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Weekly Update 10/04/2007

Weekly Update 10/04/2007

October 4, 2007


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.
In The News

Where Are the Real Problems in Manufacturing?
After we ran a chart in the July issue indicating that the U.S. remains the world's largest manufacturer - and has lost only 1.1% in global market share since 1984 - a reader sent a scathing e-mail suggesting that American Machinist should be ashamed for trying to lull U.S. manufacturers to sleep.

Paradigm Precision Makes Three Acquisitions to Launch Company
Paradigm Precision acquired Smith West of Tempe, Ariz., Palmer Manufacturing Company of Malden, Mass., and Eurocast of Tunis, Tunisia, in what the company said were initial steps in its strategy to combine and grow multiple machining suppliers into a low cost, high performance international competitor.

2008 Machining Competition Coming Up
It's time to start thinking about the 2008 National Apprentice Competition sponsored by the National Tooling and Machining Association and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

Problems With the Carbon Tax
This is not a partisan column. I am not trying to promote the Republican Party, nor do I have anything against the environmental movement. Indeed, I like to think of myself as an environmentalist. Nevertheless, I believe that those who promote the carbon tax (almost all of whom are in the Democratic Party) do not fully understand the adverse impact that it could have on American competitiveness.

Featured Advertiser
Makino— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series of online Webinars. Designed for shops of all types and sizes, the seminars are free to anyone who registers. The planned seminars are intended for shops in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries. In addition to metal cutting and die/mold, the seminars will cover new technologies, such as micromachining. Mark Rentschler, marketing manager, says, "Online seminars allow anyone with an Internet connection to attend without losing a day of work." The seminars concentrate on shop efficiency, lean manufacturing, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metal cutting processes. Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations.

American Machinist Machine Shop Workshop 2007

Are You Benchmarking Your Machine Shop Correctly?

When: November 8-9, 2007, Where: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center Benchmarking can be an excellent tool to boost your shop's performance and competitiveness if done correctly. Learn how to develop and execute a successful benchmarking strategy at the American Machinist Machine Shop Workshop, November 8-9 in Cleveland, OH. The opening session, led by John Brandt, CEO of the MPI Group and columnist for IndustryWeek, will help you understand the importance of benchmarking, what performance metrics to benchmark, who you need to benchmark against and how to execute your strategy.

Click here to discover the rest of the sessions offered that will help improve your machine shop. Click Here to Register

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Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum

Wal-Mart and the Gallon Jar of Pickles.
Are we willing to pay for perfection?

Tax Break for Importing?
I know this has been touched on before...

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The handles are African blackwood and one of some kind of rosewood.

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