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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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Design for manufacturability opens doors - TheFabricator.com

Design for manufacturability opens doors

August 1, 2011

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Dawson Doors, a fabricator in a small town in western New York, has developed a global presence in the high-end enclosure and door fabrication markets. By closely collaborating with customers, the unique fabrication company has continued to grow.

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Fabricator touts precision production - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator touts precision production

August 1, 2011

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Diversified Metal Products’ demanding niche—nuclear fabrication—spurred growth throughout the economic downturn. Its mix of production and one-off fabrication may give the contract fabricator a leg up in the years ahead.

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How small batch sizes define modern manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

How small batch sizes define modern manufacturing

August 1, 2011

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The long-held belief that setups should be amortized over the largest possible lot sizes needs to change. As setup times become shorter, they become less relevant, and, according to some, so does the old notion of economic order quantities.

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Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image - TheFabricator.com

Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image

August 1, 2011

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A northeastern job shop gets a new building and a complete makeover, with bright colors, a sleek front office, a quality assurance room that looks like a laboratory, and with it all, a new image.

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Managing people as people, not assets - TheFabricator.com

Managing people as people, not assets

August 1, 2011

Elizabeth Miller never thought about managing a metal fabrication shop, that is, until the unthinkable happened. When her husband died, her life changed dramatically, in more ways than she could have ever imagined.

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Metal Fabrication Industry: A portrait in prose - TheFabricator.com

Metal Fabrication Industry: A portrait in prose

August 1, 2011

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Three books together paint a good picture of this industry. It’s a combination of technical knowhow, pragmatism, down-to-earth humor, and big-picture thinking.

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U.S. durable goods orders fell in June

July 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in June decreased $4.0 billion or 2.1 percent to $192.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.9 percent May increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1 percent....

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NSK Steering Systems America announces expansion plans

July 25, 2011

Automobile manufacturing company NSK Steering Systems America has announced plans to expand its Dyersburg, Tenn., plant using a $280,000 state grant. The expansion is expected to create 180 new jobs — 90 this year and another 90 in 2012....

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RJLK Holdings to open metal fabrication plant in South Carolina

July 25, 2011

RJLK Holdings Inc., based in Indiana, has announced plans to locate a metal fabrication and distribution plant in the former Applied Engineering facility in Orangeburg, S.C. The building will hold several subsidiaries of the company. An investment of about $10 million over the next five years will...

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Photoacoustic gas monitor eliminates interference from water vapors - TheFabricator.com

Photoacoustic gas monitor eliminates interference from water vapors

July 25, 2011

The PA4000 photoacoustic infrared gas monitor from General Monitors provides gas monitoring while eliminating interference from water vapors. Designed with a photoacoustic, infrared (IR) sensor to monitor gases including hydrocarbons, solvents, alcohols, CO2, and CO, the unit is selective to...

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Heavy-duty dry vacuum features wear-resistant design for cleaning up abrasive materials - TheFabricator.com

Heavy-duty dry vacuum features wear-resistant design for cleaning up abrasive materials

July 25, 2011

Exair's new Premium Heavy Duty Dry Vac™ system is an industrial-duty vacuum cleaner designed to vacuum high volumes of dry materials. It features a 30-, 55-, or 110-gal. drum and a wear-resistant design for cleanup of abrasive materials such as steel shot, garnet, metal chips, and sand,...

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Sheet metal manufacturing software designed to optimize processes from work orders to finished product

July 25, 2011

Lantek has launched Manufacturing Execution System Lantek Manager software, designed to help optimize sheet metal manufacturing processes from work orders to finished product. It simultaneously considers many factors, including delivery date, customer, machinery to be used, material thickness, and...

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Survey shows industrial companies confident in growth

July 25, 2011

From upgrading facilities to buying technology, industrial companies are investing confidently in their businesses to build upon a period of sustained growth, according to the results of the newest Industry Market Barometer™ (IMB) from ThomasNet, New York. Forty-five percent of the companies...

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Meritor announces executive appointments

July 21, 2011

Meritor Inc., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has announced changes to its executive management team, effective immediately. Meritor's board of directors has elected Pedro Ferro to the position of vice...

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Combating internal condensation in your resistance welding machine - TheFabricator.com

Combating internal condensation in your resistance welding machine

July 20, 2011

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Resistance welding transformers generate a lot of heat, which is why most of them are designed to be water-cooled. But when condensation forms internally as a result of an improperly set chiller temperature, a number of catastrophic issues can arise. To avoid this, it's best to understand what causes internal condensation and how you can prevent it.

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