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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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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Surviving an OSHA inspection

May 15, 2001

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Weathering an inspection by OSHA is a matter of knowing your operation from top to bottom and being prepared for a visit at all times.

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Overcoming the skilled labor shortage

May 15, 2001

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The labor force of tomorrow needs to embrace manufacturing today if the industry is going to attract and keep the workers it needs in the future.

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Examining electric resistance weld nuggets in tube and pipe

April 24, 2001

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An in-depth examination of electric resistance welding nuggets as a quality control step in the manufacturing of high-strength tube and pipe used for pressure applications

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What you don't know about spot welding

April 24, 2001

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Resistance welding equipment has many uses that many people often don't think about. Everyday items that some may not associate with resistance welding owe their very existence to this versatile process.

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Huge possibilities, tiny tools Nanotechnology--the science of small--could change the metals industry in a very big way

March 13, 2001

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Nanotechnology is just beginning to blossom as a practical topic of interest for the manufacturing industry. Just how big an impact will nanomaterials have in our lifetimes? We're sure to find out soon.

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Just what does Covisint mean, anyway?

March 13, 2001

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Covisint aims to be a lot of things to a lot of people in the automotive industry, starting with the industry's largest suppliers and working down through the supply chain.

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