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.

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Good leadership comes from inside

May 27, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

How important is good leadership? Extremely important. Poor leadership can cause a massive talent drain and cripple a company. When it comes to leadership, emotional intelligence can make the difference between a good leader and one who needs work to become an asset rather than a liability.

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Where is the welding management?

May 27, 2008 | By Elia Levi

Skilled, responsible welders can be expected to perform tasks to which they are accustomed very well. But when a brand-new project comes in, management should be careful not to give welders responsibilities they are not prepared to take. They need more than encouragement and sympathy.

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Panel bending workcell

Streamlined scheduling suits fabricator

May 13, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Indianapolis-based Estes Design and Manufacturing has made significant strides in adopting manufacturing-friendly information technology, marrying enterprise resource planning (ERP) and scheduling software to ensure work flows efficiently through the shop.

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Vertical drilling machine

Diversity a blessing for Blessing

May 13, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Diverse customer base—from heavy equipment to medical—key to Blessing Industries' success

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Multigun resistance welding system

Resistance-weld more for less

May 13, 2008 | By James L. Dillard

Costs associated with poor resistance weld quality often can be traced back to faulty electrode usage. With today's high cost of copper—to say nothing of the extra labor and lost production time—wearing out electrodes prematurely has become more expensive than ever.

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Sport compact racing car

Fabrication business coming up races

May 13, 2008 | By Dan Davis

Mazworx, a shop that rebuilds engines for racing, fabricates custom parts for racing upgrades, and works on compact cars to prepare them for racing, is also involved in racing. The belief is that it can build up its reputation for racing parts through appearances at NHRA sport compact races throughout the Southeast.

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Machined-part modeling in 3-D CAD

May 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through the 3-D design of a coupling that needs to be machined. He starts off with a bad example of how to do it and works his way toward a much better process.

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Fabricated aluminum parts

Of cars, this specialty vehicle manufacturer can do it

April 15, 2008 | By Dan Davis

M&M Vehicles Corp., Mexico, Mo., is less a car company and more of a fabricating shop. That's been the case from the beginning when Chris Miller and another employee cut diamond-plate aluminum sheet with a Skil saw blade turned backwards and then hand-bent the sheet to form boxes that graced those early used golf cars.

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Will tube and pipe industry have energy to continue expanding?

April 15, 2008 | By Richard Marando

The current expansion in the tube and pipe industry isn't new, but it bears a close look nonetheless. Understanding the factors that are causing it and how manufacturers are reacting to it provide some guidance to the future of this trend.

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Laser Marking Safety Mecco

The right trace at the right time

April 15, 2008 | By Dan Davis

You won't find this tale on the DIY cable network, but it's a true story of do-it-yourself success for Ford Motor Co.Despite the sales struggles most North American automakers face, these companies still must move forward with plans to design and produce new models of automobiles. They can't elect...

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3D CAD modeling of sheet metal parts

April 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

The main variation in sheet metal modeling technique is when to let the 3D CAD system know that the part is to be treated as sheet metal. Columnist Gerald Davis walks us through three different ways to accomplish this.

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5 tenets for finding and keeping new business

March 25, 2008 | By Jim Romeo

Ann Latham, owner of Uncommon Clarity, a consulting and strategy firm with many industrial clients, has outlined some tenets for firms seeking ambitious marketing goals:1. Select a group to target.You might choose:Those likely to buy your most profitable products.Those within a geographic...

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Editorial advisory board

Recruit, train, and retain

March 11, 2008 | By Dan Davis

Time has passed, but the times haven't changed that much. A little over two years ago The FABRICATOR's Editorial Advisory Board engaged in a roundtable discussion at the 2005 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show in Chicago. The subject that day centered around what industry and...

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Respecting your resistance welder

March 11, 2008 | By Tom Snow

Resistance welding results are only as good as the machine that is completing the process. By understanding how to properly maintain your resistance welding machine, you will be able to prevent unnecessary problems that tend to plague the unit's critical areas.

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Work flow goes virtual

March 11, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Mid-West Metal Products, Muncie, Ind., has perfected work flow through ERP and the company's virtual manufacturing plan.

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