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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Same building, new people, new business - TheFabricator.com

Same building, new people, new business

September 13, 2011

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A Tulsa, Okla., job shop launches just as the economy starts to recover. The shop moved into a facility that was previously home to another, now defunct fabricator. The building is old--but everything else is new.

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How a shop devoted to improvement improved - TheFabricator.com

How a shop devoted to improvement improved

September 13, 2011

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At a major automotive OEM, a support operation is devoted to continuous improvement projects for the assembly line, fabricating items as needed to make life easier for line workers. Unfortunately, the improvement shop wasn’t very organized. As managers soon realized, it was time to improve the improvement shop.

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Knowing the grammar of metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification provides broad foundational knowledge

September 13, 2011

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Several employees at Metcam, an Atlanta-area fabricator, underwent a relatively new program--the Precision Sheet Metal Operator, or PSMO, certification from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. The certification requires in-depth knowledge of a range of fabrication processes--providing the foundation for a versatile, cross-trained, highly valuable employee.

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Aerospace manufacturer champions employee ownership - TheFabricator.com

Aerospace manufacturer champions employee ownership

September 13, 2011

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This California fabricator finds success with its employee stock ownership plan. The ESOP gives everyone a stake in the business. ESOPs go against conventional wisdom in retirement planning, where the financial gurus promote investment diversification. But for LeFiell employees, investing in the ESOP has paid off--big time.

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How the sales function became so important - TheFabricator.com

How the sales function became so important

September 13, 2011

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Fred Wilke of Wilke Enginuity knows how important the sales function is. Small jobs helped the company grow, but in 2007 they were looking to take the company to the next level. It was time to concentrate on the larger contracts. Then the recession happened.

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 102.9 percent from 2010

September 12, 2011

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $506.97 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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3-D CAD: Well-behaved bend reliefs - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Well-behaved bend reliefs

September 9, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis is looking to refine a 3-D model so that it is easier to laser-cut. To do so, he relies on a popular addition to his modeling software package.

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The job shop schedule: Always imperfect, ever adapting - TheFabricator.com

The job shop schedule: Always imperfect, ever adapting

September 9, 2011

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There's one constant about job shops specializing in high-mix, low-volume manufacturing: change. Changes happen continually, which means schedules must continually adapt. Today, software is allowing job shops to ensure the production schedule reflects reality and, most important, continually adapts.

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Finding fabricating opportunities in the defense sector - TheFabricator.com

Finding fabricating opportunities in the defense sector

September 9, 2011

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Fabricators interested in exploring defense-related contracts need to do some homework before they get started, and they also need to understand that government agents aren’t manufacturing specialists. They buy products, not processes, so fabricators who are accustomed to selling services such as laser or waterjet cutting need to market the products they are capable of making.

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Manufacturing's Multiplier Effect - TheFabricator.com

Manufacturing's Multiplier Effect

September 9, 2011

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Sales at B&W Trailer Hitches dropped severely during the recession, but the fabricator had no mass layoffs. Instead, workers gave back to the community, fixing and repairing public parks, community centers, even employees’ homes. Judging by the company’s recent performance, such a strategy wasn’t just altruistic. It was good business.

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Uncertainty is the new certainty for metal fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Uncertainty is the new certainty for metal fabricators

September 9, 2011

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Metal fabricators reveal that their No. 1 concern is the economy, but that doesn't mean that business is horrible. In fact, fabricators appear to be optimistic about the future.

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Waiting for welders won't work - TheFabricator.com

Waiting for welders won't work

September 9, 2011

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Many metal fabricators need new welding talent, especially as they look at new business opportunities and the impending retirements of some of their best workers. Unfortunately, the local trade schools aren't producing enough talented individuals who can step right in and contribute. That's why these businesses are becoming more aggressive in trying that becomes a part of their workforce.

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Ace Metal Crafts moves headquarters

September 8, 2011

After 51 years in the same location in Franklin Park, Ill., Ace Metal Crafts has moved to an 82,000-sq.-ft. plant in Bensenville, Ill. The company performs stainless steel fabrication, using laser cutting, forming, welding, sanitary finishes, and value engineering. The move to a much larger plant...

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Resistance seam welding machine upgraded - TheFabricator.com

Resistance seam welding machine upgraded

September 8, 2011

The RSX26 resistance seam welding machine from techMatrix LLC has been upgraded to work with larger, more powerful weld controllers up to 6.0-kA output. This makes the air-cooled, tabletop seam welding machine suitable for joining highly conductive foil materials such as copper, aluminum, and...

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