Shop Management

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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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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Houghton Intl. names director of metals business segment

June 18, 2014

Houghton Intl., a Valley Forge, Pa., provider of metalworking fluids, specialty hydraulic fluids, and services, has appointed Michael Brewer as director of its metals business segment. He supports customers and sales of the company’s products and services for steel and nonferrous applications....

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Vacuums designed for use in shop, on-site

June 18, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced its newly redesigned Turbo I, Turbo II, and Turbo II HEPA series of professional shop vacuums. All three models have the same basic features and specifications with the exception of filters, weight, and tank capacities. Each model’s body is made of...

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Artist’s career goes into overdrive

June 18, 2014

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Dominique Martinez, founder of Rustic Steel Creations, does a little of everything—using found objects and new metals, making functional items like handrails and decorative items (artistic sculptures), making items for sale and working under contract, working for profit and donating pieces for fundraisers—and in doing so, has built his company into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

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Modular clamping system grips odd-shaped parts

June 18, 2014

The OML VariClamp modular clamping system, available from Lexair Inc., uses a floating mechanism of fixed and movable jaws and a variety of gripper forms to provide custom clamping of irregular-shaped workpieces, including round, curved, elliptical, rectangular, stepped, and slanted parts. The...

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Maybe we all need a little boot camp

June 18, 2014

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Military vets with experience in fixing and maintaining equipment can be a valuable asset to high-product-mix fabricators. Their military experience helps them develop standards and processes out of the chaos.

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Winning in commoditized markets

June 18, 2014

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The lowest-cost-producer business model is simple. If you have the lowest costs and prices, you win. But this model can be ruthless, too.

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Grainger to build Northeast distribution center

June 17, 2014

Chicago-based Grainger, a supplier of MRO products serving businesses and institutions, has purchased 96 acres of land in Bordentown Township, N.J., with plans to build a 1.3 million-sq.-ft. distribution center. When the facility is up and running in 2016, the company expects to employ more...

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Magnetic trays secure small parts at any angle

June 17, 2014

Ergodyne has introduced the Arsenal® 5920 magnetic tray organizer—rectangle and Arsenal 5925 magnetic tray organizer—round. Designed to control and organize ferromagnetic objects, the trays keep objects accessible at any angle and help minimize the risk of dropped or misplaced...

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Shrink film’s corrosion inhibitors diffuse to every area of wrapped parts

June 17, 2014

Cortec offers MilCorr® VpCI® shrink film for protecting surfaces against powerful natural elements. The nontoxic, environmentally friendly film includes corrosion inhibitors that can replace rust preventives such as oils and desiccants, offering an alternative to wooden crating, aluminum foils,...

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FAB 40: How Nu-Way Industries uncovered a new way

June 17, 2014

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The Illinois contract fabricator ramps up its efforts toward operational excellence.

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Tool grinding software includes functions for complex-geometry tools

June 17, 2014

NUM offers Numroto tool grinding software, which includes functions for complex-geometry tools such as multihelical end mills with variable-width flute areas. The software accommodates several new types of gash-out on drills and form cutters, allowing the grinding wheel to follow the tool’s...

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Additive manufacturing system supports series production of variety of alloys

June 17, 2014

EOS offers the EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) system for tool-free production of serial metal components, spare parts, and prototypes. Build volume is 9.8 by 9.8 by 12.8 in. The unit offers extensive monitoring functions for the system and for the build process. A camera built...

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Knowledge is job security?

June 16, 2014

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In modern business, knowledge matters, but communicating that knowledge may matter even more.

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