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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GKN Aerospace adds tube bending machines for complex parts

August 11, 2009

GKN Aerospace has installed Unison all-electric, combined left- and right-hand bending machines at its wing component operation in Filton, U.K. The machines are used to fabricate highly precise,...

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D&S Mfg. provides scholarshiops for girls' engineering program

August 11, 2009

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has presented scholarships for the STEPS for Girls summer program to two local students from Black River Falls Middle School. Jessa Ammann and Kyleigh Nandory were...

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FABTECH 2009 poised to provide solutions when recovery begins

August 11, 2009

Many economists are predicting that the recession will end and the economy will begin to rebound by the end of 2009. Scheduled for the middle of the fourth quarter, the FABTECH® International &...

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U.S. productivity gain largest since third quarter 2003

August 11, 2009

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor today reported preliminary productivity data—as measured by output per hour of all persons—for the second quarter of 2009....

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The job shop CRM revolution

August 11, 2009

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Implementing a customer-focused strategy can position companies for long-term health. A loyal customer will stick with a company through tough economic times, employee turnover, and even the occasional price increase. This article focuses on how integrated customer relationship management tools can help job shops achieve business objectives.

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Plasma cutting and how it works

August 11, 2009

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What is plasma cutting, and when is it your best metal cutting option? What information do you need to choose the right plasma system? This article answers these questions and more about plasma cutting.

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August hiring to follow recent pattern of gradual monthly improvement

August 7, 2009

Layoffs continue to permeate the labor market, but more companies in the manufacturing and service sectors are hiring compared with the first few months of 2009, according to the Society for Human...

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Manufacturing technology producers greet recent economic news with cautious optimism

August 5, 2009

According to a statement issued Aug. 4 by the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), manufacturing technology suppliers reacted with cautious optimism over reports that Ford posted the first...

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Employee training, renovations ready Chicago Assembly Plant for new Ford Taurus production

August 4, 2009

Ford Motor Co. is celebrating production of the all-new 2010 ford Taurus in the historic Chicago Assembly Plant, which has been retooled to build the sedan. Ford invested more than $130 million in the...

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ISM: New orders, production growing; employment, inventories contracting

August 3, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in July for the 18th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the third consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives...

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Beginning the lean manufacturing journey

August 1, 2009

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LAI International, Scottsdale, Ariz., is a precision manufacturer that supplies specialized parts to many of the most-demanding OEMs in the world. Even with that success, the company realized there was still room to improve. As a result, it embarked on a lean journey and is seeing immediate results.

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Don't forget the fixturing

August 1, 2009

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Don't forget a component of the system sometimes can dictate whether a robotic welding integration succeeds or fails: the fixturing.

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How bankruptcy and restructuring are changing the Detroit Three

August 1, 2009

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With GM and Chrysler both undergoing bankruptcy restructuring procedures, the North American automotive industry of late 2009 and beyond will be forever different from that which preceded it.The Detroit Three that emerge from this crisis will be smaller but infinitely more focused. GM has...

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Enhanced CAD/CAM nesting software facilitates use of irregular-shaped sheets, plates

July 30, 2009

Striker Systems, a sheet metal manufacturing software developer, has announced the release of STRIKER 2010 Sheet Metal CAD/CAM & Nesting.Driven by customer input, STRIKER 2010 offers many enhancements...

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Timken signs agreement to sell Needle Roller Bearings business

July 29, 2009

The Timken Company today announced it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of its Needle Roller Bearings business, which primarily serves customers in the automotive original-equipment sector,...

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