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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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Real-time monitoring network available for press users

September 16, 2008

Greenerd Press & Machine Co. Inc. offers its pressport private online network for users of the company's presses that allows them to obtain real-time status of their press operations.Users log in and...

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Stainless steel pump designed for high-flow circulation systems requiring moderate pressure

September 16, 2008

Binks offers the stainless steel EXEL™ pump, which is designed for high-flow circulation systems requiring moderate pressure.The pump works with water- and solvent-borne fluids, catalyzed...

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Lightweight hearing protection rated at 31 decibels

September 16, 2008

SensGard® SG31 combines a noise-reduction rating of 31 decibels with a lightweight design. The hearing protection is suitable for use in extreme-noise environments, including manufacturing plants,...

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BDI Engineering holds ribbon cutting for new facility

September 16, 2008

BDI Engineering held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new manufacturing facility in Warsaw, Ind., in June. The company purchased the facility late last year to serve as its corporate headquarters and...

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Houghton signs agreement to acquire D.A. Stuart

September 16, 2008

Houghton Intl. Inc., Philadelphia, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire D.A. Stuart. The transaction, anticipated to close in 2008, is subject to regulatory approval.Both companies are...

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Weld training

But anybody can weld, right?

September 16, 2008

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Welding is a craft that requires both proper training and practice. Training your welders can have a very positive effect on your operation. A well-trained welder is more likely to produce high quality welds efficiently and weld safely. He also may be more satisfied with his job and stick around longer

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3-D CAD strengthens customer bond

September 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis asks his fabricating readers if they know what it truly takes to keep up a fully functioning 3-D CAD software system.

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Commercial aircraft fuels jump in July durable goods orders

August 27, 2008

Led by a much larger-than-expected increase in the demand for commercial aircraft, July's orders for big-ticket manufactured goods saw a second consecutive strong monthly performance.The U.S. Commerce...

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ASME and AWS welding codes—Similarities and differences - TheFabricator.com

ASME and AWS welding codes—Similarities and differences

August 26, 2008

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Welding codes are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of welding and are used to qualify welders. Predominate among welding codes in the U.S. are those authored by ASME and AWS. This article provides a brief overview of the similarities and differences in these codes.

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Heavy Plate Fabrication Welder

Ultrafabrication, ultraexpansion

August 26, 2008

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Ultra Machine & Fabrication, through significant capital outlays, has built an infrastructure ready to complete in the heavy plate market.

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Lori and Traci Tapani Closeup

Cycling through a business transition

August 26, 2008

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Lori and Traci Tapani, co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, aren't your typical metal fabrication managers. Together, they've managed to diversify their family business into a thriving, stable enterprise.

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5S—The foundation for lean and safe

August 26, 2008

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Lean, a popular term in manufacturing, most often is associated with organizing and eliminating waste on the shop floor. However, lean is also very effective in the office environment. Having a lean operation across the board improves efficiency, productivity, and safety. This article discusses the benefits of 5S and how to implement it.

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Hiring, vacancies, recruiting difficulty down sharply

August 26, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey for September indicates that similar to last month, the labor market will remain soft and will be much weaker than it...

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Angle Grinder

Shake, rattle, and the toll

August 26, 2008

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Operating an angle grinder is a tough job. Find out what angle grinder manufacturers are doing to make the tools more user- friendly, including lightening the weight, enhancing antivibration measures, and improving safety.

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Ace Metal crafts executives

Getting lean, job shop style

August 26, 2008

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Ace Metal Crafts has promoted its own brand of lean that, more than anything, gives employees ownership over the process.

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