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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Lean Learning Center announces 2008 class schedule

December 11, 2007

The Lean Learning Center, Novi, Mich., a provider of lean curriculum and consulting, has announced its 2008 class schedule. All courses are taught at the center, which the organization says is the...

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SBRB reports fewer manufacturers preparing for growth in next 12 to 24 months

December 11, 2007

Fewer small manufacturing businesses indicated during the third quarter of 2007 that they are planning for expansion during the next 12 to 24 months, according to the most recent quarterly survey...

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Chemetall Oakite earns Good Corporate Citizen award for third straight year

December 11, 2007

Chemetall Oakite, New Providence, N.J., has been recognized by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for the third consecutive year as a Good Corporate Citizen for its compliance with...

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies joins Save Your Factory initiative

December 11, 2007

Applied Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (AMT), Orion, Mich., a supplier of automation design, engineering, and process consulting services, has joined the Save Your Factory initiative.The...

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Structural Steel

6 structural steel lessons not found in books

November 6, 2007

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Unfortunately, the proper structural steel education is not taking place before young men and women hit the shop floor. Trade and welding schools give you the basics about fabricating, but you learn a lot more on the job. To help that information exchange, an old-school structural steel fabricator shares six thoughts.

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Electrode force gauge for robotic resistance welding machines introduced

November 6, 2007

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Ltd. (HFT) has introduced the KR1000 robot cell resistance welder electrode force gauge, designed to obtain correct weld parameters for standard and critical welds in...

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Bosch Rexroth celebrates 40 years of business in the U.S., names VP of automation sales

November 6, 2007

Bosch Rexroth Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., marked 40 years of operation in the U.S. with a celebration in September at the company's industrial hydraulics facility in Bethlehem, Pa. Current and...

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Orbitform appoints Northwest sales representative

November 6, 2007

The Orbitform Group, Jackson, Mich., has named Sanson Northwest, Lynnwood, Wash., as sales representative for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. The company represents Orbitform's line...

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Trucktruth.com provides lift truck news and research

November 6, 2007

Trucktruth.com, sponsored by Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., launched as an online resource for lift truck manufacturers, buyers, operators, and dealers. The site integrates lift truck news, tips, and...

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Sargent current building

Not your average job shop

October 23, 2007

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Sargent Metal Fabricators, Anderson, S.C., is not your average job shop. In an economic climate in which many U.S. fabricators have suffered, the company has stayed focused on its goals, invested in new equipment, grown by leaps and bounds, and positioned itself for future growth. How? By concentrating on key factors.

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Strategic sourcing for stampers

October 9, 2007

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Material is the largest cost component for stamping companies, but does not receive much management attention. An annual material buy program can help stamping plant managers make substantial cuts in their material costs and other costs associated with the purchasing department.

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Ridin the storm out

Ridin' the storm out

October 9, 2007

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While other automotive suppliers are struggling or going under, Tier II supplier of ride control components Tennessee Stampings established a lean program that merited a regional manufacturs' award and helped them grow 23 percent per year.

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Welding Teacher

Cure for the welder shortage

October 9, 2007

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What can be done to combat the skilled welder shortage? Longtime welding educator and inspector Tina Buchanan has some ideas that require cooperation among educational facilities at all levels, industry, and parents. Among her recommendations are restructuring educational programs, more industry involvement, and parental support of children's career interests.

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Resistance welding system enables single operator to weld large workpieces

October 9, 2007

LORS Machinery Inc. has been appointed by Koyo Giken Inc. as an authorized factory direct importer and distributor of Koyo's MYSPOT resistance welding systems.Allowing a single operator to weld large...

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Laser alignment tool operates over 100 ft.

October 9, 2007

Pinpoint Laser Systems® has introduced the 2-D Microgage laser alignment tool for precision measuring, machine alignment, and calibration. Operators can check and align roll and web lines, CNC...

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