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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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FABTECH 2014 heading to Georgia

July 28, 2014

FABTECH®, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is expected to attract more than 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 11 to 13. FABTECH exhibits will include live equipment...

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A new kind of skilled workforce

July 28, 2014

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The need for skilled worker continues unabated, but the issue has many wrinkles of complexity. For one, technology has changed the nature of the job.

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Houghton hires director of global M&A and strategic planning

July 28, 2014

Metalworking fluids and services provider Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, Pa., has hired Raymond Kelly as director of global merger and acquisition and strategic planning. He leads the company’s M&A efforts for the metalworking and adjacent business segments. Kelly has more than 23 years of...

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CMMS schedules maintenance through automated meter reading

July 28, 2014

Production Process has released the ProductionACE/CMMS, an entry-level CMMS with companion run-hour and cycle count meters that connect to production and auxiliary equipment. The system identifies when maintenance is near due and due based on user-set limits for run hours and cycle count for...

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A matter of asking the right questions

July 28, 2014

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Some purchasers may view a fabricated metal product as a commodity, and if it’s a simple enclosure or flat piece-part, it may well be. But they’re not buying products, really. They’re buying expertise, both in fabrication and in capacity management.

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A second-chance career

July 28, 2014

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A maritime welding program, jointly created by Vigor Industrial and South Seattle College, is part of a greater initiative in Washington state-to return idled workers to gainful employment. The class doesn’t just help the underemployed, it also helps feed the resurging shipbuilding industry in the greater Seattle area.

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Beretta USA to close gun manufacturing plant in Maryland

July 25, 2014

Beretta USA Corp. has announced plans to close its manufacturing plant in Accokeek, Md., citing concern over a new state firearms law that could restrict the company from being able to manufacture, store, or import firearms if some provisions are reinstated in the future. The firm will transfer...

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Core Health & Fitness to expand Virginia manufacturing plant

July 25, 2014

Fitness equipment-maker Core Health & Fitness, Vancouver, Wash., has announced plans to invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit manufacturing plant in Grayson County, Va., creating 250 jobs. The facility has made Nautilus® fitness equipment for more than 34 years. Core Health & Fitness...

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Durable Mecco acquires Stamp-Rite steel stamps division

July 24, 2014

Durable Mecco, a manufacturer of industrial marking equipment, has acquired the steel stamp division of Stamp-Rite Supersine Inc. The company has named Laurie Barcaskey, a 30-year veteran of the marking industry, as account manager for this group of customers. Stamp-Rite Supersine, located in...

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Linde names Conroe Welding Supply as independent distributor

July 24, 2014

Linde LLC, Murray Hill, N.J., has signed a contract to supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to Conroe Welding Supply Inc., an independent distributor located in Conroe, Texas. Conroe Welding Supply serves the east Texas market with welding equipment and industrial and safety supplies, as...

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Epic Systems listed among the top places to work in St. Louis

July 24, 2014

Engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the second year in a row. Companies are chosen based solely on employee feedback from a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics. The survey evaluates whether...

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Metalworking handbook provides essential information for students

July 24, 2014

Industrial Press offers Shop Reference for Students and Apprentices. The compact, 550-page spinoff of Machinery’s Handbook provides essential information for students preparing for jobs in the metalworking industry, from the ability to understand and use shop mathematics to the reading and...

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Differentiating in a commoditized market

July 24, 2014

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There are four principles to understand about differentiation and the buying factors that go beyond price: They always exist; they have economic value; they vary by customer; and they change with time, because yesterday’s differentiators can be tomorrow’s commodity.

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Winners announced for first round of Gene Haas Foundation/NIMS scholarships for schools

July 23, 2014

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Fairfax, Va., and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) have announced the first round of winners of a new scholarship program to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers. Danville Community College,...

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James Tool Machine & Eng. adds additive manufacturing technology

July 23, 2014

James Tool Machine & Eng. Inc., Morganton, N.C., a provider of precision CNC machining and builder of hydraulic workholding fixtures, now offers additive manufacturing technology. The company now offers fused deposition modeling (FDM) using ABS plastic in-house, direct metal laser sintering...

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