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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Skills gap for U.S. manufacturing workers mostly a myth, says U of I professor

August 16, 2016

For years employers, pundits, and policymakers alike have bemoaned the lack of qualified workers available to fill vacant manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Despite the prominence of the skills-gap debate, a new paper co-written by Andrew Weaver, a professor of labor and employment relations at the...

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IMETCO opens California manufacturing facility

August 15, 2016

Norcross, Ga.-based IMETCO® (Innovative Metals Co. Inc.) has opened a 46,900-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., more than tripling the manufacturing space at its former Albuquerque, N.M., location. The new location is part of the former McClellan Air Force Base...

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Robinson Metal adds dedicated area for stainless steel fabrication

August 15, 2016

Fabrication services provider Robinson Metal Inc., DePere, Wis., has created a segregated area within its 175,000-sq.-ft. facility for stainless steel fabrication. That area has a 5-ton lifting capacity. Employees in the stainless steel area use dedicated equipment and tools, tables, and...

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C.H. Hanson observes 150th anniversary

August 15, 2016

C.H. Hanson, a family-run company for five generations, is observing its 150th anniversary. The official celebration is scheduled for Aug. 19 at its Naperville, Ill., headquarters. The company manufactures and distributes more than 5,000 products worldwide, including stencils, tags, steel...

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Art's Way Mfg. to discontinue vessels business

August 12, 2016

Art's Way Mfg. Co., Armstrong, Iowa, a manufacturer and distributor of equipment serving the agriculture, research, water treatment, and steel cutting industries, has announced plans to discontinue the operations of its Art's Way Vessels segment in Q3 2016. Art's Way Vessels Inc. manufactures...

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Documentation keeps the knowledge in-house

August 11, 2016 | By Shannon Bennett, Simon Spencer

Every noteworthy quality improvement methodology calls for observation, analysis, planning, measuring, and reviewing work processes to get better results than achieved previously. For any of this to be successful, manufacturers need to document work instructions, corrections, and goals.

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MHUB business collaboration launched in Chicago

August 11, 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the launch of MHUB, a collaboration among Chicago’s leaders in business, innovation, and research designed to benefit the manufacturing industry by generating ideas, attracting talent, and increasing productivity. A joint effort of World Business...

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Better business processes, smoother days

August 11, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

So many shop managers operate in firefighting mode. They call customers, suppliers, employees, and bosses to explain, apologize, and then shift into high gear to “Git-R-Done.” As columnist Jeff Sipes explains, that really has no place in manufacturing.

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McLanahan/Universal Eng. to stop manufacturing operations

August 11, 2016

McLanahan/Universal Eng. has announced plans to stop manufacturing heavy equipment for the aggregate and mining industries at its plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With manufacturing being only part of the operations at the 50-employee facility, this change will eliminate 15...

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Accounting for time in metal fabrication

August 11, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Traditional cost accounting treats inventory as an asset and, according to the author of a new book, does not capture the true costs of long lead times. A new accounting method, which complies with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), aims to correct this.

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Metal fabrication for the visually impaired

August 11, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Beyond Vision, a not-for-profit organization that employs people who are visually impaired and blind, has an eight-person machine shop that recently delved into metal fabrication. The company’s story shows just how much these people can contribute to a job shop operation.

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Plex Systems acquires DemandCaster

August 11, 2016

Detroit-based Plex Systems, a provider of cloud ERP for manufacturing, has announced the acquisition of DemandCaster, a provider of cloud-based supply chain planning (SCP) systems. As a result of the acquisition, the Plex Manufacturing Cloud now delivers a suite of cloud applications for running...

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900-degree-F walk-in oven holds weldments at temperature before welding

August 11, 2016

Grieve’s No. 1037 is a 900-degree-F, high-temperature, walk-in oven that is appropriate for holding weldments at temperature before welding at a customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions measure 108 in. wide by 120 in. long by 115 in. high. 300 KW are installed in INCOLOY®-sheathed tubular...

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NIS names TotalNano as authorized distributor

August 10, 2016

Avenel, N.J.-based nanolubricant manufacturer Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS) has named New Jersey-based TotalNano as an authorized distributor. TotalNano represents coatings and sealers with nanoparticles, designed to adhere to the surfaces of a variety of materials and protect them from...

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Bring home the gold with an Olympic-worthy team

August 10, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you been watching the 2016 Olympic games? If so, you have witnessed some examples of teamwork at its best. All teams are not the same. Some are dynamic and successful, and others have the makings for disaster. How is your job shop team?

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