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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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Fixing the economy—it's not that simple

March 26, 2014

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I had lunch the other day with a banker who spends a good deal of time, as most bankers do, handling other people’s money—in his case, his clients’ investments. I asked him what he thought about the economy—is it improving? His response was that we (in the U.S.) appear to be on a precipice,... Continue Reading

BorgWarner expands Powertrain Technical Center in Michigan

March 26, 2014

BorgWarner will expand its Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Mich., to support programs in North America and supplement its global network of technical centers. The nearly 46,000-sq.-ft. addition will include space for program managers, salespeople, and engineers. Scheduled for...

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A new business model, a new structure—a new business

March 26, 2014

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It’s easy for metal fab shop owners and managers to fall into the habit of complaining about the lack of skilled talent in the marketplace. Executives at of General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind., recognized that their employees had plenty of knowledge and skill. The fabricator just didn’t have a strong structure to channel that knowledge and build a better company.

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Airgas USA appoints president

March 26, 2014

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., a supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related products, has named Andrew R. Cichocki as president of Airgas USA LLC, effective April 1, 2014. Airgas USA LLC comprises the majority of Airgas' U.S. distribution business units, including its four...

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Solar Atmospheres of Western PA adds vacuum furnace for smaller loads

March 26, 2014

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has installed a new high-temperature, high-purity, production-scale, 2-bar vacuum furnace in an environmentally controlled room for heat treating and brazing of small to midsize loads. The Mentor furnace, designed and built by sister company Solar Mfg. for...

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CenterLine named one of Canada’s best-managed companies

March 26, 2014

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., a provider of standard and custom production systems, component products, and technical support services for resistance, arc, and laser welding, as well as metal forming and cold spray metal coating applications, has been selected as a winner of the 2013 Canada’s Best...

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Direct-diode laser system increases speed of cladding, heat treating

March 26, 2014

A new direct-diode laser system from Coherent Inc. offers higher power to help increase throughput for applications in metal cladding and heat treating. The new HighLight™ 10,000D, with its 10-kW output at 975 nm, can be configured to deliver a variety of interchangeable beam shapes with...

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AME Institute, Kronos establish manufacturing scholarship

March 26, 2014

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)’s scholarship funding arm, AME Institute, Chelmsford, Mass., and Kronos Inc., Rolling Meadows, Ill., have established a new scholarship for students interested in manufacturing careers through the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path...

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From the Web 3.25.14

March 25, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about U.S. manufacturing’s future; stalled manufacturing growth in China; the last big U.S. bike maker; a “discovered” Nebraska fabricator; and a female welding instructor surviving in a man’s world.... Continue Reading

Red-D-Arc Welderentals opens retail location in Germany

March 25, 2014

Red-D-Arc Welderentals™, an Airgas company based in Austell, Ga., has opened a retail location in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, the company’s first location in that country. The facility offers welding positioners, manipulators, turning rolls, and other weld automation products for sale and...

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Laser chiller/dust collector unit made for precision laser cutting

March 25, 2014

Tri-Mer Corp. has introduced a combination water chiller and dust collector for laser cutting operations. The system’s air-cooled water chiller is engineered for heavy-service laser heads and optics that provides +0.5-degree uniformity. A plug-and-play feature minimizes setup time; the system has...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Techniques for modeling bent and welded tubing

March 24, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows that when you are 3-D modeling a tubular structure, it helps to be comfortable with 3-D sketching.

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Kennametal, Timken named to list of World’s Most Ethical Companies

March 21, 2014

Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., and The Timken Co., Canton, Ohio, have been named to Ethisphere® Institute's World's Most Ethical Companies™ list. This is the third year in a row that Kennametal has received the honor, and the fourth time for Timken. To determine the winners, Ethisphere, an...

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Greenkote receives ISO 9001:2008 certification

March 21, 2014

Greenkote PLC, Brook Park, Ohio, a provider of ecofriendly anticorrosion metal coatings, has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. The certification process involved creation of a formal quality management system with defined procedures, as well as internal audits and a two-stage audit...

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Industrial Innovations relocates to larger facility

March 21, 2014

Industrial Innovations, a manufacturer of industrial lubrication equipment, has moved its operations from Wyoming, Mich., to a larger facility in Grandville, Mich. The 20,000-sq.-ft. facility is nearly triple the size of the company’s former space. The expansion accommodates the company’s...

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