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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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Meet Metcam - a leaner, greener, meaner fabricator

July 23, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Operating seven days a week fabricating and shipping products domestically and worldwide, Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam Inc. has found a formula for success that has this company thriving when others are struggling to survive.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VII - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VII

July 15, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis turns his attention to fasteners as it's time to shore up the support structure.

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Scenes from Europe - TheFabricator

Scenes from Europe

July 9, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

Editor Eric Lundin recounts some of the product introductions and innovations seen at the TUBE expo in Düsseldorf, April 12-16, 2010.

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Strategic Marketing for Manufacturers

July 8, 2010 | By Amy Hudson

Having a strategic marketing plan that reaches your customer base via all media channels, both traditional and the newer social media, can help take your business to the next level.

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Doing what was always done doesn't cut it - TheFabricator

Doing what was always done doesn't cut it

July 1, 2010 | By Dan Davis

ABMyr, Belleville, Mich., is a manufacturer of finishing systems for its automotive clients, but at the heart of the company is its fabricating talent. That is what will serve the company best as it looks to rebound from the recent downturn.

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How to set up an internship program - TheFabricator

How to set up an internship program

June 8, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Insight from a metal fabricator and the head of Kansas State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides companies with good tips for setting up an internship program.

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3-D CAD on the grill, Part VI - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part VI

June 8, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis reminds CAD designers that it is a good practice to test parametric links as the design progresses.

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Which cable carrier is right for your application?

June 7, 2010 | By Joe Ciringione

Carrier systems designed to protect your machinery’s cables and hoses can help prevent damage and improve your processes. Which of the many available systems is right for your operation?

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What's NEXt? Growth - TheFabricator

What's NEXt? Growth

June 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

NEX Solutions experiences double-digit growth during the worst economic climate in a generation. How did managers and employees achieve such performance? By adding value.

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The Wisconsin Family Robinson - TheFabricator

The Wisconsin Family Robinson

May 28, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Anyone that works for Robinson Metal Inc. learns the business from the ground up. This approach has served it well as the De Pere, Wis., company has grown to become one of the largest fabricating job shops in the U.S.

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The impossible dream

May 11, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

From the CAD operator's point of view, he can use several tricks for sheet metal modeling that can keep the design in the realm of can-do manufacturing—the land where the tooling and metal processing technologies are commonly available.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part V

May 4, 2010

Proper organization of files and folders makes a designer's life a lot easier.

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Report from Europe: Finding the sweet spot in fabricating automation

May 4, 2010

Different markets call for different approaches to business. But automation, integrated into the right application, can shorten leadtimes,a fact that doesn't change for any fabricator in any country.

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Batteries power up to own the road

April 30, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

The automotive industry is looking to hybrid electric and fully electric vehicles to electrify the effort to lessen or eliminate fuel emissions and to achieve the new fuel standards. Lithium-ion is considered by many to be the most promising of automotive batteries because of its potential for longer ranges.

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Green efforts save greenbacks

April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis

When you are president of a company, you might observe things that others don’t even notice. That just comes with the territory when you are dealing regularly with profit and loss statements. Jon DeWys, president of DeWys Manufacturing, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based precision fabricator,...

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