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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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Labor market expected to remain soft in July

June 24, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey of the manufacturing and private service-providing sectors, which make up more than 90 percent of the U.S. private...

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Survey shows U.S. manufacturers foresee domestic expansion

June 19, 2008

North American manufacturers consider the United States the most desirable country for expansion over the next three years, according to a survey released today by the National Association of...

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Automotive toolmaking tricknology : Applying NUMMI's concepts to tool and diemaking

June 17, 2008

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In 1984 the Fremont, Calif. GM assembly plant shuttered under the strain of horrible management-labor relationships. Toyota offered to reopen the plant in a joint venture with GM implementing its Toyota Production System. Tool and diemaking shops can apply the same NUMMI concepts to revitalize their companies and reinvent themselves.

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When customers and suppliers file bankruptcy

June 17, 2008

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Although economic growth in recent years has resulted in fewer business bankruptcies, increasing signs of economic slowdown may mean that fabricators will soon see more of their customers or suppliers file for bankruptcy.

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Building success with the staggered truss

June 17, 2008

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Developed during the 1960s by MIT graduate students, the staggered-truss system avoids the use of interior columns to transfer loads to the foundation; instead, trusses themselves carry the brunt of the load transfers. More than anything, the steel design method has potential to take various hotel, condo, and office-building projects away from other construction materials, like concrete, and that's certainly good news for structural steel fabricators everywhere.

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Air filtration system is portable

June 17, 2008

Great Lakes Air Technologies offers the RoboVent PowerPro stand-alone CrossFlow air filtration system. With its small stature and flexible arm, the system can be placed almost anywhere in the work...

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Cost estimating software considers design impact

June 17, 2008

MTI Systems has released Costimator OEM V9.0 cost estimating software. It gives users an expanded set of feature-based cost models for use in the system's feature-based costing methodology.The feature...

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ESAB appoints vice presidents

June 17, 2008

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has named David Abe as vice president of sales, western zone; Jerry Gleisner as vice president of sales, eastern zone; George Learmonth as vice...

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No time to waste

June 17, 2008

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For the past decade or so, the headline stories have painted a grim picture for the world's economies. The Asian financial crisis (1997) was followed by a free-fall in stock prices (2000) and a recession that stalled many of the world's leading and emerging economies (2001), leaving many to wonder...

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Accounting for growth in lean manufacturing

June 17, 2008

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Lean manufacturing has a negative, often unexpected, impact on the balance sheet--but those negative effects are short-term.

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Silicon Valley stamper sizes up, down electronics

June 17, 2008

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California electronics stamper Scandic Springs Inc. faces challenges of stamping ever-shrinking electronics components as well as stamping larger parts, such as enclosures.

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Unfolding truth about flats

June 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the usefulness of unfolding parts on the computer screen.

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Manufacturers worldwide face REACH compliance

May 28, 2008

Editor's note: This information is taken from a release provided by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) May 28, 2008. Links to more information and to a Webinar on the subject, hosted by...

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Good leadership comes from inside

May 27, 2008

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How important is good leadership? Extremely important. Poor leadership can cause a massive talent drain and cripple a company. When it comes to leadership, emotional intelligence can make the difference between a good leader and one who needs work to become an asset rather than a liability.

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Where is the welding management?

May 27, 2008

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Skilled, responsible welders can be expected to perform tasks to which they are accustomed very well. But when a brand-new project comes in, management should be careful not to give welders responsibilities they are not prepared to take. They need more than encouragement and sympathy.

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