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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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Fan moves air up to 120 ft. while remaining quiet

May 7, 2015

Big Ass Fans® offers the Black Jack fan. Its 6.5-ft. frame fits through standard interior doorways and plugs into any 110-V power supply, drawing 7 amps at top speed. The fan moves air up to 120 ft. but is quiet enough not to drown out nearby conversations. Wet rated, the fan can be hosed down...

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Methods Machine Tools appoints general manager, Illinois operations

May 7, 2015

Methods Machine Tools Inc., Sudbury, Mass., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories, has appointed Don E. Miller as general manager to head up the company’s operations in Elgin, Ill. Miller has more than 25 years of sales and management experience in manufacturing...

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Building your brand with social media

May 7, 2015

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Josh Welton’s social media efforts have helped him make money as an artist. Which applications does he use, and how does he use them?

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Industrial washer offers adjustable belt flow speeds

May 7, 2015

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the CBW 2424H industrial washer. Made for standard manufacturing applications, it features a 24- by 24-in. wash zone on a chain mesh belt conveyor. Belt flow speeds are adjustable from 2 to 20 FPM on a continuous pass-through basis. The cabinet is made of...

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Quality Industries to expand in Denton, Texas

May 7, 2015

Quality Industries Inc. (QI), a precision fabricating company based in La Vergne, Tenn., has signed a long-term lease for 86,500 sq. ft. of additional manufacturing and office space in Denton, Texas. Construction of the new facility is set for completion in early October 2015. The facility will...

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Flow, quality, and operational excellence in manufacturing

May 7, 2015

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A fabricator can’t achieve operational excellence without good flow, and good flow isn’t possible without good quality. Kevin Duggan, founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence, describes how quality assurance intertwines with every process in a business.

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Welding machine package contains welding procedure tests, specifications

May 7, 2015

EWM offers the EN 1090 WPQR package with its alpha Q, Phoenix, Picomig, and Taurus Synergic S welding machines. The comprehensive package can be downloaded directly after registering the new machine online at www.ewm-group.com/registration. This package contains welding procedure tests and...

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Solar Atmospheres of California adds large-furnace capacity

May 7, 2015

Solar Atmospheres of CA has added large-furnace capacity to its facility in Fontana, Calif. The furnace allows the company to handle a multitude of diverse processing parameters that exist in the vacuum heat-treating industry. The furnace has an 84-in.-dia. by 144-in.-long hot zone. Maximum...

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Methods Machine Tools expands Southern California operation

May 7, 2015

Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories based in Sudbury, Mass., has expanded its Southern California technology center. The firm has added eight sales/application engineering and service personnel at the location and offers a full line of...

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Enerfab acquires Foley Co.

May 6, 2015

Enerfab Power & Industrial Inc., Cincinnati, a provider of construction, electrical, and maintenance services in the energy and chemical industries, has acquired Foley Co. from Varistar Corp., a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corp. Foley Co. delivers mechanical and construction services focused on...

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ATS Systems appoints CEO

May 6, 2015

ATS Systems, a provider of workholding and automation accessories for metal cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has appointed Allen Goad to the role of CEO. Goad previously served as CEO at Affero Aerospace and Defense, worked in a variety of senior executive roles for Natel Eng., and...

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Effectively controlling hazardous welding fumes and gases

May 6, 2015

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Effectively reducing hazardous welding fume and gas exposure requires much more than opening windows and running fans, which in most cases does little to alleviate the problem. Here are some options to make the welding workplace much safer.

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Crane brakes made for frequent start/stop cycles on cranes, conveyors

May 6, 2015

The MagnaShear™ motor brake from Force Control Industries employs oil shear technology to provide long service life in demanding crane applications, especially those with frequent start/stop cycles, the company reports. Oil shear technology transmits torque between lubricated surfaces,...

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Container organizes job site items

May 6, 2015

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the Jobsite Organizer. It offers eight small and two large removable bins that can be mounted on common job site materials using the integrated screw slots. A seal around the perimeter of each bin prevents small items from migrating from one bin to another, and the...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design as a process

May 5, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis uses CAD to explore different means to design a metal widget.

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