eBulletin, February 2007

eBulletin, February 2007

February 22, 2007

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COMMENTARY
American Machinist 2007 Benchmarking Survey
It's back, better than ever, and will again prove to be the only resource machine shops have to compare their operations with peers and competitors. Fill it out online today.
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Recognition Reaps Rewards
Last year's 10 Best shops discuss the impact of being bestowed such an honor.
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No Profit, No Business
Find out how to increase your profit margins through specific machining processes, techniques and tools.
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Automate or Die
Shops in high-mix, low-volume production environments no longer can expect to compete simply by running lines of standalone machining centers with an operator at each one. Today success hinges on automation.
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'Round-the-clock high-precision work
Fully automated high-precision machining and subassembly workcells hold unheard-of tolerances for one happy machine shop.
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Errant Performer or Scapegoat
Don't be so quick to blame the spindle when machining problems arise because the problem could be heat or errors in motion.
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Life Support For Cutting Fluids
Managing cutting fluids, and extending their lives, pays dividends in lower operating and disposal costs.
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FEATURED ADVERTISER
JobBOSS
Exact JobBOSS is an effective and affordable software system for job shops / custom manufacturers. It provides them with the flexibility they need to respond to the day-in and day-out changes to schedule dates, quantities and part specifications. And the visibility and control they need to compete and win! Learn more about JobBOSS with one click. Or call 1-800-777-4334 to talk with one of our job shop experts.

Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

Your Cut-Off Saw: Horizontal Band or Cold Saw?
"Horizontal band saws seem to be by far the most common around here -- likely because of their price and capacity."

Liability, has anyone ever been sued?
"Who has actually ever really been sued and ended up losing everything because of some part failing?"

Lifting beyond the forklift capability
"All the riggers were either too high price-wise or not quite trustworthy to handle such expensive and difficult to move CNC iron, without dropping something, so I decided to do it myself and rented a Toyota forklift."

FEATURED ADVERTISER
Makino
Makino— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series of online Webinars. Designed for shops of all types and sizes, the seminars are free to anyone who registers. The planned seminars are intended for shops in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries. In addition to metal cutting and die/mold, the seminars will cover new technologies, such as micromachining. Mark Rentschler, marketing manager, says, "Online seminars allow anyone with an Internet connection to attend without losing a day of work." The seminars concentrate on shop efficiency, lean manufacturing, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metal cutting processes. Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations. Click here for more info on upcoming seminars and registration information.

American Machinist's Machine Shop Workshop

Use Data. Get more competitive. Increase profit.
Machine shop managers will learn a systematic approach to improve operations by using AM′s benchmarking tools for Operations, Customer Satisfaction, Finance and Human Resources. Attendees leave with a plan to achieve continuous improvement, and a differentiating business strategy. Don′t miss this opportunity to improve your business. Held in Cleveland, November 7-9, 2007 at the Marriott at Key Center.

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American Machinist Digital Edition

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American Machinist Benchmarking Survey 2007

American Machinist is conducting its annual Benchmarking Survey, sponsored by IMTS. We use this survey to compile the largest body of performance benchmark data available on machine shop operations. Key findings from the study are reported in the magazine and American Machinist.com throughout the year. The results enable managers, like you, to compare your facilities to industry norms and gain a competitive edge in today's challenging business environment.

Go to www.AMBsurvey.com before March 12, 2007 to take the survey.

American Machinist's Featured Advertisers

Manufacturers that advertise with American Machinist will send you free information about their products and services. You can get fast and easy access to information from advertisers by visiting www.aminfo.biz and providing the advertiere's unique aminfo.biz #.
ABB, Inc.: #192
Behringer Saw, Inc.: #128
Faro Technologies, Inc.: #120
Iscar Metals, Inc.: #023
Kennametal, Inc.: #027
Makino: #070
Mastercam, CNC Software, Inc.: #005
Mazak: #162
Miller Electric Mfg. Co.: #188
Republic-Lagun Machine Tool Co.: #035
Southwestern Industries, Inc.: #040
Stellram: #187
Surfware, Inc.: #043
Tooling University: #106
Walter USA: #045


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