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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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Stacking the deck for real improvement

July 12, 2013

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Improvement that drives real competitive advantage, which means superior margins and valuation, must come from everything that surrounds the mechanical magic of modern manufacturing technology.

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An end to silos and fiefdoms

July 12, 2013

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If an organization is looking to streamline its turnaround time—the moment an order is received to the time it is shipped to the customers—it requires healthy communication among employees and, not least, the destruction of silos and fiefdoms.

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Improving welding quality in a dramatic way - TheFabricator.com

Improving welding quality in a dramatic way

July 11, 2013

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What happens when new owners of a metal fabricating business find out that they have to improve the shop's welding performance or risk losing its biggest customer—in the first week they take over the business? They have frank conversations with employees, find the root cause of the problems, install new processes to ensure quality, and ramp up training so that everyone can deliver acceptable welds on a consistent basis.

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Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability - TheFabricator.com

Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability

July 11, 2013

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The importance of energy management is particularly high in the manufacturing sector, where energy use can have a significant impact on product and operating cost. A standard set of energy management practices, applied to small and medium, as well as large enterprises, can increase organizational performance and profitability.

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Inspired fabrication atop One World Trade Center

July 2, 2013

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Kammetal Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., has seen its work reach the top. The company fabricated the uppermost part of the spire that now sits atop One World Trade Center.

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Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics

June 28, 2013

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In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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The I-9 form, all about the details - TheFabricator.com

The I-9 form, all about the details

June 28, 2013

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While completing an I-9 form may seem straightforward, it can quickly get complicated. Even employers with the best of intentions may find themselves trying to work through situations they never anticipated.

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The art, science, and frustration of sales forecasting

June 28, 2013

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Forecasting, while seemingly futile at times, is something fabricators should take seriously instead of dismissing it as some hocus-pocus best left to Wall Street analysts, politicians, and tarot card readers.

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About good people working together - TheFabricator.com

About good people working together

June 28, 2013

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Collaboration between creative minds--employing some refreshing cut-to-the-chase rationality to uncover the best processes for the product at hand--may be why people catch the manufacturing bug.

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The biggest fabricators grow even bigger - TheFabricator.com

The biggest fabricators grow even bigger

June 4, 2013

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This year’s Fab 40 list shows an industry in growth mode, though the amount of growth depends on the region and industries contract fabricators serve. Company leaders gave their outlook for the rest of 2013, and there’s more optimism than pessimism.

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Cost analysis – a helpful tool or stumbling block? - TheFabricator.com

Cost analysis – a helpful tool or stumbling block?

June 3, 2013

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Business owners, accountants, and sales people don’t always agree on the definitions of business terms such as fixed cost and variable cost, and therefore they see business opportunities in different ways. Evaluating every new business opportunity in a way that includes the full burden rate (using fixed costs) seems like a good idea, but this isn’t always the best way to go. If the company is already paying all of its fixed costs, why not use variable costs to analyze a new piece of business?

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Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry

June 3, 2013

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Copper is extremely useful in the HVAC industry, but the high and volatile price can wreak havoc on profit margins. Some fabricators have found that they can substitute a couple of aluminum alloys with good results. However, aluminum isn’t as easy to work with as copper. This article tells how Harco Metal Products developed forming and brazing processes for this not-so-forgiving material.

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Moving forward

June 3, 2013

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Dane Manufacturing looks nothing like it did a dozen years ago. More of its revenue now comes from contract fabrication and, thanks to several strategic acquisitions, produces several lucrative product lines.

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How Genzink Steel redefined redefined itself - TheFabricator.com

How Genzink Steel redefined itself

June 3, 2013

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Genzink Steel Supply and Welding has roots in structural fabrication. But after decades of diversifying in other sectors, the fabricator decided to leave the structural business to focus on contract fabrication--and the business is healthier because of it.

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Finding lean in simple inspirations

May 6, 2013

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No facet of a metal fabricating operation is too insignificant for lean improvement. If you’re looking for ideas on areas to tackle, this article will help.

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