Weekly Update 12/06/2007

Weekly Update 12/06/2007


December 06, 2007


JobBOSS

WOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal Works
Issue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our business.

Vision: Implement lean and invest in cuttingedge machines and technology to reposition the company.

Results: Sales volume doubled, finished goods inventory was reduced 800%, lead times and set up times were cut in half, achieved ISO certification.

10 Best Machine Shops

Yamazaki Initiative To Thwart Prohibited Movement of Machine Tools
Florence, Ky. -- Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation (U.S.A) said that Yamazaki Mazak Corporation (www.mazak.com) is installing relocation detectors on all new Mazak machine tools it manufactures. The purpose of these detectors is to prevent the resale of Mazak machines to countries and businesses that are currently prohibited under the export laws of the United States and Japanese governments.

10 Best Machine Shops
Here are the American Machinist 10 Best Machine Shops for 2007.

Continued Reinvestment Pays Off
Forest City Gear
Roscoe, Ill.
Number of employees - 50
2007 sales - $10 million
Markets served -Oil exploration and production.

Fred Young, president of Forest City Gear, didn't inherit the business from his parents, he grew into it.

Eliminate The Stall Zones
Paravis Industries Inc.
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Number of employees - 35
2007 sales -N/A
Markets served - Automotive, military land and flight systems and aerospace.

Paravis Industries Inc. is the "go-to"prototype facility for its automotive customers.

Focusing On The Fundamentals
Ellwood Crankshaft and Machine
Hermitage, Pa
www.ellwoodgroup.com
Number of employees - 133
2007 sales - N/A

Markets served - Reciprocating air and gas compressors; reciprocating pumps; engines for stationary power, locomotives and marine; mechanical shears; rock crushers; homogenizers and mechanical stamping presses.


Growth Through New and Old Technologies
Toth Technologies
Pennsauken, N.J.
Number of employees - 36
2007 sales - $5 million
Markets served - Communications, telecommunications, and aerospace

Embracing technology has kept Toth Technologies competitive for its 59 years.

Home-Grown Brilliance
Upco Inc.
Claremore, Okla.
Number of employees - 80
2007 sales - N/A
Markets served - Oil exploration and production.

When oil dropped to $10 a barrel in 1998, Upco Inc.'s business started to evaporate.

Production On Demand
Symmons Industries Inc.
Braintree, Mass.
Number of employees - 133
2007 sales - N/A
Markets served - Plumbing fixtures for new construction and replacement markets.

Symmons Industries Inc. realigned its machine shop six times in the past 15 years to move from having one person running one machine to one person running as many as five machines.

Productive Competition from Within
M.R.S. Machining
Augusta, Wis.
Number of employees - 40
2007 sales - N/A
Markets served - Aerospace, power generation, gas and oil, and tooling components.

Ask M.R.S. Machining whom its biggest competitor is, and the answer you'll get is M.R.S. Machining. That's because the shop constantly rethinks its business practices and internal manufacturing operations so as to always produce high-quality components delivered on time and at reasonable prices.

Shop Goes Old-School Productivity
Paragon Precision
Valencia, Calif.
Number of employees - 39
2007 sales - $10 million
Markets served - Oil exploration and production.

Alan Smith and Mike Keithley do some of the most complex, 5-axis machining on the West Coast, and ignore the conventional wisdom that says you need the newest machines to do that.

The Smallest Details Yield Big Results
Moser Jewel Co.
Phillipsburg, N.J.
Number of employees - 7
2007 sales - N/A
Markets served - Aerospace, automotive, semiconductor and medical.

If you look at the shop floor at Moser Jewel Co., you would almost suspect it's not a machine shop. It's home to microscopes, tweezers and magnifiers usually found in a laboratory environment.

Vertical Success
Oscor Inc.
Palm Harbor, Fla.
Number of employees - 130
2007 sales - N/A
Markets served - Medical

To really compete, Oscor Inc. offers customers more than just quality components, it provides full manufacturing solutions. It does designing, prototyping, low-cost production manufacturing and mold building, and it provides assembly and packaging when necessary.

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.

Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

Jet Engines Before CNC
"It is good to know the basics so as to better understand a concept instead of skipping this step and only utilizing computers/calculators."

Another Dumb Question
"The only dumb questions are the ones that you don't ask."

Cool Machines In The CNAM In Paris
"I thought I would post a few of the not so famous and just plain cool looking stuff..."


Case Study
GreenLeaf


Increase Productivity by Hard Milling Stainless Steels For years, machining stainless steel has been a time consuming and costly enterprise. The desirable combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical strength of stainless steel is challenging to productively and economically machine. Many applications today also require that the stainless steel be hardened, which can make machining these materials with indexable carbide inserts an even more difficult enterprise.

Click here to read the Case Study.




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