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September 29, 2014
Having the right information at the right time
When Doug Brown stepped into his first business class in college, he knew he had done more than just change a major from engineering (see Figure 1 ). It wasn’t just to avoid struggling through courses on electromagnetism (which he did). This... Read more...

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August 7, 2014
Lean data flow: From CAD to ERP to the shop floor
The speed at which a modern cutting laser head makes its way through a nest epitomizes the astounding speed of modern fabrication equipment. But there’s something today that outpaces even the fastest fabrication machine tools on the market.... Read more...

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September 9, 2011
The job shop schedule: Always imperfect, ever adapting
Say you work at an OEM that outsources to local job shops. A few of them are topnotch, almost always delivering what you need, when you need it. You define about half of them as “average,” delivering on time 80 to 95 percent of the... Read more...

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February 10, 2009
'We are all Shickels'
"There are a lot of new faces around here. I don't think I know some of these people's names," said Mark Shickel, vice president, engineering, Shickel Corp., as the company's approximately 100 employees gathered for a picture. It's not... Read more...

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June 12, 2007
Laser cutting with less labor and less hassle
In February 2007 a four-man precision metal fabricating shop—with the help of two temporary employees—laser-cut more than 500 jobs comprising 73,863 metal pieces and weighing more than 315,000 pounds. That's good news for Chris... Read more...