Benchmarks Point Toward Excellence

July 10, 2007
In this issue, we have the first report from the American Machinist 2007 survey of U.S. machine shops. We conducted the survey from February 1 through March 12, and had a great...
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Filling The Labor Pool For The Future

June 22, 2007
Mazak Canada Corp. opened a $4 million headquarters and technology center in Cambridge, Ontario, Mori Seiki USA is planning to spend about $7 million a year for its new "university...
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The Overthrow Of Mass Manufacturing, And A Look To The Future

May 10, 2007
A historical moment in manufacturing passed in April: Quarterly sales reports for car companies noted that Toyota Motor Corp. sold more cars than General Motors Corp., making ...
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Beyond The Cutting Zone

Taiwan Is Pushing The Envelope On Machine Tool Building

April 20, 2007
[email protected] In mid-March, I attended the annual Taiwan International Machine Tool Show in Taipei, and was honored to be asked to be a judge in a competition between machines...
Beyond The Cutting Zone

Why Aerospace Presents The Hardest Challenge

March 22, 2007
Bruce [email protected] One of the consistent themes at an Aerospace Symposium hosted last month by Kennametal was how hard it is to cut the exotic alloys...
Beyond The Cutting Zone

Technology Advances at IMTS

Oct. 19, 2006
As expected, IMTS presented a great assortment of new machines and technologies, and was a great place to gage the strategies that machine tool manufacturers are developing. Some...
Beyond The Cutting Zone

The American Machinist 10 Best Machine Shops

Sept. 19, 2006
We are presenting in this issue the first class of the 10 Best Machine Shops in the United States. Beginning on Page 26, we provide a brief profile on each of the 10 shops whose...
Beyond The Cutting Zone

IMTS 2006 Promises To Be Rich

Aug. 17, 2006
Whether a shop serves the oil, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense, or any number of other markets, the current economic recovery has been good. This recovery started ...
Beyond The Cutting Zone

American Machinist Benchmarking Study, Part II

July 5, 2006
Beginning on page 34, we continue examining results from our benchmarking study of the American machine tool industry, with a report on shop operations and how machine shops are...