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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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Job Satisfaction—Part 2

February 13, 2003

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Something's very wrong. You approach each workday with dread. The ringing of the alarm clock is joined by your groans as you realize that you're heading out for another day on the job. You live for quitting time on Friday and begin the transition to depression mode on Sunday afternoon.

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Controlling the costs of conflict

January 16, 2003

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Success in business depends on several issues, a key one being cost control. Yet many business people are oblivious to the negative impact that the costs of conflict can have on their bottom line. Many even think that they need not be concerned about conflict costs because, for instance, they don't have to deal with unionized labor.

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KNOWLEDGE: The key to welding productivity?

January 16, 2003

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In the year 2000 manufacturing, construction, and mining industries had $34.1 billion worth of welding-related expenses. At the same time more than a half million people in the U.S. had welding-related jobs -- and that's not counting self-employed and nonproduction welders.

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The X, Y, Z's of Management

January 16, 2003

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Owners, what do employees want? Employees, what do owners want? I know what I wanted when I was a shop and field hand, and I know what I expected when I was a boss. Now more than ever we need to strengthen the employee-management relationship.

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Job Satisfaction—Part 1

January 16, 2003

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Unless you are among the privileged few-who appear to be becoming fewer by the minute as investment accounts are shrinking in value, savings are being wiped out, and credit card debt is mounting -- you'll spend many hours working for a living. How do you feel about your job and why?

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But we have always done it this way

December 12, 2002

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Some of the following story may seem somewhat strange for an article about precision sheet metal and press brake operation, but my hope is that by reading this article, you will find that history can shed some light into a few of the darker corners of press brake and press brake department...

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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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