The focus of this week's newsletter is to present several concepts that can be put to work individually or together. These concepts are not connected by a specific theme, except that each of them addresses an area of operating a machine shop, and each provides a way to make a shop's operations more competitive and, hopefully, more profitable.
The Overthrow Of Mass Manufacturing, And A Look To The Future
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 Toyota the leading car company in the world. The fact that Toyota surpassed General Motors comes 20 years after lean manufacturing was called "The Machine That Changed the World" in the famous study and book produced by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos. If you haven't, you should read that book.
MAG Maintenance Technologies Launches Productivity Solutions Unit
MAG Maintenance Technologies (www.maint-tec.com) has formed a business unit to provide productivity enhancement products worldwide to operators of any of more than 50 machine tool brands and the manufacturing industry. The MAG Productivity Solutions group was launched as a single source for productivity enhancements and to help manufacturers to reduce the cost of equipment ownership, while providing core contract maintenance services. .
Metalworking Associations Cooperate In Healthcare Programs
The Precision Metalforming Association, the Industrial Fasteners Institute, the Forging Industry Association, the Non-Ferrous Founders' Society and the Spring Manufacturers Institute have formed the Metalworking Manufacturing Coalition to develop and offer a new health insurance program for the metalworking manufacturing industry and their member companies. One of the coalition's missions is to help member companies to control spiraling costs of health insurance. Creation of the MMC Trust allows members of all five associations the potential to pool the claim experience of more than 1,600 metalworking companies and nearly 125,000 employees. The large risk pool helps to stabilize insurance costs for small and middle-market businesses that otherwise would have to purchase a plan on their own, and is expected to help balance out premium increases over the life of the program. The program is offered by Trustmark Affinity Markets, underwritten by Trustmark Life Insurance Company, Lake Forest, IL.
New space telescope relies on precision machining of its mirror
05/07/2007 FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ - John Mather, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics and project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, is one of many overseeing the project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled for launch in June 2013. James Webb Space Telescope is designed to study the earliest galaxies and some of the first stars formed after the Big Bang.
Book provides growth plan for small- and mid-size manufacturers
Mike Collins wants to change the tone and tenor of the conversation manufacturers are having about their future in the United States. In his new book, Saving American Manufacturing, Collins says too many U.S. manufacturers have become "Defender" organizations that are locked in a "less-is-more" mindset by depending on the internally focused strategies of cost-cutting and process improvement while other manufacturers have turned to the government to fix policies that they say hinder their global competitiveness. While these are worthy efforts with significant pay-offs, Collins says to succeed in the 21st century global economy, manufacturers must do more -- and more important -- things.
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 cutting-edge 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.
Participants at this in-depth workshop will learn a systematic approach to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement in the machine shop, with a goal of efficient operations, increased customer satisfaction and earnings growth. Attendees will learn how to use benchmark measurements to achieve continuous improvement, and to link any improvements to a differentiating business strategy.
When: November 7 - 9, 2007
Where: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Click here for more information.
The CNC Best Kept Secrets Series of educational webcasts from GE Fanuc and American Machinist is designed to educate manufacturers on the often overlooked ways to prevent downtime, enhance the speed of machine tools, and improve part quality.
Some colorful historical anecdotes.
Rare Surface Gauge in period photo
19th Century Lathe (with pictures).
One Unique Engine
Readers weigh in on early 20th century car engines (with pictures).
Four hot topics you need to hear about.
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