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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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Welding training under the arc light - TheFabricator.com

Welding training under the arc light

April 25, 2013

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Virtual weld training tools have emerged in recent years, and some organizations have looked to them to help beginners learn welding basics before firing up the arc. Meanwhile, others are looking for a training device that better reflects the real-world activities associated with welding in a manufacturing environment. A new training device has emerged to bridge that virtual world with the real world.

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Surviving the storm - TheFabricator.com

Surviving the storm

April 24, 2013

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Hurricane Sandy wasn't kind to Architectural Grille, Brooklyn, N.Y., in late October 2012. Waters from a nearby canal flooded the shop and ultimately destroyed all fabricating equipment, which was paid for. The insurance companies and local officials didn't offer much help either. The Giumenta family didn't throw in the towel, however. They are determined to rebuild and do it with the latest technology available.

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Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence

April 24, 2013

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In this fifth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of time standards that are based on shop experience to guide the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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Why do customers buy from you?

April 24, 2013

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If you don't know the answer to that question, you aren't listening to your customers closely enough. And that puts the entire organization at risk.

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Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Meeting deadlines in contract metal fabrication

April 24, 2013

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A Houston fabricator maintains a 99 percent on-time delivery rate. The business maintains its place as a reliable link in the supply chain, and the shop’s growth strategy aims to keep it that way.

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Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator helps entrepreneurs grow

April 24, 2013

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As part of its unofficial business plan, Cumming, Ga.-based Accufab gets in on the ground floor and helps entrepreneurs to get off the ground. As a result, the company is able to grow with its customers.

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Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Expenses driven by events in the fabrication sequence

April 19, 2013

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In this fourth installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of planning outlines—which resemble work orders—to structure the estimator’s report of production expenses.

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The vital role of the CEO - TheFabricator.com

The vital role of the CEO

April 19, 2013

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If a metal fabricating company's CEO is running the plant or acting as a salesperson, who is guiding the business? For such companies, operating without a CEO can be a very dangerous situation.

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How trust drives business - TheFabricator.com

How trust drives business

April 19, 2013

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At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit in February, speaker Tom Ziglar used a bicycle as a metaphor for how people drive business success.

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The glue that holds company valuation together

April 19, 2013

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A company structure can be an attractive size and shape, with a seemingly strong foundation--but still be a house of cards. Therefore, it’s important to test the robustness of a company’s structure to determine whether it is what it appears to be.

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The comeback metal fabricator - TheFabricator.com

The comeback metal fabricator

April 8, 2013

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Everyone knows that metal fabricators need to be good at quick turnarounds. Super Steel became just that, hitting the financial skids in 2009 and transforming itself into a quick-turn fabricator and key manufacturing supplier to the freight rail industry in just three years.

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The quest to get America’s heroes hired - TheFabricator.com

The quest to get America’s heroes hired

March 15, 2013

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National unemployment rates for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans are high and the state of Michigan is toward the top of list of states with the highest number of unemployed veterans. The Merrill Institute of Welding is working to combat that by providing unemployed veterans with welding, fabricating, and leadership skills.

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Cryogenic processing—dispelling the myths, mysteries - TheFabricator.com

Cryogenic processing—dispelling the myths, mysteries

March 15, 2013

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Heat treating metals goes back thousands of years, but the use of cold temperatures, especially the very cold temperatures in the cryogenic range, is relatively new and hasn't been fully accepted in the manufacturing industry. Interviews with four cryogenic processors clear up some of the mysteries and misconceptions concerning this often-misunderstood process.

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More than numbers drive valuation -- much more

March 15, 2013

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Various factors drive company valuation, and one of the most significant is the market characteristics--that is, a company’s sources of revenue and the total available revenue within the company’s reach.

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The chaplain and the press brake technician - TheFabricator.com

The chaplain and the press brake technician

March 15, 2013

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Everyone has personal problems at some point of their lives, and those problems can affect productivity at work. In this sensitive area, workplace chaplains may be able to help.

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