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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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FMA wins ASAE's 2008 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence

July 8, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) is one of only 11 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the third round of the 2008 Associations Advance America (AAA)...

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Getting a handle on 3-D CAD modeling

July 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides the reader with a brief overview of some of the handy 3-D CAD tools he uses when doing basic modeling techniques.

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What fabricators need to know about REACH

June 30, 2008

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The registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals (REACH) legislation enacted by the European Union is a complicated chemical management program that could affect manufacturers worldwide, including metal fabricators. This article sheds light on the legislation and provides resources to answer fabricators' questions about REACH.

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A matter of life or death

June 30, 2008

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Journalist Tim Russert's death from a heart attack caused many of us to think about what might transpire should a cardiac arrest or other life-threatening event happen to us at work. Responsible, sensible companies have first-aid programs designed to minimize damage and increase the likelihood of survival.

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Metal formers see little change in business conditions in next three months

June 25, 2008

According to the June 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies do not anticipate improvement in business conditions in the next three months....

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Labor market expected to remain soft in July

June 24, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey of the manufacturing and private service-providing sectors, which make up more than 90 percent of the U.S. private...

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Survey shows U.S. manufacturers foresee domestic expansion

June 19, 2008

North American manufacturers consider the United States the most desirable country for expansion over the next three years, according to a survey released today by the National Association of...

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Automotive toolmaking tricknology : Applying NUMMI's concepts to tool and diemaking

June 17, 2008

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In 1984 the Fremont, Calif. GM assembly plant shuttered under the strain of horrible management-labor relationships. Toyota offered to reopen the plant in a joint venture with GM implementing its Toyota Production System. Tool and diemaking shops can apply the same NUMMI concepts to revitalize their companies and reinvent themselves.

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When customers and suppliers file bankruptcy

June 17, 2008

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Although economic growth in recent years has resulted in fewer business bankruptcies, increasing signs of economic slowdown may mean that fabricators will soon see more of their customers or suppliers file for bankruptcy.

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Building success with the staggered truss

June 17, 2008

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Developed during the 1960s by MIT graduate students, the staggered-truss system avoids the use of interior columns to transfer loads to the foundation; instead, trusses themselves carry the brunt of the load transfers. More than anything, the steel design method has potential to take various hotel, condo, and office-building projects away from other construction materials, like concrete, and that's certainly good news for structural steel fabricators everywhere.

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Air filtration system is portable

June 17, 2008

Great Lakes Air Technologies offers the RoboVent PowerPro stand-alone CrossFlow air filtration system. With its small stature and flexible arm, the system can be placed almost anywhere in the work...

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Cost estimating software considers design impact

June 17, 2008

MTI Systems has released Costimator OEM V9.0 cost estimating software. It gives users an expanded set of feature-based cost models for use in the system's feature-based costing methodology.The feature...

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ESAB appoints vice presidents

June 17, 2008

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has named David Abe as vice president of sales, western zone; Jerry Gleisner as vice president of sales, eastern zone; George Learmonth as vice...

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No time to waste

June 17, 2008

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For the past decade or so, the headline stories have painted a grim picture for the world's economies. The Asian financial crisis (1997) was followed by a free-fall in stock prices (2000) and a recession that stalled many of the world's leading and emerging economies (2001), leaving many to wonder...

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Accounting for growth in lean manufacturing

June 17, 2008

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Lean manufacturing has a negative, often unexpected, impact on the balance sheet--but those negative effects are short-term.

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