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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Ottenweller Co. to expand in North Carolina

July 15, 2013

Ottenweller Co., based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has announced plans to expand its steel fabrication manufacturing operation in Mount Airy, N.C., creating 20 new jobs and investing more than $1.5 million over the next three years. The company fabricates complex structures requiring cutting, welding,...

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Ford develops technology to speed prototyping, low-volume production

July 15, 2013

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., is developing a highly flexible, first-of-its-kind, patented manufacturing technology to form sheet metal parts rapidly for low-volume production applications. When fully developed, the technology will allow for lower costs and prototype delivery within three...

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Automotive sales expected to continue accelerating, economists say

July 15, 2013

According to the more than 70 economists and analysts from business, academia, and government who participated in the Chicago Fed's 20th annual Automotive Outlook Symposium, held May 30-31, 2013, at its Detroit branch, the nation's economic growth is forecast to be solid this year and to strengthen...

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Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling

July 12, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

Lead-times for CNC preparation, tooling, and fixtures need to be included in the total lead-time quoted to the customer. How exactly? Gerald Davis dives into the details.

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Five steps for finding your ideal customer - TheFabricator.com

Five steps for finding your ideal customer

July 12, 2013 | By Michael Zakrzewski

Choosing your customer wisely allows you to focus on that limited range of capability and take on that occasional “stretch” project with limited risk of failure or loss.

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Creating a culture of accountability - TheFabricator.com

Creating a culture of accountability

July 12, 2013 | By Steven Shaffer

When management games subside, managers and employees no longer have to fear accountability. A shared understanding of accountability then can be accepted and embraced into the culture.

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Stacking the deck for real improvement

July 12, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

Improvement that drives real competitive advantage, which means superior margins and valuation, must come from everything that surrounds the mechanical magic of modern manufacturing technology.

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An end to silos and fiefdoms

July 12, 2013 | By Tim Heston

If an organization is looking to streamline its turnaround time—the moment an order is received to the time it is shipped to the customers—it requires healthy communication among employees and, not least, the destruction of silos and fiefdoms.

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OMCO president wins regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year designation

July 11, 2013

Custom roll forming company OMCO, Wickliffe, Ohio, has announced that its president and CEO, Gary Schuster, has been selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2013 Northeast Ohio in the distribution and manufacturing category. Schuster joined the company in 2006 with more than...

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Gilchrist Metal Fabrication recognized by U.S. EPA

July 11, 2013

Gilchrist Metal Fabrication Co., Hudson, N.H., has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for powering its facility with 100 percent renewable energy — wind power. "As a metal fabrication company, it's no secret that we use a lot of power," said Jack Gilchrist,...

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Cutting Edge Laser Machining to expand in Georgia

July 11, 2013

Cutting Edge Laser Machining Inc. has announced plans for a $2 million expansion of its Covington, Ga., location. The metal fabricating company will move to an existing building, to which it will add 10,000 sq. ft., and add more machinery and employees. The new plant is expected to be up and...

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Pendarvis supplies steel subassemblies for Atlantis rocket booster replica

July 11, 2013

PlaceholderPendarvis Mfg., a precision machine shop and fabricator in Anaheim, Calif., built hundreds of steel subassemblies that were used in the construction of a 184-ft.-tall replica of the Atlantis space shuttle’s solid rocket boosters and external tanks. The full-scale replica resides just...

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Delta Brands announces new name, new president

July 11, 2013

Delta Brands Inc. has changed its name to Delta Steel Technologies (DST) and has hired Joseph Savariego as its new president. According to the company, the name change reflects its focus on innovation, application engineering, and mill duty construction. DST designs and manufactures metal...

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Improving welding quality in a dramatic way - TheFabricator.com

Improving welding quality in a dramatic way

July 11, 2013 | By Dan Davis

What happens when new owners of a metal fabricating business find out that they have to improve the shop's welding performance or risk losing its biggest customer—in the first week they take over the business? They have frank conversations with employees, find the root cause of the problems, install new processes to ensure quality, and ramp up training so that everyone can deliver acceptable welds on a consistent basis.

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Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability - TheFabricator.com

Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability

July 11, 2013 | By Clay Nesler

The importance of energy management is particularly high in the manufacturing sector, where energy use can have a significant impact on product and operating cost. A standard set of energy management practices, applied to small and medium, as well as large enterprises, can increase organizational performance and profitability.

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