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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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Why similar fabricators can have very different financial results

August 28, 2014

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Contract metal fabricators may have similar assets and offer similar services, but have very different financial results. The differences may come from differing customer mixes, but it also comes from the fact that many shops have highly concentrated sources of revenue. Lose one big account, and financial results seriously suffer.

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How to get scheduling right

August 28, 2014

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Many point to scheduling as one of the most challenging aspects of running a custom fabrication business. Why, exactly? Sometimes it’s the software, but quite often, it boils down to the inputs used to create the schedule in the first place.

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Software creates, shares visual work instructions for manufacturing

August 28, 2014

Visual Knowledge Share offers VKS software for creating, sharing, and viewing step-by-step visual work instructions in any manufacturing environment. It offers integrated quality check lists, automatic revision control, and live KPI graphs. Users can standardize upon best processes to help raise...

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Getting ready for the next generation

August 28, 2014

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The U.S. population is aging, as is the workforce. Employers of all sorts are doing what they can, or should be doing what they can, to prepare for increasing rates of retirement. If you're lucky enough to have (1) a pool of experienced workers, (2) a company culture that encourages the sharing of the tribal knowledge, and (3) an enthusiastic group of new recruits, you're just missing one element that can help to make the transition go smoothly.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act signed into law

August 27, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to...

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Industrial Innovations hosts U.S. congressman visit

August 27, 2014

U.S. Rep Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., visited Industrial Innovations at its Grandville, Mich., facility to discuss how Congress can help boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through legislation. Huizenga and Troy Turnbull, owner of the company, originally met in Washington, D.C., in March 2014...

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From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

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Arcam receives orders from Germany, Italy

August 26, 2014

Arcam, a provider of additive manufacturing equipment for the production of metal components, based in Mölndal, Sweden, has received an order for an EBM system from TU Freiberg in Germany and an order for a Q10 system from ProtoService in Italy. The EBM system will be used for materials and...

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Mobile workstation lifts loads up to 500 lbs.

August 26, 2014

Unidex Inc. offers a new portable, electric workstation. It features a 12-V battery-powered base unit for lifting loads up to 500 lbs. from a lowered height of 0 in. to a raised height of 48 in. standard or 96 in. telescoping. The workstation, which has earned CE Marking, is fitted with...

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Jason Inc. combines with Quinpario Acquisition Corp.

August 25, 2014

Quinpario Acquisition Corp. has announced the completion of its business combination transaction to acquire Jason Inc., a global family of manufacturing businesses within the finishing, seating, components, and automotive acoustics markets. As part of the transaction, Quinpario has changed its name...

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Manufacturing Leadership Awards accepting nominations for 2015

August 22, 2014

Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), Mountain View, Calif., has announced that nominations for the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards are open. The awards honor companies and individual leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. In addition, the...

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Economic reality and the skilled-worker issue

August 22, 2014

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The only thing missing from the skilled worker shortage were rising wages for skilled workers that were apparently in demand. Could that be changing?

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Backpack offers maximum storage for tools

August 21, 2014

Ergodyne has introduced the Arsenal® 5843 tool backpack. Featuring a two-compartment design, the backpack can carry up to 50 lbs., allowing for hands-free climbing and portability of tools and equipment around the job site. The two main compartments feature 26 interior pockets, 11 PALS webbing...

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Newcomb Spring general manager marks 50 years of service

August 21, 2014

Newcomb Spring Corp., a worldwide supplier of compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs, wire forms, stampings, rings, hooks, and battery contact springs in Decatur, Ga., has announced that Ron Hubbard, general manager of Newcomb Spring of Texas, is celebrating 50 years with the...

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C. Cowles & Co. to relocate Massachusetts division to Connecticut

August 21, 2014

Diversified manufacturer C. Cowles & Co. is relocating its Carlin Combustion Technology division from Massachusetts to North Haven, Conn. The company will consolidate the division, along with its corporate offices and four other manufacturing divisions, in the new facility. The relocation has...

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