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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Visual Kanban boards aid inventory management - TheFabricator.com

Visual Kanban boards aid inventory management

November 27, 2013

Magnatag offers visual kanban CardView® boards to help manufacturers coordinate inventories and lean workflow. The boards are available in five formats: Next-Job, Build-Board, Job-Load, To-Do, and On-Hand. Each board comes in six sizes and includes kanban cards in 17 colors, card-printing...

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E-courses highlight testing methods to evaluate welds

November 26, 2013

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology has added two new e-courses to its lineup of online courses. The Destructive Testing Methods online course concentrates on methods used to evaluate welds by performing tests and determining the weld defects. It contains seven video segments totaling a run...

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Shelving system comes in preconfigured, build-your-own styles

November 26, 2013

Shure Mfg. offers ShurHold shelving systems. They are available in preconfigured packages with five widths, three depths, and two heights, or in a build-your-own system with two widths, three depths, and two heights. Starter and add-on units are available in 36- and 48-in. width increments....

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Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Control and feedback methods

November 26, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the process of estimating is supported by buddy checks, databases, and report cards.

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Four ways to measure team performance - TheFabricator.com

Four ways to measure team performance

November 25, 2013 | By Joe Mayer

Most organizations assess their teams by looking at lagging indicators. But would it not be beneficial to diagnose a team’s potential and performance in real time? These four strategies can provide immediate feedback.

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The hidden costs in manufacturing

November 25, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

Taken individually or in combination, hidden costs greatly affect a company’s financial and competitive performance.

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How one job shop retains skilled talent - TheFabricator.com

How one job shop retains skilled talent

November 25, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Southern Metalcraft Inc.’s average employee tenure is 20 years. Speaking on a shop tour during The FABRICATOR’s 2013 Technology Summit, the company founder described why employees rarely leave.

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Open ceiling fans keep air moving in manufacturing operations - TheFabricator.com

Open ceiling fans keep air moving in manufacturing operations

November 21, 2013

Zoo Products offers two models of open ceiling fans. The variable-speed axial fans are designed with seven curved, serrated blades with winglets. They are available in off-white or black fire-resistant, UV-treated plastic housings. Both 115 and 230 V are offered. The H30 is designed for ceiling...

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Guidelines show how to achieve new levels of process control for parts cleaning - TheFabricator.com

Guidelines show how to achieve new levels of process control for parts cleaning

November 21, 2013

The Professional Association for Industrial Parts Cleaning (FiT) has prepared guidelines for achieving new levels of process control to ensure quality in industrial parts cleaning. Emphasis is placed on quality control based on the interdependency of component cleanliness and process parameters....

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Brochure highlights dust collectors - TheFabricator.com

Brochure highlights dust collectors

November 21, 2013

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has released a brochure showcasing its dust collectors. Photos and illustrations show how the units help protect workers from smoke, fumes, and other manufacturing pollutants. The brochure also includes specifications to help users determine the correct...

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Ted Morin, former Thermatool president, dies - TheFabricator.com

Ted Morin, former Thermatool president, dies

November 20, 2013

Theodore Joseph Morin Jr., of West Dennis, Mass., former president of Thermatool Corp. and former chairman of the board of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), died Nov. 18 at the age of 82. After high school graduation, Morin served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954....

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Mayville Eng. appoints VP of human resources

November 20, 2013

Mayville Eng. Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., has announced the addition of Cliff Sanderson as the new vice president of human resources. Coming to the company with more than 25 years of experience, he previously led human resources at Coleman Cable Inc. Sanderson has a bachelor's degree in...

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McGregor Metalworking Companies recognized by OSBA

November 19, 2013

The McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, Ohio, has been named to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Honor Roll for 2013, a certificate of recognition for the support of Springfield’s school system. McGregor Metalworking pioneered a summer internship program in collaboration with...

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Tank Connection acquires additional manufacturing space in Kansas

November 18, 2013

Tank Connection Affiliate Group, a provider of dry bulk and liquid storage applications in Parsons, Kan., has acquired a manufacturing facility in Galesburg, Kan. The facility, originally built by Bush Hog Mfg., was later occupied by Ruskins Mfg. According to TC President Bill Neighbors, the...

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Weiss-Aug acquires JK Tool & Die

November 18, 2013

Weiss-Aug, a contract manufacturer of precision metal stampings, insert molding, and assemblies in East Hanover, N.J., has acquired JK Tool & Die, located in Apollo, Pa. The acquired company operates as a subsidiary. JK Tool & Die produces complex stamping dies and provides short-run...

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