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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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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Exact JobBOSS announces new manufacturing training program

March 13, 2007

Exact Software™ has announced that the company's Exact JobBOSS division has initiated a new manufacturing training program to help its customers address the global issues that face today's...

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Electrex celebrates 50th anniversary

March 13, 2007

Electrex Company, Inc, Harrison Township, Mich., is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.Established in 1957 to provide electrical contracting, the company installed primary services and wired buildings,...

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SAV opens North American facility

March 13, 2007

Germany-based SAV, a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of mechanical, magnetic, and hydraulic work holding systems, has opened a North American Facility in South Windsor, Conn.The new facility...

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Ford Foundation awards grant to Manufacturing Institute

March 13, 2007

The Ford Foundation has awarded a grant of $200,000 to The Manufacturing Institute/Center for Workforce Success (the research and education arm of the National Association of Manufacturers) for...

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Overman moves to new location

March 13, 2007

Overman & Associates LLC, a provider of total quality systems intended to help stampers improve service and performance and meet ISO and continuous improvement specifications, has moved to new offices...

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An exception to the industry rule

March 13, 2007

IRMCO, a 93-year-old manufacturer of environmentally friendly lubricant technologies for the metal forming industry, is not only surviving but thriving in an industry that's facing tough times with plant closures, downsizing, and fierce foreign competition.

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