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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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Temperature controller is self-contained with power supply

August 12, 2013

Oven Industries Inc. offers the 5R6-900 benchtop laboratory temperature controller with ramp/soak capabilities. The device can be plugged into the wall as a self-contained temperature control system that has its own power supply. The solid-state MOSFET, bidirectional, compact unit features an...

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AtlasAdhan adds operations/quality staff member

August 12, 2013

AtlasAdhan, Minneapolis, has announced the addition of Michael Cronk at its Chippewa Falls, Wis., facility. In this role, he oversees operations and quality for the site. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Cronk has extensive experience in quality and operations management...

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The will behind continuous improvement

August 9, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

We all know about situations in which we spend money and yet nothing improves or even gets worse. But when you do continuous improvement right, you’ll get better financially and see a strong return for that investment.

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Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage

August 9, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In this eighth installment of columnist Gerald Davis’ series on job estimating, he delves into tools for improving the estimator’s crystal ball.

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Are you taking advantage of the R&D tax credit? - TheFabricator.com

Are you taking advantage of the R&D tax credit?

August 9, 2013 | By Jeff Ernst

In 2004 tax regulation changes significantly expanded the credit opportunity associated with the Research & Development Tax Credit. Today the credit is accessible to many small and medium-sized companies whose activities include design, manufacturing, and process improvements.

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Complete work instructions keystone of improvement - TheFabricator.com

Complete work instructions keystone of improvement

August 9, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Shops start improving by measuring and documenting what they already do, because they can’t improve what they don’t measure.

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Tank-side coalescer removes tramp oil from individual machine tool sumps

August 7, 2013

Eriez® offers the HydroFlow® 15-gal. tank-side coalescer, which removes tramp oil and fines and returns clean, reusable coolant to machine tool sumps and parts washers. The portable unit has a 1- to 1.5-GPM oil removal rate and comes with a 9-ft. suction hose and a 5-ft. clean discharge hose....

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Options added to digital CNC - TheFabricator.com

Options added to digital CNC

August 7, 2013

Heidenhain has added software options to its TNC 620 control. The digital CNC can be customized with features and software options to meet machine builders’ and end users’ specific needs. Users purchase only the options that are required for their applications and can add other...

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FMA initiates unique survey to assess ongoing health of metal fabricating sector of economy

August 5, 2013

Small to mid-sized companies comprise most of American manufacturing. In the metal fabricating sector the health of this business segment predicts what is happening in the industry as a whole. For the first time, these smaller job shops and contract manufacturers are being queried on a quarterly...

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Impulse Mfg. to expand capabilities with coating system

August 5, 2013

Metal fabricator Impulse Mfg. has confirmed plans to install an Autophoretic® autodeposition (A-coat) coating system at its Dawsonville, Ga., facility. Current plans are for an 11-stage pretreatment process that includes acid bath and pickling stages for carbon edge removal, autodeposition...

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3-D scanning system retrofits to CMMs - TheFabricator.com

3-D scanning system retrofits to CMMs

August 5, 2013

Verisurf has released the seventh generation of its Verisurf X software. With model-based GD&T inspection technology at its core, the computer-aided inspection, reverse engineering, and assembly guidance software now supports more options for reporting and presenting data, including...

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Portable marking system marks 10 characters in 3 sec. - TheFabricator.com

Portable marking system marks 10 characters in 3 sec.

August 5, 2013

Propen has introduced the M7000 electromagnetic, portable marking system with Touch'’n Mark technology. The hand-held, mobile system features an integrated control unit and belt battery, 7-in. touchscreen, intuitive programming, and new stylus technology. The unit can store more than...

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Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013

August 2, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

More than 55,000 attendees from more than 100 countries are expected to converge on Essen, Germany, for Schweissen & Schneiden, the International Trade Fair for Joining, Cutting, and Surfacing. Held every four years, the show is one of Europe’s largest gatherings of welding, cutting, and...

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Portable units keep workers cool - TheFabricator.com

Portable units keep workers cool

August 1, 2013

Vestil Mfg. offers portable air-conditioning units and evaporative coolers, suitable for use in industrial applications. The air-conditioning units provide portable spot or room cooling or can be used for moisture removal. They lower the temperature 35 to 45 degrees on average. Three sizes and...

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Solar Atmospheres presents vacuum furnace to ASM teaching facility

August 1, 2013

Solar Atmospheres Inc., Souderton, Pa., has donated a new vacuum furnace to ASM Intl. for its teaching lab. The $250,000 lab-sized furnace, dedicated in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at ASM headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio, is a gift to commemorate ASM's 100th anniversary. Roger Jones,...

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