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.
February 24, 2009 | By Vicki Bell
At a time when companies are thinning the worker ranks, many people may be thinking about going into business for themselves. Pat Burrington, the owner of Rapid Creek Cutters, has worked for others and for himself. He recommends the latter.
February 24, 2009 | By Traci Tapani
Need help motivating young people in your area to train for manufacturing careers? Want to get them fired up about pursuing their passions? Seven Minneapolis technical schools turned to race car driver Brennan Palmiter to help them accomplish these missions. They are glad they did.
February 10, 2009 | By Dan Davis
Shickel Corp., Bridgewater, Va., has a very diversified customer base, a strong manufacturing tradition, and a commitment to exposing youngsters to the exciting world of manufacturing. For all those reasons, this 70-year-old company is the recipient of The FABRICATOR's 2009 Industry Award.
February 10, 2009 | By Art Hedrick
Art Hedrick, longtime consultant to the sheet metal stamping industry, has observed three internal factors that can negatively affect an operation. In this economic climate in which so much is at stake, you want to make sure that your business does not suffer from these self-destructive characteristics.
February 1, 2009 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis explains that preparing a 3-D CAD model without dimensions may look great, but it doesn't really do anybody any good. For example, a 3-D CAD model with dimensions helps quality control inspectors.
January 27, 2009 | By Kate Bachman
The medical device industry segment holds promise for growth, and profit for stamping companies willing to work within its regulations and challenges.
January 13, 2009 | By Vicki Bell
The annual "Fabricating Update" survey of metal fabricators about their main business concerns revealed that the economy, which edged out steel prices as the industry's leading concern in 2008, now outranks all other concerns by a huge margin. This latest survey also polled readers of "Stamping News Brief" and "Tube Talk" for an even greater sampling of the metal manufacturing industry.
January 13, 2009 | By Marty Rice
Even in the best of times, negativity can rear its ugly head and create problems in the workplace. In today's turbulent economic climate, fighting negativity may seem an almost impossible task. However, it's more important now than ever to keep negativity at bay. This article explains why.
January 13, 2009 | By Dan Davis
EuroBLECH is a celebration more than anything. Most of the booths have plenty of tables and, usually, a bar for customers, distributors, business partners, and friends to swing by, chat, have a drink, and talk about life both in and out of the industry. In fact, unlike shows in North America, a visitor will find materials suppliers—the folks that make the metal sheet, plate, and tube—among the exhibitors. Everyone comes together for this global event.
January 1, 2009 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis describes different approaches to sketching in a 3-D environment.
December 15, 2008 | By Tim Heston
Metrology managers are pushing industry to standardize, so that all digital inspection devices can, in essence, speak the same language.
December 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis
Columnist Gerald Davis describes the benefits of working with 3-D CAD assemblies.
November 25, 2008 | By Tim Heston
Memry has built a business around shape-memory alloys, mainly for customers in the medical arena. It's a difficult, highly specialized field that managers at Memry are betting will grow.
November 25, 2008 | By Dan Davis
When a metal fabricating company moves into a new, larger building, it has a great opportunity to take a hard look at production flow. Victory Industrial Products, Batavia, Ohio, did just that and the results were extremely powerful.
November 25, 2008 | By Tim Heston
Greenheck has made a science out of quick lead-times. For most products, customers can place an order and receive a custom fabrication within three to five days, and sometimes in less than 24 hours.