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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What now? Every facet of steel industry watches, waits as change sweeps in

January 10, 2002

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There's no telling just what the steel industry will look like even in the next few months as the federal government mulls its options for protecting a domestic steel industry suffering through perhaps its most threatening slump ever.

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Fabricating precision parts for automobiles

November 29, 2001

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The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) trade ministers have agree to move ahead with a closer economic partnership with Australia and New Zealand as an initiative amid the global economic slowdown. This article describes how some Malaysian companies are addressing productivity and cost issues.

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Maximizing your scrap's value

November 29, 2001

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The more uniform and contaminant-free that scrap is when fabricators provide it to recyclers, the more fabricators can benefit. This article addresses the two principles for selling scrap to recyclers: know what you're selling vs. what you're getting paid for, and incorporate sorting & cleaning into your production stream.

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Mac's Muse: One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes ... gone! As U.S. steel industry gets its lunch eaten, many parties can share blame

November 15, 2001

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A lot of parties can share the blame for what's happened to the North American steel industry, and its going to take effort from them all to pull the industry out of its quagmire. Can it be done? Time will tell.

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'It's gonna be painful' Metal industry players note little to reassure them in days ahead

November 15, 2001

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Manufacturers were hurting before September. How do things look now? Well ... they could be better, industry players say.

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Common barricades on the road to lean

October 25, 2001

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The number of opportunities to steer your company wrong during a move toward lean manufacturing are myriad. Knowing a few of the common ones may help you achieve your goals without a lot of headaches.

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To e, or not to e?

October 25, 2001

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The idea was to have e-commerce solve everything. Then the thud of a million dot-coms hitting bottom gave people a new perspective. Are automakers still hip on e-commerce? You'd better believe it.

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Sell! Sell! Sell!: Developing a profitable exit strategy for you and your company

October 25, 2001

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Devising a strategy for selling your company that fits within your goals and current market conditions is essential

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Building a better business model: Strategic planning basics for automotive stampers to improve profit

October 11, 2001

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Just what is a strategic business model, and how can it be developed and used by an automotive stamping supplier wanting to boost its bottom line?

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Changing the way they do business

September 4, 2001

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Dealing with work loads, delivery schedules, and many other responsibilities doesn't leave managers with much time to consider factors that justify equipment improvements.

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Getting the most for your money: 12 financial tips for welding professionals

August 16, 2001

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These include the importance of contributing to an individual retirement account, retirement programs for the self-employed, tax-exempt investments, $10,000/year gift tax exclusions, charitable contributions, how much money you should keep in checking and savings accounts, liquidity, and diversified portfolios.

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Tips on Lean Manufacturing: Mastering the stop 'n' go of your shop's work flow

August 16, 2001

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Mastering the flow of work through your shop is your most important taks if you are attempting Toyota's approach to lean manufacturing.

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Steel industry anything but status quo: Next generation of distributors set to lead wave of change

July 12, 2001

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As the market demands change, the steel distribution industry will take up the gauntlet and change with the times. Contrary to some speculation, the steel manufacturing industry is neither going away nor reluctant to embrace the innovations necessary to survive.

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Listening to the loud messages Editor's Picks -- Work Force Development Web Sites

July 12, 2001

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One of the loudest messages of the day was that managers, presidents, and owners need to ask the employees actually doing the work for their suggestions on how things should be done. And then listen.

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In Human Terms—The value of engaging the workforce

May 30, 2001

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Building trust with employees, listening to them, and spending time face-to-face with them helps managers in little critical ways they never may have imagined.

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