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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5 tenets for finding and keeping new business

March 25, 2008

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Ann Latham, owner of Uncommon Clarity, a consulting and strategy firm with many industrial clients, has outlined some tenets for firms seeking ambitious marketing goals:1. Select a group to target.You might choose:Those likely to buy your most profitable products.Those within a geographic...

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Editorial advisory board

Recruit, train, and retain

March 11, 2008

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Time has passed, but the times haven't changed that much. A little over two years ago The FABRICATOR's Editorial Advisory Board engaged in a roundtable discussion at the 2005 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show in Chicago. The subject that day centered around what industry and...

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Respecting your resistance welder

March 11, 2008

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Resistance welding results are only as good as the machine that is completing the process. By understanding how to properly maintain your resistance welding machine, you will be able to prevent unnecessary problems that tend to plague the unit's critical areas.

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Work flow goes virtual

March 11, 2008

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Mid-West Metal Products, Muncie, Ind., has perfected work flow through ERP and the company's virtual manufacturing plan.

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Multipurpose parts bins have removable dividers

March 11, 2008

Multipurpose parts bins from Durham Mfg. have removable vertical dividers that allow users to create compartments with varying widths to accommodate different-sized parts. They also allow users to...

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What CNC programmers wish you knew

March 1, 2008

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State-of-the-art CNC programming systems speed the first stage of CNC programming by allowing the programmer to import CAD models to define the geometry of the part. That's just the first part, however. To really speed up the design phase, CAD programmers should keep several tips in mind.

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Economy edges out other concerns

February 26, 2008

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The fourth annual Fabricating Update subscriber survey revealed that anxiety about the U.S. economy outranks other metal manufacturing industry concerns, including steel prices, the No. 1 concern the previous three years. Beating steel prices by a nose was the skilled-labor shortage. Find out what metal manufacturers think of these and other concerns.

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Projection welding for nut and bolt attachment

February 12, 2008

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Projection welding, also known as resistance fastener welding, is the most common method for nut and M- or T-thread bolt welding. This article examines recent experiments with projection welding of those components to various high-strength steel components.

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Marelli Seconn

Nothing standard about this fab shop

February 12, 2008

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Rob Marelli left a family-owned metal fabricating company four years ago with the intention of doing things his way. Joined by a loyal group of managers and employees, he's found success at Seconn Fabrication. In the short time the company has been open, it has earned revenues of $9 million. And the company has done this by doing things other metal fabricating competitors aren't.

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HEPA after module available for air filtration systems

February 12, 2008

Great Lakes Air Systems offers a HEPA after module for air filtration systems used in plasma and laser cutting applications, as well as in welding applications requiring stringent air quality...

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Tablet computer designed for harsh environments

February 12, 2008

Glacier Computer's Ridgeline Tablet is a portable tablet computer designed for mobile workers in harsh environments. The Windows® XP devices can run any application while withstanding water and...

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Wet/dry industrial vacuums require no filter change-out

February 12, 2008

Nilfisk-Advance America's Nilfisk GWD 120 and Nilfisk GWD 220 wet/dry industrial vacuums allow users to collect both wet and dry materials without having to stop to change out filters.The GWD 120,...

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CMW appoints welding accounts manager

February 12, 2008

CMW Inc., Indianapolis, a manufacturer of highly engineered metal alloys and composites, has appointed Jeffrey L. Schemel as major account manager in its resistance welding business unit.Schemel's...

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2007 FABTECH photo

It's a wrap

January 15, 2008

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A recap of the 2007 show, including products, the the panel discussion, and final attendance numbers.

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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft....

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