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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Web based time clock

Web-based time clock stores data in the cloud

January 28, 2014

ExakTime offers ClockPoint Connect, a browser-based time clock that stores data securely in the cloud. Users can track time and attendance from any computer with any web browser; no software or installation is required. The site asks users to log in with a user name and password, then clock...

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Oakworks names executive VP/CIO

January 28, 2014

Oakworks Inc., a designer and manufacturer of medical positioning equipment, medical treatment tables, and accessories in New Freedom, Pa., has appointed Andreas “Andy” Ludwig as executive vice president and chief information officer. Before joining the company, Ludwig served as global head...

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Welding Gas

Welding gas cylinder blast system designed for fast processing

January 28, 2014

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released its redesigned GC111-A welding gas cylinder shotblaster. This unit uses the PowerMax center-fed blast wheel for fast processing and an optimized impact angle to the foot ring of acetylene bottles and the concave ends of oxygen cylinders. It...

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FABTECH 2013

FABTECH breaks records—again

January 28, 2014

The manufacturing sector appears strong for the near term. New technologies are emerging to help make fabricating a more productive exercise. Fabricators have positioned themselves to grow. All appears right in the metal fabricating world.

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Jetcam opens Sydney, Australia, location

January 27, 2014

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l., Monaco, has formed Jetcam Pacific Pty. in Sydney, Australia. The company offers sales and service for existing and prospective customers in the sheet metal and composite manufacturing sectors. Its Expert software is suitable for companies from small sheet metal shops to...

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truck bodies

Controlling its own fabricating future

January 27, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Altec, a manufacturer of truck bodies and related products, tried the outsourcing route me to stay on top of expanding fabricating jobs, but the headaches were too great to maintain such an arrangement. The company decided to take metal fabricating back in-house by setting up a new facility in Burnsville, N.C., and with the addition of some key equipment, it hasn't looked back.

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More than button-pushers wanted

January 24, 2014 | By Dan Davis

As metal fabricators claim they are unable to find young workers interested in working in metal fabricating for entry-level wages, the machine tool makers have responded by trying to take the “shop knowledge” that is commonly locked in the head of a few experienced shop floor workers and moving...

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Clark Wright

Prab hires application engineer

January 24, 2014

Prab Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich., a manufacturer of equipment for chip handling, fluid filtration, fluid recycling, and scrap handling systems, has hired Clark Wright as application engineer. His primary responsibility is to design optimized chip-processing system layouts. Wright has degrees in...

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Eberl Iron Works purchases Buffalo Metal Forming

January 24, 2014

Eberl Iron Works Inc. has acquired Buffalo Metal Forming, its neighbor in Buffalo, N.Y. The acquisition broadens Eberl’s custom fabricating capabilities and enables it to diversify and expand its product lines. “With greater precision sheet metal capabilities, we can grow established product...

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Interpower Induction appoints general manager of U.S. business

January 23, 2014

Interpower Induction, Almont, Mich., has announced the appointment of Edward A. Potoczak as general manager of U.S. business. He previously served as a senior consulting manager in Plante & Moran’s manufacturing and distribution practice and as project manager at Plex Systems. Potoczak has a...

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Team USA wearing USA-made

January 23, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Less than two years ago, the 2012 U.S. Olympic athletes’ official uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, drew much criticism—not for appearance, but because they were made, head-to-toe, in China. The 2012 fiasco was a subject of a blog post on thefabricator.com entitled, “Will Olympic uniform...

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Millennials, stress, and technology

January 23, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

According to the “State of Workplace Productivity Report” released by Cornerstone OnDemand, a cloud-based talent management software company, the millennial generation, or those born between the years 1980 and 2000, is struggling with technology and information overload. The report, which...

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Sandvik Inc. announces $12 million expansion in South Carolina

January 22, 2014

Sandvik Inc., a subsidiary of the Swedish company Sandvik AB, is investing $12 million in an expansion at its operations in Westminster, S.C. The company manufactures products and carbide inserts used in mechanical engineering, automotive, oil and gas, and aerospace...

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Educational resource kit

Educational resource kits address factory automation, hydraulics

January 22, 2014

Educational resource kits are available from Bosch Rexroth for machine builders, systems integrators, and manufacturing end users. They provide case studies, technical papers, software tools, and web resources for factory automation, mechatronics, hydraulics, packaging and printing, and mobile...

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Micro Waterjet earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

January 21, 2014

Micro Waterjet LLC, Huntersville, N.C., has received ISO 9001:2008 certification covering its precision waterjet cutting and sales of micro waterjet equipment. Micro Waterjet was formed through a joint venture between Waterjet AG and Max Daetwyler Corp. to provide micromanufacturing services...

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