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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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Dumping carts empty heavy loads safely

February 6, 2015

CECOR® offers heavy-duty industrial dumping carts that can be paired with the company’s dumping frame for elevated, rotational dumping of fully loaded carts. The dumping frame is secured to an overhead hook hoist or forklift truck. The frame then is secured to the cart by the cart’s...

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From the Web: Big pay raise; Smart, but not rich; 3-D breakthroughs; welding—a worthwhile career?

February 5, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Ford workers get big raise; reporter questions welding as a worthwhile career; being smart doesn’t necessarily make you rich; 3-D printing breakthrough; students build wind turbines.

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ET Foundation, Bonnell Aluminum invite entries for aluminum extrusion design competition

February 5, 2015

The ET Foundation, a Wauconda, Ill.-based educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2015 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition. Bonnell Aluminum, a...

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QualiChem water-based cutting fluid approved by Bombardier

February 5, 2015

QualiChem, Salem, Va., has received full Bombardier approval for Xtreme Cut 250C water-based cutting fluid. The approval, BAMS 569-001, includes Classes A, C, and D for lubricants and coolants. The multimetal, semisynthetic fluid, formulated for use on a variety of ferrous and nonferrous...

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Watch where those spent solvents go

February 5, 2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency has finally enacted its rulemaking that affects metal manufacturers that have to recycle or dispose of spent solvents.

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SHRM LINE: Hiring rate up in manufacturing, down in services in February

February 5, 2015

In February, manufacturing hiring activity will increase and the service-sector hiring rate will drop compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2015. In February, for the 11th...

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Wallover adds regional sales manager

February 4, 2015

Wallover Oil Co., a manufacturer of metalworking fluids and industrial lubricants in Strongsville, Ohio, has named David Custis as a regional sales manager responsible for covering northern Missouri, southern Illinois, and Iowa. Based in St. Louis, Custis has more than 12 years of outside sales...

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People: A fabricator’s greatest competitive advantage

February 4, 2015

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Competing fabricators can invest in the same technology and software, but they can't employ the same people.

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System backs up CNC files automatically

February 4, 2015

FANUC America Corp. has introduced FASBacCNC (FOCAS Automation Solution Backup CNC), a network-based backup system for FANUC CNCs. The system automatically backs up CNC files that have been created and customized by the machine tool builder or end user to a remote network server, eliminating...

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Ford adds 1,550 workers to support F-150

February 4, 2015

As Ford ramps up production of the all-new F-150®, the company is adding 1,550 new jobs in Q1 2015. Of the new jobs, 900 are allocated for Kansas City Assembly and 500 will be added between Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified, with the remaining 150 jobs going to Sterling Axle. These jobs...

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Spirol Europe earns ISO 9001:2008 recertifications

February 4, 2015

Spirol Europe has announced that both Spirol Industries Ltd., Corby, England, and Spirol SAS, Reims, France, have been recertified to ISO 9001:2008 by the British Standards Institution. The three-year certifications apply to the manufacture and distribution of precision-engineered fasteners,...

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Labels resist chemicals, solvents

February 4, 2015

CILS has introduced CILS-82000S solvent-resistant labels, offering permanent adhesion and resistance to aggressive chemicals and solvents such as acetone, MEK, and hydraulic brake fluids. The computer-printable surface coating allows variable data (serial numbers and bar codes) to be printed in...

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Tech Air to acquire Prest-O-Sales, Prest-O-Peconic

February 3, 2015

Danbury, Conn.-based Tech Air, a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New York-based Prest-O-Sales & Service Inc. (POS) and Prest-O-Peconic Inc. (POP). Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air...

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nuFaktory LLC adds principal

February 3, 2015

Springfield, Mass.-based nuFaktory LLC, an application service provider of 3-D printing and related technologies in digital manufacturing, has announced the addition of Jerry Jasinowski as its newest principal. Jasinowski served previously as president and CEO of the National Association of...

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An exit strategy for the metal fabrication job shop owner

February 3, 2015

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In their book Cashing Out of Your Business, authors Kathleen Richardson-Mauro and Jane M. Johnson tackle not just the nuts and bolts of selling an enterprise—revenue concentration, profitability, health of the market—but also the personal elements. When an owner sells a business, his or her life changes in a dramatic way.

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