Weekly Update 11/06/2008

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Getting Over a Bad Attitude
I have two friends who have bad attitudes, and I think their views are shared by a lot of people in manufacturing.

Both of the guys run successful companies. One is president of a family-owned machine shop and the other is president of a service division for a much larger corporation. Read the full story here

Advances in Medical Machining
One of the developments debuted at IMTS 2008 was the creation of a miniature-scale, human skeleton that was being machined from a 6 in. by 12-in. aluminum billet. Read the full story here

The Twilight of Free Trade
You are not likely to hear very much about free trade, or free trade agreements (free trade agreement), during the Presidential debates this year.

John McCain is in favor of expanding free trade agreements, and Barack Obama seems to be against them. At the very least, Obama has articulated serious questions about the best example of an free trade agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Read the full story here

Saving Money Through Efficient Management
General Motors contracted out the management of its chemicals, including metal removal fluids, metal forming fluids, lubricants, greases, adhesives, paints, and compressed gases to a practitioner of chemical management services. Read the full story here

Case Study - General Motors Grand Rapids
The General Motors Grand Rapids Metal Fabrication Plant houses four operational areas in its 2,000,000-sq.-ft. facility: Tool & Die Operations, Blanking, the Press Room, and Metal Assembly.

The Press Room is where automotive body/structural parts are formed. Some of those parts are welded together in Metal Assembly before being shipped to an assembly plant. Read the full story here

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