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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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AWS acquires Mexican welding tradeshow

January 15, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has entered into an agreement with Trade Show Consulting (TSC) to purchase Weldmex, the largest welding tradeshow in Latin America.Under the terms of the...

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Manufacturers in the dark on lighting waste?

January 15, 2008

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Lighting is typically the last line item on the budget operators worry about or assess. Many companies feel as though they have no control over their energy costs, so they never take a critical look at the expenditure. It's just an item on the budget that has to be paid no matter what the cost. However, such costs can result in millions of dollars of lost revenue each year, not to mention tons of wasted energy and a negative impact on the environment.

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Tube Southeast Asia expo sheds light on Thailand, region

January 15, 2008

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It's a vacationer's paradise—beaches in the south, mountains in the north, nightlife in the capital city, and low prices on nearly every consumer good under the sun. Like all emerging economies, it has a vibrant and growing manufacturing sector. It also happens to be centrally located in...

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Business spending 2008

Capital equipment spending remains upbeat

January 15, 2008

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Metal fabricators and formers are expected to spend more than $2.2 billion on capital equipment in 2008. The 2008 FMAC Capital Spending Survey provides more details.

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Essential CAD: A starting point

January 1, 2008

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Before a company purchases a CAD software package, the management team should start with a list of priorities that it expects the software to address. Of course, these priorities should be tailored to the company's mission. It's also important to keep in mind some of the basics of the virtual design world before the actual purchase takes place.

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Maximizing your shop floor automation investment

December 11, 2007

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In the world of shorter-run and engineered-to-order production, fabricators want to keep their machines at near or full capacity, which means the business is making money. To accomplish this, the flow of information coming out of the front office has to be fast enough to drive the shop floor automation.

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Run bar for two-hand machine actuation introduced

December 11, 2007

Banner Engineering Corp. has introduced the DUO-TOUCH®l run bar with STB buttons for two-hand machine actuation. The run bar interfaces with DUO-TOUCH SG two-hand control modules, SC22-3 safety...

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Counterbalanced lift trucks feature customizable applications, ergonomics

December 11, 2007

Hyster Co.'s Fortis™ line of sit-down, counterbalanced lift trucks features customizable applications and ergonomics, a power-train design, industrial-strength electronics, good cooling, and...

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Lean Learning Center announces 2008 class schedule

December 11, 2007

The Lean Learning Center, Novi, Mich., a provider of lean curriculum and consulting, has announced its 2008 class schedule. All courses are taught at the center, which the organization says is the...

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SBRB reports fewer manufacturers preparing for growth in next 12 to 24 months

December 11, 2007

Fewer small manufacturing businesses indicated during the third quarter of 2007 that they are planning for expansion during the next 12 to 24 months, according to the most recent quarterly survey...

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Chemetall Oakite earns Good Corporate Citizen award for third straight year

December 11, 2007

Chemetall Oakite, New Providence, N.J., has been recognized by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for the third consecutive year as a Good Corporate Citizen for its compliance with...

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies joins Save Your Factory initiative

December 11, 2007

Applied Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (AMT), Orion, Mich., a supplier of automation design, engineering, and process consulting services, has joined the Save Your Factory initiative.The...

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Structural Steel

6 structural steel lessons not found in books

November 6, 2007

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Unfortunately, the proper structural steel education is not taking place before young men and women hit the shop floor. Trade and welding schools give you the basics about fabricating, but you learn a lot more on the job. To help that information exchange, an old-school structural steel fabricator shares six thoughts.

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Electrode force gauge for robotic resistance welding machines introduced

November 6, 2007

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Ltd. (HFT) has introduced the KR1000 robot cell resistance welder electrode force gauge, designed to obtain correct weld parameters for standard and critical welds in...

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Bosch Rexroth celebrates 40 years of business in the U.S., names VP of automation sales

November 6, 2007

Bosch Rexroth Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., marked 40 years of operation in the U.S. with a celebration in September at the company's industrial hydraulics facility in Bethlehem, Pa. Current and...

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