OEM News 07/29/2008

OEM News 07/29/2008

July 29, 2008



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.Click Here


Boeing Laser JDAM Achieves 1st International Sale
The Boeing Company signed a commercial contract with the government of Germany for the production of Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (LJDAM) and integration support on Tornado aircraft, marking the first international sale of the LJDAM weapon system. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Read More

Lockheed Martin To Acquire Aculight Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation has agreed to acquire Aculight Corporation based in Bothell, WA. Aculight is a privately held company primarily focused on providing laser-based solutions for national defense and aerospace customers. Read More

Goodrich Acquires Recon/Optical, Inc. Assets
Goodrich Corporation has signed an agreement with Bourns, Inc. to acquire the Chicago Aerial Industries (CAI) and Pacific Optical Division (POD) assets of Recon/Optical, Inc. (ROI), a leading provider of low-to-medium altitude airborne reconnaissance cameras and optical products for the homeland security and military market. The transaction closed today; terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Read More

General Dynamics Begins Third Product Carrier Ship
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics has started construction of the third ship in its series of nine product carriers. The shipyard is scheduled to lay the ship's keel in November and deliver the ship to U.S. Shipping Partners in the fourth quarter of 2009. Read More

Dana Starts Production On BMW Differentials
Dana Holding Corporation has begun supplying Spicer front differential assemblies for the all-new BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe. Read More

Lockheed Martin Gets Contract For Gun Ship Systems
The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Lockheed Martin an $80 million follow-on contract for the Gunship Multispectral Sensor System (GMS2)the electro-optical/infrared fire control system for the AC-130U Gunship. Four initial production units are in process and scheduled for delivery later this year. Read More

AM Webcast Series

Sponsor: Epicor

Striving To Reduce Costs And Increase Profitability While Remaining Competitive Is No Easy Task. - July 30,2008 2:00 pm EST

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.

Join us July 30,2008 at 2:00 pm EST
Click Here To Register


Benchmarking at IMTS

American Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year.

Bruce Vernyi, editor-in-chief of American Machinist, will review the results of this third annual survey, and talk about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS.

Vernyi also will talk about the program for the Job Shop Day at the IMTS and the speakers that will be featured there.

August 20,2008 at 2:00 pm EST
Sign up to hear more! Click Here


American Machinist Presents: Machine Shop Workshop - November 12-14,2008

The only event that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop. Join owners and top managers to explore strategies and improve your business. Register now and save at: Click Here


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 and jump in. Click Here

AM Machine Tool Theater

American Machinist Announces Launch Of Machine Tool Theater

American Machinist is pleased to announce the beta launch of Machine Tool Theater at www.machinetooltheater.com. Visit 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.Click Here

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