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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Small and midsized manufacturers continue growth expectations

April 24, 2013

Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its fifth annual Group CFO Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies' CFOs in 2013. These CFOs remain optimistic about financial prospects and are...

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GE adds two assembly lines to Appliance Park location

April 24, 2013

GE has added two assembly lines costing more than $100 million to its Appliance Park location in Louisville, Ky., for manufacturing front-load washing machines and dryers. This is the first time the company has produced a front-load washing machine and matching dryer from one of its U.S. plants....

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E-course highlights weld discontinuities and defects

April 24, 2013

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has released a new online course called Discontinuities and Defects, designed for people involved in arc welding inspection, quality control, engineering, and supervision. The online course contains five video segments, totaling a run time of 70...

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CAD/CAMConnect launches reviews site

April 24, 2013

CAD/CAMConnect™, Austin, Texas, an online resource that consolidates information on manufacturing technology to help simplify the buying process, has launched an extension, CADCAMReviews.com, where mechanical engineers, machinists, and design professionals can research and get advice on all types...

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Surviving the storm - TheFabricator.com

Surviving the storm

April 24, 2013 | By Dan Davis

Hurricane Sandy wasn't kind to Architectural Grille, Brooklyn, N.Y., in late October 2012. Waters from a nearby canal flooded the shop and ultimately destroyed all fabricating equipment, which was paid for. The insurance companies and local officials didn't offer much help either. The Giumenta family didn't throw in the towel, however. They are determined to rebuild and do it with the latest technology available.

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Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence

April 24, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In this fifth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of time standards that are based on shop experience to guide the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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Why do customers buy from you?

April 24, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

If you don't know the answer to that question, you aren't listening to your customers closely enough. And that puts the entire organization at risk.

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Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication

April 24, 2013 | By Tim Heston

A Houston fabricator maintains a 99 percent on-time delivery rate. The business maintains its place as a reliable link in the supply chain, and the shop’s growth strategy aims to keep it that way.

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Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow

April 24, 2013 | By Tim Heston

As part of its unofficial business plan, Cumming, Ga.-based Accufab gets in on the ground floor and helps entrepreneurs to get off the ground. As a result, the company is able to grow with its customers.

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Unit scans reflective objects without surface preparation - TheFabricator.com

Unit scans reflective objects without surface preparation

April 22, 2013

AiMESS has developed R3Dscan, a fringe projection 3-D digitizing system that scans and measures reflective and transparent objects without the need for surface preparation. The system does not analyze an object's reflection but instead uses an infrared detector to trace the energy that is...

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AC resistance welding control stores weld parameters for 57,600 welds

April 22, 2013

Entron Controls LLC has released its EN6021 single-phase AC resistance welding control. It comes standard with a weld log that stores 14 weld parameters for the last 57,600 welds made. Other standard features include a flash drive port, three valve outputs, 16 24-VDC inputs and 16 24-VDC outputs,...

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Welding training device allows for testing 18-in. joints

April 22, 2013

RealWeld Systems Inc. has announced that its patent-pending RealWeld Trainer™ system will support welding of 18-in. joints, which meets or exceeds the test requirements of the AWS B2 specification for plate welding. The system, designed for a welding booth, can be used while under the hood with...

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Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence

April 19, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In this fourth installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of planning outlines—which resemble work orders—to structure the estimator’s report of production expenses.

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The vital role of the CEO - TheFabricator.com

The vital role of the CEO

April 19, 2013 | By Mark Ernst

If a metal fabricating company's CEO is running the plant or acting as a salesperson, who is guiding the business? For such companies, operating without a CEO can be a very dangerous situation.

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The glue that holds company valuation together

April 19, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

A company structure can be an attractive size and shape, with a seemingly strong foundation--but still be a house of cards. Therefore, it’s important to test the robustness of a company’s structure to determine whether it is what it appears to be.

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