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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What is your company worth?

January 18, 2013

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Columnist Dick Kallage explains why a private company should be interested in establishing its market value even if it isn't for sale.

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Manufacturing software replaces paper-based process with MES digitization

January 17, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms has introduced advanced manufacturing software to help increase production speed and more tightly control quality. Proficy for Manufacturing software addresses challenges faced by companies across a variety of manufacturing businesses. For long-cycle, engineer- or...

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S&S Technical adds to sales team

January 17, 2013

S&S Technical, Cumming, Ga., a design, engineering, and fabrication firm specializing in packaged pumping systems for all industries, has hired three new sales associates. Greg Clark brings experience in process integration and knowledge of system design to his new position. Supporting the...

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T. J. Snow adds second airplane for on-call resistance welder service

January 17, 2013

T. J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., has added a second small airplane to its transportation fleet to facilitate response time for in-plant service calls. The company, which sells and services resistance welding equipment at Tier 1 and 2 automotive parts suppliers and other metal fabricators, has...

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Super Steel LLC launches SS Coaters - TheFabricator.com

Super Steel LLC launches SS Coaters

January 17, 2013

Milwaukee-based contract manufacturer Super Steel has launched a contract painting division called SS Coaters. Super Steel currently does its painting in-house and saw the need to expand in the contract paint market by revitalizing its e-coat line. The paint line has significant open capacity...

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Quality Metalcraft moves into lighting design with new art exhibition

January 17, 2013

Quality Metalcraft Inc., a Livonia, Mich.-based automotive parts and prototype supplier, is lead sponsor of a new arts installation in Detroit's Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art. STALA Universe brings together video, light, and music to highlight Detroit's industrial design and...

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Hendrick consolidates executive-level management

January 16, 2013

Hendrick Mfg. has announced that it has consolidated management staff at Hendrick Mfg. in Carbondale, Pa., and Hendrick Metal Products in Elgin, Ill., because of the similarities of their business lines. Tony Rovinski has been appointed director of manufacturing and Bruce Caldwell has been named...

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Korean auto supplier to create 660 jobs in Georgia

January 16, 2013

Mando Corp., a global automotive parts supplier based in Seoul, Korea, has announced plans to construct a new casting facility in Meriwether County, Ga., investing $80 million and creating 660 jobs by 2020. The new, 317,000-sq.-ft. casting facility will support the company's manufacture and...

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NBT announces 2013 national manufacturing camp grant winners

January 15, 2013

Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), has announced the winners of its 2013 manufacturing camp grant awards. Ten grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 were awarded by NBT to community and technical colleges offering...

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U.S. manufacturing technology orders up 4.8 percent from 2011

January 14, 2013

November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $421.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 11.0 percent from October and...

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Morgan Corp. opens facility in Portland

January 14, 2013

Truck body designer and producer Morgan Corp., Morgantown, Pa., has opened a new manufacturing facility in Portland, Ore., expanding the company's number of manufacturing, parts, and service centers to 12 nationwide. The new, 50,000-sq.-ft. plant comprises manufacturing, distribution, and...

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China dominates world vehicle production, U.S. remains No. 2

January 14, 2013

China will remain the primary driver of global production growth over the next four years, but the U.S. will remain the No. 2 vehicle producer in the world, according to the newly released joint Global Light Vehicle and Powertrain Forecast from WardsAuto and AutomotiveCompass. The new forecast also...

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More exhibitors, more attendees, more FABTECH - TheFabricator.com

More exhibitors, more attendees, more FABTECH

January 10, 2013

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More than 26,000 people affiliated with the metal fabricating industry showed up at FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas in mid-November not to lose money, but to learn about new technologies and processes that could help them reduce production costs and put more of their money back into their own pockets.

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Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: A business process examined in 12 steps

January 10, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis begins a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this first installment, he describes how an estimator needs to understand what processes are needed to quote accurately, as well as to determine which jobs align with the shop's mission and capabilities.

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Time to outsource inventory management?] - TheFabricator.com

Time to outsource inventory management?

January 10, 2013

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When a fabricator doesn't have money tied up in raw material just sitting around, that cash can be invested elsewhere to help the business. Unfortunately, many shops don't recognize that. That's where leaning on service centers can help.

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