Shop Management Articles

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.

Filter Content

Job Burnout—Part 2

July 13, 2004

By:

If the amount of feedback Part I of this series generated is a good barometer, job burnout is a huge problem potentially affecting many workers at all levels. This article will help you determine if you're at risk or suffering from the condition. It also offers suggestions for actions you can...

Continue Reading

Where the welders are

July 13, 2004

By:

Making sense of the skilled labor shortage in the welding industry is like having conversations with five different people simultaneously while trying to walk a tightrope with a vase on your head and juggle at the same time.Several perspectives play prominent roles in this issue, from the welders...

Continue Reading

The value of empowerment

July 13, 2004

Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization that helps small and midsized businesses create better work environments.Like many automotive stampers, Dowding Industries, an Eaton Rapids, Mich., partsmaker for the heavy truck and automotive...

Continue Reading

Pushing plate processing productivity

July 13, 2004

By:

Productivity increases when manufacturing processes are executed as quickly as possible. Maximizing productivity also means minimizing the nonproductive segments of the manufacturing cycle. When all the time associated with manufacturing—the fabricating process itself, non-process in-cycle time, out of cycle waiting time, downtime, and secondary operations—is minimized that productivity is maximized.

Continue Reading

Job Burnout—Part 1

June 8, 2004

By:

If you are employed, you're lucky to have a job. Perhaps you've heard this, thought it, or both. And it's true. With so many people out of work, it seems almost like biting the hand that feeds you to complain about your work conditions and expect your employer to care.If you're suffering from job...

Continue Reading

Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 6

June 8, 2004

By:

Editor's Note: This is the sixth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They had been talking about the contract period when doubts were raised about what his sales force was really selling.At just that moment, a line of hikers passed by on their...

Continue Reading

Revving up weld quality

June 8, 2004

Before introducing new resistance welding systems, Ford Motor Company's New Model Product Development Center was cluttered and dark, and it was difficult to work there because of the high number of weld controls and weld guns being used (left). Installing weld controls and associated manual...

Continue Reading

Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part II

June 1, 2004

By:

World-class manufacturing is a common catch phrase, but it's usually used even though the company has done nothing to justify the highfalutin title. Many companies have been using manufacturing resource planning (MRP), lean manufacturing, kaizen, kanban, Six Sigma systems, statistical process...

Continue Reading

Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part I

June 1, 2004

By:

Why do some companies fail or continuously underperform? It's a complex question with as many "answers" as there are heads of industries and university scholars.In actuality, the most common reason for business failure is poor cash flow. Most organizations experience severe cash flow problems at...

Continue Reading

Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 5

May 4, 2004

By:

Editor's Note: This is the fifth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about throughput and the time line of money."Now that you know the main events in the time line of money, your chore is to figure out how to make each...

Continue Reading

Dealing with difficult people

May 4, 2004

By:

Have you ever felt frustrated or irritated with a co-worker, subordinate, or boss? We've all had the occasional run-in with someone at work. Periodic disagreements, misunderstandings, and faulty communication can lead to frustration. But have you ever met that uniqueperson who causes you extreme frustration every timeyou come in contact with him or her?

Continue Reading

How to be successful in small business

May 4, 2004

By:

In November 2002 Greg Lamm was laid off from his full-time welding job.One month later he started his own microwelding business.This year he plans to purchase a laser.So how did he do it?It started with one phone call, then two, and then more phone calls from mold or tool and die shops in the...

Continue Reading

Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 4

April 6, 2004

By:

Editor's Note: This is the fourth episode in a mountaintop dialog that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about customers and the time line of money.

Continue Reading

Lean and Mean

April 6, 2004

The metal stamping industry is facing many challenges, such as increased raw material prices, pressure from automotive industry OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers to cut costs, and increased competition from low-cost offshore stampers.

Continue Reading

A most excellent fabricator

April 6, 2004

By:

A South Louisiana fabricator believes success in his fabricating endeavors involves a pride in workmanship, a passion in the craft, and perseverance in being the best. After 11 building expansions, Don Begneaud can say he has found a winning business philosophy.

Continue Reading