Weekly Update 09/13/2007

Weekly Update 09/13/2007

September 13, 2007


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In The News

Help wanted. The company that just sold you a machine may be your source for finding someone to run it. More OEMs are going beyond the typical tech-center scenario by offering their expertise in training tomorrow's machinist.


Shops that can't afford the cost or loss of production sending employees off-site for training should look into e-learning. Such programs enable people who do not live near educational institutions and people whose schedules are too full to attend classes that are offered on campuses, to study course materials at home or at work, and to study at their own pace rather than have to keep up with or wait for others.

Finding Work

While some shops criticize the use of the Internet to find work, one shop swears by it. In fact, it helped get the business started.

Defensive Software

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining believes that robust CAM software is important because it creates fast, accurate and appropriate machining sequences and toolpaths for manufacturing, and some packages are feature rich to eliminate or reduce the need for manual programming or for outsourcing to specialists.

Stress Relief

Relieve stress in metals without using a heat treat process. And don't worry about workpiece size either because it is no longer an issue when it comes to relieving stress.

Production Runs
Find out how production run times can influence profitability.

Plant Efficiency

Gain a clear insight into managing plant operations. Software package offers everything from efficiency management to quality management to plant-wide reporting capabilities.

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American Machinist Machine Shop Workshop 2007

Deadline Extension: Register by September 30 and Save $79!

When: November 8-9, 2007, Where: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

Learn How To:

  • Craft strategic improvement plans to make your shop more efficient, profitable and competitive.
  • Improve business prospecting techniques.
  • Develop pricing strategies to win profitable new business.

    To register, or for more information, visit: www.machineshopworkshop.com.

    AM Webcast Series

    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. Best Kept Secrets to Improving Part Quality -- September 26, 2007 2:00 PM ET. Click here for more information.

    Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

    Windmill Restoration
    Old southern cross Z pattern from cattle ranch

    Showman's Engines: Old and New
    Detailed photos.

    Knight Foundry Article in L.A. Times
    Effort to preserve a 130 year old site

    Now you can get the latest edition of American Machinist delivered directly to your PC.
    Click here to learn more about the digital edition.

    Welding Webcast Series

    Hot topics you need to hear about. Best Practices in Electrode Selection: Maximum Profit Starts With the Process - September 25, 2007 @ 2:00 PM ET. Click here to attend these FREE Webcasts.

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