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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Carr Lane Mfg. names COO

October 11, 2016

Carr Lane Mfg., St. Louis, has promoted Colin W. Frost to COO. The company offers jig and fixture components, quick-change tooling plates and accessories, hoist rings, toggle clamps, handles, knobs, ball and spring plungers, threaded inserts, clamp straps, drill bushings, alignment pins, fixture...

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System combines communication, power functions for one-cable automation

October 11, 2016

With the newly introduced EtherCAT P technology, Beckhoff unites EtherCAT communication and power functions in a standard, four-wire Ethernet cable. This one-cable automation technology integrates the 24-VDC supply of the system’s slaves with the signals and data from connected sensors and...

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Boeing provides $50,000 grant to Workshops for Warriors

October 11, 2016

Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a San Diego nonprofit school providing veterans free training and nationally recognized industry credentials in CAD/CAM programming, CNC machining, and welding, has received a $50,000 grant from Boeing.The grant is crucial in allowing Workshops for Warriors to support...

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Stretch wrapper automatically secures loads to pallets

October 11, 2016

A new, fully automated orbital wrapping system from Tab Industries LLC automatically and continuously wraps palletized loads to their pallets to create secure, stable, unitized loads that remain intact throughout the supply chain. The Perfect Storm features patent-pending technology that...

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Valiant Equipment to expand in Florida

October 11, 2016

Valiant Equipment, a producer of restaurant appliances, has announced plans to build a 14,000-sq.-ft. facility on the same property as its current 22,000-sq.-ft. operations in Ormond Beach, Fla.The expansion is expected to create up to 12 part-time construction jobs and up to 12 full-time...

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IACMI, LIFT to invest nearly $50 million in Detroit manufacturing facility

October 11, 2016

Two Manufacturing USA institutes—LIFT-Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow and IACMI-The Composites Institute—have announced a combined investment of nearly $50 million in their shared manufacturing scale-up facility in Detroit. The investment will be made over the next 24 months and will...

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Demand for manufacturing talent still rising despite slow growth rate

October 11, 2016

Hanover, Md.-based Aerotek, a provider of industrial staffing services, has released its second annual list of "Opportunities in Manufacturing," including the top 10 fast-growing U.S. industries for manufacturing employment, as well as the top states driving employment. Although the Bureau of Labor...

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The smart factory of the future

October 10, 2016 | By Will Healy III

Metal fabricators hoping to survive a global economy and shrinking workforce can look at the trends and “what-ifs” in the next industrial age of connected machines.

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Poor inventory management: The hidden profitability killer in manufacturing

October 10, 2016

Perfectly accurate inventory records will help you improve turns, which frees up cash; improve customer service, because you know what you have when a customer calls; increase shop productivity, because material will be available when needed; and increase profitability, because you won’t be writing off inventory that isn’t there.

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MFG.com names VP of product strategy

October 10, 2016

Marietta, Ga.-based online manufacturing marketplace MFG.com has hired Allan “AJ” Sweatt as vice president of product strategy. He served as the company’s vice president of marketing from 2007 through 2011.Sweatt most recently served as director of global marketing at TydenBrooks SPG. Before...

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Flow and the metal fabricator: Making it visual

October 10, 2016 | By Chad Vincent

When communication is visual, we see together, know together, and therefore act together.

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Marketing for metal fabricators: Don’t pitch, educate

October 10, 2016 | By Bruce McDuffee

A fabricator’s marketing function shouldn’t be about tradeshow booths, brochures, and websites. It’s not there simply to serve the sales function. Instead, marketing reinforces a fabricator’s value proposition and, ultimately, helps drive the direction of the business.

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Celebrating simplicity and flexibility on Manufacturing Day

October 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston

It's Manufacturing Day, when we celebrate where this industry has been, what it is, and, especially, where it is going.

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Election season, management style, and the metal fabricator

October 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Cultural challenges on the shop floor may relate to challenges in politics and, for that matter, society at large.

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Denso to open facility to students on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 7

October 6, 2016

Denso has announced it will open its doors to high school and college students on Manufacturing Day℠, Oct. 7, in an effort to dispel manufacturing myths and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).In addition to on-site tours, the company is...

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