Shop Management

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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Voices that matter, in Iowa and the metal fabrication shop floor

February 2, 2016

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Having your voice matter may be at the core of good culture. This may apply as much to Iowa voters as it does to people on the fab shop floor.

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Titanium Lifetime Achievement Award nominations accepted through April 1

February 2, 2016

The International Titanium Association has announced it is accepting nominations for the Titanium Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual for exceptional contributions to the advancement of titanium applications or technology. Nominees should have achieved one or more of the...

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Never undervalue what you do

February 2, 2016

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“Welding is easy; business is hard.” At least that’s how Josh Welton sees running his own business. An important thing to remember is “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

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Moving the family metal fabrication shop

February 2, 2016

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Shop owner Tom Brizek knows all about moving a metal fabrication operation. His shop, TAB Industries, is in the middle of its fourth move in nine years. When, where, and how should a shop relocate? Brizek gives some insight.

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Technology Spotlight: Part-marking on the move

February 2, 2016

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A new battery-operated, hand-held marking unit has capabilities and software that are often found only on much larger units.

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Wachs Services opens facility in South Carolina

February 1, 2016

Wachs Services, Belmont, N.C., a provider of specialty machining and welding services to the nuclear, petrochemical, and power-generation industries, has opened Wachs Fabrication Group in Jackson, S.C. The new facility provides metal components for the nuclear power industry. The company...

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J.L. Becker Co. appoints sales rep for Illinois

February 1, 2016

J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company in Plymouth, Mich., has appointed Jeff Schlais as sales representative for Illinois. Schlais has 20 years of experience in the heat treat and automation industries. In 2008 he founded Absolute Machine Controls Technologies Inc. to provide...

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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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