Weekly Update 08/02/2007

Weekly Update 08/02/2007

August 3, 2007

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Machine Shops In The News

Benchmarks Point Toward Excellence
American Machinist conducted a survey of machine shops from February 1 through March 12, and the complete set of raw data available to anyone who wants to use it via our Internet site, www.americanmachinist.com. The data from the 2007 survey will be posted by July 15 under the "Community" hot button near the top of our home page. It will be listed alongside the complete data from last year's survey, so that you can use and compare results from both years. We changed our survey slightly this year -- to fine-tune - but the majority of information is comparable between the two years.

2007 Top Shop Analysis

Here's the report on the second annual American Machinist survey of machine shops to your competitive positions, and to help you to make plans to systematically improve your operations and become more competitive. This report presents key indicators and best practices that lead to improved productivity and profitability.

Moscow Exhibition Shows The Extent Of Advances In Technology

More than 500 companies from 23 countries participated in Russia's MASHEX show this year, from May 29 to June 1, including Haas Automation Inc., Mori Seiki, Iscar Metals Inc., Faro Technologies, and Heidenhain Corp.

No Progress On China Currency; What Is To Be Done?

The Chinese government continues to stall for time and push its luck. This behavior risks China's own continued economic growth and risks possible trade actions from the U.S. Congress.


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 Sponsors Machine Shop Workshop 2007

Register before Sept, 7, 2007 and save 10% off the regular price.

When: November 7 - 9, 2007

Where: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

Join hundreds of machine shop owners and top managers in exploring strategies and tactics that can help improve your business. AM's Machine Shop Workshop delivers content that is 100% relevant, in nearly 30 sessions. AM's Machine Shop Workshop empowers you to evaluate your shop performance and learn a systematic approach to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve operations.

Don't miss this opportunity to improve your business.

Register TODAY. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Webcast Series

The CNC Best Kept Secrets Series of educational webcasts from GE Fanuc and American Machinist is designed to educate manufacturers on the often overlooked ways to prevent downtime, enhance the speed of machine tools, and improve part quality. Click here for more information.

Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

Where are all of the REAL engineers
Well, I thought I'd seen it all until today.

More employers doing away with pensions
The swift demise of traditional plans catches some analysts by surprise.

Ever wonder how 3-D figures get into glass blocks?
Although this is labeled "art" it certainly is manufacturing as well

AMERICAN MACHINIST DIGITAL EDITION
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Click here to learn more about the digital edition.


Welding Webcast Series

Hot topics you need to hear about.
  • Best Practices in Electrode Selection: Maximum Profit Starts With the Process - September 25, 2007 @ 2:00 PM ET
Click here to attend these free Webcasts.



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