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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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Skilled trades positions remain hardest to fill, says survey

May 27, 2015

ManpowerGroup's annual "Talent Shortage Survey" has revealed that 32 percent of U.S. employers report difficulties filling job vacancies due to talent shortages. This marks a decrease of 8 percent, falling from 40 percent in 2014. For the sixth consecutive year, skilled trade vacancies are the...

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Rob Key Designs: Fabricator in the national spotlight

May 27, 2015

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Tulsa, Okla.-based Rob Key Designs is among 100 businesses featured in the Small Business Revolution project, an initiative showcasing successful small businesses in the U.S. How did this fabricator become successful? Owner Rob Key shares some insight.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design for function

May 27, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of using CAD to develop a better design.

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Different people, different perspectives on lean

May 27, 2015

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Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces continuous improvement.

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The Systems Group expands, adds fourth division

May 26, 2015

El Dorado, Ark.-based The Systems Group (TSG), a diverse group of companies engaged in construction, maintenance, and products for steel manufacturing and other heavy industry, has completed a corporate expansion that includes the addition of a new business unit and the renaming of another....

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Hydraulic systems, components featured on line card

May 26, 2015

IC-Fluid Power has released a newly updated line card for 2015 that presents the company’s hydraulic products and in-house capabilities. The firm offers off-the-shelf and custom hydraulic systems and...

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FMA $500,000 grant supports Harper College manufacturing education

May 26, 2015

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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) partnered with Harper College, Palatine, Ill., with a $500,000 sponsored gift to support Harper College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program and the Harper College Promise Scholarship program.

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Data logger collects information on high-temp heat-treatment applications

May 26, 2015

The DATAPAQ® TP3 data logger provides 10 or 20 measurement channels for profiling and surveying in high-temperature heat-treatment applications. With accuracy of +/-0.5 degree F, it stores up to 3.6 million data points. Thermal and ingress protection have been enhanced to help ensure optimal...

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Southern Metal Fabricators certified to CSA Standard W47.1

May 21, 2015

Albertville, Ala.-based custom metal fabricator Southern Metal Fabricators Inc. has been certified according to the updated Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Standard W47.1 (Division 2) governing the fusion welding of steel. This allows Southern Metal Fabricators to fabricate projects...

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Tico Mfg. produces 400th galvanized yard tractor

May 21, 2015

Savannah, Ga.-based Tico Mfg. has announced the production of its 400th galvanized Pro-Spotter yard tractor at its 117,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in South Carolina. All major metal components of the yard tractor are galvanized, including the entire continuous-weld frame, cab protection...

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Decision-making in metal forming

May 21, 2015

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We live in the Information Age. But for many in manufacturing faced with costly decisions in design and manufacturing, it can seem like the Way Too Much Information Age. Large volumes of data and information are available from myriad sources. But publishing accessibility is widespread and easy,...

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Cheese, metal fabrication, and the future skilled worker

May 21, 2015

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Over the past two decades, Millerbernd Systems has evolved into a complex entity--part fabricator, part automation systems provider. It also launched a local education initiative to ensure talent remains in the pipeline.

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ERP software takes mystery out of finished goods costing

May 21, 2015

Global Shop Solutions has introduced FLOOOM, an ERP software that helps manufacturers determine how much individual inventory cost components contribute to the total cost of finished goods. The software measures freight, labor, overhead, outside, other, and material (FLOOOM), allowing users to...

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Laser marking system’s large chamber handles oversized parts

May 21, 2015

Laser Photonics, a subsidiary of Fonon Corp., has released the LaserTower™ Professional CM 3-D marking and engraving system. Its large processing chamber handles oversized parts. The rotary motor is placed on a precision linear bearing track to adapt to various-length circumferential marking...

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Tube connection process speeds assembly of instrumentation systems

May 21, 2015

Parker Hannifin offers flared-cone connection (FCC) technology to help enhance the performance of compression-style tube connections for instrumentation system designers and installers. Designed for working pressures as high as 22,500 PSI, it speeds the assembly of instrument tubing systems for...

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