can be configured to standard manufacturing applications. Belt flow...

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FABTECH Canada panel to discuss how women can help tackle skilled-workforce shortage

February 6, 2014

Recruiting qualified employees in the face of a declining workforce is a top problem facing today’s manufacturers. And solving it will require taking concrete steps to narrow the gender gap, say industry experts as they prepare for FABTECH® Canada, March 18-20 at the Toronto Congress Centre....

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Reporting function translates shop floor data into four reports

February 6, 2014

Syscon Intl. has released MT Focus® Reports, a reporting function for its MT Focus machine tool monitoring system. The function assimilates the large volume of shop floor data from the system into actionable information. The function takes real-time machine data and places it in a database...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring up, layoffs down in February

February 6, 2014

In February, hiring rates will increase and layoff rates will fall in manufacturing and services compared with a year ago according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2014. February’s hiring picture for the...

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Maytag brand, HomeAid America partner to provide shelter to homeless

February 5, 2014

More than 630,000 people are homeless on any given night in the U.S., according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. To support those in need, Whirlpool Corp.’s Maytag® brand, Benton Harbor, Mich., has teamed up with HomeAid America to help supply temporary shelter for homeless families...

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