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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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Are you still settling for good enough?

February 7, 2006

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A study of executives at several tube and pipe fab shops revealed that the executives and managers are ensnared by four potential traps: talking instead of doing, failing to see the big picture, avoiding listening, and failing to communicate.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 6

February 7, 2006

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When you price out your bid, you get to be the expert - but that also means a lot of responsibility. Learn what you need to know to price out your bid to the federal government.

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Making your way as a job shop today

February 7, 2006

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No matter how you start up your own job shop, it takes a delicate balance to become - and remain - successful. Profitability certainly helps, but so do flexibility and diversification.

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New study shows no link between welding and Parkinson's

February 2, 2006

The Welding Information Center today announced that a new epidemiological study published in the February 2006 issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicineconcluded that no link exists between...

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Software enables forming simulation analysis and costing

January 10, 2006

Forming Technologies offers its Forming Suite 4.0 software, suitable for blank development, forming simulation, blank nesting, and material cost estimation and optimization. According to the...

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Protective eyewear is lightweight

January 10, 2006

Bacou-Dalloz offers the Uvex® Protg™ line of lightweight safety eyewear.Weighing 27.5 g, the eyewear features a secure, wraparound brow that expands to accommodate a variety of users. The...

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Finding direction for the welding industry

January 10, 2006

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The welding industry may be the only one forecast to show any growth between now and 2012, but growth in the U.S. is threatened by a number of factors: skilled worker shortages, welding rod litigation; and what some consider the need for greed among business executives.

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Is your business prepared for a pandemic?

January 10, 2006

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A recent CFO survey found that only 7 percent of businesses are preparing for a potential avian flu pandemic. Preparation is important for this and other events that can disrupt business and endanger employees. Guidelines include training and preparing an ancillary work force. Cross-training current employees and documenting processes can help.

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Hearing protection designed for outdoor, low-light applications

December 13, 2005

Bilsom® Leightning® Hi-Visibility earmuffs from Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group provide high attenuation and visibility in outdoor or low-light applications. They utilize Bilsom's Air Flow...

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Flexible-mount light beam safety device protects up to 70 m

December 13, 2005

The M4000 standard multiple light beam safety device from Sick Inc. offers mounting flexibility via three groove housing and swivel mount end caps. It protects a perimeter up to 70 m with beam spacing...

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Packets prevent corrosion on packaged metal parts

December 13, 2005

The Daubrite® 1 emitter packets from Daubert Cromwell prevent corrosion on metal parts that are packaged for storage or shipment.The 1 - by 3-in. packet contains the company's volatile corrosion...

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Fume extraction system protects laser optics

December 13, 2005

Adapt Laser Systems offers fume extraction systems manufactured by TEKA Filter Technology.Fume and particle extraction systems are important in many laser surface treatment applications. When lasers...

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Bulletproof processes

December 13, 2005

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While some stampers are filing for bankruptcy, Alpha's lean manufacturing initiatives have propelled the Detroit-based stamper to a $50 million-dollar company and growing

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Characteristics of electron beam welding

December 13, 2005

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Electron beam welding is useful for many applications -- steel, aluminum, and exotic metals; thick, structural sections or thin, delicate components; and harsh conditions such as alternating loads and low temperatures. A programmable controller allows engineers to tailor the electron beam's power distribution, thereby creating a unique weld for each application. EBW often is used in applications that have stringent joint tightness and strength requirements and, in some cases, it is used for welds that cannot be done with any other joining method.

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Delphi launches welding company

November 10, 2005

Delphi Technologies Inc. (DTI), a Delphi Corp. subsidiary, has started a new welding company called SpaceForm Inc. to commercialize its deformation resistance welding (DRW) technology within the...

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