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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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Software enhances CNC punching machines

July 13, 2004

Lantek Systems Inc. offers Lantek Expert Punch and Lantek Expert II (cut and punch). Expert Punch is designed to enhance punch machines. Expert II is designed to automate programming of sheet metal...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 7

July 13, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the seventh episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about sales training."Why does it matter whether the sales staff understands this concept of buying a contract? If they are getting orders and the...

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Job Burnout—Part 2

July 13, 2004

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If the amount of feedback Part I of this series generated is a good barometer, job burnout is a huge problem potentially affecting many workers at all levels. This article will help you determine if you're at risk or suffering from the condition. It also offers suggestions for actions you can...

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Where the welders are

July 13, 2004

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Making sense of the skilled labor shortage in the welding industry is like having conversations with five different people simultaneously while trying to walk a tightrope with a vase on your head and juggle at the same time.Several perspectives play prominent roles in this issue, from the welders...

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The value of empowerment

July 13, 2004

Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization that helps small and midsized businesses create better work environments.Like many automotive stampers, Dowding Industries, an Eaton Rapids, Mich., partsmaker for the heavy truck and automotive...

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Pushing plate processing productivity

July 13, 2004

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Productivity increases when manufacturing processes are executed as quickly as possible. Maximizing productivity also means minimizing the nonproductive segments of the manufacturing cycle. When all the time associated with manufacturing—the fabricating process itself, non-process in-cycle time, out of cycle waiting time, downtime, and secondary operations—is minimized that productivity is maximized.

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Job Burnout—Part 1

June 8, 2004

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If you are employed, you're lucky to have a job. Perhaps you've heard this, thought it, or both. And it's true. With so many people out of work, it seems almost like biting the hand that feeds you to complain about your work conditions and expect your employer to care.If you're suffering from job...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 6

June 8, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the sixth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They had been talking about the contract period when doubts were raised about what his sales force was really selling.At just that moment, a line of hikers passed by on their...

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Revving up weld quality

June 8, 2004

Before introducing new resistance welding systems, Ford Motor Company's New Model Product Development Center was cluttered and dark, and it was difficult to work there because of the high number of weld controls and weld guns being used (left). Installing weld controls and associated manual...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part II

June 1, 2004

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World-class manufacturing is a common catch phrase, but it's usually used even though the company has done nothing to justify the highfalutin title. Many companies have been using manufacturing resource planning (MRP), lean manufacturing, kaizen, kanban, Six Sigma systems, statistical process...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part I

June 1, 2004

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Why do some companies fail or continuously underperform? It's a complex question with as many "answers" as there are heads of industries and university scholars.In actuality, the most common reason for business failure is poor cash flow. Most organizations experience severe cash flow problems at...

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Device provides consistent proximity sensing in automated resistance welding operations

May 4, 2004

Canfield Connector's EOS differential pressure switch provides consistent, repeatable proximity sensing in automated resistance welding operations. The EOS works in the pressure line between the...

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Software restricts material access, tracks usage, reorders

May 4, 2004

Applied CIM Technologies Inc. has introduced CRIBWARE® Sentinel, a system designed to provide secure and easy access to material stored in Lista storage cabinets. Using the Lista e-Lock mechanism,...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 5

May 4, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the fifth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about throughput and the time line of money."Now that you know the main events in the time line of money, your chore is to figure out how to make each...

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Dealing with difficult people

May 4, 2004

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Have you ever felt frustrated or irritated with a co-worker, subordinate, or boss? We've all had the occasional run-in with someone at work. Periodic disagreements, misunderstandings, and faulty communication can lead to frustration. But have you ever met that uniqueperson who causes you extreme frustration every timeyou come in contact with him or her?

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