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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Curveballs in a small fabricating shop

June 24, 2015

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Diversity is essential for a small shop’s viability. It also can make for some interesting jobs that require ingenuity and produce beautiful work.

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NBT awards grants for 24 summer manufacturing camps

June 24, 2015

Rockford, Ill.-based Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), has awarded $50,000 in grants to community and technical colleges nationwide that host summer manufacturing camps for students 12 to 16 years old. A complete listing...

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TRUMPF Ltd. names managing director

June 24, 2015

Annette Doyle will take on the role of managing director of TRUMPF Ltd., Luton, Bedfordshire, U.K., a subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group, effective July 1. In this role, she is responsible for business operations in the U.K., including customer service, technical training, product sales, and...

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Lean manufacturing in producing square, retangular tubing

June 24, 2015

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Tube and pipe mills conventionally use a set of tooling for every tube or pipe diameter, and the tools are mounted to opposing stands. Cage forming provides an alternative forming process that uses a single set of tools.

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A job shop story about diving in head first

June 23, 2015

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Many fab shop owners aren't in this business for the money. The act of diving in head first drives them.

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NAPW inducts Jim Manuel Iron Works owner into VIP Woman of the Year Circle

June 23, 2015

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Garden City, N.Y., has inducted Regina Lee Manuel, owner of Jim Manuel Iron Works, into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. "Regina Lee Manuel is a prime example of a woman determined to get a college education despite all the...

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Mobile app combines with vibration sensor to collect machinery data

June 23, 2015

SKF USA Inc. has introduced Enlight, a combination mobile app and Bluetooth®-enabled vibration sensor that allows nonexpert staff to gather critical machinery data on their smartphones or tablets. The product comprises the Data Collect app and the Wireless Machine Condition Detector (WMCD), a...

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Lucifer Furnaces equips Laboratory Testing with furnace

June 23, 2015

Warrington, Pa.-based Lucifer Furnaces has delivered a second Red Devil dual-chamber furnace to Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI), a materials testing lab near Philadelphia. The furnace is a customized model RD8-KHE24 with Eurotherm 3204 programmable controllers and Honeywell UDC1200 overtemperature...

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Coldwater Machine hires regional sales manager

June 23, 2015

Coldwater Machine Co., Coldwater, Ohio, a manufacturer of precision equipment for a variety of industries, has appointed Bryan Vezina as regional sales manager for Michigan, focusing on automotive tier accounts. He is located at the newly opened Troy, Mich., sales office. Before joining the...

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AMT appoints two senior executives

June 23, 2015

AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va., has announced two senior executive appointments. Edward Christopher has been named vice president—global services, overseeing AMT’s international offices, business development programs, and services. Christopher’s previous...

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How basic training in lean manufacturing establishes a common view

June 23, 2015

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To ensure every employee has a common view of what’s ideal versus what needs to be improved, a few hours of basic lean training can go a long way.

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Solar Atmospheres corporate president wins Heat Treating Achievement Award

June 22, 2015

Souderton, Pa.-based Solar Atmospheres Inc. has announced that Corporate President Roger Jones has received the 2015 Heat Treating Society (HTS) George H. Bodeen Heat Treating Achievement Award. The award recognizes distinguished and significant contributions to the field of heat treating through...

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Ivy Tech president recognized by national certification organization

June 22, 2015

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) has given the first MSSC Authorized Center (MAC) Award to Thomas J. Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, the statewide community college system in Indiana. The award recognizes U.S. schools that are leaders in assessing individuals...

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Tweet/Garot Mechanical’s operations manager wins Community Champion award

June 22, 2015

Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc., Green Bay, Wis., has announced that Operations Manager Hope Voigt, who serves as chairwoman of the Green Bay-based House of Hope, has been selected as a Molina Healthcare Community Champion. The award honors unsung heroes that work in the community and inspire others...

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DeWys Mfg. Inc. adds six summer interns, co-op students

June 22, 2015

Precision metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc., Marne, Mich., has announced the addition of six summer interns and co-op students. This is the fifth summer that DeWys Mfg. has offered opportunities to students looking for experience in their field of study. Intern programs include not just welding...

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