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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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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Traci and Lori Tapani

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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Silicon Valley stamper sizes up, down electronics

June 17, 2008

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California electronics stamper Scandic Springs Inc. faces challenges of stamping ever-shrinking electronics components as well as stamping larger parts, such as enclosures.

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Unfolding truth about flats

June 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the usefulness of unfolding parts on the computer screen.

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Manufacturers worldwide face REACH compliance

May 28, 2008

Editor's note: This information is taken from a release provided by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) May 28, 2008. Links to more information and to a Webinar on the subject, hosted by...

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Good leadership comes from inside

May 27, 2008

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How important is good leadership? Extremely important. Poor leadership can cause a massive talent drain and cripple a company. When it comes to leadership, emotional intelligence can make the difference between a good leader and one who needs work to become an asset rather than a liability.

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Where is the welding management?

May 27, 2008

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Skilled, responsible welders can be expected to perform tasks to which they are accustomed very well. But when a brand-new project comes in, management should be careful not to give welders responsibilities they are not prepared to take. They need more than encouragement and sympathy.

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Guild Intl. marks 50-year anniversary

May 15, 2008

Guild Intl., Bedford, Ohio, has announced that this year marks the 50th anniversary of its founding.In 1958 Donald Wheeler—father of the company's current president, Michael Wheeler—began...

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Streamlined scheduling suits fabricator

May 13, 2008

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Indianapolis-based Estes Design and Manufacturing has made significant strides in adopting manufacturing-friendly information technology, marrying enterprise resource planning (ERP) and scheduling software to ensure work flows efficiently through the shop.

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Diversity a blessing for Blessing

May 13, 2008

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Diverse customer base—from heavy equipment to medical—key to Blessing Industries' success

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Resistance-weld more for less

May 13, 2008

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Costs associated with poor resistance weld quality often can be traced back to faulty electrode usage. With today's high cost of copper—to say nothing of the extra labor and lost production time—wearing out electrodes prematurely has become more expensive than ever.

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Fabrication business coming up races

May 13, 2008

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Mazworx, a shop that rebuilds engines for racing, fabricates custom parts for racing upgrades, and works on compact cars to prepare them for racing, is also involved in racing. The belief is that it can build up its reputation for racing parts through appearances at NHRA sport compact races throughout the Southeast.

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Rollout shelves store dies, fixtures, molds

May 13, 2008

Proper Storage Systems Inc. offers powered, full-extension rollout shelves for storing dies, fixtures, and molds.The shelves have capacities up to 20 tons each. The top of the unit has up to a 50-ton...

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Machined-part modeling in 3-D CAD

May 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through the 3-D design of a coupling that needs to be machined. He starts off with a bad example of how to do it and works his way toward a much better process.

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Metal forming companies anticipate weaker business conditions

April 30, 2008

According to the April 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to weaken during the next three months. Conducted...

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