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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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Getting work from the New Domestics

July 15, 2008

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Stampers can take some steps to position themselves for work from automotive "transplants." In some cases, it's just a matter of being there--literally--locating in proximity. It's important to adhere to the unique requirements for material, practices.

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Mobile welding fume extractors designed for one or two operators

July 15, 2008

ESTA manufactures the SRF-K series of mobile welding fume extraction units.The K-10 mobile unit, designed for a single operator, features intermittent- and continuous-duty operations; welding of all...

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Foot switch features simplified use, extended service life

July 15, 2008

The Linemaster GEM is a round, low-profile foot switch with a cast-zinc, chrome-plated housing with an omnidirectional design built to help simplify use and extend service life. The foot switch line...

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Two-way drum pump vacuums 5 gal. in less than 10 seconds

July 15, 2008

Exair's new mini reversible Drum Vac system is capable of vacuuming 5 gal. of liquid in less than 10 seconds, states the manufacturer. The pump empties the drum with the turn of a knob, helping...

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Nozzle cleaning station can be used with any robotic equipment

July 15, 2008

The RCS-1000 robotic nozzle cleaning station from American Weldquip is designed for spatter removal and nozzle cleaning in robotic applications. Integrated features allow operators to use the system...

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Motorized weld curtain can move at 2 m/sec.

July 15, 2008

The Gortite— NT automated weld curtain from A&A Manufacturing features programmable control of acceleration, deceleration, and partial opening and closing. At its fastest speed, the motorized...

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Bulkhead fittings allow safe, quick pipe connections

July 15, 2008

Hayward Flow Control Systems has introduced a line of industrial bulkhead fittings.Designed to allow safe, quick pipe connections to plastic or metal tanks, the BFA series bulkhead fittings come...

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German exhibition to display sheet metalworking technology

July 15, 2008

EuroBLECH 2008, a technology exhibition for sheet metalworking, is scheduled to run Oct. 21-25 in Hanover, Germany. Currently 1,350 exhibitors from 37 countries have already booked exhibit space for...

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SigmaNEST adds international sales manager

July 15, 2008

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, the producer of SigmaNEST software, recently named Dan Colvin as international sales manager.Colvin's responsibilities include international and OEM sales within the...

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Image Industries adds northeast regional applications engineer

July 15, 2008

Image Industries, Huntley, Ill., has added Elie Klachkin as regional applications engineer serving the northeastern U.S. from Maine to Virginia. His office is centrally located in New Jersey.In this...

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FMA wins ASAE's 2008 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence

July 8, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) is one of only 11 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the third round of the 2008 Associations Advance America (AAA)...

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Getting a handle on 3-D CAD modeling

July 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides the reader with a brief overview of some of the handy 3-D CAD tools he uses when doing basic modeling techniques.

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What fabricators need to know about REACH

June 30, 2008

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The registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals (REACH) legislation enacted by the European Union is a complicated chemical management program that could affect manufacturers worldwide, including metal fabricators. This article sheds light on the legislation and provides resources to answer fabricators' questions about REACH.

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A matter of life or death

June 30, 2008

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Journalist Tim Russert's death from a heart attack caused many of us to think about what might transpire should a cardiac arrest or other life-threatening event happen to us at work. Responsible, sensible companies have first-aid programs designed to minimize damage and increase the likelihood of survival.

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Metal formers see little change in business conditions in next three months

June 25, 2008

According to the June 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies do not anticipate improvement in business conditions in the next three months....

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