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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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The new face of manufacturing on the Net

February 14, 2002

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Making the Internet pay has proven more difficult than a lot of first movers in the metals business made it sound in the late '90s. Thefabricator.com talked to a few people trying to capitalize on the lessons learned from all those no-brainers that turned into no-gainers.

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Around the World: China drives toward world auto market

February 14, 2002

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A look at projections for China's automotive market and recent activity by companies investing in that market are worth your time. Technology is a key factor to that investment, and the Chinese are taking full advantage of it.

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Surviving cost-cutting pressures from OEMs

February 1, 2002

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This article provides examples of automotive suppliers and other metalworking suppliers who are facing strict cost containment requirements, and explains possible benefits of using gainsharing to motivate employees to generate ideas for efficiency.

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Plan ahead

January 24, 2002

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Technological advances have influenced the welding industry heavily. Computerized equipment, precision robotics, positioning devices, and new and refined welding processes have given new tools to welding engineers, technicians, and craftsman welders.

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Survival in a down economy

January 10, 2002

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You can do many things during a downturn to improve your operation for the long haul. Look your business over top to bottom -- you'll find them.

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Metals outlook mixed

January 10, 2002

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Steel is looking at some uncertain times, to say the least, but aluminum industry professionals see a little more to smile about if general economic conditions improve.

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One more time: Tell me about motivation

January 10, 2002

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Probably no subject in the management world receives more attention but is more elusive than employee motivation.

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Consolidation talk picks up speed

January 10, 2002

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As No. 4 steelmaker LTV prepares to liquidate, the integrated steel industry's heavy hitters are finally taking a serious look at consolidation

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What now? Every facet of steel industry watches, waits as change sweeps in

January 10, 2002

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There's no telling just what the steel industry will look like even in the next few months as the federal government mulls its options for protecting a domestic steel industry suffering through perhaps its most threatening slump ever.

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Fabricating precision parts for automobiles

November 29, 2001

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The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) trade ministers have agree to move ahead with a closer economic partnership with Australia and New Zealand as an initiative amid the global economic slowdown. This article describes how some Malaysian companies are addressing productivity and cost issues.

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Maximizing your scrap's value

November 29, 2001

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The more uniform and contaminant-free that scrap is when fabricators provide it to recyclers, the more fabricators can benefit. This article addresses the two principles for selling scrap to recyclers: know what you're selling vs. what you're getting paid for, and incorporate sorting & cleaning into your production stream.

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Mac's Muse: One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes ... gone! As U.S. steel industry gets its lunch eaten, many parties can share blame

November 15, 2001

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A lot of parties can share the blame for what's happened to the North American steel industry, and its going to take effort from them all to pull the industry out of its quagmire. Can it be done? Time will tell.

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'It's gonna be painful' Metal industry players note little to reassure them in days ahead

November 15, 2001

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Manufacturers were hurting before September. How do things look now? Well ... they could be better, industry players say.

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Common barricades on the road to lean

October 25, 2001

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The number of opportunities to steer your company wrong during a move toward lean manufacturing are myriad. Knowing a few of the common ones may help you achieve your goals without a lot of headaches.

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To e, or not to e?

October 25, 2001

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The idea was to have e-commerce solve everything. Then the thud of a million dot-coms hitting bottom gave people a new perspective. Are automakers still hip on e-commerce? You'd better believe it.

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