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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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Job Burnout—Part 1

June 8, 2004

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If you are employed, you're lucky to have a job. Perhaps you've heard this, thought it, or both. And it's true. With so many people out of work, it seems almost like biting the hand that feeds you to complain about your work conditions and expect your employer to care.If you're suffering from job...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 6

June 8, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the sixth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They had been talking about the contract period when doubts were raised about what his sales force was really selling.At just that moment, a line of hikers passed by on their...

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Revving up weld quality

June 8, 2004

Before introducing new resistance welding systems, Ford Motor Company's New Model Product Development Center was cluttered and dark, and it was difficult to work there because of the high number of weld controls and weld guns being used (left). Installing weld controls and associated manual...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part II

June 1, 2004

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World-class manufacturing is a common catch phrase, but it's usually used even though the company has done nothing to justify the highfalutin title. Many companies have been using manufacturing resource planning (MRP), lean manufacturing, kaizen, kanban, Six Sigma systems, statistical process...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part I

June 1, 2004

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Why do some companies fail or continuously underperform? It's a complex question with as many "answers" as there are heads of industries and university scholars.In actuality, the most common reason for business failure is poor cash flow. Most organizations experience severe cash flow problems at...

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Device provides consistent proximity sensing in automated resistance welding operations

May 4, 2004

Canfield Connector's EOS differential pressure switch provides consistent, repeatable proximity sensing in automated resistance welding operations. The EOS works in the pressure line between the...

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Software restricts material access, tracks usage, reorders

May 4, 2004

Applied CIM Technologies Inc. has introduced CRIBWARE® Sentinel, a system designed to provide secure and easy access to material stored in Lista storage cabinets. Using the Lista e-Lock mechanism,...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 5

May 4, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the fifth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about throughput and the time line of money."Now that you know the main events in the time line of money, your chore is to figure out how to make each...

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Dealing with difficult people

May 4, 2004

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Have you ever felt frustrated or irritated with a co-worker, subordinate, or boss? We've all had the occasional run-in with someone at work. Periodic disagreements, misunderstandings, and faulty communication can lead to frustration. But have you ever met that uniqueperson who causes you extreme frustration every timeyou come in contact with him or her?

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How to be successful in small business

May 4, 2004

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In November 2002 Greg Lamm was laid off from his full-time welding job.One month later he started his own microwelding business.This year he plans to purchase a laser.So how did he do it?It started with one phone call, then two, and then more phone calls from mold or tool and die shops in the...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 4

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the fourth episode in a mountaintop dialog that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about customers and the time line of money.

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Lean and Mean

April 6, 2004

The metal stamping industry is facing many challenges, such as increased raw material prices, pressure from automotive industry OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers to cut costs, and increased competition from low-cost offshore stampers.

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A most excellent fabricator

April 6, 2004

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A South Louisiana fabricator believes success in his fabricating endeavors involves a pride in workmanship, a passion in the craft, and perseverance in being the best. After 11 building expansions, Don Begneaud can say he has found a winning business philosophy.

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Scraping the hull: Ridding your organization of barnacles

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the March 2004Lean Into It newsletter.What do barnacles and lean manufacturing have in common? Let me explain.Barnacles are a form of sea life that everyone's heard of but probably knows little about. Many different types exist, but...

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Competing in the global arena

March 25, 2004

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Less than 40 seconds to go. The home team is down by 2 points. Tension grows as the clock counts down. The players and referees dart back and forth, and the action never slows. This isn't some staid, gentlemanly game like chess or golf. This is a full-contact sport, a sport in which the difference...

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