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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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So you want to sell? - TheFabricator.com

So you want to sell?

September 5, 2013

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A seller wants to improve the business to drive higher EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) multiples. EBITDA indicates the profitability of a company and is considered when assessing its valuation during the sales process. As a company’s EBITDA consistently moves higher, so will the value of the company.

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Blast the silos to unlock potential - TheFabricator.com

Blast the silos to unlock potential

September 5, 2013

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In a company with silos, departmental functions rarely interact, and workers within those departments are focused solely on their core assignments. These silos perpetuate inward thinking, turf protection, and subpar results for customers. To improve, an organization needs to tear down these structures.

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So, exactly what are you going to improve?

September 5, 2013

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Cycle time? Labor performance? It’s easy just to pick a random area for improvement, but if a metal fabricator really wants to change operations dramatically, time and effort are needed to identify the root causes in the greatest need of correction.

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The industry gets a quarterly physical - TheFabricator.com

The industry gets a quarterly physical

September 5, 2013

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According to the inaugural Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report, released in July, business isn’t horrible, but it’s not gangbusters either.

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Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?] - TheFabricator.com

Are metal fabricators having trouble sleeping at night?

September 5, 2013

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The 2013 What Keeps You Up at Night? survey of The FABRICATOR readership reveals that fabricators are taking steps to ensure that recent growth is not a short-term occurrence, but a long-term trend.

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Automating OEE for the job shop - TheFabricator.com

Automating OEE for the job shop

September 5, 2013

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Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a proven means to track the effectiveness of production machinery, but its application in short-run, high-mix contract manufacturing has lagged somewhat given the difficulty in implementing it in its traditional manual form. Automatic data collection can help to overcome these obstacles, however.

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Manufacturing takes center stage

August 28, 2013

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Actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to changing the public perception. Thanks to Manufacturing Day, more and more people are becoming more positive about manufacturing and manufacturing careers.

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Ed Barr

Interview with Ed Barr, author of Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication

August 19, 2013

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What prompted educator Ed Barr to write a book about sheet metal fabrication? Find the answer and more about the book in this Q&A.

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Are you taking advantage of the R&D tax credit? - TheFabricator.com

Are you taking advantage of the R&D tax credit?

August 9, 2013

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In 2004 tax regulation changes significantly expanded the credit opportunity associated with the Research & Development Tax Credit. Today the credit is accessible to many small and medium-sized companies whose activities include design, manufacturing, and process improvements.

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Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage

August 9, 2013

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In this eighth installment of columnist Gerald Davis’ series on job estimating, he delves into tools for improving the estimator’s crystal ball.

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Complete work instructions keystone of improvement - TheFabricator.com

Complete work instructions keystone of improvement

August 9, 2013

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Shops start improving by measuring and documenting what they already do, because they can’t improve what they don’t measure.

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The will behind continuous improvement

August 9, 2013

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We all know about situations in which we spend money and yet nothing improves or even gets worse. But when you do continuous improvement right, you’ll get better financially and see a strong return for that investment.

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Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013

August 2, 2013

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More than 55,000 attendees from more than 100 countries are expected to converge on Essen, Germany, for Schweissen & Schneiden, the International Trade Fair for Joining, Cutting, and Surfacing. Held every four years, the show is one of Europe’s largest gatherings of welding, cutting, and...

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It's the fabricating process, not the fabricated product - TheFabricator.com

It's the fabricating process, not the fabricated product

August 1, 2013

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In the Japanese language, monozukuri means "the way something is manufactured." Japanese fabricators realize that it is the means by which they consistently make quality parts and keep ahead of international competitors.

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Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling

July 12, 2013

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Lead-times for CNC preparation, tooling, and fixtures need to be included in the total lead-time quoted to the customer. How exactly? Gerald Davis dives into the details.

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