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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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De-Sta-Co consolidates U.S. manufacturing operations

July 15, 2015

De-Sta-Co, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced it will consolidate several U.S. manufacturing operations for its workholding and automation products to a new site in Mount Juliet, Tenn. Consolidation will occur in multiple phases over the next 18 to 24 months. It includes phasing out...

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Cartridge collector handles high airflows with low pressure drops

July 15, 2015

AAF International® offers the OptiFlo® RC cartridge collector. Features include a patented active mandrel to help improve filtration efficiency, a quick-release door for simplified maintenance and minimized leakage, and a cartridge support mechanism for cleaning efficiency. The unit is...

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Building a manufacturing workforce

July 15, 2015

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Alexandra Industries, a producer and fabricator of aluminum extrusions in Alexandria, Minn., recognized the need to get involved in the local school district to boost the image of manufacturing in the eyes of students. But it didn't just volunteer to send over speakers. It heavily influenced the curriculum at the new high school and donated new manufacturing technology.

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Vance Metal marks 135 years in business

July 14, 2015

Geneva, N.Y.-based Vance Metal, a large-capacity metal fabricator and weld shop, celebrates 135 years of business in 2015. The company was founded Aug. 7, 1880, when James R. Vance started Vance Boiler Works with a newly patented boiler. The company made its first winery tank in the early 1990s...

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Remy to be acquired by BorgWarner

July 14, 2015

Remy Intl. Inc., Pendleton, Ind., has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by BorgWarner Inc., a provider of powertrain components and systems. Remy Intl. is a manufacturer, remanufacturer, and distributor of alternators, starter motors, and electric traction motors for the automotive...

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Emulsion mist collectors offer high collection efficiency

July 14, 2015

A new line of Handte EM Profi emulsion mist collectors from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) offers high collection efficiency while operating 24/7. The units can clean up contaminants generated during milling, drilling, tapping, turning, and grinding processes that use emulsion mist coolants....

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Schaefer Ventilation releases video about confined-space ventilators

July 14, 2015

Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, Sauk Rapids, Minn., a manufacturer of ventilation and thermal comfort products, has released a sales video for Americ® confined-space ventilators. The video, available at www.schaeferventilation.com/products/americ-confined-space-ventilators/, demonstrates...

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Meritor purchases assets of Sypris facility in North Carolina

July 14, 2015

Troy, Mich.-based Meritor Inc. has purchased the majority of the assets at the Sypris Solutions Inc. manufacturing facility in Morganton, N.C. The facility currently manufactures trailer axle beams, carriers, and differentials for Meritor, in addition to producing light vehicle components for other...

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Vegetable-based coolants use no chlorine, formaldehyde, silicones

July 14, 2015

Condat has introduced Mecagreen vegetable-based soluble oils for machining and grinding applications. According to the company, these coolants provide long sump life and excellent cutting performance without the use of chlorine, DEA, DCHA, formaldehyde, or silicones. Point-of-cut studies...

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DeWys Mfg. announces change in leadership structure

July 14, 2015

DeWys Mfg. Inc., a precision metal fabrication company based in Marne, Mich., has announced a change in leadership roles. Owner Jon DeWys has transitioned from president to CEO. Owner C.T. Martin has moved from vice president to president. Mark Schoenborn has moved into the newly created...

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Software tracks truth on the manufacturing shop floor

July 14, 2015

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Manufacturing execution systems manage schedules based not about assumptions on available capacity, but on data gathered directly from manufacturing equipment.

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Securing your business for the next generation

July 14, 2015

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Fab shop owners may avoid succession planning. They may be too busy, or the decision may be difficult. But nobody lives forever, and not having a solid succession plan in place puts the future of the business at risk.

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Technology: The ultimate moving target

July 14, 2015

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How will technology advancements affect the kind of skilled worker we will need in the future? And how many skilled workers will we need? The answers to these questions are of incredible importance to metalworking and manufacturing in general

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HK Laser & Systems renovates Illinois facility

July 13, 2015

HK Laser & Systems has renovated its 15,000-sq.-ft. demo facility in Lombard, Ill. New additions include a CAD/CAM training center, an HK RDM deburring machine, and a conference room. In addition to the Lombard facility, the company has demo machines available for viewing in Michigan, Iowa, and...

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Hilti opens two facilities in Texas

July 13, 2015

Hilti has opened its Western Hemisphere Product Development and Tool Service Center in Irving, Texas. The 65,000-sq.-ft. facility serves two main purposes: Certified technicians perform tool repairs and maintenance, laser calibrations, and battery checks; and engineers, designers, and product...

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