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.

Filter Content

FABTECH Intl. named one of 25 fastest-growing trade shows

August 2, 2012

FABTECH® Intl. Chicago, the metal forming and fabricating trade show co-sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has been named one of the 25 fastest-growing trade shows by Trade Show News Network, a division of U.K.-based Tarsus Group. FABTECH...

Continue Reading

Video details laser cutting capabilities

August 2, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has added a new video to its website detailing the capabilities of its Mazak Virtek laser cutting system. Entitled "UPM's Cutting Edge Laser," the video illustrates the machine's capabilities and describes its quality control and reverse-engineering...

Continue Reading

Valley Craft acquired by Minnesota businessman

August 2, 2012

Valley Craft Industries Inc., Lake City, Minn., a company newly formed by Minnesota businessman Dennis Campbell, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Valley Craft Inc., a former division of Liberty Diversified Intl. (LDI). Valley Craft, a metal fabrication company, produces a portfolio...

Continue Reading

FMA founder Milo J. Pitkin Jr. dies

August 2, 2012

Milo J. Pitkin Jr., 76, founder of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., died July 18 at his home in Poplar Grove, Ill. Pitkin was a graduate of Drake University with a bachelor's degree in business. In addition to founding FMA, Pitkin served as the first...

Continue Reading

Contract manufacturing continues to grow, manufacturing business steadies

August 2, 2012

As U.S. manufacturing appears to have steadied from a growth spurt in 2011, contract manufacturing continues a two-year trend of positive growth. In the recent third annual Design-2-Part (D2P) Manufacturing Trends Survey, 42 percent of U.S. OEMs indicated that they expect to have more outsourcing...

Continue Reading

CB&I to acquire Shaw Group

August 2, 2012

CB&I, The Woodlands, Texas, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shaw Group, a FORTUNE 500® company primarily focused on serving clients in the power generation and government services sectors. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2013. The new business sector created...

Continue Reading

Labor productivity No. 1 factor for global manufacturing competitiveness, survey says

August 2, 2012

In a new global survey commissioned by Kronos Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., and conducted by IDC Mfg. Insights, labor productivity ranked the highest among all 11 countries surveyed as the most important factor for achieving manufacturing success. Factors such as modern infrastructure, government...

Continue Reading

Spark arrester protects against dust collector fires - TheFabricator.com

Spark arrester protects against dust collector fires

August 2, 2012

Camfil Farr APC has introduced a new spark arrester that protects its Gold Series® cartridge dust and fume collection systems. The arrester works without perforations or screens to channel sparks away from the filters and into the dust collector's hopper to help reduce the chance of fire....

Continue Reading

LINE survey: Gains will be small, but August’s hiring rate in the manufacturing and service sectors will surpass 2011 levels

August 2, 2012

Following national trends for the labor market, hiring will steadily continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in August, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2012. A net of 40.6 percent of...

Continue Reading

ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector economic activity contracts for 2nd consecutive month; primary and fabricated metals sectors report growth

August 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in July for the second time since July 2009; however, the overall economy grew for the 38th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 1by Bradley...

Continue Reading

Sheet metal forming software permits quantitative piece cost analysis - TheFabricator.com

Sheet metal forming software permits quantitative piece cost analysis

August 1, 2012

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has unveiled its latest software version, AutoFormplus R4. It allows users to quantify and evaluate all planning aspects of stamped sheet metal parts, such as function, quality, lead-time, and cost. In this fourth major release of the product line, the user interface was...

Continue Reading

Dixie-Southern earns new certification

July 31, 2012

Dixie-Southern's Arkansas division in Springdale has achieved ASME Section VIII, Division 1 accreditation. This certification allows the facility to fabricate fired and unfired pressure vessels and certify them under the codes and standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers....

Continue Reading

FMA Communications publications win four ASBPE awards

July 31, 2012

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced that its publications have won four American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards. Tim Heston won a Silver National Award in the case history category for "Need a light—now?" from the October 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR®,...

Continue Reading

GE Appliances plans second shift to increase refrigerator production

July 30, 2012

GE Appliances is adding 380 second-shift production employees at its Louisville, Ky., bottom-freezer refrigerator manufacturing facility. The company also has increased the number of new production employees working in the facility from the recently announced 600 to a total of 772. About 100...

Continue Reading

Mound Laser breaks ground for new Ohio facility

July 30, 2012

Mound Laser & Photonics Center Inc. has broken ground for a new building in Kettering, Ohio. The company, which serves the medical device, aerospace, and defense industries, has grown from 5 to 40 employees and increased sales by 20 times in the last 10 years. The new, 20,000-sq.-ft. building...

Continue Reading