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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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Have a tool- and diemaker shortage?

February 1, 2016

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The skilled-worker shortage has become a much-discussed topic at industry events and conferences, at FABTECH®, around the water cooler, at association meetings, and in trade publications and in general audience media. It’s even a buzzword in the U.S. presidential campaigns.

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AZZ Inc. acquires assets of Alpha Galvanizing

February 1, 2016

AZZ Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, a provider of galvanizing services, welding systems, specialty electrical equipment, and highly engineered services to the power-generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial markets, has acquired the assets of Alpha Galvanizing Inc., an Atkinson, Neb.-based...

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Project featuring PPG coatings wins MCA’s 2015 Chairman’s Award

February 1, 2016

Pittsburgh-based PPG has announced that the Connor Group Central Support Office in Miamisburg, Ohio, which features metal coatings products from PPG, has received a 2015 Chairman’s Award for overall excellence from the Metal Construction Association (MCA). The two-story building’s exterior...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity contracts for fourth consecutive month

February 1, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in January for the fourth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 80th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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Being better while being bigger

February 1, 2016

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Metal fabricating represents a vital chunk of the U.S. manufacturing industry, and Mayville Engineering Co. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., shows just how big a business it can be. The fabricator has more than $300 million in annual sales and multiple locations, yet it is still trying to focus on what makes even the smallest fab shop successful: quick turnaround of quality products at a fair price. In recognition of the company's growth and success in maintaining a positive culture, The FABRICATOR has honored MEC with its 2016 Industry Award.

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Epic Systems hires custom machines drafter

January 29, 2016

St. Louis-based engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc. has hired Corey Birkmann as custom machines drafter. He is responsible for generating 2-D/3-D concept drawings and creating 3-D computer-aided designs for custom machine projects. Birkmann is a graduate of the University of...

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Mobile filtration system extracts laser and welding fumes

January 29, 2016

Filtration system vendor ULT AG has developed the LAS 260.HD 19 W3 extraction system for laser and welding fumes. The portable device meets the certification requirements according to DIN EN ISO 15012-1 welding fume separation class W3. The unit is qualified for extraction and filtration of...

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Abrasive blasting pot delivers abrasive/compressed air mixture to work surface

January 29, 2016

Marco Group Intl. has released the Blastmaster® 10-cu.-ft. abrasive blasting pot. This pressure vessel is used as part of an abrasive blasting system to deliver a mixture of abrasive and compressed air to a work surface. The unit, which features dual outlet capability, is suitable for fixed...

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Solar Atmospheres expanding in Pennsylvania

January 28, 2016

Hermitage, Pa.-based Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has announced it is nearing completion of its construction project to house what it says is the largest commercial vacuum furnace in the world. The 18,000-sq.-ft. building should be fully enclosed by the end of January. Once the 20-ton crane...

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Tech Air completes acquisitions of Ravena Welding Supply, Hereford Welding Supply

January 28, 2016

Tech Air, a Danbury, Conn.-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has completed the acquisitions of New York-based Ravena Welding Supply and Texas-based Hereford Welding Supply. Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air management....

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TPS acquires Phoenix Mfg.

January 28, 2016

Turnkey Processing Solutions LLC, Warrenville, Ill., has purchased Phoenix Mfg., an industrial OEM/custom fabrication company that employs 32 people at manufacturing facilities in Cole Camp and Glasgow, Mo. The facilities will continue to operate under the Phoenix Mfg. brand. According to the...

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Bowie, Frey, Rickman, Vigoda, and Dial—let's not forget Dial

January 28, 2016

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Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.

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Engineering Specialties redesigns website

January 28, 2016

Engineering Specialties Inc. (ESI) has launched its redesigned company website at www.esict.com. The company offers custom stamping, machining, and assembly. The website highlights details about the company’s technology and capabilities. New website features include a blog, streamlined...

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3D MakerJet R&D prototypes powderless wire-feed metal 3-D printer

January 28, 2016

3D MakerJet Inc., Orlando, Fla., in partnership with Chinese developer ZBOT/Guangzhou DNSPOWER Design Co., has been working toward powderless wire-feed additive manufacturing. After 1.5 years in R&D, functioning prototypes using metal alloy filaments, including copper, have been reviewed and...

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Two-wheel hand truck lifts 200-lb. loads up to 37 in.

January 28, 2016

The LNB-2 from Lift’n Buddy is a powered, elevating, two-wheel hand truck that offers the vertical lifting capability of a small powered stacker. The adjustable-height platform positions loads at the touch of a button to help eliminate operator bending and stretching during loading,...

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