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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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What is good company culture, exactly?

November 6, 2014

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Good culture may boil down to giving people an opportunity to contribute beyond their traditional job description, and rewarding them for it.

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Qnect names VP of engineering

November 6, 2014

Qnect LLC, Hadley, Mass., a provider of software for the structural steel industry, has hired Tim Fraser as vice president of engineering. Fraser has 35 years of experience in structural steel fabrication and consulting engineering, He spent 19 years as chief engineer at fabricating and...

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NN Inc. president/CEO recognized for corporate growth leadership

November 6, 2014

Johnson City, Tenn.-based NN Inc., a manufacturer of precision metal bearings and components, has announced that its president/CEO Richard Holder has received the M&A Atlas Americas award for corporate growth leadership related to the four acquisitions the company closed before the end of August...

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Kimball Intl. to move Idaho production to Indiana

November 6, 2014

Furniture manufacturer Kimball Intl. Inc., Jasper, Ind., has announced the planned consolidation of its metal fabrication production from its operation located in Post Falls, Idaho, into existing production facilities in Indiana. Citing improvement of customer delivery, supply chain dynamics, and...

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Rotary encoders compatible with Mitsubishi interface

November 6, 2014

Heidenhain has introduced the new absolute ECN/EQN and ROC/ROQ 400M rotary encoders for use on machines that require a Mitsubishi interface. These encoders fulfill the requirements of the Mitsubishi High Speed Generation 2 pure binary interface with two-pair transmission. The products are an...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring rates expected to reach four-year highs for month of November

November 6, 2014

In November, job creation rates will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November 2014. In November, for the eighth straight month,...

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Classes for the masses

November 5, 2014

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Frustrated by an OEM that always makes easy products complicated, uses unrealistic tolerances, or leaves out critical information? You’re in good company—every manufacturer experiences this type of thing once in a while. Superior Tube Products Inc., Davenport, Iowa, deals with this by providing classes that teach the finer points of bending tube and pipe.

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The future of the medium-sized metal fabricator

November 5, 2014

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Small shops will be there for the small jobs; large shops are investing in equipment to compete; but what about the shop in the middle?

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Sioux names sales and marketing manager

November 5, 2014

Beresford, S.D.-based Sioux Corp., a manufacturer of industrial application-specific cleaning equipment, water heating and chilling systems, and steam generators, has announced the hiring of Jesse Hanssen as sales and marketing manager. Hanssen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical...

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Drake-Williams Steel converts to employee ownership

November 5, 2014

Drake-Williams Steel Inc., a steel fabricator based in Omaha, Neb., has converted 100 percent from family ownership to employee ownership. The change affects 230 employees at three company locations in Omaha and Aurora,...

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Weld gas designed for reduced spatter, slag

November 5, 2014

Linde offers the CORGON® welding gas series with helium as a component. The gas was developed to produce low-spatter and low-slag seams at high speeds on nonalloyed and low-alloy steels in both manual and automatic GMAW processes. It achieves these results through a balanced gas mixture with a...

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5 steps to improve the welding environment

November 5, 2014

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Achieving the optimal welding environment is important for many reasons, including worker health and safety and OSHA compliance. These five steps can help you achieve that environment.

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Sage Clarity selected for CIO Review’s 20 Most Promising list

November 4, 2014

Sage Clarity, Chicago, a provider of manufacturing intelligence systems, has been named to CIO Review’s list of the 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers. The selection is based on Sage Clarity's mobile analytics technology systems for the manufacturing supply chain....

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AAK sells Binol biolubricants business to Quaker Chemical

November 3, 2014

AAK, Karlshamn, Sweden, has decided to sell its biolubricants business Binol to Quaker Chemical, Conshohocken, Pa., a provider of process fluids and chemical specialties. Binol has for many years been run as an autonomous entity within AAK with its own sales force, product development,...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in October

November 3, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th 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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