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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SUVs: A profit center in flux

June 13, 2006 | By Bernard Swiecki

As oil hovers around $60 per barrel, SUVs aren't that cool anymore. Many view them as dinosaurs, remnants of '90s excess that have no place in a thriftier, more environmentally conscious century.

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What associations really do

June 13, 2006 | By Kristen Darby

Ever wonder why associations exist—what purposes they serve and why people join them? This article explains just what an association is, traces the history of associations, and describes how these organizations benefit members and the general public.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 7

June 13, 2006 | By John DiGiacomo, Jim Kleckner

Once you're ready to write your proposal, you must know all about the three basic types of solicitations and how to write your proposal based on what type of solicitation you're working with.

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Right on schedule

June 12, 2006 | By Dan Davis

QC Metal Fabricators of Elkhart, Ind., witnessed improved scheduling and shipping with the implementation of new job shop management software.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 9

May 9, 2006 | By John DiGiacomo, Jim Kleckner

Once you have your contract and have delivered product on time and within specifications, it's time to find out how to get paid in a timely fashion.

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Race to be green

May 9, 2006 | By Bernard Swiecki

Automakers are racing to introduce green technologies. Toyota is the leader in hybrid sales and plans to introduce two new models even though it will continue to lose money in the short and medium term. Instead of trying to outsell Toyota, GM has introduced flexible-fuel vehicles that run on E-85, an ethanol and gasoline mix.

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Managing success

May 9, 2006

The increasing disparity between upper management pay and blue-collar wages is creating a downward spiral that only can negatively affect our economy.

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Achieving quality global manufacturing networks

May 9, 2006 | By Jane Biddle, Jim Brown

This article is adapted from a report analyzing the results of a manufacturers' survey. It discusses the common quality challenges all manufacturers and explains what best-in-class manufacturers are doing with quality control to set themselves apart from the competition.

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Productivity—The human factor

May 9, 2006 | By Vicki Bell

Productivity, an economic bellwether, is predicted to slip from its recent highs in the coming months, largely because of job growth. Companies burned by the recent downturn need to continue to focus on achieving maximum productivity. This article addresses the labor component of productivity and how best to motivate employees to work at high levels.

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Handling engineering changes in automotive parts

May 9, 2006 | By Chuck Stuart, S. Manivannan

Control of engineering changes for automotive components and assemblies requires cooperation and communication among groups within a company, as well as with outside suppliers. Changes must be initiated, communicated, implemented, and verified enterprisewide.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 8

April 11, 2006 | By John DiGiacomo, Jim Kleckner

Now that you've written your proposal, it's time to submit it to the government. Before you send it off, make sure, one last time, that everything necessary in your bid proposal is there.

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Management matters

April 11, 2006

Creating a sound workplace is good not only for your business and your employees, but for society. When it comes to labor costs, the U.S. cannot compete with China and India. Our only chance of remaining competitive is to work more effectively and efficiently and to develop new innovations continually.

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Auto show lessons

April 11, 2006 | By Bernard Swiecki

The North American International Auto Show held in Detroit is a stage for automakers to display their latest and greatest; it also serves as a harbinger of what's coming at suppliers over the next few years.

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Stamper, prototyper, assembler, or fabricator

April 11, 2006 | By Eric Lundin

Newspapers and business magazines are filled with stories about offshoring, layoffs, and plant closings. Quasar Industries, a prototyping and low-volume production shop near Detroit, has bucked this trend and recently increased its manufacturing capability when it purchased a new building. A diverse fabricator, the company provides tooling development and also does stamping, laser cutting and welding, robotic welding, tube fabrication, and machining. The company's client base includes the automotive, appliance, and aerospace industries, among others. But all the equipment it has and processes it performs don't make it successful. Its success is a result of its employees' expertise and its corporate culture.

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Metalfab: All that glitters is metal

April 11, 2006 | By Kate Bachman

Lights. Camera. Fabricate?! You get home from work after fabricating all day, kick back with a cool one, and turn on the tube just to see more metal fabrication, on-screen, as entertainment. If it's not "American Chopper" or "Monster Garage," it's "Biker Build-Off," "Monster House" or "American Hot Rod." What's the fascination with fabrication? Do shows like these put a new spin on the image of metal forming and fabricating? Have they inspired younger generations to consider metal fabricating as a profession? Why have TV producers zoned in on these types of shows?

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