Shop Management

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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Industrial gases market for metals, metal fabrication to reach $47.06 billion by 2020

January 27, 2016

India-based MarketsandMarkets has published "Industrial Gases—Metals & Metal Fabrication Market by Type (Oxygen, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Others), Function (Metal Manufacturing, Fabrication), Storage (Cylinder, Merchant Liquid, Tonnage), End-use (Metal, Automotive, Aerospace, Others) - Forecast to...

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1 + 1 = Weld shop staffing success

January 27, 2016

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One aspect of the welding industry remains challenging for company management: determining staffing levels for tradespeople and supervisors at the front lines of industrial manufacturing systems and construction projects. While many people do not like crunching basic numbers, nothing beats simple math to come up with money-saving options to get through those tough economic times. The good news is that this is not rocket science. In fact, the number-crunching is so simple that it can be done quickly without any brain-numbing work.

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From kaizen to kata

January 27, 2016

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Camfil APC is known for its dust collection equipment, but it’s also a metal fabricator. It makes the equipment in its Jonesboro, Ark., facility. Like any other modern fabricating operation, it is looking to eliminate waste where it can. That’s why launching and sustaining a lean manufacturing initiative is so important.

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Salem Welding expands in Ohio

January 26, 2016

Salem Welding and Supply is adding 8,000 sq. ft. to its plant in Salem, Ohio, which will result in the addition of five jobs. The facility, currently at about 40,000 sq. ft., fabricates custom steel products. The addition is expected to be in operation by the end of February...

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Metcam, Langford Welding & Fabrication partner to launch Best Built Cages

January 26, 2016

Metcam, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has partnered with Langford Welding & Fabrication, Roberta, Ga., to manufacture and market Best Built Cages™, a lightweight aluminum poultry cage. Chuck Langford, an experienced fabricator and...

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Family-friendly event Feb. 27 lets kids explore science, engineering through displays, presentations

January 26, 2016

Illinois Institute of Technology, Wheaton, Ill., will hold its 32nd Annual Engineers Week Expo, “Engineers Make a World of Difference,” on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free, interactive family event, geared toward children in kindergarten through 8th grade,...

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NIMS awards record number of credentials to manufacturing students, workers in 2015

January 26, 2016

Fairfax, Va.-based National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), a standards and skill certification body for the metalworking industry, has announced that it awarded a record number of credentials in 2015 to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the industry. Last year NIMS...

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A job to remember

January 26, 2016

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Custom fabricators get some unusual requests, both in terms of the job itself and the timeline for completion. Sometimes they go the extra mile to “do the right thing.”

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2015 updates for ISO 9001, 14001 align with other standards

January 26, 2016

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In September 2015, the widely recognized global standards body International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released its 9001:2015 standards for quality management systems (QMS) and 14001:2015 environmental management systems (EMS). Key changes to both the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards are that they are structured to align with other standards bodies; are less prescriptive; require greater upper management involvement; and require less documentation but more emphasis on defining processes, risk and opportunities planning, and context.

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Women in Manufacturing, CWRU partner to bring executive education, training to women

January 25, 2016

National association Women in Manufacturing™ (WiM) and Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Weatherhead School of Management have announced the creation of a Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing, which will provide executive education and training to WiM members in mid- to high-level...

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Tri Tool names CEO

January 25, 2016

Rancho Cordova, Calif.-based Tri Tool Inc. has announced that Dr. George J. Wernette, president, and Jerri Wernette, executive vice president, have turned over the day-to-day operations of the company to their son George J. (Joe) Wernette III as CEO. He has nearly 30 years of experience at the...

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Murata Machinery hires district sales manager

January 22, 2016

Murata Machinery USA Inc. (Muratec), Charlotte, N.C., has introduced Kenneth Beene as district sales manager, covering Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Beene has 23 years of experience selling forming and fabricating equipment as a manufacturing representative in the region. Before that he...

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Hose-mounted LED illuminates surfaces during abrasive blasting

January 21, 2016

Marco Group Intl. has released the Blastmaster® 308 series hose-mounted LED light, which illuminates surfaces being abrasive-blasted. The three-LED module design produces a 45-in. round pattern of bright white light at 18 in. from the surface. The light features an abrasion-resistant urethane...

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The modern workplace—How to play nice together

January 21, 2016

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Older workers are not retiring as they once did. If you are among those still working long after you’re eligible for Social Security and Medicare, here are some tips to help foster better working relationships.

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Centria Coating Services hires VP

January 21, 2016

Centria Coating Services (CCS), Moon Township, Pa., a provider of custom coil coating services, has appointed Jerry T. Hatley Jr. as vice president. Hatley previously worked at the former Roll Coater Inc., Icon Metal Resources LLC, and International Metals Processing...

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