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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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Thermal mass flowmeter provides gas line control for industrial ovens, furnaces

August 4, 2014

The ST75 air/gas flowmeter from Fluid Components Intl. measures fuel gas, process gas, inert gas, waste gases, and air in small line sizes. It is suitable for optimizing natural gas flow control for industrial ovens, heat chambers, and furnaces to reduce process and plant fuel costs. The...

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Superior Industries to close manufacturing facility in Arkansas

August 1, 2014

Superior Industries Intl. Inc., a manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America, will close its manufacturing plant in Rogers, Ark., as part of an initiative to reduce costs and enhance its global competitive position. The company expects to cease...

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Registration open for annual Made in New Jersey event in celebration of Manufacturing Day

August 1, 2014

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Inc. (NJMEP), Morris Plains, N.J., has opened registration for its yearly Made in New Jersey event in celebration of the third annual Manufacturing Day. The event, to be held Oct. 3 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, N.J., will celebrate...

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Manufacturing leaders identify six critical issues for industry in the year ahead

August 1, 2014

Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, Mountain View, Calif., the global business network for senior industrial executives, has established a new Critical Issues Agenda for manufacturing for 2014 to 2015. The council has focused the new agenda on six critical issues: Factories...

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UTC Aerospace Systems delivers 5,000th set of landing gear for Boeing 737

July 31, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems, Charlotte, N.C., has announced that its Landing Systems facility in Everett, Wash., has delivered its 5,000th set of landing gear for a Next-Generation 737 to Boeing. "Our Everett facility is designed to meet Boeing's need for JIT delivery," said Dave Castagnola,...

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A fabricator and community college partnership

July 31, 2014

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When metal fabricator Shickel Corp. sought to boost the overall skill level of its employee base in the face of a more competitive business environment, it went back to school. More specifically, it sought the local community college to help craft a curriculum and implement a class structure to deliver the improved math and shop skills it desired.

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Guarantee program ensures cable performance up to 36 months

July 31, 2014

The Chainflex® guarantee program from igus® helps ensure predictable continuous-flexing cable performance for up to 36 months. The guarantee program provides binding statements about the durability of the company’s Chainflex cables when used inside Energy Chain® cable carriers. The...

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Shiloh Industries to expand in Tennessee

July 31, 2014

Valley City, Ohio-based Shiloh Industries Inc., a producer of fabricated steel and aluminum, stampings, and welded blanks, has announced plans to invest $20 million in a 75,000-sq.-ft. plant in Clarksville, Tenn. The expansion is expected to create about 150 new...

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Fluid recycling systems meet requirements for a variety of applications

July 31, 2014

Eriez® HydroFlow® industrial filtration and fluid recycling systems are suitable for such applications as machining, conventional grinding, creep feed grinding, and CBN grinding and machining. The line of coolant management and recycling equipment includes coolant recycling systems,...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring upturn to continue in August

July 31, 2014

In August hiring rates will increase slightly in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2014. Payroll expansion will continue in both sectors...

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From the Web: 3-D printing warheads; jobs lost and jobs added

July 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— More about 3-D printing, this time on a larger scale; the state of steel jobs in Northwest Indiana; politics and fabricating; and one company’s solution to the skilled worker shortage.

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Coldwater Machine Co. appoints president

July 30, 2014

Coldwater Machine Co., Coldwater, Ohio, has appointed Tim McCaughey as president. He replaces Jerry Meyer, who served the company as president for 31 years. Meyer remains on the board of directors and as a co-owner of the company with North River Capital, a private investment company based in Fort...

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Scheduling high-mix, low-volume operations

July 30, 2014

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Scheduling remains one of the most complicated, least predictable aspects of contract metal fabrication. But why is this exactly, and what can a shop do to change this? In this first article in a series, Dick Kallage uncovers the answers.

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Renewable-waste cutting fuel cuts faster than acetylene

July 30, 2014

MagneGas Corp. has launched MagneGas® 2, a second-generation cutting fuel made from renewable waste. Independent tests performed by EWI on track-based cutting systems showed that, in comparison to acetylene, the fuel had 38 percent faster cutting speeds on 2-in. carbon steel and about a 34 percent...

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Six students win $1000 scholarships at Virginia Manufacturing Technology Camp

July 29, 2014

Six high school students won $1,000 scholarships at Manufacturing Technology Camp, sponsored by the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce and held at Industrial TurnAround Corp. in Chester, Va. The winners were Todd Fachon, Brandon Harris, and Tamia Johnson from Dinwiddie; Noah George and...

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