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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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Welders on welding

February 23, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Based on feedback from "Welding Wire" subscribers, you have to wonder if CareerCast.com interviewed any welders when compiling its 2010 list of the best and worst jobs. Welding was the No. 5 worst job on the list, and welders question its ranking.

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Waste not, want more

February 11, 2010 | By Dan Davis

In recent years General Metal Works, Mequon, Wis., has leaned heavily on practices that eliminate waste in its shop floor operations and kept its work force engaged. The efforts have paid off in that no layoffs have occurred during the recent economic downturn, and the company is still on track to finish with $10 million in sales revenue in 2009. The company also has been named the winner of The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010.

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21st century marketing for fabricators

January 19, 2010 | By James Soto

As existing customer bases shrink, fabricators must take advantage of all possible mediums to attract new customers. Those who establish a strong online presence stand the best chance of reaching prospective buyers, 60 percent of whom begin the buying process online.

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Patriot Welding & Fabrication LLC

January 15, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

534 Mammoth Road Pelham, NH 03076 603-635-9755 By: Bill and Christen Grinley 1/15/2010 OPENED FOR BUSINESS: My wife of 19 years, Christen, and I opened in the summer of 2002 as a sole proprietorship. Today, nearly 10 years later, we operate as an LLC with a 51/49...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill

January 15, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Gerald Davis begins this year with a series of product development case studies, taking an idea and creating the virtual model of it.For this first installment, Davis designs a barbecue grill.

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2010 Capital Spending Report indicates rebuilding set to begin

January 14, 2010 | By Dan Davis

The metal fabricating and forming market isclearly in a rebuilding mode after theeconomic downturn in 2009. The 2010 FMACCapital Spending Survey indicates thatcompanies are interested in spending money oncapital equipment, around $1.3 billion worth,but that's down significantly from the $2.2that was expecting to be spent in 2008.

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Small manufacturer, big heart

January 11, 2010

Founded in 1930 to supply radiator components to the budding automotive industry, H & H Tube was built on a tradition of seeking challenges—pursuing new customers in diverse markets, chasing manufacturing challenges, and often building its own equipment. This created a cycle of learning by doing that allowed it to pursue still more challenges. A change in management a few years back enabled the company to go further still in kaizen events, ISO certification, and so on.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part V

December 15, 2009 | By Art Hedrick

How are bending, flanging, coining, embossing, stretching, curling, hemming, ironing, necking, and drawing related? They all are common metal forming operations. Find out more about these processes in this final installment of stamping expert Art Hedrick's sheet metal stamping series.

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Creating a time analysis to measure shop floor efficiency

December 2, 2009 | By William Whiteside

A time analysis in a fabrication business is much more than just a study of labor functions. When done correctly, time analysis considers the total picture of an operation.

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3-D CAD design communication skills

December 2, 2009

If a face-to-face meeting can't be held, thenit is incumbent upon the 3-D CAD crew toproduce other kinds of documents tocommunicate the same information tocustomers. Gerald Davis provides examples ofhow to do this.

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Want to export? Cozy up to your globalizing customers

November 30, 2009

While some stampers have experienced demand losses when their clients set up manufacturing facilities offshore, others have successfully co-piloted their customers' global expansions to supply to them in their new digs. In each case, the stamping manufacturers produce unique, and sometimes difficult-to-manufacture components and assemblies; and they have strong relationships with domestic customers that migrated offshore.

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stampers international globalizing customers

Want to export? Cozy up to your globalizing customers

November 30, 2009

Some stampers have adapted to their customers' global expansions by producing unique and sometimes difficult-to-manufacture components and assemblies and maintaining strong relationships with their domestic customers that have migrated offshore.

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Welders to the rescue

November 6, 2009 | By Amanda Carlson

In times of trouble we depend on firefighters and rescue personnel to provide assistance.But who do they depend on when they need assistance, particularly when their equipment is worn down or broken? In the areas around St. Charles and Aurora, Ill., they depend on Custom Welding & Fabrication.

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Drafting useful drawings

November 3, 2009

No matter what drafting standards you adhereto, a CAD jockey should always strive todeliver information in the best and mostcomplete format to the manufacturing floor.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part IV

October 27, 2009 | By Art Hedrick

Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick explains common cutting operations used in stamping: trimming, piercing, blanking, notching, shearing, lancing, and pinch trimming. Find out how they work and which applications are appropriate for each.

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