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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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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CAD pedestal design

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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Resistance weld secondary circuit

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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Engineer using autocad

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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What CNC programmers wish you knew

March 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

State-of-the-art CNC programming systems speed the first stage of CNC programming by allowing the programmer to import CAD models to define the geometry of the part. That's just the first part, however. To really speed up the design phase, CAD programmers should keep several tips in mind.

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2008 Fabricating Update Graph

Economy edges out other concerns

February 26, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

The fourth annual Fabricating Update subscriber survey revealed that anxiety about the U.S. economy outranks other metal manufacturing industry concerns, including steel prices, the No. 1 concern the previous three years. Beating steel prices by a nose was the skilled-labor shortage. Find out what metal manufacturers think of these and other concerns.

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Weld nuts diagram

Projection welding for nut and bolt attachment

February 12, 2008 | By John Larsson

Projection welding, also known as resistance fastener welding, is the most common method for nut and M- or T-thread bolt welding. This article examines recent experiments with projection welding of those components to various high-strength steel components.

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Marelli Seconn

Nothing standard about this fab shop

February 12, 2008 | By Dan Davis

Rob Marelli left a family-owned metal fabricating company four years ago with the intention of doing things his way. Joined by a loyal group of managers and employees, he's found success at Seconn Fabrication. In the short time the company has been open, it has earned revenues of $9 million. And the company has done this by doing things other metal fabricating competitors aren't.

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2007 FABTECH photo

It's a wrap

January 15, 2008 | By Amanda Carlson

A recap of the 2007 show, including products, the the panel discussion, and final attendance numbers.

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Manufacturers in the dark on lighting waste?

January 15, 2008 | By Dave Riggle

Lighting is typically the last line item on the budget operators worry about or assess. Many companies feel as though they have no control over their energy costs, so they never take a critical look at the expenditure. It's just an item on the budget that has to be paid no matter what the cost. However, such costs can result in millions of dollars of lost revenue each year, not to mention tons of wasted energy and a negative impact on the environment.

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Tube southeast asia expo

Tube Southeast Asia expo sheds light on Thailand, region

January 15, 2008 | By Eric Lundin

It's a vacationer's paradise—beaches in the south, mountains in the north, nightlife in the capital city, and low prices on nearly every consumer good under the sun. Like all emerging economies, it has a vibrant and growing manufacturing sector. It also happens to be centrally located in...

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