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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Bosch Rexroth launches new Web site

May 8, 2007

Bosch Rexroth has launched a new Web site intended to help automotive companies and their suppliers improve productivity, reliability, and efficiency in all areas of manufacturing, the company...

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TECMA 2007

Making it in Mexico

May 8, 2007

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Mexico is the land of fabricating opportunity, and those that believe that could be found at TECMA 2007, March 6-9, in Mexico City.

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A tale of two cities

May 8, 2007

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Facing deep structural problems and mounting financial stress, Big Three executives publicly sought a meeting with President Bush to discuss how the federal government could assist the automotive industry, and the hundreds of thousands of Americans it employs.

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A little innovation goes a long way

May 8, 2007

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Although large organizations make national headlines and serve as Wall Street indicators, small organizations are making the kind of innovative strides that lead to business growth and robust financial performance.

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Hand spinning lathe

A new spin on metal forming

April 10, 2007

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Glenn Metalcraft Inc. started out as a tool and die shop in Minneapolis in 1947. Today it is an $8-million-a-year contract manufacturer that has created a niche in spin-forming circular and conical components up to 0.750 in. thick. Glenn has found a high-volume niche, producing wheels, brakes, and other components, using a process that traditionally was used almost exclusively for prototype and low-volume work.

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Selling your company?

April 10, 2007

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If you own a midsized company, one valued at $2 million to $250 million, and you're thinking about selling, you should consider hiring a financial adviser to guide you through the process. This is likely to be the biggest and most important business transaction of your career, so finding an adviser who understands you, your business, and your industry is key in negotiating the best price.

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Competing with global sourcing in a 'knowledge economy'

April 10, 2007

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Western companies believe that although India and China are receiving a lot of manufacturing sourcing jobs, they cannot compete with Western skills. However, with developing "knowledge economies" and an openness to change and progress sometimes lacking in Western companies, these countries could easily become top world economies. This article explores how one Indian stamping company had great success implementing a knowledge management system.

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Compact dust collector introduced

April 10, 2007

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has introduced a new, compact dust collector with 1,000 CFM performance. The new Model RP-1 Twister™ features cartridge collection with a unique cyclonic...

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Abuse of power in the workplace

April 10, 2007

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Workplace bullying can negatively affect an employee's work performance, home life, and health. Seventy-one percent of bullies are bosses. What constitutes an abusive boss, and what can employees who are abused do to correct their harmful working conditions? This article lists different types of abusive bosses and offers tips for combating the abuse.

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Appliance demand flat

March 13, 2007

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2007 U.S. appliance shipments are forecast to grow only 1 percent because of a sluggish housing market. Shifts in channel preferences; successful market penetration by offshore brands; a strong demand for high-priced, innovative white goods; and the Maytag/Whirlpool merger are changing the industry's landscape.

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Metal forming certification

FMA jumps on the certification bandwagon

March 13, 2007

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Many industries and careers rely on certification programs to train workers. The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.®, has identified a need to certify precision sheet metal workers and is launching a certification program. This article explains the program's goals, outlines the development process, and describes how industry professionals can participate.

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Self-propelled truck makes welding machine mobile

March 13, 2007

The Weld-N-Go self-propelled welding truck from N-Go Industrial Trucks combines the power of a welding machine with turning agility and utility vehicle performance. It accommodates different welding...

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Marking system introduced for general industrial applications

March 13, 2007

Laser Photonics has introduced its Fantom™ Series OEM CO2laser marking and engraving kit for general industrial applications.The kits, which come in 10-, 30-, 50-, and 100-W models, are based on...

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Gloves designed for assemblers, fabricators

March 13, 2007

A leather palm and Kevlar® knit construction combine to make North Safety Product's Kevlar LEA Series Glove suitable for assemblers and fabricators.The seamless knit glove reduces chafing and...

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Strainer protects piping system components

March 13, 2007

Eaton Filtration LLC's Model 50 duplex basket strainer is designed to protect piping system components, such as meters, pumps, and instrumentation, from damage and helps prevent unscheduled downtime,...

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