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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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Deere & Company remains 'solidly profitable'

February 18, 2009

Deere & Company today announced worldwide net income of $203.9 million, or $0.48 per share, for the first quarter ended January 31, compared with $369.1 million, or $0.83 per share, for the same...

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NAM: Competitive auto industry essential to American manufacturing base

February 18, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler today issued the following statement in support of auto manufacturers in America:I cannot stress enough the importance of the auto...

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Metal formers weigh in on business conditions for next three months

February 16, 2009

According to the February 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect tough times to continue during the next three months. Conducted...

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HRB prices revisit the bottom

February 11, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™United States hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Feb. 9th dropped 3.5 percent to $554 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the 13th consecutive decline. The...

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Shickle Corp Employees

'We are all Shickels'

February 10, 2009

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Shickel Corp., Bridgewater, Va., has a very diversified customer base, a strong manufacturing tradition, and a commitment to exposing youngsters to the exciting world of manufacturing. For all those reasons, this 70-year-old company is the recipient of The FABRICATOR's 2009 Industry Award.

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Survival—Are factors other than the economy dragging down your operation?

February 10, 2009

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Art Hedrick, longtime consultant to the sheet metal stamping industry, has observed three internal factors that can negatively affect an operation. In this economic climate in which so much is at stake, you want to make sure that your business does not suffer from these self-destructive characteristics.

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Data collection software helps shops become paperless

February 10, 2009

MIE Solutions has created shop floor data collection software running on Windows® that makes use of production scheduling to enable a manufacturing shop to become paperless.MIE Trak Kiosk data...

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Cut-resistant work gloves rated at ANSI level 4

February 10, 2009

Magid Glove & Safety offers CutMaster® XKS™ work gloves. Manufactured from the company's XKS yarn, these machine-knit gloves earn an ANSI cut level 4 rating, which the company says is as...

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CAD/CAM nesting software enhanced

February 10, 2009

Jetcam Intl. has announced the release of version 16.06.00 of Expert CAD/CAM nesting software for punching and profiling machines.Tool teach facilities have been added, which allow the company's...

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Table-style blast machine features simplified loading, unloading

February 10, 2009

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the 48 ST airless swing table shotblast system. The worktable is attached to the blast door, so that when the door is opened, the table swings completely clear...

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Applied Robotics, Tnkers Maschinenbau form international partnership

February 10, 2009

Applied Robotics Inc., a provider of automation end-of-arm tooling and connectivity systems in Glenville, N.Y., has signed Tunkers Maschinenbau GmbH, a provider of clamping technology for the...

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Jervis B. Webb names several new resellers

February 10, 2009

Jervis B. Webb Co., Farmington Hills, Mich., a wholly owned subsidiary of Daifuku Co. Ltd., has expanded its roster of SmartCart automatic guided cart (AGC) value-added resellers (VARs) with nine new...

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Advanced Metal Etching announces expansion

February 10, 2009

Advanced Metal Etching Inc. has expanded its Ligonier, Ind., facility. The expansion includes new equipment, an optimized work flow, and 70 percent capacity increase.The company supplies photochemical...

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LAI names sales director to business development team

February 10, 2009

LAI Intl. Inc., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies in Scottsdale, Ariz., has named Brad Creamer as director of sales. In this position, he leads business development initiatives in...

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General Sheet Metal Works completes training center construction

February 10, 2009

General Sheet Metal Works Inc., a precision sheet metal fabricator in South Bend, Ind., has completed construction on a training and conference center. The new space holds up to 50 people for customer...

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