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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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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Welding Watch - Managing Your Welding Operation: The basics of welding management

March 5, 2001

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Making a welding operation as efficient as possible requires from managers a commitment to understanding every facet of their particular operations and insistence on seeing their strategic plans through.

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Put your money where your mouse is: How to succeed in e-business

February 19, 2001

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To decrease your chance of failure in e-business, focus on the business issues first and the technology issues second.

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Gaining control over the shop floor:

February 19, 2001

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The big order is in—now what? After you've reviewed the capacity of your shop and the customer's schedule, help can come from shop floor control software, which gives a business control not only over the manufacturing operations but also the total flow of material into and out of the shop.

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Tips on Lean Manufacturing: How to purge weight from your manufacturing operation

February 19, 2001

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All manufacturing operations need to reinvent themselves to compete in today's marketplace. What can you do to change? Try going lean.

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Managing innovation in the factory

February 15, 2001

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In many industries, more than three fourths of new products start out as direct requests from customers. How can you find and capitalize on the opportunities hidden in offbeat requests?

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Feeling the effects of a welder shortage

February 12, 2001

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This article discusses the effect of the economy, education, varying personnel needs

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