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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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Is your business prepared for a pandemic?

January 10, 2006

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A recent CFO survey found that only 7 percent of businesses are preparing for a potential avian flu pandemic. Preparation is important for this and other events that can disrupt business and endanger employees. Guidelines include training and preparing an ancillary work force. Cross-training current employees and documenting processes can help.

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Hearing protection designed for outdoor, low-light applications

December 13, 2005

Bilsom® Leightning® Hi-Visibility earmuffs from Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group provide high attenuation and visibility in outdoor or low-light applications. They utilize Bilsom's Air Flow...

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Flexible-mount light beam safety device protects up to 70 m

December 13, 2005

The M4000 standard multiple light beam safety device from Sick Inc. offers mounting flexibility via three groove housing and swivel mount end caps. It protects a perimeter up to 70 m with beam spacing...

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Packets prevent corrosion on packaged metal parts

December 13, 2005

The Daubrite® 1 emitter packets from Daubert Cromwell prevent corrosion on metal parts that are packaged for storage or shipment.The 1 - by 3-in. packet contains the company's volatile corrosion...

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Fume extraction system protects laser optics

December 13, 2005

Adapt Laser Systems offers fume extraction systems manufactured by TEKA Filter Technology.Fume and particle extraction systems are important in many laser surface treatment applications. When lasers...

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Bulletproof processes

December 13, 2005

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While some stampers are filing for bankruptcy, Alpha's lean manufacturing initiatives have propelled the Detroit-based stamper to a $50 million-dollar company and growing

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Characteristics of electron beam welding

December 13, 2005

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Electron beam welding is useful for many applications -- steel, aluminum, and exotic metals; thick, structural sections or thin, delicate components; and harsh conditions such as alternating loads and low temperatures. A programmable controller allows engineers to tailor the electron beam's power distribution, thereby creating a unique weld for each application. EBW often is used in applications that have stringent joint tightness and strength requirements and, in some cases, it is used for welds that cannot be done with any other joining method.

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Delphi launches welding company

November 10, 2005

Delphi Technologies Inc. (DTI), a Delphi Corp. subsidiary, has started a new welding company called SpaceForm Inc. to commercialize its deformation resistance welding (DRW) technology within the...

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Downdraft tables require no external exhaust hoses

November 8, 2005

Extreme Air downdraft tables from Micro Air® Clean Air Systems offers systems for indoor air pollution problems. The self-contained, powered tables do not require external exhaust hoses, making...

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AWS to sponsor pavilion at Weldex 2006

November 8, 2005

Nexus Media Communications and the American Welding Society (AWS) will collaborate to establish an AWS pavilion at Weldex 2006. The pavilion will feature AWS members, the society itself, and products...

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Measuring up: Benchmarking your workplace practices

November 8, 2005

Manufacturers that track and address the effectiveness of their workplace practices make recruiting and retaining talent a key part of their strategy—a huge competitive advantage.

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Reverse engineering

November 8, 2005

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Typically, the idea for a fabricated product evolves into a manufacturing project from a complete set of engineering documents that define the product's scope, function, and limits and express its requirements. However, occasionally the necessary supporting documentation is unavailable and must be reconstructed.

For example, you might want to study an old sunken Roman or Viking vessel to gather information on ancient materials and technology and to understand a past civilization.

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Reality TV: Frame-making in the U.S.

November 8, 2005

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Sumitomo Metal Mining USA (SMMU) Inc. has supplied cathode ray tube frams to some of the largest, high-end television manufacturers in the world from its Oceanside, Calif., facility. Despite the trend in moving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of cheaper labor pools, SMMU believes it is poised to remain competitive while maintaining its U.S. base of operations.

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Removing the obstacles to success

October 11, 2005

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Owners of mid-sized businesses (those that sell for $2 million to $250 million) should know that the environment for selling such a business has grown increasingly harsh over the past 25 years or so. Many of the competitive forces at work in the global arena that have made manufacturing overseas attractive have made overseas manufacturing companies attractive investments, to the detriment of U.S. business owners. However, knowledge and planning can help an owner of a mid-sized manufacturing firm get a premium price for his business.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 5

October 11, 2005

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When you want to bid on a government contract, getting the technical data you need, including specifications and drawings, is critical.

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