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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The Age of Cautious Optimism

March 13, 2003

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When it comes to the economy, cautious optimism is as good as it gets.

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Dealing with worker injuries

March 13, 2003

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This perception that keeping an employee working increases the probability that the employee will return to full duty quickly leads to some really creative efforts that focus on keeping the employee at work and keeping the numbers low.

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Psychology for the tool room

March 13, 2003

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As a consultant for the sheet metal stamping industry, I have had the opportunity to visit numerous stamping plants, die shops, and engineering facilities. One comment I often hear during these adventures is how arrogant or "know-it-all" some of the toolmakers or engineers are.

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Preventing the loss of life and property

February 27, 2003

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The cost of industrial fires can be enormous in terms of fatalities, serious injuries, property loss, revenue loss, and the costs of replacing equipment and repairing or rebuilding facilities.

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Job Satisfaction—Part 3

February 27, 2003

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You've done some deep soul-searching and have a good understanding of why you're unhappy with your job. Now it's time to take charge of your future, to improve your work life and the quality of your life in general.

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Job Satisfaction—Part 2

February 13, 2003

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Something's very wrong. You approach each workday with dread. The ringing of the alarm clock is joined by your groans as you realize that you're heading out for another day on the job. You live for quitting time on Friday and begin the transition to depression mode on Sunday afternoon.

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Controlling the costs of conflict

January 16, 2003

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Success in business depends on several issues, a key one being cost control. Yet many business people are oblivious to the negative impact that the costs of conflict can have on their bottom line. Many even think that they need not be concerned about conflict costs because, for instance, they don't have to deal with unionized labor.

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KNOWLEDGE: The key to welding productivity?

January 16, 2003

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In the year 2000 manufacturing, construction, and mining industries had $34.1 billion worth of welding-related expenses. At the same time more than a half million people in the U.S. had welding-related jobs -- and that's not counting self-employed and nonproduction welders.

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The X, Y, Z's of Management

January 16, 2003

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Owners, what do employees want? Employees, what do owners want? I know what I wanted when I was a shop and field hand, and I know what I expected when I was a boss. Now more than ever we need to strengthen the employee-management relationship.

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Job Satisfaction—Part 1

January 16, 2003

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Unless you are among the privileged few-who appear to be becoming fewer by the minute as investment accounts are shrinking in value, savings are being wiped out, and credit card debt is mounting -- you'll spend many hours working for a living. How do you feel about your job and why?

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But we have always done it this way

December 12, 2002

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Some of the following story may seem somewhat strange for an article about precision sheet metal and press brake operation, but my hope is that by reading this article, you will find that history can shed some light into a few of the darker corners of press brake and press brake department...

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Merging research with manufacturing

November 7, 2002

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To thrive in competitive markets, manufacturers must innovate. Innovation often relies on research. However, most manufacturing firms lack the financial and human resources necessary to conduct research that leads to innovation.

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Death, taxes, and the skilled labor shortage

October 24, 2002

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It's an issue that refuses to go away—the difficulty in finding, hiring, and keeping skilled labor. Four out of five employers who responded to thefabricator.com's recent job skills survey reported that they have been searching for skilled workers from three to 20 years. They are looking for high school graduates or GED recipients with five-years on-the-job experience.

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Man of Steel: FABTECH keynote speaker Ferriola discusses harnessing change in steel

October 10, 2002

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Nucor Corp., recycler and manufacturer of steel products, is using new technology, such as the HIsmelt® process and the micromill, both of which are allowing them to start out with thinner steel strip to more efficiently process steel for its customers. John Ferriola, executive vice president of the Sheet Mill Group at the company, will address these technologies and how steel industry changes can positively affect steel consumers.

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Canada sighs, strategizes

September 26, 2002

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The exclusion of Canadian steel producers from restrictions on imports to the U.S. was a relief after months of uncertainty. The Canadian steel industry wants to ensure that the Canadian market does not become a back door for imports into the U.S. Keeping the industry strong by opening new markets, developing lighter, stronger and more corrosion-resistant steel products, and working closely with the automotive industry is vital to that goal.

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