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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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Faith in the face of a recession - TheFabricator

Faith in the face of a recession

August 25, 2009

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Leadership isn't for the faint-hearted, particularly in stressful times such as a recession. You can learn to manage your attitudes and behaviors to help you and your organization more effectively weather the storm and emerge even stronger.

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The job shop CRM revolution

August 11, 2009

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Implementing a customer-focused strategy can position companies for long-term health. A loyal customer will stick with a company through tough economic times, employee turnover, and even the occasional price increase. This article focuses on how integrated customer relationship management tools can help job shops achieve business objectives.

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Plasma cutting and how it works

August 11, 2009

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What is plasma cutting, and when is it your best metal cutting option? What information do you need to choose the right plasma system? This article answers these questions and more about plasma cutting.

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Beginning the lean manufacturing journey

August 1, 2009

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LAI International, Scottsdale, Ariz., is a precision manufacturer that supplies specialized parts to many of the most-demanding OEMs in the world. Even with that success, the company realized there was still room to improve. As a result, it embarked on a lean journey and is seeing immediate results.

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Don't forget the fixturing

August 1, 2009

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Don't forget a component of the system sometimes can dictate whether a robotic welding integration succeeds or fails: the fixturing.

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How bankruptcy and restructuring are changing the Detroit Three

August 1, 2009

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With GM and Chrysler both undergoing bankruptcy restructuring procedures, the North American automotive industry of late 2009 and beyond will be forever different from that which preceded it.The Detroit Three that emerge from this crisis will be smaller but infinitely more focused. GM has...

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Top-down modeling

July 1, 2009

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A reader has a question about modeling an assembly comprised of three plates and tubing. Columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance.

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Validating processes, procedures, and products

June 23, 2009

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The relatively new concept of validation likely will be used more and more by customers and certifying agencies to ascertain that all conceivable means were used to guarantee that a manufactured product indeed meets all requirements, including hidden characteristics not readily verifiable. This article gives an overview of typical applications.

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The most important output of 3-D CAD modeling

June 1, 2009

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The most important output from a CAD system is the bill of material. Columnist Gerald Davis gives us an idea of just how much detail should go into creating a BOM.

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Technologies help to make shops structurally sound

May 19, 2009

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Tough economic conditions have hit the construction industry as hard as they have many other industries. These problems in commercial construction are affecting structural steel fabricators. New technologies are especially benefiting four important structural steel fabricating processes by reducing labor costs. These represent some of the bigger developments in recent years.

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Love of loft in 3-D CAD modeling

May 1, 2009

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Leaning to use the loft tool in 3-D CAD modeling takes some work, but it can come in handy in certain circumstances.

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Redesigning parts for cost savings

April 28, 2009

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This technical article from TRUMPF takes a look at how parts can be redesigned to include less material and to be processed much more efficiently.

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Putting out fires, the lean way

April 14, 2009

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Crimson Fire, a lean fire truck OEM, enjoys record orders, but prepares for challenges ahead.

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part I

April 14, 2009

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Metalworking professionals who possess diverse proficient skills have an edge in a tight job market. In this first installment in a series, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick presents an overview of the metal stamping industry and describes the various careers available in the sector.

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Getting swept away in 3-D CAD modeling

April 1, 2009

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Like an extrude or revolve, a sweep is a tool for modeling a 3-D shape. A sweep consists of three basic elements—a profile, a path, and a set of rules for "sweeping" the profile along the path. A sweep can be a powerful tool when modeling 3-D shapes, according to columnist Gerald Davis.

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