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.

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How a fabricator can stand out to customers - TheFabricator.com

How a fabricator can stand out to customers

November 9, 2012 | By Christine Hansen

The best metal fabricating partner in a supply chain is the one that not only provides on-time delivery of quality products, but also provides complete and open communication. Today the only means to do that is by opening up information technology systems to those important customers.

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Beyond mere convenience - TheFabricator.com

Beyond mere convenience

November 9, 2012 | By Tim Heston

As this Q&A with Plante Moran's Jeff Mengel reveals, an innovative approach to a customer relationship can lead to a very successful supply chain partnership.

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Growth opportunities worth trumpeting in manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

Growth opportunities worth trumpeting in manufacturing

November 9, 2012 | By Tim Heston

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association 2012 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey is out, and it proves a lucrative career awaits those fabricators willing to put in the work to hone their skills.

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Stationary parts don't make money - TheFabricator.com

Stationary parts don't make money

November 9, 2012 | By George Winton

Seeing bins of parts lying around in your shop? Maybe it’s time to get away from the large-batch method and try one-piece flow. Rather than make a large quantity of Component 1, then Component 2, then Component 3, while a welder downstream waits for Component 3, you could set up a system of one-piece flow that sends a kit of three components. The key to implement this strategy is the bender software.

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Capital spending forecast up again - TheFabricator.com

Capital spending forecast up again

November 9, 2012 | By Tim Heston

According to the 2013 Capital Spending Forecast, to published by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, projected spending for U.S. metal fabricators climbed 4 percent over last year. The total amount is just shy of readers' projected spending before the recession.

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CAD platform allows users to build conveyor assemblies to exact specifications

November 7, 2012

Dorner Mfg.'s new Configurator is an intuitive, 2-D and 3-D CAD platform that allows users to build complete conveyor assemblies to their exact layout dimensions. The tool provides the download of a single CAD model of the complete assembled conveyor, saving the time spent matching up individual...

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Cleaner, degreaser imparts corrosion protection

November 5, 2012

Cortec® offers VpCI®-414 cleaner and degreaser, a heavy-duty, temporary coating and wax remover for metal and painted surfaces. This nontoxic, nonflammable, water-soluble, and biodegradable concentrate removes dirt, oils, and greases. As a viscous liquid, it is suitable for underhanging and...

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Wiley Metal receives award from Wabash National

November 5, 2012

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has received a Platinum Award from Wabash National Corp. in recognition of its excellence in supply chain delivery, quality, cost, and innovation. Wabash National Corp. is a producer of semitrailers and liquid transportation...

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Shale-Inland names president - Fabrication & Distribution Services

November 5, 2012

Shale-Inland, a distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, and related products in Houston, has appointed Mark G. Essig to the position of president –Fabrication & Distribution Services (F&DS). He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, having held executive roles at Washington...

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L&M Precision Fabrication remodels Washington facility

November 5, 2012

L&M Precision Fabrication, a provider of sheet metal forming and machining services for the aerospace, electronic, medical, and military markets, has announced the completion of a recent remodeling effort at its Airway Heights, Wash., facility. The major goals for the remodel included...

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Survey says lack of leadership is thwarting manufacturing renaissance

November 5, 2012

The public feels that American leadership is off-course in improving manufacturing competitiveness and that the national economy is weak and fragile, according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The survey found that Americans have a jaundiced view of the nation's...

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Nussbaum to open North American headquarters in North Carolina

November 5, 2012

Otto Nussbaum GmbH & Co. has announced plans to purchase a 56,565-sq.-ft. building in Gastonia, N.C., to house the North American headquarters, production, and technical services center for Nussbaum Automotive Solutions L.P. The $7.6 million investment is expected to create 83 new jobs, with...

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Industrial espionage?

November 5, 2012 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Exactly what falls under the umbrella of industrial espionage? Do you think it’s possible for another company to steal your product design and processes? Learn from one fabricator’s experience.

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Why the little things matter - TheFabricator.com

Why the little things matter

November 2, 2012 | By Tim Heston

The issue for Laser Access employees wasn't getting the equipment running, it was the time they spent away from the machine, hunting for the right tools and material. That's why the Michigan shop took steps to keep the necessary tools nearby and neatly organized.

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing up 0.2 percentage point from September

November 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the second consecutive month following three consecutive months of slight contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 41th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On...

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