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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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ThomasNet.com adds certification app to database

June 24, 2014

ThomasNet.com®, New York, has added a certification application to its free platform. Buyers now can qualify commercial and industrial suppliers classified to 67,000 product and service categories by 80 different certifications/registrations and create a shortlist of those that hold the...

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Techni Waterjet, Wintriss Controls Group to be featured on “World’s Greatest!...” series

June 24, 2014

Techni Waterjet™, Lenexa, Kan., and Wintriss Controls Group, Acton, Mass., will be featured on the television show “World’s Greatest!...”. How2Media sent crews to film footage at Techni Waterjet’s Lenexa facility and at Impulse Mfg. of Dawsonville, Ga., a Wintriss customer. The...

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Lean manufacturing, line of sight, and old buildings

June 23, 2014

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Where are parts coming from, and where are they going? Line-of-sight issues plague older plants, full of walls to separate departments. But some companies have overcome this problem and adapted lean to fit very old work spaces.

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TechPrecision appoints president of Ranor division

June 23, 2014

TechPrecision Corp., Center Valley, Pa., a manufacturer of large-scale fabricated and machined metal components and equipment, has appointed Alexander (Alex) Shen as president of Ranor, a wholly owned subsidiary division. He replaces Robert Francis, who left to pursue other opportunities but...

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AO Precision Mfg. names CEO

June 23, 2014

Daytona Beach, Fla.-based AO Precision Mfg. LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of M-16 and AR-15 rifle parts for government contractors and commercial gun-makers, has hired Steven C. Torma as its CEO. Torma has 30 years of experience in the munitions industry. He previously served as president...

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Pacific Industries building plant in Tennessee

June 23, 2014

Ogaki, Japan-based auto parts-maker Pacific Industries has begun building a new plant in Jackson, Tenn. It is expected to create 190 new jobs within the first five years of operations. The facility’s operations will include metal stamping and...

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NExT Aerospace recertified for AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008

June 23, 2014

NExT Aerospace, a division of Niles Intl., Niles, Ohio, has passed its AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 recertification audits. The recertification indicates that the company has established and applied a quality management system for the design and manufacture of expanded metal fine meshes and foils...

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Stainless steel levelers have rubber pad options

June 23, 2014

J.W. Winco Inc. has introduced GN 340.5 stainless steel leveling mounts with tapped socket and rubber pad in inch and metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant leveling mounts feature a tapped socket of stainless steel with a shot-blast finish. They are available with two pad options: black pad inlay of...

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STIHL Inc. camp inspires youth to pursue manufacturing careers

June 23, 2014

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Think you might be interested in starting a summer camp to attract youth to manufacturing careers? STIHL Inc. did just that, found the endeavor worthwhile, and has even created a template for other companies to use in promoting manufacturing technology to youth.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Legends and Logos

June 23, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis investigates the CAD jockey’s role in the creation of markings on metal products, the different ways that these markings can be created, and some tips for ensuring the final marking is done correctly, no matter the process.

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Utility Trailer Sales of Idaho to open new location in Washington

June 19, 2014

Utility Trailer Mfg. Co., City of Industry, Calif., a manufacturer of refrigerated trailers, dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtain-sided trailers, has announced that Utility Trailer Sales of Idaho is opening a new location in Spokane, Wash. The new dealership will operate under the...

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Ready Welder to seek GSA Schedule Contract

June 19, 2014

Ready Welder Corp., Los Angeles, has announced plans to expand its reach to government agencies by applying for a General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contract to pursue federal contracts. Government officials use GSA Schedules as a means of procuring goods and services knowing that...

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Lift tables use no hydraulics

June 19, 2014

Air Technical Industries (ATI) has developed a new series of Zero-Low ground-level lift tables. They are powered by an electric motor, with lifting action by machine or ball screw, instead of hydraulics. Everything is built in, and the operation is smooth and clean. Stainless steel or aluminum...

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ProfitKey launches website dedicated to small manufacturers, job shops

June 18, 2014

ProfitKey Intl., a manufacturing ERP software provider based in Boston, has launched a new website at www.profitkey.com dedicated to small to midsized manufacturers and job shops. The site is designed to provide information on improving overall business processes, cost reduction, and profit growth....

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Miller partners with HCCW on job training initiative

June 18, 2014

A collaborative job training initiative aimed at addressing a shortage of qualified welders will launch this summer in four regions of Wisconsin after receiving funding from the state and welding industry leaders. Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has joined with area employers,...

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