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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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Egan opens St. Joseph-Benton Harbor office, adds service staff

April 4, 2016

Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co. has opened a St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Mich., office. This is the company’s third location, adding to its Grand Rapids headquarters and satellite office in Kalamazoo. The firm offers turnkey services including custom HVAC service preventive...

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Demand variation: Challenge or opportunity in custom metal fabrication

April 4, 2016

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For custom fabricators, demand variation is a fact of life, but this doesn’t mean that a shop can’t mitigate its effect. Lean consultant Jeff Sipes describes several options that can help make life easier, even for shops that deal with extreme shifts in demand.

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in March

April 4, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the first time in the last six months, while the overall economy grew for the 82nd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued April 1...

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Control system allows bending machine network creation

March 31, 2016

Schwarze-Robitec GmbH offers the NxG 2.0 high-performance control system, which allows the user to create a network of bending machines within a company. With the objective to get the bending technology ready for Industry 4.0, the manufacturer integrated fundamental modules into the CNC system....

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Table blast system has simplified access

March 31, 2016

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the 120T table blast system. The unit has two doors for simplified access. The blast cabinet is constructed of ½-in. plate steel cut with a V-slot for loading and unloading access for an overhead crane. A removable safety screen protects the abrasive...

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SHRM LINE: Manufacturing hiring to drop slightly in April compared to a year ago

March 31, 2016

In April, the hiring rate will drop slightly in manufacturing and rise modestly in services compared with the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM®) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE®) survey for April 2016. Layoff rates will drop in...

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Cover caps work with angle brackets for profile systems

March 31, 2016

J.W. Winco Inc. offers metric GN 963 cover caps for GN 960 and 961 metric angle brackets for aluminum T-slot profile systems. After the angle brackets are assembled, the RoHS-compliant cover caps are snapped into place via four lugs. They give the angle bracket a finished appearance and protect...

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What brings youth to the sheet metal business?

March 31, 2016

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How can a fab shop bring talented youth into the fold? Two members of FMA’s Young Professionals’ Council tell what sparked their interest--and it isn’t what you might expect.

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Lincoln Electric’s manager of engineering services wins AISC award

March 30, 2016

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has announced that Duane Miller, manager of engineering services and welding design consultant, has received the Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The award recognizes individuals who have provided...

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Deere announces joint venture with Hagie Mfg.

March 30, 2016

Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. has entered a joint venture with Hagie Mfg., a provider of high-clearance sprayers. In the agreement, Deere acquires majority ownership of Hagie Mfg., which will continue producing sprayers in its current Clarion, Iowa, location. Equipment made by the joint venture...

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Tweet/Garot Mechanical announces staff additions

March 30, 2016

Tweet/Garot Mechanical, a provider of mechanical contracting services including plumbing, sheet metal fabrication, industrial ventilation, HVAC, process piping, building automation, and service work, has announced the addition of three staff members. Chris Gerrits has been hired as an engineer,...

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Liquid paint markers write through dust, moisture, oil

March 30, 2016

Milwaukee Tool has introduced INKZALL™ liquid paint markers. Optimized for darker job site surfaces, such as black pipe and structural steel, the markers can write through dust, moisture, and oil and withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees F. Using wear-resistant acrylic tips, the markers...

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Fabricating a mobile lounge

March 30, 2016

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Gorilla Fabrication in South Carolina has made a name for itself in fabricating food trucks. A request for a mobile bar, however, forced it to expand its building skills.

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Membrane dryer keeps compressed air clean, dry with four-stage filtration

March 30, 2016

The WNA AMD-035 membrane dryer is available from Walmec North America. It features four-stage prefiltration, a flow rating of 35 SCFM, and maximum working pressures of 150 PSI. The first- and second-stage filters remove moisture, liquids, dust, rust, scale, and other contaminants to 5 microns....

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The industry shifts gears

March 29, 2016

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The staff at Messe Düsseldorf provides an overview of the steel tube and pipe market. The recent drop in the crude oil price has taken much of the attention off of the energy industry, and automotive has pulled ahead. The article contains quite a bit of information on the latest research into alloys for the automotive industry, specifically from three Tube® Düsseldorf exhibitors.

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