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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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Misting, oscillating fan cools like 11 tons of air conditioning

May 1, 2012

Big Ass Fans offers the Yellow Jacket fan with a high-pressure misting system and oscillator. These improvements, together with the fan's established airflow, produce a cooling effect equivalent to 11 tons of air conditioning, the company states. Several accessories and mounting options are...

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Made to order, for emergency - TheFabricator.com

Made to order, for emergency

May 1, 2012

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No one would argue that at least some elements of lean manufacturing apply to most operations, but Horton Emergency Vehicles is a made-to-order vehicle manufacturer. Certainly, Horton’s highly custom approach didn’t fit a assembly-line model--right? As it turned out, the people at Horton didn't follow the conventional wisdom--and that decision paid off.

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Steady flow, steady profits - TheFabricator.com

Steady flow, steady profits

May 1, 2012

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ETM Manufacturing invests in continuous improvement training. Since initiating these efforts in 2007, the company has less than doubled its headcount, but tripled annual sales.

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The new shop on the block - TheFabricator.com

The new shop on the block

May 1, 2012

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Rob Howell, a 38-year-old fabricating veteran in Phoenix, Ariz., opened his fab shop more than a year ago and has experienced a lifetime's worth of lessons in the months since. The biggest lesson: Just because you own a business doesn't mean you know how to run a business.

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How soft skills make a shop successful - TheFabricator.com

How soft skills make a shop successful

May 1, 2012

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When hiring, Jay Manufacturing Oshkosh managers don't look for technical skills first. Instead, they concentrate on elements that are difficult to teach--that is, the soft skills.

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Turning the brights on the automotive industry - TheFabricator.com

Turning the brights on the automotive industry

April 27, 2012

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2012 has the markings of a transitional year for the automotive industry. If the sales and efficiency gains achieved by the industry, which began in 2009, can be sustained, there is ample reason to believe that salad days lie ahead of automakers, suppliers, and dealers alike.

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How to obtain stamping equipment financing - TheFabricator.com

How to obtain stamping equipment financing

April 27, 2012

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Capital expenditures are necessary for any successful manufacturing business. Stamping is no exception. Here are four easy ways for you to be well-prepared to apply for a loan to finance an unexpected (or planned) new equipment purchase.

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Super Steel makes leadership change - TheFabricator.com

Super Steel makes leadership change

April 26, 2012

Super Steel LLC, a Milwaukee contract manufacturer serving the agricultural, construction, industrial, transportation, and defense markets, has appointed Brad Nennig as chief financial officer. In his new role, he is responsible for the company's accounting functions and internal financial...

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Nesting software, controller updated

April 26, 2012

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l has announced the simultaneous launch of updates to its two flagship products: Jetcam Expert CAD/CAM and nesting software for sheet metal and composite users, and the Premium version of Jetcam Order Controller (JOC), which provides remote ordering, geometry creation, and...

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World export and Western Europe HRB prices up slightly; flat in China, down in U.S.

April 25, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for April 23 increased 0.9 percent to $651 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling two consecutive times. The Western European HRB price increased 0.1 percent to $681 per ton (on a Euro basis, it was down 0.2 percent), ex-works, after...

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U.S. durable goods orders decreased 4.2 percent in March

April 25, 2012

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March decreased $8.8 billion or 4.2 percent to $2.2.6 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced April 25. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.9 percent February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.1...

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ThyssenKrupp Presta Terre Haute announces expansion

April 25, 2012

ThyssenKrupp Presta Terre Haute LLC, a manufacturer of steering systems for the automotive industry, has announced a $22 million expansion of its facility in Terre Haute, Ind. The expansion, which reflects increased existing-customer orders from OEMs and new contracts with several major auto...

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Agrawal receives ASEE's 2012 James H. McGraw Award

April 25, 2012

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has awarded its James H. McGraw Award to Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., vice president for academic affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Ferguson, Mo., and a member of the SME Education Foundation board of directors, in...

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Exact: Are You a 21st Century Fabricator Part 1 4-24-12

Date: April 24, 2012

Sponsored by Exact JobBOSS

Length: 60:00

Join Exact JobBOSS in this second of a two-part series as we feature Genzink Steel from Holland, Michigan as they highlight ways in which they have positioned themselves as a 21st Century Fabricator.

Quality Iron Fabricators to open new steel fabrication facility

April 23, 2012

Memphis, Tenn.-based Quality Iron Fabricators has begun construction on a $7 million, 40,000-sq.-ft. fabrication facility and office complex in Albany, Tenn. Equipped with CNC fabrication machinery, the new plant will be able to expand another 250,000 sq. ft. Capacity is expected to double over...

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