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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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Merging research with manufacturing

November 7, 2002

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To thrive in competitive markets, manufacturers must innovate. Innovation often relies on research. However, most manufacturing firms lack the financial and human resources necessary to conduct research that leads to innovation.

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Death, taxes, and the skilled labor shortage

October 24, 2002

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It's an issue that refuses to go away—the difficulty in finding, hiring, and keeping skilled labor. Four out of five employers who responded to thefabricator.com's recent job skills survey reported that they have been searching for skilled workers from three to 20 years. They are looking for high school graduates or GED recipients with five-years on-the-job experience.

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Man of Steel: FABTECH keynote speaker Ferriola discusses harnessing change in steel

October 10, 2002

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Nucor Corp., recycler and manufacturer of steel products, is using new technology, such as the HIsmelt® process and the micromill, both of which are allowing them to start out with thinner steel strip to more efficiently process steel for its customers. John Ferriola, executive vice president of the Sheet Mill Group at the company, will address these technologies and how steel industry changes can positively affect steel consumers.

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Canada sighs, strategizes

September 26, 2002

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The exclusion of Canadian steel producers from restrictions on imports to the U.S. was a relief after months of uncertainty. The Canadian steel industry wants to ensure that the Canadian market does not become a back door for imports into the U.S. Keeping the industry strong by opening new markets, developing lighter, stronger and more corrosion-resistant steel products, and working closely with the automotive industry is vital to that goal.

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Production economics

September 26, 2002

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Communicate your production economics in meaningful ways to your clients. Be clear about how you measure performance and regulate processes.

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Up in the air

September 12, 2002

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Aerospace business in the U.S. will improve, but not without a bit more time in the doldrums, according to Boeing's CEO.

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A parting of the (inclined) ways

September 12, 2002

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Bath Iron Works is a shipyard in Bath, Maine, that has large-hull production and launch capacity. It's also an example of how shipbuilding has advanced in the use of materials, CAD programs, and more modern fabrication methods.

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Keeping peace and harmony with yourself, with your staff

August 29, 2002

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Balance in all aspects of a manager's life and mutual respect between bosses and employees may be key to a successful business. Obsession, intensity, burning desire, and high energy are fueled by fun, recognition, income, and the responsible exercise of authority.

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Paperless with a plan

August 29, 2002

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The idea of removing paper from the factory floor is getting more attention these days. However, paper removal should not be the only goal.

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Exporting— Exploring Foreign Frontiers

August 29, 2002

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The U.S. export assistance network of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce offers U.S. companies help with exporting issues. The network provides marketing research, financial assistance, leads and contacts, legal assistance, trade advocacy, and trade events screening.

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Car Corner: OEMs sock it to suppliers

August 29, 2002

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The businesses that supply the auto industry with its parts are doing more and more work for less and less of the pie.

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No substantiation, no deduction

August 15, 2002

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Fabricators should keep records carefully to avoid disallowed deductions and the ever-escalating amounts that add up until the lack of records, documentation, or supporting information is eventually discovered.

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Longer slabs, lower costs

August 8, 2002

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Unshored, deep steel decking that spans 20 feet—it's a good concept on paper, but can it serve customers in the real world? At least one engineer is convinced it can, and he's taking his message to the masses.

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Committing to consistent preventative maintenance

June 27, 2002

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Why do we pay lip service to preventative maintenance but seldom practice it?

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Manufacturing in Mexico

June 27, 2002

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The recession in the U.S. was also felt by Mexico, the 2nd largest trading partner of the U.S. But, through the maquiladora program, which has been in effect for 37 years, the blow was softened.

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