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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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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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Creating a culture of accountability - TheFabricator.com

Creating a culture of accountability

July 12, 2013

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When management games subside, managers and employees no longer have to fear accountability. A shared understanding of accountability then can be accepted and embraced into the culture.

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Five steps for finding your ideal customer - TheFabricator.com

Five steps for finding your ideal customer

July 12, 2013

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Choosing your customer wisely allows you to focus on that limited range of capability and take on that occasional “stretch” project with limited risk of failure or loss.

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Stacking the deck for real improvement

July 12, 2013

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Improvement that drives real competitive advantage, which means superior margins and valuation, must come from everything that surrounds the mechanical magic of modern manufacturing technology.

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An end to silos and fiefdoms

July 12, 2013

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If an organization is looking to streamline its turnaround time—the moment an order is received to the time it is shipped to the customers—it requires healthy communication among employees and, not least, the destruction of silos and fiefdoms.

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Improving welding quality in a dramatic way - TheFabricator.com

Improving welding quality in a dramatic way

July 11, 2013

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What happens when new owners of a metal fabricating business find out that they have to improve the shop's welding performance or risk losing its biggest customer—in the first week they take over the business? They have frank conversations with employees, find the root cause of the problems, install new processes to ensure quality, and ramp up training so that everyone can deliver acceptable welds on a consistent basis.

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