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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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AM General receives automotive manufacturing certification

September 19, 2016

AM General, South Bend, Ind., has announced that several of its facilities now are registered to the ISO/TS 16949:2009 quality standard for manufacturing commercial vehicles. This registration certifies that the company's commercial assembly plant, its warehousing facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., and...

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Turkish Machinery Group participates in IMTS

September 19, 2016

Turkish Machinery Group recently participated for the first time in the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 in Chicago. Sixteen Turkish companies exhibited their products, and the Turkish Fluid Power Association and Industrial Automation Manufacturers’ Association also...

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NAM survey shows regulations, health care costs are manufacturers’ top concerns

September 16, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Washington, D.C., has released the results of its Q3 2016 "Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey," which reveals manufacturers' concerns about rising health care costs and regulatory compliance. “Manufacturers continue to grapple not just with global...

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Additive manufacturing increases its presence at IMTS

September 16, 2016

Ten years ago a metal fabricator could visit the biannual International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago and have the opportunity to view some of the latest press brake and laser cutting technologies. It wasn’t FABTECH®, but the tradeshow still had a decent collection of machine...

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Bass Mechanical earns AISC certification

September 15, 2016

Bass Mechanical Inc., an industrial contracting company located in Elizabethtown, Pa., has received certification as a certified building fabricator from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). This certification represents that Bass Mechanical has the personnel, knowledge,...

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Metal fabrication market to grow to $21.38 billion by 2024

September 15, 2016

Investments in global infrastructure projects have been increasing rapidly over the past decade, and this presents a growing opportunity for the prefabricated construction market to grow considerably in the coming years, according to Albany, N.Y.-based Transparency Market Research (TMR). This acts...

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Weldaloy appoints VP/GM

September 15, 2016

Warren, Mich.-based Weldaloy, a provider of custom copper, aluminum, and other nonferrous forgings, has promoted Kurt Ruppenthal from vice president and chief manufacturing executive to vice president and general manager. Before joining the company in 2014 as engineering manager, Ruppenthal served...

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American Metal Roofs donates roof for veteran’s memorial in Michigan

September 15, 2016

American Metal Roofs, Flint, Mich., has donated the roofing materials for the Veterans Bell Memorial in Montrose, Mich. The memorial honors active-duty veterans, as well as reservists and National Guardsmen.What started out as a tribute by Charlie Emmendorfer of CRE Welding in Montrose to honor his...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Changing the hierarchy and file names within CAD assemblies

September 15, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis provides file organization and renaming guidance, so that the CAD operator doesn’t make a needless mistake that can boost frustration and reduce modeling efficiency.

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Coldwater Machine hires VP of sales and marketing

September 14, 2016

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co. has hired Daniel Barry as vice president of sales and marketing. He has more than 25 years of capital equipment and automation experience in a variety of industry sectors. Before joining the company, Barry formed WEMA Vogtland America LLC in 2010, a U.S....

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Meritor donates $5,000 to American Red Cross for Louisiana flood relief efforts

September 14, 2016

Meritor Inc., Troy, Mich., has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Denham Springs, La., which was hard-hit by flooding in August. An estimated 90 percent of homes and businesses were damaged in the southeast Louisiana town of 10,000 people.The company is a...

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Winning new business in custom metal fabrication

September 14, 2016 | By Tim Heston

It can take a long time for a prospect to become a major customer, and of course there are no guarantees. This makes building a diverse customer base easier said than done. Through rebranding and restructuring, one custom fabricator in Minnesota aims to change this.

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TRUMPF founds venture capital company

September 14, 2016

TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG, a manufacturer of sheet metal processing equipment and industrial lasers based in Ditzingen, Germany, has founded TRUMPF Venture GmbH, a venture capital company for funding technology startups. The aim of the company is to fund promising young companies that want to play a...

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Matheson completes acquisition of U.S. assets divested by Air Liquide

September 14, 2016

Matheson Tri-Gas, Basking Ridge, N.J., a provider of industrial and specialty gases, has completed its acquisition of certain U.S. assets divested by Air Liquide. The acquisition includes 18 air separation units, two nitrous oxide plants, four CO2 plants, three Airgas retail stores in Alaska, and...

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5S: The foundation for the lean journey

September 14, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

5S is critical for any lean journey. And by getting it right—that is, treating it as an important and measurable process that affects the business—fabricators can use 5S to make their office or shop floor a better place to work.

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