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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Not just for analyzing metals anymore

December 17, 2015

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Used for many years to analyze metals, XRF analyzers have been improving over the years. The latest models can detect elements at less than 10 parts per million and are equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and built-in digital cameras, providing many additional capabilities compared to the analyzers of years ago.

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GM invests $356 million in three Michigan engine/component operations

December 16, 2015

General Motors will invest more than $356 million in a new engine line in Flint, Mich., and driveline and powertrain components in Saginaw and Grand Rapids, Mich., creating more than 50 jobs and helping to retain nearly 500 positions. As part of an amended agreement with the Michigan Strategic...

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Aperam Stainless Services & Solutions hires director of operations and continuous improvement

December 16, 2015

Aperam Stainless Services & Solutions USA, a provider of stainless steel products in Sterling Heights, Mich., has hired Subramaniam (Mani) Manivannan as director of operations and continuous improvement. Manivannan previously worked at Ford Motor Co. in assignments including supply chain,...

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Fabricator wannabees tell us how it’s done

December 16, 2015

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Continuing a theme explored by Josh Welton in a previous post on thefabricator.com, Nick Martin shares his experience exhibiting his shop’s custom products at festivals and farmer’s markets.

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Cemtrex acquires Advanced Industrial Services

December 16, 2015

Cemtrex, Farmingdale, N.Y., has completed the acquisition of Advanced Industrial Services Inc. (AIS) and its affiliate subsidiary companies based in York, Pa. AIS will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Cemtrex. AIS offers plant and equipment erection, relocation, and disassembly for such...

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Managing a multi-generation fab shop

December 16, 2015

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Finding good people remains the No. 1 challenge in metal fabrication, but it's certainly not an insurmountable challenge.

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Automated feed system positions material up to 2,100 lbs.

December 15, 2015

TigerStop® offers the Heavy Duty 2™ for automation of new and existing machinery in pushing, pulling, and positioning applications. The automated feed system positions material up to 2,100 lbs. and 108 ft. with accuracy of 0.008 in. Options include TigerLink 6 parts list downloading...

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ShelterLogic acquires Arrow Sheds

December 15, 2015

Engineered shelter manufacturer ShelterLogic, based in Watertown, Conn., has acquired Arrow Sheds LLC, Breese, Ill., a manufacturer of outdoor steel storage sheds. Arrow also has production/distribution facilities in Haskell, N.J., and Fontana, Calif., as well as international sales management...

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Workforce challenges: Can’t we all just get along?

December 15, 2015

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Talk to managers in metal fabrication and they’ll probably tell you they have trouble finding “good” people. In fact, they usually don’t say “skilled” people. So what’s the difference?

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Still Building America—Thanks, friend

December 14, 2015

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Good friends are invaluable. Sometimes their advice is also. Such was the case for Quinton Smith, who pursued welding thanks to a friend’s suggestion.

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Houghton Intl. partners with SMS group to provide rolling equipment and fluids

December 14, 2015

Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, Pa., a provider of metalworking fluids and services, and SMS group have announced an exclusive partnership to develop and distribute rolling oils for metal production. SMS group is a manufacturer of ferrous and nonferrous plants and mill equipment for the production of...

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Manufacturing technology orders remained sluggish in October

December 14, 2015

The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report showed that orders for manufacturing technology in October 2015 were down 0.3 percent from September, and year to date were down 17.4 percent compared to the same point in 2014, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing...

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SixAxis invests $20 million in South Carolina facility expansion

December 11, 2015

SixAxis and its division, SafeRack, a manufacturer of loading rack and safety access systems, have announced plans to expand the company’s Andrews, S.C., facility by more than 100,000 sq. ft. Across both plant and equipment, the company will invest more than $20 million over the next 18 months....

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Caterpillar gives record $13 million in United Way campaign

December 11, 2015

Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc. employees and retirees have pledged more than $13 million to the United Way agencies across the U.S. as part of its 2015-2016 campaign. This record amount includes a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Caterpillar Foundation. The United Way has been...

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The prototype for a successful fab shop

December 11, 2015

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Not all job shops are interested in prototype development, but that doesn't mean that one day they won't be.

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