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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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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Cash in on lean manufacturing

February 14, 2002

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TRUMPF, Freudenberg-NOK, and Aero Gear Inc. share their experiences with lean manufacturing here and present the benefits and challenges of implementing it in the machine tool-making, automotive supply, and job shop environments.

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Will just-in-time become just-in-case?

February 14, 2002

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Terrorist attcks on U.S. soil have given domestic manufactuers cause to rethink the entire process of keeping inventory and metting customer demands.

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An industry perspective

February 14, 2002

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On the positive side, job shops continue to be innovative and improve productivity; materials and software are improving; entry-level positions normally can be filled.

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Trouble in Motown

February 14, 2002

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Detroit's Big Three have big problems ahead if they can't figure out a way to profit in a time of booming sales, let alone downturns such as the one looming this year.

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The new face of manufacturing on the Net

February 14, 2002

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Making the Internet pay has proven more difficult than a lot of first movers in the metals business made it sound in the late '90s. Thefabricator.com talked to a few people trying to capitalize on the lessons learned from all those no-brainers that turned into no-gainers.

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Around the World: China drives toward world auto market

February 14, 2002

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A look at projections for China's automotive market and recent activity by companies investing in that market are worth your time. Technology is a key factor to that investment, and the Chinese are taking full advantage of it.

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Surviving cost-cutting pressures from OEMs

February 1, 2002

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This article provides examples of automotive suppliers and other metalworking suppliers who are facing strict cost containment requirements, and explains possible benefits of using gainsharing to motivate employees to generate ideas for efficiency.

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Plan ahead

January 24, 2002

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Technological advances have influenced the welding industry heavily. Computerized equipment, precision robotics, positioning devices, and new and refined welding processes have given new tools to welding engineers, technicians, and craftsman welders.

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Survival in a down economy

January 10, 2002

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You can do many things during a downturn to improve your operation for the long haul. Look your business over top to bottom -- you'll find them.

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Metals outlook mixed

January 10, 2002

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Steel is looking at some uncertain times, to say the least, but aluminum industry professionals see a little more to smile about if general economic conditions improve.

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One more time: Tell me about motivation

January 10, 2002

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Probably no subject in the management world receives more attention but is more elusive than employee motivation.

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Consolidation talk picks up speed

January 10, 2002

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As No. 4 steelmaker LTV prepares to liquidate, the integrated steel industry's heavy hitters are finally taking a serious look at consolidation

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