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Weekly Update 02/07/2008

Feb. 8, 2008
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American Machinist Weekly Update: American Machinist Launches 3rd Annual Machine Shop Benchmark Survey
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.

American Machinist launches 2008 Machine Shop Benchmarking Survey
American Machinist will launch its third annual survey of the U.S. Machine Shop Industry on Feb. 13. The survey will be available at (www.
. As in previous years, the survey is anonymous, and asks for detailed information on how shops are working to improve their efficiency and competitiveness. We are asking our readers to go to our website and fill it out.
Yamazaki Initiative Supports Social Responsibility and Export Compliance
Mazak Corp. (U.S.A.) announced in early January that it had started to install relocation detectors on all of the new Mazak machine tools it manufactures to prevent the resale of Mazak machines to countries and businesses that are currently prohibited from buying them under the export laws of the U.S. and Japanese governments.
Extending Tool Life
Chris Mills, project manager for aerospace for Sandvik Coromant, said the average life for tooling in machining aerospace components is 3 min to 15 min in roughing operations, and 20 min to 30 min for finishing operations.

However, Mills said that planning cuts so that the tool "rolls" into the cut and keeps chip sizes small can extend tool insert life by as much as six times.
Multi-Channel Metrology Display
Solartron Metrology ( has introduced a six-color, multi-axis metrology display.
The SI 7500 Series multi-axis metrology display is designed to connect directly to the company's Orbi Network and accepts as many as 16 Orbit Module inputs, including digital probes, linear encoders and analogue input modules.
Improving Machine Shop Profit
Brian Norris, vice president for marketing for Sandvik Coromant, said machine shops can improve their profit by taking four steps.
IW Best Plants Conference
No More Theories. Concrete Strategies.

Continuous improvement's got to start somewhere, but a lot of programs only talk about theories and advanced tactics. Get concrete at the 2008 IW Best Plants Conference. The conference's 45 sessions (including the seven-session Continuous Improvement 101 track) make lean make real sense to real operations. Plant tours and interviews with the IW Best Plants Winners also give the chance to get strategies that really apply to your operation. Click here to learn more about the conference.

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The Economy
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