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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A case study in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma

June 12, 2002

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You never know who in your company might be a diamond in the rough, waiting to shine. Giving everyone in your company the opportunity to take risks and learn from their mistakes is the best investment an employer can make.

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Robotic welding systems

Now's the time to AUTOMATE

May 30, 2002

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This article outlines some of the challenges fabricators are facing and how robotics and automation equipmentmakers are trying to address these challenges. Also addressed are different equipment and technological advancements and other factors affecting welding automation.

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Establishing quality systems for welding

May 16, 2002

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Welding codes and standards exist for a reason. They provide a framework for welders and shop managers to keep quality a top priority in their work.

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Buying a used forklift—wisely

April 15, 2002

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When purchasing a used forklift truck carefully look at maintenance records, give the vehicle a thorough inspection, and a test drive. The article features an in-depth inspection checklist.

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Getting the cash flowing

April 12, 2002

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Despite generous write-off allowances, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 isn't inciting the type of industrial buying spree politicians had hoped for.

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Performance appraisals are an ongoing process

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback a part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes and affirmation of a positive working relationship instead of a drudgery merely to be tolerated.

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Organizational planning

March 28, 2002

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The author discusses the importance of eliminating duplicated responsibilities, even in small job shops. The effectiveness of a company is improved when each person is responsible for specific tasks.

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New machines do not a world-class company make

March 28, 2002

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Buying top-shelf equipment doesn't necessrily make you a top-shelf operation. Much more important is the behavior of the people behind the equipment.

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Taking a look at performance appraisals

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes an affirmation of a positive working relationship.

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Build it or buy it?

March 28, 2002

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This article discusses the ins and outs of choosing a workable IT system for fabricators. It begins with the "envisioning phase" and works through analysis, development, and customization of systems.

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Is Your Welding Lean?

March 26, 2002

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Want know how lean manufacturing principles relate to your welding operation? You have to look further than just what is happening in the welding cell.

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That's the Deal - Sales strategies—Part 2

March 14, 2002

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There are a lot of things you can do to cope with slow times. Stop hanging your head, and take a look at some of them right here.

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Emotional thrills

February 28, 2002

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When you ride a roller coaster, you know that it is supposed to be fun and will last only a frew minutes. The job shop you're working in isn't supposed to be anything like a rollercoaster ride.

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Principles of welding productivity

February 14, 2002

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Do you doubt the merits of daily record keeping to improve welding reliability, standardize welding procedures, avoid excessive costs, and increase productivity? Read on. You won't any longer.

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Achieving cost-effective environmental compliance

February 14, 2002

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Environmental regulations are becoming more complex, leading many manufacturers to outsource regulatory compliance. This doesn’t absolve the manufacturer of responsibility, so understanding the integral components—waste generator classification, waste minimization, and safety training—is critical to establishing a compliance strategy.

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