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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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Why the stigma attached to factory work?

March 14, 2014

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People should spend less time pushing every student toward college and spend more time realizing what people are actually doing on a shop floor of progressive fabricating shops. They aren’t “laborers,” but skilled machine operators and technicians—typically without a traditional four-year degree. Any stigma that exists about today’s factory worker is no longer relevant.

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ECi Software Solutions acquired by The Carlyle Group

March 13, 2014

ECi Software Solutions, Fort Worth, Texas, a provider of industry‐specific business management and e‐commerce software, has been acquired by global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, Washington, D.C. ECi serves companies in the office products, office furniture, office equipment,...

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Robotic pallet wrapper handles 60 loads/hr.

March 13, 2014

ITW Muller has introduced the GW-4100, a 40-in. robotic pallet wrapper. The newly designed carriage offers twice the speed, throughput, and battery life compared to the standard GW-4100, according to the company. The 40-in. carriage accommodates the wrapping of larger loads. The wrapper...

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Proos announces expansion in Michigan

March 13, 2014

Supply chain manufacturer Proos has announced its $5.7 million expansion in Grand Rapids, Mich., adding 50 jobs to its existing 83-employee workforce. The company intends to expand both its fabrication operation, Proos Fabrication, and its stamping operation, Proos...

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USW cites failure of Korea Free Trade Agreement

March 13, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW), Washington, D.C., have joined members of Congress and private-sector experts in declaring the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS-FTA) has fallen far short of job promises and improvements in trade balances after two years. "Government data, congressional...

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Virtual reality simulator expands support for lap joint on mild steel, aluminum

March 13, 2014

Lincoln Electric has released the fifth VRTEX® Extensions™ virtual welding simulator software upgrade. The upgrade includes a new lap joint weld coupon with support for mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel in the virtual welding simulation environment. This release increases the...

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Paying a heavy price for purchasing only on price

March 13, 2014

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You don’t have to remind me just how difficult the metal fabricating business can be. I get reminded almost on a daily basis. On this particular day, I received an e-mail from a reader who works in the purchasing area for a large OEM. He was looking for a reference that would give him an idea... Continue Reading

Sustainable growth in the sunny Southwest

March 13, 2014

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You might have noticed the employees of CAID Industries Inc., Tucson, Ariz., walking around FABTECH 2013 with bright yellow shirts indicating that the fabricator was hiring. The company is looking for the right talent to help turn the $40-million-a-year business into something much larger.

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Increasing vehicle age sustains growth in brake rotors, drums, and calipers aftermarket

March 12, 2014

North American consumers are spending more on parts and service because they are keeping their cars and light trucks longer due to prolonged economic uncertainty. The increasing average age of vehicles — which currently stands at 10.5 years — will drive the aftermarket for brake rotors, drums,...

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Portable air cleaner source-captures pollutants from multiple applications

March 12, 2014

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has released a brochure that showcases its TM 1000 TaskMaster, a portable unit that source-captures pollutants and fumes from grinding, welding, cutting, and gluing. The brochure shows the available attachments, including improved articulated source-capture arms...

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V-Tech opens Indiana plant

March 11, 2014

V-Tech Eng. Inc., Bluffton, Ind., a producer of food processing equipment for the baking and snack food industries, has opened a new site in Adams County, Ind. The plant expands the company’s manufacturing space by 125 percent to accommodate recent business growth and the company’s plans for...

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Linde's Alabama plant receives Responsible Care certification

March 11, 2014

Linde LLC’s air separation plant in Birmingham, Ala., has been certified under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® program. The Birmingham plant produces and delivers oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to steel producers and metal fabricators in Alabama and six surrounding states....

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Kolene Corp. marks 75 years in business

March 11, 2014

Detroit-based Kolene Corp., a provider of manufacturing cleaning technology, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Founded by John H. Shoemaker, the company is led today by third-generation Chairman and CEO Roger L. Shoemaker. The company provides integrated cleaning systems based on...

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Wiley Metal Fabricating adds two machines

March 11, 2014

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has added a waterjet cutter and large press brake to its fabricating line. The Flow Mach 3 4020b waterjet cutter operates at 50 HP with a pump rated to 60,000 PSI and a 13-ft. by 6-ft. by 6-in. cutting area. The waterjet cutter...

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From the Web 3.11.14

March 11, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items of interest to fabricators published on the Web in the previous week are stories about Boeing’s Dreamliner, which continues to experience problems; what today’s manufacturing job looks like; how an NHRA-licensed young woman helped build her dragster; and... Continue Reading