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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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Weldaloy announces expanded capabilities

May 24, 2016

Warren, Mich.-based Weldaloy, a provider of custom copper, aluminum, and other nonferrous forgings, has expanded its seamless rolled ring capabilities, allowing the company to produce a wide variety of ring sizes in less time. In addition to investing in new manufacturing equipment, the company...

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Portable laser marker’s beam accurate up to 3 ft.

May 24, 2016

Automator has introduced the VIS-P portable laser marker. It comes standard with IVO₄, 10-W, 20-W, 30-W, and 40-W laser source options. The laser marker can be used on metals, alloys, plastics, and anodized and painted surfaces. With a laser beam that is accurate up to 3 ft., the unit can be...

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RC Inc. acquires Heinrich Co.

May 23, 2016

RC Inc., Racine, Wis., has announced the acquisition of Heinrich Co., a 10-employee manufacturer of industrial vises and workholding tools also based in Racine. Umbrella company RC Inc. also includes Racine-based companies Ace Stamping & Machine Co. Inc., Innotec of Wisconsin Inc., and...

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F&M Mafco names industrial gases business manager

May 23, 2016

F&M Mafco Inc., Cincinnati, has appointed Roch Monahan as industrial gases business manager. He has more than 27 years of experience in the gases and welding industry. Monahan most recently served as COO for OKI Bering. Before that he held various executive positions in operations and sales with...

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Don't lose track of the latest design updates

May 23, 2016

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The goal of forward-thinking fabrication shops is to be closely involved in a customer's supply chain, where perhaps it participates in part designs and design for manufacturability activities. If a shop is to be an active supply chain partner, it needs to be able to stay on top of engineering change orders and part design discussion. Cloud-based product life cycle management software can help.

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Continuous improvement: Do you have a handle on flow

May 23, 2016

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Manufacturing is all about flow, both of physical products and information. You can plan for good flow. But if you let it evolve on its own, you will be dealing with the waste and efficiency that evolution creates.

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DeWys Mfg. names product development engineer

May 23, 2016

DeWys Mfg. Inc., a metal fabricator in Marne, Mich., has promoted Nate Lillibridge to product development engineer. He joined the company five years ago in the maintenance department, where he gained experience in all aspects of the manufacturing process. Lillibridge is attending Grand Rapids...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Comparison of two animation tools for creating walk-through tours

May 23, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews methods for creating walk-through animations. The use of a camera following a path is discussed.

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Report predicts welding equipment market will grow at 5 percent CAGR to 2020

May 19, 2016

RnRMarketResearch.com has released “Global Welding Equipment Market 2016-2020,” which reports that analysts forecast the global welding market to grow at a CAGR of 5 percent during the period 2016-2020. A key trend boosting market growth is the redressal of the growing gap in the skilled...

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Fabricators are in the information business

May 19, 2016

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Fabricators aren't selling just parts anymore. They're selling their ability to partner and communicate with customers.

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Toolots plans manufacturing exchange summit to promote trade between U.S., China

May 19, 2016

Toolots Inc., a company that provides a factory-direct e-commerce platform for international manufacturers to purchase and sell industrial tools, machinery, and technology, has announced its Inaugural Manufacturing Exchange Summit. The event will be held at its headquarters in Cerritos, Calif.,...

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Forecast predicts economic growth in manufacturing to continue through 2016

May 19, 2016

Economic growth in manufacturing is expected to continue in the U.S. throughout the remainder of 2016, according to the "Spring 2016 Semiannual Economic Forecast" from the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), Tempe, Ariz. Fifty percent of respondents from...

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Cleanliness inspection system provides all-in-one scan

May 19, 2016

Olympus has launched the CIX90 technical cleanliness control system. It provides cleanliness inspection with an intuitive interface that provides step-by-step guidance to users. The dedicated turnkey system is optimized for fast, accurate, and reproducible particle detection that delivers...

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More investment needed in shop classes in schools, says FMW Fasteners survey

May 19, 2016

According to the latest business survey from FMW Fasteners, an online provider of anchor products, nuts, bolts, socket products, and screws based in Houston, its customers are calling for more investment in shop classes. Seventy percent of the 300 survey participants said there's not enough...

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ET Seminar Committee names winner of Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence

May 18, 2016

The Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence has been presented to current ET Seminar Committee Chairman Craig Werner. The award, the highest honor bestowed by the ET Seminar Committee, Wauconda, Ill., is given to an aluminum extrusion industry professional who has demonstrated outstanding qualities...

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