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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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Cabinets help users stay organized

February 16, 2015

Vidmar® offers the 5S cabinet. It fulfills lean, 5S, and kaizen storage requirements by organizing workspaces to improve work flow and efficiency. According to the company, the cabinet stores the same amount of items as five open shelving units. Features include Plexiglas® or solid hinged...

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System purifies metal finishing rinse water

February 13, 2015

Birchwood Technologies offers the Ion Exchange system to purify rinse water for reuse in metal finishing systems. It is suitable for process lines using room-temperature blackeners, zinc phosphate, and manganese phosphate processes. The system allows the user to operate a metal finishing process...

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Accounting capabilities added to cloud-based manufacturing business software

February 10, 2015

Exact has added its own accounting capabilities to its cloud-based business software for small manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Existing and new customers of Exact Online Manufacturing or Wholesale Distribution business software can use the new accounting features as part of a...

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Windows-based tablet gives overview of fabrication workshop

February 10, 2015

LVD Strippit has introduced Touch-i4, an industrial-strength, wireless, Windows®-based tablet that provides an overview of the entire fabrication workshop. It generates and presents live information needed to manage networked LVD laser, punching, and bending machines, giving shop managers critical...

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Industrial caster reduces initial, turning force

February 9, 2015

Caster Concepts Inc. offers TWERGO® (an acronym for twin or triple wheel ergonomic), a caster designed to reduce the force needed to start, stop, and turn a cart. Lab testing shows a 25 percent gain in efficiency through the implementation of two design features: the patented wheel design...

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Dumping carts empty heavy loads safely

February 6, 2015

CECOR® offers heavy-duty industrial dumping carts that can be paired with the company’s dumping frame for elevated, rotational dumping of fully loaded carts. The dumping frame is secured to an overhead hook hoist or forklift truck. The frame then is secured to the cart by the cart’s...

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System backs up CNC files automatically

February 4, 2015

FANUC America Corp. has introduced FASBacCNC (FOCAS Automation Solution Backup CNC), a network-based backup system for FANUC CNCs. The system automatically backs up CNC files that have been created and customized by the machine tool builder or end user to a remote network server, eliminating...

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Labels resist chemicals, solvents

February 4, 2015

CILS has introduced CILS-82000S solvent-resistant labels, offering permanent adhesion and resistance to aggressive chemicals and solvents such as acetone, MEK, and hydraulic brake fluids. The computer-printable surface coating allows variable data (serial numbers and bar codes) to be printed in...

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Gripper accessory provides increased sensing capability

February 2, 2015

PHD Inc. has released the JC1STP teachable two-position switch mounting kit for its series 8400 and series 190/191 grippers. Mounting kits provide the switch plate with slots for either one or two switches to mount to the bottom surface of the grippers. Using two switches allows sensing of up to...

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Fiber laser marker converts high pulse frequencies into short marking processes

January 29, 2015

The TruMark 5020 fiber laser marker from TRUMPF Inc. offers high pulse frequencies and pulse-to-pulse stability for metal applications that require high speed and a high edge quality. The unit’s scanner module converts pulse frequencies of up to 1 mHz into a correspondingly high processing...

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Breathing system monitors air quality for OSHA standard compliance

January 29, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers the Quality Air Breathing System, which the company says helps users comply with the OSHA requirement for Grade D breathable air. When placed near the point of use, the system works with the existing compressed-air supply. The four-stage filtration filters the air,...

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Round-over dies round edges of fenders, custom panels

January 28, 2015

Van Sant Enterprises offers Ron Covell’s round-over dies for metal fabrication. Suitable for rounding edges of motorcycle fenders and custom panels for hot rods, the dies are precision-machined from heat-treated steel and can handle up to 16-ga. mild steel. Rolls are available in four sizes:...

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Communications interface simplifies integration of CNC machine tools, manufacturing software

January 28, 2015

NUM has developed a new communications interface option for its CNC systems that complies with the open MTConnect interoperability standard. Known as NUMConnect, the interface can be fitted to new or existing systems and simplifies the integration of CNC machine tools with third-party manufacturing...

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Compressed-air filter removes particles to 5 microns

January 28, 2015

Walmec North America offers a 5-micron compressed-air filter that provides point-of-use filtration of liquids, oils, and other contaminants. The filter is suitable for a variety of applications, including surface preparation, paint spraying, powder coating, air-powered tools, and pneumatically...

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Handles work with 19-in. racks

January 20, 2015

J.W. Winco Inc. offers GN 423 aluminum rack handles in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant door handles have been designed to accommodate 19-in. rack and enclosure layouts. Handle tube and handle legs are joined by lightly pressing the legs into the tube, allowing for special lengths. Mounting...

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