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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New machines do not a world-class company make

March 28, 2002

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Buying top-shelf equipment doesn't necessrily make you a top-shelf operation. Much more important is the behavior of the people behind the equipment.

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Taking a look at performance appraisals

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes an affirmation of a positive working relationship.

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Build it or buy it?

March 28, 2002

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This article discusses the ins and outs of choosing a workable IT system for fabricators. It begins with the "envisioning phase" and works through analysis, development, and customization of systems.

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Is Your Welding Lean?

March 26, 2002

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Want know how lean manufacturing principles relate to your welding operation? You have to look further than just what is happening in the welding cell.

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That's the Deal - Sales strategies—Part 2

March 14, 2002

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There are a lot of things you can do to cope with slow times. Stop hanging your head, and take a look at some of them right here.

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Emotional thrills

February 28, 2002

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When you ride a roller coaster, you know that it is supposed to be fun and will last only a frew minutes. The job shop you're working in isn't supposed to be anything like a rollercoaster ride.

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Principles of welding productivity

February 14, 2002

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Do you doubt the merits of daily record keeping to improve welding reliability, standardize welding procedures, avoid excessive costs, and increase productivity? Read on. You won't any longer.

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Achieving cost-effective environmental compliance

February 14, 2002

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Environmental regulations are becoming more complex, leading many manufacturers to outsource regulatory compliance. This doesn’t absolve the manufacturer of responsibility, so understanding the integral components—waste generator classification, waste minimization, and safety training—is critical to establishing a compliance strategy.

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Cash in on lean manufacturing

February 14, 2002

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TRUMPF, Freudenberg-NOK, and Aero Gear Inc. share their experiences with lean manufacturing here and present the benefits and challenges of implementing it in the machine tool-making, automotive supply, and job shop environments.

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Will just-in-time become just-in-case?

February 14, 2002

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Terrorist attcks on U.S. soil have given domestic manufactuers cause to rethink the entire process of keeping inventory and metting customer demands.

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An industry perspective

February 14, 2002

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On the positive side, job shops continue to be innovative and improve productivity; materials and software are improving; entry-level positions normally can be filled.

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Trouble in Motown

February 14, 2002

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Detroit's Big Three have big problems ahead if they can't figure out a way to profit in a time of booming sales, let alone downturns such as the one looming this year.

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The new face of manufacturing on the Net

February 14, 2002

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Making the Internet pay has proven more difficult than a lot of first movers in the metals business made it sound in the late '90s. Thefabricator.com talked to a few people trying to capitalize on the lessons learned from all those no-brainers that turned into no-gainers.

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Around the World: China drives toward world auto market

February 14, 2002

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A look at projections for China's automotive market and recent activity by companies investing in that market are worth your time. Technology is a key factor to that investment, and the Chinese are taking full advantage of it.

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Surviving cost-cutting pressures from OEMs

February 1, 2002

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This article provides examples of automotive suppliers and other metalworking suppliers who are facing strict cost containment requirements, and explains possible benefits of using gainsharing to motivate employees to generate ideas for efficiency.

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