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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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But anybody can weld, right?

September 16, 2008

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Welding is a craft that requires both proper training and practice. Training your welders can have a very positive effect on your operation. A well-trained welder is more likely to produce high quality welds efficiently and weld safely. He also may be more satisfied with his job and stick around longer

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3-D CAD strengthens customer bond

September 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis asks his fabricating readers if they know what it truly takes to keep up a fully functioning 3-D CAD software system.

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Commercial aircraft fuels jump in July durable goods orders

August 27, 2008

Led by a much larger-than-expected increase in the demand for commercial aircraft, July's orders for big-ticket manufactured goods saw a second consecutive strong monthly performance.The U.S. Commerce...

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ASME and AWS welding codes—Similarities and differences - TheFabricator.com

ASME and AWS welding codes—Similarities and differences

August 26, 2008

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Welding codes are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of welding and are used to qualify welders. Predominate among welding codes in the U.S. are those authored by ASME and AWS. This article provides a brief overview of the similarities and differences in these codes.

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Heavy Plate Fabrication Welder

Ultrafabrication, ultraexpansion

August 26, 2008

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Ultra Machine & Fabrication, through significant capital outlays, has built an infrastructure ready to complete in the heavy plate market.

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Lori and Traci Tapani Closeup

Cycling through a business transition

August 26, 2008

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Lori and Traci Tapani, co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, aren't your typical metal fabrication managers. Together, they've managed to diversify their family business into a thriving, stable enterprise.

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5S—The foundation for lean and safe

August 26, 2008

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Lean, a popular term in manufacturing, most often is associated with organizing and eliminating waste on the shop floor. However, lean is also very effective in the office environment. Having a lean operation across the board improves efficiency, productivity, and safety. This article discusses the benefits of 5S and how to implement it.

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Hiring, vacancies, recruiting difficulty down sharply

August 26, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey for September indicates that similar to last month, the labor market will remain soft and will be much weaker than it...

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Angle Grinder

Shake, rattle, and the toll

August 26, 2008

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Operating an angle grinder is a tough job. Find out what angle grinder manufacturers are doing to make the tools more user- friendly, including lightening the weight, enhancing antivibration measures, and improving safety.

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Ace Metal crafts executives

Getting lean, job shop style

August 26, 2008

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Ace Metal Crafts has promoted its own brand of lean that, more than anything, gives employees ownership over the process.

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Metal forming companies anticipate little change in next three months

August 18, 2008

According to the August 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies anticipate little change in business conditions during the next three months....

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Podcast offers state-of-manufacturing insight, FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show preview

August 13, 2008

Two industry experts provide their views on the state of U.S. manufacturing and preview North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, tube & pipe and welding trade show on the free "Better...

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Laser optics packaging eliminates need for wrapping paper, plastic bag

August 12, 2008

The CO2 Optics Group of Ophir Optronics Ltd. has introduced EZ-Pack packaging for industrial laser optics.The packaging is composed of polyethylene terephthalate, a recyclable plastic widely used in...

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Magnets lift, move steel sheets without slings, hooks, cables

August 12, 2008

SafeHold® APL series lifting magnets from Eriez® lift and move steel sheets without direct attachment by slings, hooks, or cables.The magnets are designed so that an operator is not required...

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I-beam cantilever rack stores long, heavy, odd-shaped items

August 12, 2008

Steel King's new I-beam cantilever rack stores long, heavy, odd-shaped items such as die racks, piping, conduit, sheet metal, building materials, and spools of cable.It has standard freestanding...

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