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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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CRM and the job shop

January 31, 2011

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In manufacturing, measuring is everything. If you don't measure the process--and use the best metrics--you can't improve it. That thinking applies to sales and marketing just as it does the manufacturing floor--and this is where customer relationship management software comes into play.

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Welding ventilation goes to school - TheFabricator.com

Welding ventilation goes to school

January 31, 2011

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The concern to protect welders from the dangers of inhaling welding fumes is not limited to just metal fabricating companies. The schools training the next generation of manufacturing workers need to be concerned as well. In fact, the pressure may be greater for the schools because if the student studying welding doesn't like the environment in which he or she is learning, the student may decide that there is no future in manufacturing.

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Detroit's United Metal Products receives loan assistance from federal program

January 27, 2011

United Metal Products, a Detroit metal stamping and forming business that primarily supplies the auto industry, received assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Council (MEDC) that allowed the company to secure loans totaling $2.6 million. The MEDC assistance came through $1.5 billion of...

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Otis selected for World Trade Center Transportation Hub

January 27, 2011

Otis Elevator Company is providing 21 elevators and 47 escalators to the World Trade Center Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Transportation Hub in lower Manhattan, New York. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp. "Otis is proud to take part in the reconstruction at the World Trade Center,"...

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Fabricating of the third-generation kind - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating of the third-generation kind

January 27, 2011

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A commitment to a new sales strategy and a solid foundation of fabricating talent and capabilities helped Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Pa., weather the Great Recession. It's also put the company in a position to top its record year of 2008 within the next two to three years. That preparation and willingness to challenge the status quo within its own four walls are the reasons that Clark Metal Products has earned The FABRICATOR's 2011 Industry Award.

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Equipment manufacturers call for immediate bipartisan action on infrastructure, job creation

January 26, 2011

Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address: "Last night's State of the Union address was the first in more than a decade to address America's broken transportation system. To compete...

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HRB prices continue to rise

January 26, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for January 24 surged 7.4 percent to $553 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the fourth consecutive increase. The United States HRB spot price gained 5.7 percent to $851 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the...

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Compact profile grippers offer high retention forces - TheFabricator.com

Compact profile grippers offer high retention forces

January 24, 2011

Bilsing Automation North America's PS pneumatic grippers feature a compact profile that offers high retention forces for press shop and transfer press applications. The PS-30 weighs about 1.1 lb. and features a piston diameter of 0.79 in. and a holding force of 500 N. The PS-40 has a piston...

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Ivy Tech Community College named Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training center

January 24, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College is now a Motoman-endorsed robotics instructor training (MERIT) center. The program helps community colleges and universities bring Motoman training to the regional manufacturing work force. Initially the Columbus, Ind., campus of Ivy Tech will deliver the DX100 Basic...

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M&M Mfg.'s VP of warehouse operations retires after 46 years - TheFabricator.com

M&M Mfg.'s VP of warehouse operations retires after 46 years

January 24, 2011

On Dec. 22, 2010, M&M Mfg., Forth Worth, Texas, held a retirement party to honor Melvin Nobles, vice president of warehouse operations, after 46 years of employment with the company. Noble began working at the company in July 1965, seven years after its inception. At the time, there were...

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LAI Intl. earns Boeing Performance Excellence Award

January 24, 2011

LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award. LAI maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2009, to Sept. 30,...

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Steel construction inspection seminars and Webinars scheduled for spring

January 24, 2011

The Steel Structures Technology Center has announced its schedule for seminars and Webinars on the inspection of steel building construction, welding, and bolting using International Building Code (IBC), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Welding Society (AWS), and Research...

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GM to add third shift, 750 jobs at Flint Assembly

January 24, 2011

General Motors today announced plans to add a third shift at Flint Assembly, generating 750 jobs for the plant that makes the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups. The shift is expected to start in the third quarter with employees starting to arrive at Flint Assembly in the second...

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What’s the word, hummingbird?

January 21, 2011

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Think social media is just for big companies or individuals with nothing else to do? Think again. Social media has evolved into an important part of a comprehensive marketing strategy, even for job shops.

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Fabricating tube, learning lessons in Americaís Dairyland - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating tube, learning lessons in America's Dairyland

January 21, 2011

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J & D Tube Benders Inc., founded as a partnership to produce a single part number in 1971, today generates $16 million in annual revenues and is on the cusp of the third generation of family ownership. The key to its longevity is learning valuable lessons throughout the past four decades, finding opportunities during expansions and downturns.

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