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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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Grainger donation to aid welder training

March 12, 2007

Grainger, a national supplier of facilities maintenance supplies to businesses, has donated $5,000 to the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio. The contribution will be used to...

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Hansen steel services

Big shoulders, long strides

February 13, 2007

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Family-owned Hansen Steel Services started six years ago with a 600-ft. long empty building and a combined 144 years of experience and built it into a thriving job shop that shoulders large plate fabrications.

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Detroit Car Bodies

Detroit's reality check

February 13, 2007

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As the Big Three try to return to profitability, most of their suppliers, many with a negative cash flow, are starting to crack under the pressure. Declining OEM unit volume and mix issues, pricing pressures, and high sustained raw material costs continue to constrain cash flows and limit balance sheet improvements that, in some cases suffered significant deterioration in 2006.

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Configurator simplifies high-pressure hydraulic cylinder selection

February 13, 2007

Peninsular Cylinder Co.'s cylinder configurator simplifies the selection of the company's model HP high-pressure hydraulic cylinders. A drop-down menu on the company's Web site,...

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Pressure washer has wireless remote

February 13, 2007

Landa has introduced a wireless remote for controlling the operation of a pressure washer from up to 300 ft. away. The LanCo system currently is available as a factory installed option on an expanding...

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Sciaky opens office in Washington

February 13, 2007

Sciaky, Inc., a manufacturer of Electron Beam welding machines, has opened a new location in Kitsap County, Wash., to service the Northwest U. S.The new facility is located at: 1783 Highway 308, Suite...

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Kanban book addresses environment-specific techniques

February 13, 2007

Productivity Press's Custom Kanban—Designing the System to Meet the Needs of Your Environment, by Raymond S. Louis, provides a text intended to help a company develop and implement a correct and...

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Tarter Gate logo

Establishing an identity

February 13, 2007

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Tarter Gate, a captive tube mill operation and tube and pipe fabricator, is the largest manufacturer of animal management equipment in the U.S. Learn how the company has used a marketing plan to increase sales and maintain growth in this family-owned and -operated business.

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Metal Manufacturing Leading Concerns

Steel prices remain top concern in 2007

February 12, 2007

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The January 2007 "Fabricating Update" asked subscribers to choose their No. 1 concern from a list of factors affecting metal manufacturing. It also asked whether the Democrat-controlled Congress sworn in Jan. 4 will have a positive, negative, or no effect on their businesses. This article presents the survey findings.

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R & D tax credit

Get paid to make progress

February 6, 2007

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Many manufacturers don't think that their companies qualify as researchers and developers. But with a little look into your company's everyday activities, you may find that you do conduct R&D - and possibly spend enough on R&D in a year to qualify for a tax credit.

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Toyota patented fan blade

Patented fan blade design helps keep Toyota cool

February 6, 2007

SituationToyota's 900,000-sq.-ft. Hebron, Ky., facility is its largest parts distribution center in the world.Given the size of the facility, the company was forced to overheat during cold months to compensate for the majority of the warm air rising to the ceiling. Monthly utility bills were...

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Is a good attitude all it takes?

January 9, 2007

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This article from reader-favorite author Bob Nichols is a point-of-view piece that questions the popular adage that attitude is all it takes to excel in the business world. Nichols' article, written from a mature manager's perspective, is a good supplement to Understanding and motivating the multigenerational work forcepublished previously on thefabricator.com.

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SPC system brings computing mobility to quality departments

January 9, 2007

Zontec Inc.'s Synergy 200, a mobile statistical process control (SPC) system, allows quality department members to move freely about the production facility while performing real-time SPC on a...

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Hydra-pneumatic cylinder offers high-speed, all power-stoke operation

January 9, 2007

AEC/Hypercyl's HZ series hydra-pneumatic cylinders offers a power-stroke operation for various assembly clamping, piercing, metalworking, pressing, marking, resistance welding, and riveting...

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AWS releases new resistance welding standards

January 9, 2007

The American Welding Society (AWS) has announced that it is releasing two brand-new resistance welding standards. The first, AWS D8.1M:2007, Specification for Automotive Weld Quality—Resistance...

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