Shop Management

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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One metal fabrication shop takes on B2C

January 4, 2016

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Launched in 2015, Florida-based MetalsCut4U offers low-volume metal cutting and bending to the consumer market. To make it happen, the company simplifies ordering and automates quoting.

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nexAir adds 25 branches in Florida, Georgia

January 4, 2016

Memphis, Tenn.-based nexAir LLC, a distributor of atmospheric gases and welding supplies, has merged with 23 Praxair Distribution Southeast LLC (PDSE) branches located in Florida and southeast Georgia and acquired two Praxair Distribution Inc. (PDI) branches in eastern Georgia. PDSE was formed...

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Met-L-Flo launches new website

January 4, 2016

Met-L-Flo has launched a new website at www.metlflo.com. The site, designed to reinforce the company’s commitment to education, allows users to share pages that interest them across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. The company offers 3-D printing, additive manufacturing, and bridge...

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Factory Pipe hires general manager

January 4, 2016

Ukiah, Calif.-based Factory Pipe LLC, a supplier of exhaust systems to the motorsports industry, has hired Kenneth Odom as general manager. He has more than 20 years of experience supplying interior parts, exhaust systems, radiators and headliners to Nissan, Honda, Ford, General Motors, and...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using images and live demos to explain a product’s function

January 4, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis explores the use of “mates” as he reveals how to make a hand drill operate the same way in the 3-D model as it does in the real world.

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Rotary hearth oven preheats, cures powder coatings

December 31, 2015

The Grieve Corp. has developed No. 816, a 500-degrees-F, gas-fired, rotary hearth oven, for preheating and curing powder coatings onto electric motor parts. Workspace dimensions are 54 by 54 by 72 in. It features 350,000 BTU/hr. installed in a modulating gas burner, while a 4,200-CFM, 3-HP...

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NIST issues Notice of Intent to fund new manufacturing innovation institutes

December 23, 2015

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Washington, D.C., has issued a Notice of Intent to fund up to two institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The Commerce Department will provide up to $70 million per...

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Fab shop customer mix: Hitting the right spot

December 22, 2015

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Interest rates are rising, oil prices are falling, and energy and agriculture equipment sectors continue to struggle. What's next for fabricators in 2016? The news isn't all bad, really, depending on a shop's mix of services, technology, talent, and customers.

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CB Fabricating announces facility, personnel expansion in Indiana

December 22, 2015

Sheet metal fabricator CB Fabricating Inc. has opened an additional 9,000-sq.-ft. facility in Anderson, Ind., and added 13 full-time jobs in 2015. The new building houses light assembly services. The company has added contracts from customers in the janitorial, energy, agriculture, medical,...

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NAM releases study examining benefits of crude oil pipelines

December 22, 2015

A new study from IHS Economics and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Washington, D.C., reveals the impact crude oil pipelines have on U.S. manufacturing growth and employment and the advancement and development potential for manufacturers if new crude oil pipelines...

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Precision Bend & Machine seeks investor or buyer

December 21, 2015

Precision Bend & Machine Co., a custom metal fabricator in Walcott, Iowa, has retained Heritage Equity Partners to seek an immediate sale of the company, or new funding for current growth opportunities. The company provides CNC tube and sheet bending, CNC wire forming, laser cutting, production...

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Epic Welding and Mfg. relocating to larger North Dakota facility

December 18, 2015

Fabrication company Epic Welding and Mfg. Inc. has announced plans to move to a 22,000-sq.-ft. facility in West Fargo, N.D., and add a 5,000-sq.-ft. sandblasting area and a 65-ft. paint booth. The firm expects to hire four employees immediately and more in the future....

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CNC introduced for cutting systems

December 18, 2015

Hypertherm has introduced the EDGE® Connect CNC for plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems. It includes the newest version of Phoenix™ software, as well as CutPro Wizard™ for job setup and an introductory version of ProNest® CNC nesting software. This added software allows table...

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Collaboration is key to training next generation

December 17, 2015

In a room packed with educators and other invited stakeholders from the Chicago area, the question up for discussion was what will it take to satisfy manufacturing's future manpower needs. The assembly was brought together as part of the Bold Bets series of manufacturing-based events held across...

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K&K Industries expands prototype manufacturing capability

December 17, 2015

Custom sheet metal fabricator K&K Industries, Bellingham, Wash., has acquired Automated Metal Technologies, Redmond, Wash. With this acquisition, the company has added 8,500 sq. ft. of manufacturing capacity, new equipment and technology, and now can deliver prototype parts in three to five days...

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