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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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Laser marking/engraving system uses CO2 and fiber

October 28, 2014

Laser Photonics offers the LaserTower™ series XP Plus Duo laser marking and engraving system. It uses CO2 and Q-switched fiber lasers for direct parts marking, UID, and deep engraving in the aerospace, automotive, medical, defense, and semiconductor markets. The unit’s tower design places...

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FABTECH 2014 to host Industry Night at Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame

October 27, 2014

FABTECH® 2014 will host its first FABTECH Industry Night on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Sponsored by Georgia Power, Industry Night gives FABTECH attendees an exclusive look at one of Atlanta’s newest attractions. North America’s largest metal...

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EuroBLECH 2014 welcomes 59,600 visitors in Hanover, Germany

October 27, 2014

EuroBLECH 2014, the 23rd International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, wrapped up on Oct. 25 in Hanover, Germany, after five exhibition days. A total of 59,600 trade visitors attended the sheet metalworking show, seeing exhibits from 1,573 companies from 38 countries. The show’s total...

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Manufacturers in Dodge County, Wis., form alliance to address skills gap

October 27, 2014

Manufacturers in and around Dodge County, Wis., are taking action to promote the availability of family-supporting jobs in the manufacturing trades. The recently formed Manufacturing Business Alliance of greater Dodge County is gaining momentum with aggressive activities to address the skills gap....

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White House shines spotlight on manufacturing

October 27, 2014

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The White House released a list of manufacturing initiatives today that involve various government agencies. A few programs in the release really stand out.

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ERP software product simplifies process tracking

October 27, 2014

Global Shop Solutions has announced the release of Process Documentation and Training (PDT), a fully integrated product within the company’s ERP software package. The product records automatically the operation of any task, process, or program being performed within the software. As the user...

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Automec named as OEM supplier for TigerStop

October 24, 2014

Automec Inc. of Waltham, Mass., a provider of CNC gauging for press brakes and shears, has added TigerStop® programmable gauges to its product line. The company offers six models for metal forming applications. The operator programs cut or punch dimensions into the control and positions the...

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UniCarriers Americas hosts visit from U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren

October 23, 2014

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., visited UniCarriers Americas Corp.’s headquarters for the Americas in Marengo, Ill., on Oct. 15. The congressman met with the forklift manufacturer’s executive team before touring the facility and participated in a town hall-style meeting with more than 30...

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LAI Intl. acquires Zak Inc.

October 23, 2014

LAI Intl. Inc., Tempe, Ariz., an RLJ Equity Partners portfolio company, as announced the acquisition of Zak Inc., Green Island, N.Y., a manufacturer and certified turnkey supplier of precision-machined and custom-fabricated components for the power generation, specialty metals, and oil and gas...

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Americase celebrates 30th anniversary

October 23, 2014

Waxahachie, Texas-based Americase Inc., a developer of custom cases for the aviation, aerospace, oil, gas, government, education, audio/visual, sporting, and military industries, is marking 30 years in business. Bill Kinsala founded the company as a manufacturer of custom gun cases for...

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Gas cylinder valves incorporate quick-action lever for opening, closing

October 23, 2014

Linde Gases has developed EVOS™ gas cylinder valves. They employ a quick-action lever in place of the more traditional hand-wheel mechanism for opening and closing of the valve. This functionality helps ensure simplified opening and fast closing in case of emergency, and it allows the user to see...

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No-drip internal-mix atomizing nozzles positively stop liquid flow

October 22, 2014

Internal-mix atomizing spray nozzles from Exair Corp. mix liquid and air inside the nozzle and produce liquid atomization up to 300 centipoise. The nozzles work the same way the company’s standard atomizing nozzles work, but they positively stop liquid flow when compressed air is shut off....

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Egan vice president named to “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” list

October 22, 2014

Mechanical contractor Andy J. Egan Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced that Andy Jasper, vice president, has been named one of west Michigan’s “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” for 2014. The Grand Rapids Business Journal, which administers the annual contest, selected Jasper from a...

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Uncovering waste with an all-encompassing metric

October 22, 2014

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Manufacturing critical-path time, MCT, is a broad metric that encompasses the entire enterprise. The shorter an organization's MCT, the more adaptable and successful it can be.

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Staffing the comeback

October 22, 2014

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It’s no secret—this industry has a tough time finding people, and as demand has increased in recent years, the problem has gotten worse. Just how many people does this industry need to compete, what talents do they need to have, and how can a company attract the best? To address these questions requires realistic planning based not on perceptions, but on facts.

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