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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Creating a pressroom preventive maintenance program

September 11, 2007 | By Jeff Fredline

A press maintenance program should be designed to minimize downtime, enhance machinery output, and establish a formal record keeping system for ongoing inspections.

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Demmeler Modular Fixturing System

Get started with modular fixturing

August 8, 2007 | By Bluco Corporation

The Demmeler modular fixturing system for welding is an ideal tool for prototypes, repair parts, custom parts, process development or any other short run welding job, including short-run robotic applications. Precise fixtures can be ready in a matter of hours. The system includes a full range of...

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Ridin' the storm out Part I

August 8, 2007 | By Kate Bachman

While other automotive suppliers are struggling or going under, Tier II supplier of ride control components Tennessee Stampings established a lean program that merited a regional manufacturs' award and helped them grow 23 percent per year.

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Mode of least resistance

August 8, 2007 | By Girish Kelkar

With the advent of transistorized controls in resistance welding, power supplies are available in which feedback can be used to control current, voltage, or power delivered. The use and benefits of these control modes are not well understood, leading to underutilization of the technology. It is important to understand the fundamentals of the control modes as applicable to DC and inverter power supplies and the special situations that you might encounter in their application.

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Selling Chrysler

July 10, 2007 | By Bernard Swiecki

Selling Chrysler only nine years after the merger is a de facto admission that it was a mistake. While some analysts publicly wondered if Daimler would not eventually sell Chrysler, the suddenness of the declaration was unexpected.

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Connecting with employees

July 10, 2007 | By Mark Harbeke

Quickly growing companies find that keeping communication channels functioning and creating new ones are critical to sustaining the culture that made them good workplaces when they were small.

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Employment hunting on the web

Job hopping—A sign of the times

June 26, 2007 | By Vicki Bell

The average employee no longer stays with the same company until retirement. Some change jobs frequently. Job hopping can pose problems for both employees and employers. When workers pursue jobs that are good fits for their skills and interests, and when employers strive to meet these workers' most important needs, everyone wins.

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Don't underestimate India

June 12, 2007 | By Nancy Olson

TPA recently hosted a tour of eight tube and pipe producers and fabricators throughout India. Although the country is not advanced, this tour and a recent report by Goldman Sachs reveal where it stands and where it is likely to go in the near future. Its capabilities are modernizing and Goldman Sachs expects its economy to overtake the U.S. economy by 2050.

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A little innovation goes a long way

May 8, 2007 | By Mark Harbeke

Although large organizations make national headlines and serve as Wall Street indicators, small organizations are making the kind of innovative strides that lead to business growth and robust financial performance.

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A tale of two cities

May 8, 2007 | By Bernard Swiecki

Facing deep structural problems and mounting financial stress, Big Three executives publicly sought a meeting with President Bush to discuss how the federal government could assist the automotive industry, and the hundreds of thousands of Americans it employs.

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TECMA 2007

Making it in Mexico

May 8, 2007 | By Dan Davis

Mexico is the land of fabricating opportunity, and those that believe that could be found at TECMA 2007, March 6-9, in Mexico City.

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The rewards of rapid changeover

May 8, 2007 | By Colin McLoughlin

As part of its conversion from traditional to lean manufacturing principles, Oregon Metal Slitters wanted to initiate quick-changeover practices in its production operations. It also wanted to achieve this internally, without the overview of an outside consultant, so that the practice would be sustainable for the future. OMS found a SMED program from Enna Inc. that helped the company start the process right.

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Abuse of power in the workplace

April 10, 2007 | By Vicki Bell

Workplace bullying can negatively affect an employee's work performance, home life, and health. Seventy-one percent of bullies are bosses. What constitutes an abusive boss, and what can employees who are abused do to correct their harmful working conditions? This article lists different types of abusive bosses and offers tips for combating the abuse.

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Competing with global sourcing in a 'knowledge economy'

April 10, 2007 | By Dr. Victor Pantano, Michael Cardew-Hall

Western companies believe that although India and China are receiving a lot of manufacturing sourcing jobs, they cannot compete with Western skills. However, with developing "knowledge economies" and an openness to change and progress sometimes lacking in Western companies, these countries could easily become top world economies. This article explores how one Indian stamping company had great success implementing a knowledge management system.

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Selling your company?

April 10, 2007 | By George Spilka

If you own a midsized company, one valued at $2 million to $250 million, and you're thinking about selling, you should consider hiring a financial adviser to guide you through the process. This is likely to be the biggest and most important business transaction of your career, so finding an adviser who understands you, your business, and your industry is key in negotiating the best price.

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