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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China dominates world vehicle production, U.S. remains No. 2

January 14, 2013

China will remain the primary driver of global production growth over the next four years, but the U.S. will remain the No. 2 vehicle producer in the world, according to the newly released joint Global Light Vehicle and Powertrain Forecast from WardsAuto and AutomotiveCompass. The new forecast also...

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More exhibitors, more attendees, more FABTECH - TheFabricator.com

More exhibitors, more attendees, more FABTECH

January 10, 2013

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More than 26,000 people affiliated with the metal fabricating industry showed up at FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas in mid-November not to lose money, but to learn about new technologies and processes that could help them reduce production costs and put more of their money back into their own pockets.

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Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps

January 10, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis begins a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this first installment, he describes how an estimator needs to understand what processes are needed to quote accurately, as well as to determine which jobs align with the shop's mission and capabilities.

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Time to outsource inventory management?] - TheFabricator.com

Time to outsource inventory management?

January 10, 2013

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When a fabricator doesn't have money tied up in raw material just sitting around, that cash can be invested elsewhere to help the business. Unfortunately, many shops don't recognize that. That's where leaning on service centers can help.

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Taxes, skilled workers, and certainty

January 10, 2013

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Will a new employee perform well? What will the new tax environment be? These challenges and more create levels of uncertainty that drive business decisions.

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Fabricating with purpose - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating with purpose

January 10, 2013

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Cambridge Engineering made the transition from batch manufacturing that threw labor at production problems to one-piece flow and continuous improvement. A good corporate culture played a critical role.

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Steel Parts Mfg. to close Indiana plant

January 9, 2013

Steel Parts Mfg. Inc., a manufacturer of precision components for automotive and heavy-duty vehicle transmissions, has announced plans to close its 185,000-sq.-ft. plant in Tipton, Ind., by March 14. The closure will eliminate 173 jobs....

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Spirol receives supplier award from GM

January 9, 2013

Spirol Industries Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has received the General Motors 2012 Supplier Quality Excellence Award. GM reports that it presents the award to its product suppliers that have demonstrated the highest levels of quality performance over the previous 12 months; about 7 percent of its...

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Leonard Automatics creates new division

January 9, 2013

Leonard Automatics, a manufacturer of textile, garment, and heat-treatment equipment in Denver, N.C., has opened a new division called Leonard Fabrication and Design. This new division offers full-service engineering, metal and plastic parts fabrication, prototyping, private label manufacturing,...

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Conveyor drive features compact design

January 9, 2013

The new 2200 series Mid Drive belt conveyor platform from Dorner Mfg. frees up the motor and mounts from both ends of the conveyor, creating additional available space for operator and machine interfaces. The compact, three-roller design is 40 percent smaller than tensioned-center drives, opening...

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On-site repair product suitable for high loads

January 9, 2013

Diamant Coating Systems has introduced Multimetal Steel 1018, a repair product that combines high compressive strength, vibration damping, and long-term corrosion protection. The product was developed in Germany for the repair of steel and steel-composite bridges. It provides high compressive and...

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Robotic grit-blast system's turntable holds 1,000 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Robotic grit-blast system's turntable holds 1,000 lbs.

January 9, 2013

Guyson Corp. has introduced an extended-height robotic grit-blast machine with a 72- by 72-in. work envelope and pressure-blast media delivery for precision surface preparation applications in the aerospace industry, including composite structures. The model RB-72 uses a FANUC M-20iA robot as a...

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ASTM Intl. launches leadership program

January 7, 2013

International standards development and delivery organization ASTM Intl., W. Conshohocken, Pa., has launched the Leadership Connection initiative to raise awareness regarding the many opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience available by engaging in ASTM technical committee...

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LMI Aerospace completes acquisition of Valent Aerostructures

January 7, 2013

LMI Aerospace Inc., St. Louis, a supplier of structural assemblies, kits, and components and provider of design engineering services to the aerospace and defense industries, has completed its acquisition of Valent Aerostructures LLC, Kansas City, Mo. Valent provides complex structural components,...

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LA-CO Industries Inc. acquires Tempil

January 7, 2013

LA-CO Industries Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has acquired Tempil®, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). With the addition of Tempil's new temperature-indication technologies and capabilities, LA-CO — manufacturer of Markal® industrial marking and temperature-indication products —...

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