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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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Energy-saving dust collector control panel introduced

September 11, 2007

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has introduced an energy-saving control panel for its line of dust collectors.The Intelli-Touch® control panel reduces energy consumption with a built-in,...

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Lean tool and die

Lean tool and die solutions

September 11, 2007

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To achieve a competitive position against low-cost countries, tool- and diemakers must reduce costs by at least 25 percent and shorten lead-time by about 50 percent.

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Who will fill your shoes? - TheFabricator

Who will fill your shoes?

September 11, 2007

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Who will fill your shoes when you leave your company? What actions have you taken to develop the person who will be your replacement? Succession planning takes time and a well-thought-out strategy. This article can help you develop that strategy and identify potential successors.

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A high-flying metal fabricator

September 11, 2007

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From its beginning in 1986 as a machine shop, Custom Tube Products has changed to a fabrication shop. Along the way it has adapted to the skilled worker shortage, mainly by trading in its manual processes for automation.

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Mode of least resistance

August 8, 2007

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With the advent of transistorized controls in resistance welding, power supplies are available in which feedback can be used to control current, voltage, or power delivered. The use and benefits of these control modes are not well understood, leading to underutilization of the technology. It is important to understand the fundamentals of the control modes as applicable to DC and inverter power supplies and the special situations that you might encounter in their application.

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Ridin' the storm out Part I

August 8, 2007

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While other automotive suppliers are struggling or going under, Tier II supplier of ride control components Tennessee Stampings established a lean program that merited a regional manufacturs' award and helped them grow 23 percent per year.

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Demmeler Modular Fixturing System

Get started with modular fixturing

August 8, 2007

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The Demmeler modular fixturing system for welding is an ideal tool for prototypes, repair parts, custom parts, process development or any other short run welding job, including short-run robotic applications. Precise fixtures can be ready in a matter of hours. The system includes a full range of...

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Resistance welding inverters features quick rise times

August 7, 2007

The ISA-4000CR large-scale inverter for resistance welding, from Miyachi Unitek Corp., can produce 4,000 amps primary. It has five feedback modes, NEMA-style enclosure, built-in weld monitoring, a...

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Dot matrix machine has integrated image processing

August 7, 2007

Borries Marking Systems offers its model 350 dot matrix machine with integrated image processing for marking verification for traceability and lot control.Designed to meet AS 9132 requirements for...

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Stainless steel leveling feet added to framing system

August 7, 2007

80/20 Inc. has added stainless steel leveling feet to its T-slotted aluminum framing system, the Industrial Erector Set®.Eight 304 stainless steel bases, with or without floor-mount holes, are...

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EMMA plans fall metal manufacturing conference in Chicago

August 7, 2007

The Expanded Metal Manufacturers Association (EMMA), a division of the National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM), Glen Ellyn, Ill., will hold its fall conference at the...

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Omnova employee earns first lean gold certification

August 7, 2007

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Dearborn, Mich., the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Arlington Heights, Ill., and the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, Logan,...

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Dust collector has explosion vent

July 24, 2007

Farr Air Pollution Control now offers its Gold Series® dust collector with a new explosion vent for applications involving explosive dust capture.The X-vent is NFPA-approved and CD- and...

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Resistance welding inspection system introduced

July 24, 2007

Automation Systems and Design (ASD) has introduced a vision-based product designed to inspect critical features of resistance welding electrodes.The QCweld950 inspects tip diameter, angle, height,...

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New brushes added to maintenance products

July 10, 2007

Weiler® Corp. has added several items to its line of maintenance products.The comfort-grip hand scrub brush with polypropylene fill now comes with a contoured handle and rubber insert.Two new...

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