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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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Going cellular: A year later - TheFabricator.com

How cellular manufacturing can work in contract manufacturing

November 5, 2013

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For the past year one contract fabricator in Georgia has operated under the cellular manufacturing concept. Even in the shop’s high-product-mix environment, the concept is working—even thriving.

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Apple picking for the 21st century - TheFabricator.com

Apple picking for the 21st century

November 5, 2013

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Phil Brown Welding of Conklin, Mich., designed and fabricated the Apple Harvester, a machine that makes picking apples easier, faster, and allows for picking at night, not just during daylight hours.

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How to start, establish, and grow a welding or manufacturing business

October 22, 2013

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Many welders and other highly skilled workers likely have thought about going into business for themselves, but lacked the business knowledge required to launch a successful venture. A new book endeavors to provide that knowledge.

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Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure

October 9, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the presentation of the estimate to the customer will require some preparation.

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Adding rocks to the knapsack: A roadblock to continuous improvement

October 9, 2013

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There’s nothing wrong with tackling the low-hanging fruit, unless it kills the big improvement initiatives that can really make you better.

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How top performing metal fabricators get it done - TheFabricator.com

How top performing metal fabricators get it done

October 9, 2013

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FMA’s recently released Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey digs deep into the numbers. The results give a realistic view of the industry and reveal how successful its top performers can be.

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No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks - TheFabricator.com

No-nonsense lean at Micron Metalworks

October 9, 2013

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This Minnesota fabricator took a pragmatic approach to lean manufacturing, one that takes the challenges of the job shop into account. Employees focused on communication, organization, and simplicity. The result was an operational and, most important, cultural transformation.

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Health care reform: Navigating pay or play - TheFabricator.com

Health care reform: Navigating pay or play

October 9, 2013

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For business owners, one of the most dramatic changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act will be what has come to be known as the “pay or play” provision, under which many employers will need to provide employee health care coverage or pay a tax.

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Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Gather, learn, and connect at FABTECH 2013

October 7, 2013

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Show attendees can expect 360 degrees of technology, education, and networking.

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How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months - TheFabricator.com

How one fabricator doubled revenue over 12 months

October 7, 2013

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Manufacturing boils down to three principal services: design and engineering, prototyping, and production. One Georgia fabricator has evolved to offer all three.

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Baron Machine Co

A career versus a job

October 4, 2013

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Baron Machine Co., Laconia, N.H., views its tuition reimbursement program as a win-win for the company and its employees—one that will attract individuals looking for a career versus a job.

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Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price

September 5, 2013

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In the battle to deliver a competitive price, the estimator provides the ammo for a successful response to a customer’s RFQ.

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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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