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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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Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage

August 9, 2013

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In this eighth installment of columnist Gerald Davis’ series on job estimating, he delves into tools for improving the estimator’s crystal ball.

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Complete work instructions keystone of improvement - TheFabricator.com

Complete work instructions keystone of improvement

August 9, 2013

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Shops start improving by measuring and documenting what they already do, because they can’t improve what they don’t measure.

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The will behind continuous improvement

August 9, 2013

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We all know about situations in which we spend money and yet nothing improves or even gets worse. But when you do continuous improvement right, you’ll get better financially and see a strong return for that investment.

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Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013 - TheFabricator.com

Previewing Schweissen & Schneiden 2013

August 2, 2013

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More than 55,000 attendees from more than 100 countries are expected to converge on Essen, Germany, for Schweissen & Schneiden, the International Trade Fair for Joining, Cutting, and Surfacing. Held every four years, the show is one of Europe’s largest gatherings of welding, cutting, and...

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It's the fabricating process, not the fabricated product - TheFabricator.com

It's the fabricating process, not the fabricated product

August 1, 2013

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In the Japanese language, monozukuri means "the way something is manufactured." Japanese fabricators realize that it is the means by which they consistently make quality parts and keep ahead of international competitors.

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Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Programming, fixtures, and special handling

July 12, 2013

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Lead-times for CNC preparation, tooling, and fixtures need to be included in the total lead-time quoted to the customer. How exactly? Gerald Davis dives into the details.

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Creating a culture of accountability - TheFabricator.com

Creating a culture of accountability

July 12, 2013

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When management games subside, managers and employees no longer have to fear accountability. A shared understanding of accountability then can be accepted and embraced into the culture.

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Five steps for finding your ideal customer - TheFabricator.com

Five steps for finding your ideal customer

July 12, 2013

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Choosing your customer wisely allows you to focus on that limited range of capability and take on that occasional “stretch” project with limited risk of failure or loss.

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Stacking the deck for real improvement

July 12, 2013

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Improvement that drives real competitive advantage, which means superior margins and valuation, must come from everything that surrounds the mechanical magic of modern manufacturing technology.

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An end to silos and fiefdoms

July 12, 2013

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If an organization is looking to streamline its turnaround time—the moment an order is received to the time it is shipped to the customers—it requires healthy communication among employees and, not least, the destruction of silos and fiefdoms.

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Improving welding quality in a dramatic way - TheFabricator.com

Improving welding quality in a dramatic way

July 11, 2013

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What happens when new owners of a metal fabricating business find out that they have to improve the shop's welding performance or risk losing its biggest customer—in the first week they take over the business? They have frank conversations with employees, find the root cause of the problems, install new processes to ensure quality, and ramp up training so that everyone can deliver acceptable welds on a consistent basis.

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Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability - TheFabricator.com

Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability

July 11, 2013

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The importance of energy management is particularly high in the manufacturing sector, where energy use can have a significant impact on product and operating cost. A standard set of energy management practices, applied to small and medium, as well as large enterprises, can increase organizational performance and profitability.

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Inspired fabrication atop One World Trade Center

July 2, 2013

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Kammetal Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., has seen its work reach the top. The company fabricated the uppermost part of the spire that now sits atop One World Trade Center.

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Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics

June 28, 2013

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In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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The I-9 form, all about the details - TheFabricator.com

The I-9 form, all about the details

June 28, 2013

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While completing an I-9 form may seem straightforward, it can quickly get complicated. Even employers with the best of intentions may find themselves trying to work through situations they never anticipated.

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