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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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Ductless ventilation system removes welding smoke

September 2, 2014

The Clean Air Tower from Kemper is a ventilation system suitable for production halls and workshops where local extraction of welding smoke is insufficient or impossible. It protects employees and machinery from welding smoke contamination and fine dust. The freestanding, two-stage filter unit...

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Bead Industries announces scholarship program for Connecticut community college

September 2, 2014

To commemorate its 100-year anniversary, Bead Industries, New Haven, Conn., has established The Bryant Family Scholarship Fund at Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Conn., to benefit its manufacturing and engineering programs. The scholarship establishes a $25,000 endowed gift to help...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in August; PMI highest since March 2011

September 2, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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Software documents inverter welding machine data, tracks costs

September 2, 2014

EWM offers ewm Xnet software, designed to help ensure comprehensive welding quality assurance and the optimization of all welding tasks. The software facilitates the connection of all of the manufacturer’s Multimatrix inverter welding machines to visualize and document their data, track costs,...

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Pietro Rosa TBM partners with Rolls-Royce

August 29, 2014

Pietro Rosa TBM, Derby, U.K., a manufacturer of compressor airfoils for jet engines and complex aerostructural components, has signed a long-term contract with Rolls-Royce plc for the production of a new concept airfoil for the Trent XWB engine. This contract is the result of more than three...

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The miraculous effect of spare capacity

August 29, 2014

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The traditional cost-based approach to manufacturing promotes using your resources—people and machines—to the fullest extent, but this can wreak havoc in high-product-mix manufacturing, especially in contract operations with varying and unpredictable levels of demand. This is where the value of spare capacity comes into play.

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Stand apart in a crowded marketplace

August 29, 2014

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As a custom fabricator, you need to establish contrast—that is, why a customer should choose your company over others. You establish contrast not with generic platitudes, but by specifically addressing customer pain points and describing how you can eliminate them.

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ABB opens two facilities in Wisconsin

August 28, 2014

ABB has opened an office facility in Wauwatosa, Wis., and an office and manufacturing site in New Berlin, Wis. Construction and renovations began in April 2013. At both facilities, a wrap of windows around the buildings allows sunlight to reach the center of interior spaces. All the lighting...

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Why similar fabricators can have very different financial results

August 28, 2014

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Contract metal fabricators may have similar assets and offer similar services, but have very different financial results. The differences may come from differing customer mixes, but it also comes from the fact that many shops have highly concentrated sources of revenue. Lose one big account, and financial results seriously suffer.

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How to get scheduling right

August 28, 2014

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Many point to scheduling as one of the most challenging aspects of running a custom fabrication business. Why, exactly? Sometimes it’s the software, but quite often, it boils down to the inputs used to create the schedule in the first place.

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Software creates, shares visual work instructions for manufacturing

August 28, 2014

Visual Knowledge Share offers VKS software for creating, sharing, and viewing step-by-step visual work instructions in any manufacturing environment. It offers integrated quality check lists, automatic revision control, and live KPI graphs. Users can standardize upon best processes to help raise...

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Getting ready for the next generation

August 28, 2014

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The U.S. population is aging, as is the workforce. Employers of all sorts are doing what they can, or should be doing what they can, to prepare for increasing rates of retirement. If you're lucky enough to have (1) a pool of experienced workers, (2) a company culture that encourages the sharing of the tribal knowledge, and (3) an enthusiastic group of new recruits, you're just missing one element that can help to make the transition go smoothly.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act signed into law

August 27, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to...

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Industrial Innovations hosts U.S. congressman visit

August 27, 2014

U.S. Rep Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., visited Industrial Innovations at its Grandville, Mich., facility to discuss how Congress can help boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through legislation. Huizenga and Troy Turnbull, owner of the company, originally met in Washington, D.C., in March 2014...

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From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

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