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Weekly Update 10/02/2008

Oct. 3, 2008
October 2, 2008 NEWSLETTER SPONSOR The 2008 ERP in Manufacturing Benchmark Report Pressures to reduce costs outweigh all other business drivers impacting Enterprise Resource Planning ...
The 2008 ERP in Manufacturing Benchmark Report Pressures to reduce costs outweigh all other business drivers impacting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in 2008. While ERP is generally viewed as a necessary infrastructure, it is also a strategic weapon in streamlining and automating business processes – while providing visibility to those processes throughout the enterprise. This report explores the feedback by over 1200 manufacturers and aims to serve as a roadmap to those in the manufacturing community who desire to reduce costs, improve accuracy of inventory and schedules, and develop customer responsiveness through successful ERP implementations.
CAM Makes Parts In Famous Garage
In a private garage in Burbank, Calif., three people repair, restore and maintain a fleet of vehicles for a well-known motoring enthusiast. Read the full story here

The Big Dog And Barking At Young People
Jay Leno, host of the Tonight Show, is on the cover of American Machinist this month holding a new part for a stationary steam engine built in 1831.

The engine is the oldest steam engine Leno has in his collection, which famously includes cars, motorcycles, steam engines and other stuff that he houses in his private garage — affectionately known as The Big Dog Garage. Read the full story here

Economic Challenges For The Next President
The next President, whether it is Barack Obama or John McCain, will be faced by daunting challenges. The world has changed rapidly over the past eight years, and the old solutions do not necessarily fit the new problems. Read the full story here

Setting A Price On Multitasking
How do you “cost” a job, especially when your operator is running two or three machines? Do you low-ball it so that you give your customer a break, or do you maintain your shop rate — or more — to put $$$ in the bank? Read the full story here

Technical Resource For Laser Measurement
Ophir-Spiricon has launched a new website to provide technical resources for power and energy measurement, laser beam profiling, and spectrum analysis. Read the full story here

AM Webcasts

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5 Key Strategies For Reduced Cost and Increased Profitability Striving to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive is no easy task. Epicor Manufacturing talks about ways to plan, schedule, execute and monitor your manufacturing operations – from raw materials to final product – to develop your highest level of flexibility and agility, and to make your operations more competitive. Watch Now!Sponsored by: EPICOR
Benchmarking at IMTSAmerican Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year. American Machinist, reviews the results of this third annual survey, and talks about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS. Watch Now!Tool Shop Optimization: Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop Applying concurrent engineering processes to design and manufacturing can help toolmakers increase productivity and shorten product delivery times—improving responsiveness to customers and your company's bottom-line results.Watch Now!Sponsored by: Cimatron Group
AM Workshop
Want insight into how the "10 Best Machine Shops" stay competitive in the manufacturing industry?

How about new strategies when solving real-world problems in your machine shop?

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November 12-14, 2008
The Doubletree Hotel Chicago – Oak Brook

The only workshop that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop.
The 2008 Machine Shop Workshop is an intensive 2-day event featuring peer presentations, best-practices and an emphasis on solving your real-world problems. Your registration also includes:
  • Tickets to the "Best Machine Shops" award banquet.
  • FREE copy of the new "Benchmarks for Machine Shops" databook – a $59.95 value.
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    American Machinist Launches New Internet Forum The American Machinist Forum is a place to share thoughts, ideas and best practices for machine shops. The focus is on making machine shops competitive, efficient and flexible enough to compete in a global environment. You'll find discussion about manpower, use of automation and technology, creative uses of machine tools and a whole lot more. So sign up now and jump in. Click Here
    AM Machine Tool Theater
    New Machine Tool TheaterAmerican Machinist announces launch of 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. Watch Videos Now
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