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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Why do customers buy from you?

April 24, 2013

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If you don't know the answer to that question, you aren't listening to your customers closely enough. And that puts the entire organization at risk.

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Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication

April 24, 2013

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A Houston fabricator maintains a 99 percent on-time delivery rate. The business maintains its place as a reliable link in the supply chain, and the shop’s growth strategy aims to keep it that way.

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Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow

April 24, 2013

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As part of its unofficial business plan, Cumming, Ga.-based Accufab gets in on the ground floor and helps entrepreneurs to get off the ground. As a result, the company is able to grow with its customers.

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Unit scans reflective objects without surface preparation - TheFabricator.com

Unit scans reflective objects without surface preparation

April 22, 2013

AiMESS has developed R3Dscan, a fringe projection 3-D digitizing system that scans and measures reflective and transparent objects without the need for surface preparation. The system does not analyze an object's reflection but instead uses an infrared detector to trace the energy that is...

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AC resistance welding control stores weld parameters for 57,600 welds

April 22, 2013

Entron Controls LLC has released its EN6021 single-phase AC resistance welding control. It comes standard with a weld log that stores 14 weld parameters for the last 57,600 welds made. Other standard features include a flash drive port, three valve outputs, 16 24-VDC inputs and 16 24-VDC outputs,...

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Welding training device allows for testing 18-in. joints

April 22, 2013

RealWeld Systems Inc. has announced that its patent-pending RealWeld Trainer™ system will support welding of 18-in. joints, which meets or exceeds the test requirements of the AWS B2 specification for plate welding. The system, designed for a welding booth, can be used while under the hood with...

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Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence

April 19, 2013

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In this fourth installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of planning outlines—which resemble work orders—to structure the estimator’s report of production expenses.

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The vital role of the CEO - TheFabricator.com

The vital role of the CEO

April 19, 2013

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If a metal fabricating company's CEO is running the plant or acting as a salesperson, who is guiding the business? For such companies, operating without a CEO can be a very dangerous situation.

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The glue that holds company valuation together

April 19, 2013

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A company structure can be an attractive size and shape, with a seemingly strong foundation--but still be a house of cards. Therefore, it’s important to test the robustness of a company’s structure to determine whether it is what it appears to be.

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How trust drives business - TheFabricator.com

How trust drives business

April 19, 2013

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At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit in February, speaker Tom Ziglar used a bicycle as a metaphor for how people drive business success.

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AlcoTec offers aluminum welding technology program

April 18, 2013

AlcoTec's School of Aluminum Welding Technology: Theory & Practice Program is designed to incorporate both a theoretical and practical approach to welding aluminum alloys. Designed for welding engineers, product design engineers, and sales personnel, the program includes comprehensive classroom...

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EWI joins VCSI as strategic partner

April 18, 2013

EWI, Columbus, Ohio, has announced a strategic partnership with the Huntsville, Ala.-based Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI). The two not-for-profit organizations, which provide engineering services to customers in business and government, are closely aligned in mission and...

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Diemasters Mfg. receives Manufacturing Leadership Award

April 18, 2013

Diemasters Mfg. Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been awarded the 2013 ML 100 (Manufacturing Leadership) Award for New Workforce Development. Based on a company's ability to create innovative methods to bring new workers into the workplace and encourage their growth and success through training...

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Horst Eng. acquires Sterling Machine

April 18, 2013

Horst Eng. and Mfg. Co., East Hartford, Conn., has acquired the assets of Sterling Machine Co. Inc., Lynn, Mass., a manufacturer of precision-machined components primarily for the aerospace industry. A family-owned company, Sterling employs 33 people. The operation in Lynn will continue as an...

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Demo tool management system introduced - TheFabricator.com

Demo tool management system introduced

April 11, 2013

Kennametal Inc. has expanded its ToolBOSS™ tool management system. The new Flex Unit is a smaller, portable demo unit that the manufacturer is making available to its distribution channel partners. At 100 lbs., the demo unit includes a computer loaded with the full version of ToolBOSS...

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