Weekly Update 07/03/2008

Weekly Update 07/03/2008

July 3, 2008

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Articles

Six Sigma's Apprentice
Seven regional champions — Craig W. Hargrave, Rachael Lockett, James Moody, Andrew Sears, Lucas Starch, Michael Villegas, and Brendan Wimer — from around the United States converged in Cleveland in late April to participate in the 36th annual NTMA/NIMS National Apprentice Competition. Read Full Story

The Future Of Machining
Andrew Sears is this year's National Champion in the Apprentice Competition. More importantly, Sears and Starch and the five other regional champions represent the future of machining. Each one of them is a winner, and each is to be congratulated not only for reaching the national competition, but for attaining the high level of knowledge they have about their craft that got them there. Read Full Story

Developing Planned Maintenance For The Shop
In a competitive global busines environment, successful manufacturing managers have embraced lean strategies to keep their production humming and to sustain profits. But it is problematic when managers attempt to apply an ad hoc lean strategy to factory maintenance. Unfortunately, a lack of strategic planning in many plants today causes assets to deteriorate. Read Full Story

Defy The Downturn With Five Steps To Stronger Cash Flow
In a slowing economy, every machine shop has to keep a vigilant eye on the books to keep the business strong. Some may look to sales figures, profits, or the number of repeat customers for assurance that all is well. But, while these are all important factors, it's impossible to know where the business really stands without a clear understanding of a shop's cash flow situation. Read Full Story

Are We Losing The China Market?
Annual United States machine tool consumption currently amounts to only 40 percent of China's.
A mere eight years ago we installed twice the volume of China. But, as I have recounted in earlier columns, that superiority was gone within two years. By 2002, China and the United States consumed an equal amount. Within another two years, China's consumption had doubled ours, and two years later they had consumed triple the number that we did. Read Full Story

A Simple Way To Remove a Stud That Is Stuck
I use two halves of a nut to install or remove studs. I saw the nut with threads that match those of the stud’s in half from point-to-point. Then I place the halves around the stud and grip them with vise grips to get a good hold on the stud. Read Full Story



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Announcements

American Machinist Announces Launch Of Machine Tool Theater


American Machinist is pleased to announce the beta launch of Machine Tool Theater at www.machinetooltheater.com. Visit Machine Tool Theater; watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity.Click Here



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"Can't be any more dangerous than these rides that are falling apart at carnivals." Read Full Story

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Question The Engineer-Lose The Job
"There is a lesson here somewhere." Read Full Story



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