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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SAV opens North American facility

March 13, 2007

Germany-based SAV, a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of mechanical, magnetic, and hydraulic work holding systems, has opened a North American Facility in South Windsor, Conn.The new facility...

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Ford Foundation awards grant to Manufacturing Institute

March 13, 2007

The Ford Foundation has awarded a grant of $200,000 to The Manufacturing Institute/Center for Workforce Success (the research and education arm of the National Association of Manufacturers) for...

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Overman moves to new location

March 13, 2007

Overman & Associates LLC, a provider of total quality systems intended to help stampers improve service and performance and meet ISO and continuous improvement specifications, has moved to new offices...

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An exception to the industry rule

March 13, 2007

IRMCO, a 93-year-old manufacturer of environmentally friendly lubricant technologies for the metal forming industry, is not only surviving but thriving in an industry that's facing tough times with plant closures, downsizing, and fierce foreign competition.

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The adult learner: Training your labor force

March 13, 2007

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Training programs enhance worker skills, encourage employee/employer loyalty, and help reduce employee turnover. This article defines what is important to an adult learner, describes the different types of adult learners, and details the components of an effective training program. It also discusses trainer requisites.

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Up with energy prices and wind towers

March 13, 2007

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With the recent increases in gasoline and natural gas prices, more attention than ever is focused on alternative energy sources. One fabricator, Aerisyn LLC, investigated manufacturing towers for use in the wind power industry. To produce towers efficiently enough to compete against imports from Asia, Aerisyn relied on an equipment vendor that had experience in demanding fields such as aerospace, nuclear, and wind power.

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Grainger donation to aid welder training

March 12, 2007

Grainger, a national supplier of facilities maintenance supplies to businesses, has donated $5,000 to the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio. The contribution will be used to...

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Hansen steel services

Big shoulders, long strides

February 13, 2007

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Family-owned Hansen Steel Services started six years ago with a 600-ft. long empty building and a combined 144 years of experience and built it into a thriving job shop that shoulders large plate fabrications.

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Detroit's reality check

February 13, 2007

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As the Big Three try to return to profitability, most of their suppliers, many with a negative cash flow, are starting to crack under the pressure. Declining OEM unit volume and mix issues, pricing pressures, and high sustained raw material costs continue to constrain cash flows and limit balance sheet improvements that, in some cases suffered significant deterioration in 2006.

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Configurator simplifies high-pressure hydraulic cylinder selection

February 13, 2007

Peninsular Cylinder Co.'s cylinder configurator simplifies the selection of the company's model HP high-pressure hydraulic cylinders. A drop-down menu on the company's Web site,...

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Pressure washer has wireless remote

February 13, 2007

Landa has introduced a wireless remote for controlling the operation of a pressure washer from up to 300 ft. away. The LanCo system currently is available as a factory installed option on an expanding...

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Sciaky opens office in Washington

February 13, 2007

Sciaky, Inc., a manufacturer of Electron Beam welding machines, has opened a new location in Kitsap County, Wash., to service the Northwest U. S.The new facility is located at: 1783 Highway 308, Suite...

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Kanban book addresses environment-specific techniques

February 13, 2007

Productivity Press's Custom Kanban—Designing the System to Meet the Needs of Your Environment, by Raymond S. Louis, provides a text intended to help a company develop and implement a correct and...

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Establishing an identity

February 13, 2007

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Tarter Gate, a captive tube mill operation and tube and pipe fabricator, is the largest manufacturer of animal management equipment in the U.S. Learn how the company has used a marketing plan to increase sales and maintain growth in this family-owned and -operated business.

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Metal Manufacturing Leading Concerns

Steel prices remain top concern in 2007

February 12, 2007

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The January 2007 "Fabricating Update" asked subscribers to choose their No. 1 concern from a list of factors affecting metal manufacturing. It also asked whether the Democrat-controlled Congress sworn in Jan. 4 will have a positive, negative, or no effect on their businesses. This article presents the survey findings.

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