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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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Manufacturing decline continues to moderate

May 4, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in April for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy contracted for the seventh consecutive month, say the nation's supply...

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NAM: New taxes on corporate foreign earnings a 'disastrous proposal'

May 4, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler today offered his strong opposition to President Obama's proposals to change rules governing the taxation of foreign earnings of U.S....

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Love of loft in 3-D CAD modeling

May 1, 2009

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Leaning to use the loft tool in 3-D CAD modeling takes some work, but it can come in handy in certain circumstances.

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Wintrust CEO sees hope for manufacturing

April 30, 2009

The Chicago Tribunehas reported that Edward Wehmer, CEO of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Wintrust Financial Corp., said industrial borrowers are starting to see signs of life in their businesses.During a...

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HRB prices: 'Never-ending bottom'

April 29, 2009

In its latest release of hot-rolled band prices, SteelBenchmarker™'s headline read "never-ending bottom."The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarkerWestern European HRB price for April 27 plummeted 6.0...

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Redesigning parts for cost savings

April 28, 2009

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This technical article from TRUMPF takes a look at how parts can be redesigned to include less material and to be processed much more efficiently.

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Consulting, prototyping, training available for laser industry

April 27, 2009

Priority Cutting LLC has announced the launch of its new company that focuses on providing comprehensive consulting, prototyping, and training services exclusively for fabricators with CNC lasers.With...

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World steel demand set for sharpest decline since WWII

April 27, 2009

Reuters has reported that the world's steel industry is bracing for the steepest fall in demand since World War II, "as global economic downturn rips through the sector, chopping demand by almost 15...

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Optimism rises among metal forming companies

April 15, 2009

According to the April 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies are the most optimistic they have been about business conditions since last...

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HRB prices continue to drop

April 15, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarkerU.S. HRB price for April 13 plummeted 8.0 percent to $474 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the 17th consecutive drop. The Chinese HRB ex-works price dropped 5.3 percent...

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Putting out fires, the lean way

April 14, 2009

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Crimson Fire, a lean fire truck OEM, enjoys record orders, but prepares for challenges ahead.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part I

April 14, 2009

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Metalworking professionals who possess diverse proficient skills have an edge in a tight job market. In this first installment in a series, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick presents an overview of the metal stamping industry and describes the various careers available in the sector.

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Foot switch features cast aluminum housing, formed steel guards

April 14, 2009

The Linemaster Classic IV foot switch is designed with a cast aluminum housing. It is offered in momentary action and is available in SPDT and DPDT circuits. Formed steel guards are available for both...

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5-stage parts cleaning system has 96-in. wash section

April 14, 2009

A five-stage, all-stainless-steel washer/dryer system is offered by ALMCO KleenTec.The PWRBD24-96E-U system, initially custom-developed for a customer, includes wash, rinse, second rinse, blowoff, and...

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Adjustable load lifter rated for 2 tons

April 14, 2009

Caldwell's adjustable load lifter can be used to expand a crane to handle a range of loads. It has a rated capacity of 2 tons and can be adjusted to fit the load at hand.The lifting bail adjusts to...

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