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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Modeling in a 3-D CAD system

March 1, 2009

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Among the tools in the 3-D CAD toolkit—extrudes, revolves, sweeps, and lofts—the first two can be used to create identical parts, but they don't work the same way. Depending on which process you choose, the time the computer needs to model and rebuild the part can vary substantially.

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Durable goods orders down 5.2 percent in January

February 26, 2009

Orders for durable goods plunged 5.2 percent in January, The U.S. Department of Commerce reported today. Analysts had expected a 2.5 percent decline.Orders for autos fell 6.4 percent in January from...

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Welding fasteners: Spot or projection?

February 24, 2009

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Both spot and projection weld fasteners have their place. Choosing which process to use—spot or projection welding—depends, like anything else, on the application

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Rapid Creek Cutters—The second time around

February 24, 2009

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At a time when companies are thinning the worker ranks, many people may be thinking about going into business for themselves. Pat Burrington, the owner of Rapid Creek Cutters, has worked for others and for himself. He recommends the latter.

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Teen race car driver promotes manufacturing careers

February 24, 2009

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Need help motivating young people in your area to train for manufacturing careers? Want to get them fired up about pursuing their passions? Seven Minneapolis technical schools turned to race car driver Brennan Palmiter to help them accomplish these missions. They are glad they did.

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John Ratzenberger's NBT, FMA join forces to encourage youth to pursue manufacturing careers

February 23, 2009

A new entity dedicated to inspiring America's youth to consider careers in manufacturing and respond to a growing need in this country has been created through the partnership of two leading...

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Book offers tips, tricks for machinists, welders, fabricators

February 20, 2009

Metalworking Sink or Swim, by Tom Lipton, is a collection of tips, tricks, skills, and experiences for machinists, welders, and fabricators. It features shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of...

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5-axis machining book includes CD

February 20, 2009

Publisher Industrial Press offers Secrets of 5-Axis Machining, by Karlo Apro.According to the publisher, the book is an unbiased, no-nonsense, to-the-point description of 5-axis machining that...

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Machinery handbook revised

February 20, 2009

Industrial Press has released the 28th edition of Machinery's Handbook, which provides mechanical and manufacturing engineers, designers, draftsmen, toolmakers, and machinists with basic to advanced...

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Machine Shop Trade Secretsfilled with experience-based knowledge

February 20, 2009

Industrial Press offers Machine Shop Trade Secrets, by James A. Harvey, an experienced machinist and plastic injection mold maker. The manual is intended to have users thinking and producing like...

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Cutting Data for Turning of Steelcovers materials, tools

February 20, 2009

Industrial Press's Cutting Data for Turning of Steel, by Edmund Isakov, Ph.D., covers turning in machining, which removes more material per unit of time and consume more power at the roughing...

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Ford's Romeo, Mich., Engine Plant produces 10 millionth engine

February 19, 2009

After years of delivering power to two of Ford Motor Company's iconic products, the Ford F-150 and Mustang, Romeo Engine Plant has reached a historic milestone—the production of its 10 millionth...

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Deere & Company remains 'solidly profitable'

February 18, 2009

Deere & Company today announced worldwide net income of $203.9 million, or $0.48 per share, for the first quarter ended January 31, compared with $369.1 million, or $0.83 per share, for the same...

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NAM: Competitive auto industry essential to American manufacturing base

February 18, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler today issued the following statement in support of auto manufacturers in America:I cannot stress enough the importance of the auto...

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Metal formers weigh in on business conditions for next three months

February 16, 2009

According to the February 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect tough times to continue during the next three months. Conducted...

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