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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GMI Group achieves AS9100C and ISO 9001:2015 certifications

October 19, 2016

Houston-based GMI Group, a manufacturer of parts for aerospace, including major airframe assemblies and smaller components, has achieved both the AS9100C and ISO 9001:2015 certifications several months ahead of schedule. In addition to updating its quality management system, the company has built a...

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Solar Atmospheres facility maintains Nadcap 18-month merit status

October 19, 2016

Solar Atmospheres has announced that it has been awarded Nadcap 18-month merit status for heat treating at the Souderton, Pa., facility. The plant has held Nadcap accreditation since 1995, maintaining merit status for the majority of that...

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Lantek, Bystronic announce partnership

October 18, 2016

Bystronic, an Elgin, Ill.-based provider of sheet metal processing systems and services, has entered into a long-term technology partnership with Lantek, a Mason, Ohio, developer of software systems for the production of sheet metal, tube, and profile parts.As part of this strategic global...

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Your product is only as good as your service

October 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What good is having that new product or machine if you can’t get service when you need it? Smart companies provide exceptional service. It makes good business sense.

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Orangewood Partners acquires majority stake in George Industries

October 18, 2016

Orangewood Partners, a New York-based private investment firm, has acquired a majority interest in George Industries LLC, a designer and manufacturer of mission-critical engineered components in Endicott, N.Y. George Industries’ founding family, led by Mark and Dan Ciaravino, retains a...

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AP&C breaks ground on second plant

October 18, 2016

AP&C, a Montreal-based powder manufacturing subsidiary of additive manufacturing equipment supplier Arcam AB, is building a second powder plant in Saint-Eustache, Que. AP&C, which specializes in plasma atomized metal powders for additive manufacturing, plans to invest up to $23.6 million in this...

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Catalog features 5S, lean signs

October 18, 2016

Visual Workplace Inc.’s new catalog features 5S, lean, and visual management products. Included in the literature are electrically operated, customizable workstations; digital scoreboards with 3-in. LED characters to relay safety messages; tool shadows and pegboard; dry-erase boards with custom...

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American Mine Research to acquire PEMCO Corp.

October 17, 2016

American Mine Research Inc. (AMR), a provider of electronic monitoring, control, and communications products in Rocky Gap, Va., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Bluefield, Va.-based PEMCO Corp., a manufacturer of electrical and power distribution equipment. The acquisition is expected...

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Double-sheet detector measures without contacting the metal

October 17, 2016

Prime Controls has introduced the DS600 double-sheet detector. Its noncontact, single-probe sensor detects nonferrous metals, such as 300 series stainless steel and aluminum) in thicknesses from 0.001 to 0.150 in. By measuring the effects of eddy currents on the nonferrous metal near its face, the...

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Blue Grass Metals appoints president

October 17, 2016

Blue Grass Metals, Independence, Ky., a metal fabrication and assembly company that provides metal forming, stamping, tubing, and metal-related components, has named Dale Badger as president. He succeeds Tony Schmidt, founder and former president, who will continue to serve as CEO. Badger joined...

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Learning to take cybersecurity seriously

October 14, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Cybersecurity expert Steve Douglas shares his thoughts on why metal fabricators need to pay attention to just how they are protecting their internal information and files. Shops may not think they are targets, and that's when they are at their most vulnerable.

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Software offers 100 percent traceable compliance with welding procedures

October 14, 2016

Kemppi and Weldindustry have developed WeldEye software to help decrease the time spent on documentation. The software offers welding process information at the push of a button, eliminating the need for manually compiled documentation and spreadsheets. The software integrates two welding...

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6 steps to delegation success

October 14, 2016 | By Mark Ernst

Managers need to delegate. Delegation helps employees learn new skills and allows a business to grow. But delegation isn’t easy, and these six steps should help managers overcome the challenges.

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Bermo establishes on-site quotation services

October 13, 2016

Bermo Inc., a Minneapolis-based manufacturer specializing in metal fabricating, stamping, welding, and assembly, has launched Quoting On-Site To Excel (QOTE), a service that provides customers with prices at customer premises to help reduce quoting cycle time. The initiative is designed to provide...

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Single-hose breathable air system works with compressed air supply

October 13, 2016

The Quality Air Breathing System model 50 SL, manufactured by Martech Services Co., works with the existing compressed air supply to provide grade D breathable air for a NIOSH-approved respirator. With the provided 54-in. tool air hose, it can supply air for a spray gun. The system is available...

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