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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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Floor signs promote safety

November 18, 2014

Visual Workplace Inc. offers floor signs for communicating critical safety instructions clearly. The peel-and-stick signs are made of durable, high-bond acrylic that withstands forklift and heavy foot traffic. Signs are available in three sizes: 12 and 17 in. round or 14- by 20-in. rectangles with...

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Production management system provides real-time traceability

November 18, 2014

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. has introduced CrossTrack 3 for sheet metal. The production management system provides complete traceability and control of material stock, parts, assemblies, orders, and nests, all in real time. Using Microsoft SQL server, the system provides a common interface across all...

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Survey shows business trending up for manufacturers, but young talent is scarce

November 17, 2014

North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory, according to the latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey from New York, N.Y.-based ThomasNet®. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by baby boomers’ negative perceptions about millennials, could stand in the...

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A contract metal fabrication metaphor, in tube

November 17, 2014

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Atlanta played host to FABTECH last week, when tens of thousands descended upon the Georgia World Congress Center. Most said they expected good times for 2015, but it's a complex business that requires careful coordination. A unique exoskeletal racecar on display last week proved to be an apt metaphor of metal fabrication at its best.

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Donaldson Co. to close Iowa plant

November 17, 2014

Donaldson Co., Bloomington, Minn., has announced plans to close its muffler and exhaust product manufacturing plant in Grinnell, Iowa. The company cites declining demand for the products because of changing diesel emission regulations. The work will be moved to the company’s other plants,...

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Vertex Rail to add 1,300 jobs in North Carolina

November 17, 2014

Vertex Rail has announced plans to add 1,300 new jobs at the former Terex Crane facility in Wilmington, N.C. The company will manufacture rail tank cars to transport crude oil from North Dakota, Texas, and other energy-producing states. The company will hire assemblers and fitters, welders, and...

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Open-source communication standard updated

November 17, 2014

The MTConnect® Institute has released the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The open-source communication standard addresses the interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include interdevice connectivity to enable machine-to-machine...

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Coating protects metals from corrosion indoors and outdoors

November 17, 2014

VpCI®-389 from Cortec® is an environmentally friendly, water-based, temporary coating that delivers multimetal protection for outside applications and salt-spray resistance. Suitable for use as a replacement for oil-based products, it provides up to five years of protection in indoor storage and...

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Steelwind Industries acquires Universal Industries, Hall Steel

November 14, 2014

Steelwind Industries Inc., Oak Creek, Wis., has acquired fabricator Universal Industries LLC, Tomahawk, Wis., and Hall Steel Corp., a provider of heat-treating fabrication and flame cutting in Milwaukee. Steelwind Industries is a steel fabrication company providing products to the mining and...

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Schnitzer Steel receives Ethics Inside certification

November 14, 2014

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Portland, Ore., has announced that it has earned Ethics Inside® certification and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™ from The Ethisphere Institute, a provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs. Recipients are recognized for...

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Optomec becomes Platinum-level member of America Makes

November 14, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec, a global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3-D-printed metals and printed electronics, has become a Platinum-level member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). The role, which includes a...

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Deere earns spot on 2014 global list of top companies for leadership

November 14, 2014

Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., has been selected 16th on the 2014 Global Top Companies for Leaders list, a comprehensive study by consulting firm Aon Hewitt that recognizes best-in-class management practices, especially in the area of leadership development. This marks the third consecutive time the...

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United Alloy launches new website

November 13, 2014

Serial production metal fabrication and powder coating company United Alloy Inc. (UAI), Janesville, Wis., has launched a new website at www.unitedalloy.com with a new global brand and image reflecting its reach into the OEM power-generation, construction, agriculture, and heavy equipment...

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Bosch Rexroth landing pages provide access to case studies, technical articles

November 13, 2014

Drive and control technology provider Bosch Rexroth Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has updated its U.S. website with individualized landing pages for nearly 50 articles related to drive and control technologies. The home page, located at www.boschrexroth-us.com/stories, features a user-friendly layout...

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Coldwater Machine Co. announces 2014-15 engineering scholarship recipients

November 13, 2014

Coldwater Machine Co., Coldwater, Ohio, a builder of equipment for discrete manufacturing, has announced the recipients of its 2014-15 engineering scholarships totaling $12,000. They are administered through the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) at the Lake Campus of Wright University....

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