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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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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ATI Industrial Automation opens new office in Beijing

January 15, 2008

ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, N.C., an engineering-based developer of robotic peripheral equipment, recently opened an office in Beijing.The new office houses sales, customer service, and training...

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AWS acquires Mexican welding tradeshow

January 15, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has entered into an agreement with Trade Show Consulting (TSC) to purchase Weldmex, the largest welding tradeshow in Latin America.Under the terms of the...

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Manufacturers in the dark on lighting waste?

January 15, 2008

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Lighting is typically the last line item on the budget operators worry about or assess. Many companies feel as though they have no control over their energy costs, so they never take a critical look at the expenditure. It's just an item on the budget that has to be paid no matter what the cost. However, such costs can result in millions of dollars of lost revenue each year, not to mention tons of wasted energy and a negative impact on the environment.

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Tube Southeast Asia expo sheds light on Thailand, region

January 15, 2008

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It's a vacationer's paradise—beaches in the south, mountains in the north, nightlife in the capital city, and low prices on nearly every consumer good under the sun. Like all emerging economies, it has a vibrant and growing manufacturing sector. It also happens to be centrally located in...

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Business spending 2008

Capital equipment spending remains upbeat

January 15, 2008

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Metal fabricators and formers are expected to spend more than $2.2 billion on capital equipment in 2008. The 2008 FMAC Capital Spending Survey provides more details.

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Essential CAD: A starting point

January 1, 2008

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Before a company purchases a CAD software package, the management team should start with a list of priorities that it expects the software to address. Of course, these priorities should be tailored to the company's mission. It's also important to keep in mind some of the basics of the virtual design world before the actual purchase takes place.

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Maximizing your shop floor automation investment

December 11, 2007

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In the world of shorter-run and engineered-to-order production, fabricators want to keep their machines at near or full capacity, which means the business is making money. To accomplish this, the flow of information coming out of the front office has to be fast enough to drive the shop floor automation.

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Run bar for two-hand machine actuation introduced

December 11, 2007

Banner Engineering Corp. has introduced the DUO-TOUCH®l run bar with STB buttons for two-hand machine actuation. The run bar interfaces with DUO-TOUCH SG two-hand control modules, SC22-3 safety...

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Counterbalanced lift trucks feature customizable applications, ergonomics

December 11, 2007

Hyster Co.'s Fortis™ line of sit-down, counterbalanced lift trucks features customizable applications and ergonomics, a power-train design, industrial-strength electronics, good cooling, and...

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