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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Ridin the storm out

Ridin' the storm out

October 9, 2007

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While other automotive suppliers are struggling or going under, Tier II supplier of ride control components Tennessee Stampings established a lean program that merited a regional manufacturs' award and helped them grow 23 percent per year.

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Welding Teacher

Cure for the welder shortage

October 9, 2007

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What can be done to combat the skilled welder shortage? Longtime welding educator and inspector Tina Buchanan has some ideas that require cooperation among educational facilities at all levels, industry, and parents. Among her recommendations are restructuring educational programs, more industry involvement, and parental support of children's career interests.

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Resistance welding system enables single operator to weld large workpieces

October 9, 2007

LORS Machinery Inc. has been appointed by Koyo Giken Inc. as an authorized factory direct importer and distributor of Koyo's MYSPOT resistance welding systems.Allowing a single operator to weld large...

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Laser alignment tool operates over 100 ft.

October 9, 2007

Pinpoint Laser Systems® has introduced the 2-D Microgage laser alignment tool for precision measuring, machine alignment, and calibration. Operators can check and align roll and web lines, CNC...

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Bosch Rexroth technology group offers ergonomics check list

October 9, 2007

The Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies group for Bosch Rexroth Corp., Buchanan, Mich., offers the "Manual Workplace Systems 7-Step Ergonomic Checklist," a guide to designing a work area that fits...

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MTI Systems, ProfitKey form partnership

October 9, 2007

MTI Systems, West Springfield, Mass., a provider of cost-estimating software for manufacturing applications, has announced a partnership with ProfitKey Intl., Salem, N.H., that will embed MTI's...

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Offshore Group to hold annual manufacturing summit

October 9, 2007

The Offshore Group, a provider of outsourced manufacturing support services, has announced plans to hold the 13th annual Manufacturing in Mexico Summit at the Camino Real Hotel in Saltillo, Coahuila,...

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FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show returns to Chicago

October 9, 2007

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to...

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Deteriorating Bridge

Rebuilding the infrastructure
Skilled workers must be trained now

October 9, 2007

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Recent news, such as the Minneapolis bridge collapse, confirms that the nation's aging infrastructure needs an overhaul. New materials will help make bridges and other structures stronger, but finding the work force to build them won't be an easy task. The state of West Virginia is launching an initiative that may speed up worker training.

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Fabricating: Employment or enjoyment?

October 9, 2007

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Robert Warnett didn't take many vocational classes in school, never spent much time reading about welding or fabricating, and never had a job in a shop. However, he made quite a few friends in the fabricating industry and made a hobby out of fabricating. Being a hands-on type of guy, he has capitalized on the knowledge and experience he has acquired over the years to do something that many people only dream about doing. He builds custom motorcycles.

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Press maintenance program

Creating a pressroom preventive maintenance program

September 11, 2007

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A press maintenance program should be designed to minimize downtime, enhance machinery output, and establish a formal record keeping system for ongoing inspections.

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Employee loyalty—An elusive goal?

September 11, 2007

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Today's employees likely will work for several companies throughout their careers. This does not mean that retention efforts on your part are ineffective or a waste of resources. The right strategies can help you achieve the most from your valuable employees and possibly extend the time they work for you.

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Servo-press workstations can be customized

September 11, 2007

Promess Inc. has introduced a line of customizable servo-press workstations, based on the company's electromechanical assembly press (EMAP), intelligent control, and sensor technologies integrated...

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Energy-saving dust collector control panel introduced

September 11, 2007

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has introduced an energy-saving control panel for its line of dust collectors.The Intelli-Touch® control panel reduces energy consumption with a built-in,...

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Lean tool and die

Lean tool and die solutions

September 11, 2007

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To achieve a competitive position against low-cost countries, tool- and diemakers must reduce costs by at least 25 percent and shorten lead-time by about 50 percent.

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