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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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Slim-design encoders fit in compact applications

February 25, 2015

Heidenhain has introduced the slim-design ECI 1118 rotary encoder. With a thickness of 0.39 in. and a diameter of about 1.46 in., the encoder can fit into compact applications. Resolution is 18 bits, and accuracy is +/-120 in. The encoder’s counterpart is the EBI 1135 model rotary encoder,...

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Features added to reality-based weld training system

February 25, 2015

Miller has added features to its LiveArc™ reality-based weld training system, which uses motion-tracking technology to provide students with immediate feedback to help them advance their welding skills. The system now is available with a welding positioning arm for training in out-of-position...

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Don’t forget the CAD guy

February 24, 2015

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When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.

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Ford trains thousands of Kansas City Assembly Plant workers to support F-150 production

February 24, 2015

Since May 2013, more than 8,000 skilled trades and production workers at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant have undergone an intensive training program to support production of the all-new Ford F-150®. The production training program was designed to support the...

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Whitcraft Group announces $234 million contract to supply parts, assemblies to Pratt & Whitney

February 24, 2015

The Whitcraft Group, Eastford, Conn., has signed a 10-year, $234 million contract to supply parts and assemblies to United Technologies' (UTC) Pratt & Whitney division for its next-generation PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine family. Whitcraft will product sheet metal components and...

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Samco names business development manager for Rolling Division

February 24, 2015

Samco Machinery, Toronto, has appointed Darryl Levesque as business development manager for the Rolling Division. Levesque has more than 17 years of progressive automotive industry experience. Past positions include account management, new business development, global product management, and...

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Gear Motions’ Oliver Gear Division adds gear-hobbing machine

February 24, 2015

Gear Motions, a precision gear manufacturer based in Syracuse, N.Y., has acquired a Hera 350 CNC gear-hobbing machine for its Oliver Gear Division in Buffalo, N.Y. According to the company, only seven other machines of this type are in operation throughout the U.S. It offers 3.5 dia. pitch (DP)...

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Automation, health, safety, and longshoremen

February 24, 2015

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The labor disupute at the West Coast ports is an odd, complex, ironic cog in the global supply chain.

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Three-wheel forklift fits in tight spaces

February 23, 2015

Stärke Material Handling Group has introduced the Mini forklift. The three-wheel vehicle is a light-duty, narrow-aisle forklift that fits in tight spaces with no weight, height, or width restrictions. With its overhead guard, the unit helps protect operators from falling overhead objects, and...

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Scrap metal compactor reclaims cutting fluids, oils

February 23, 2015

SP Industries Inc. has introduced the CP-2202-CHIP heavy-duty industrial compactor for metal chip and turnings compaction. The system is suitable for large-scale machine shops and manufacturers that generate significant volumes of scrap metal turnings, chips, or industrial waste. The...

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Stratasys combines Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies, RedEye Services

February 20, 2015

Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, a provider of 3-D printing and additive manufacturing technology, has announced it has combined Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies, and RedEye to form Stratasys Direct Mfg. Stratasys Direct Mfg. creates custom systems from a portfolio of technologies and materials...

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Raytheon Missile Systems named Alabama Manufacturer of the Year

February 20, 2015

Raytheon Co.’s Missile Systems business, Huntsville, Ala., has received the Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Business Council of Alabama. The award recognizes the Raytheon Redstone Missile Integration Facility for manufacturing excellence. At the facility, located on the U.S. Army's...

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Bosch Rexroth releases schedule of 2015 hydraulics technical training courses

February 20, 2015

Bosch Rexroth is accepting registration for all courses in its training program designed for industrial hydraulics and mobile hydraulics systems engineers. The hydraulics technical training is targeted toward individuals who maintain hydraulic systems, design new systems, or want to upgrade...

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Citi announces $100 billion, 10-year commitment to finance sustainable growth

February 20, 2015

New York-based Citi has announced a commitment to lend, invest, and facilitate $100 billion within the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and create environmental solutions that benefit people and communities. Its previous $50 billion goal was announced in...

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AWS names 2015 president/chairman

February 20, 2015

American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has named David J. Landon, manager of welding engineering for Vermeer Corp. in Pella, Iowa, as 2015 president and chair of the board. An active member of the society for more than 30 years, he served as vice president from 2012 to 2014. Landon also has...

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