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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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Tailoring incentives to employees' needs

August 20, 2006

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An appeal to business owners to look past bonuses to a new way of structuring incentives for their employees

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Shop floor software upgraded

August 8, 2006

Exact Software™ has released Exact JobBOSS® 9 shop floor manufacturing software. The new release focuses on enhancing the functionality of material control, purchasing, and cash flow.The...

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Strain sensor uses piezoelectric elements

August 8, 2006

The Force/Torque Div. of PCB® Piezotronics Inc. has introduced M240 ICP® strain sensors that use piezoelectric sensing elements to indirectly measure dynamic and quasistatic forces on...

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Small but great

August 8, 2006

Small and midsize companies demonstrate that business can be successful without compromising quality or responding to demands of a grow-or-die mentality.

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The U.S. sedan — an endangered species?

August 8, 2006

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Soaring fuel prices caused by Hurricane Katrina and turmoil in the Middle East have turned U.S. tastes toward passenger cars. Rather than trying to catch up with the competition, the Big Three are using global partners to speed their response to international automakers' passenger car success.

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Dust, smoke collector gathers medium- to fine-grain dust

July 11, 2006

Dustvent Inc. has introduced the V series of dust and smoke collectors that gather smoke and medium- to fine-grain dust.The units collect the pollutants in a first-stage filter and recirculate the...

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Light-duty floor stand facilitates light curtain mounting

July 11, 2006

Scientific Technologies Inc. has developed a light-duty floor stand designed for mounting the company's line of light curtains as well as the PA4600 perimeter access guarding device.The stand is...

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Culture matters: Employee-driven problem-solving

July 11, 2006

Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization that helps small and midsized businesses create better work environments.Ford Motor Co.'s and General Motors' supply chains have had an extremely difficult past couple of years. As a result,...

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Lean implementation failures

July 11, 2006

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The most important parts of lean implementation are preparation—especially an objective assessment and development of the business and technical cases for lean—leadership that can get things done, appropriate training, resolution of people issues, and well-designed deployment methods.

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The Midwest automotive exodus—fact or myth?

July 11, 2006

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While the Midwest has not lagged as far behind in international investment as many believe, the financial struggles of the Big Three have been a substantial economic burden for the region over the last three decades.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 10

June 13, 2006

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Although the last step in the bidding process is to submit your bid, your final step in working with the government is never to give up and to apply what you learned throughout the process to every government job opportunity.

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Keyswitch module enhances safety gate switches

June 13, 2006

Fortress Interlocks has introduced an option pod with keyswitch for its amGard modular safety gate switches, which helps to ensure that an operator can enter a hazardous area only when it is safe.The...

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Dual speed positioner lifts up to 445 lbs.

June 13, 2006

The Lift Stik™ lifter transporter from Presto Lifts achieves a lift by a powered, continuous chain in the single mast.A hand-held, push-button remote allows the user to lift or lower the...

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Perimeter guard provides four-sided protection

June 13, 2006

Sick Inc. offers the M4000 Advanced safeguarding system for point-of-entry applications for access protection to conveyor systems, palletizing equipment, and robotic workcells.Using corner mirrors...

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Upgrade kit designed for inverter welding systems

June 13, 2006

WeldComputer Corp. has developed an upgrade kit for existing inverter welding systems that delivers enhancements without replacing inverters.The control provides msec by msec programmability in...

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