12 How Many Axes Does Anybody Really Need?
You could do a lot of damage very quickly with 13 axes on a machine tool but, are all of those axes necessary?
Trade Associations Fighting For Small-To Mid-Sized Companies
The Tooling, Manufacturing & Technologies Association www.thetmta.com has seen its role more than double - it represented companies with 22,000 employees and now represents companies with more than 47,000 employees - in the last seven months. The association was founded in 1933 as the Michigan Tooling Association, but changed its name and direction early this year to attract a national member base and to gain more political clout, and it looks as if that strategy is working.
China Learns From The Past
The U.S. Defense Department views China as a potential threat. In its most recent annual report on defense planning, the Defense Department notes that as China has grown economically it has spent more and more on military modernization. The report concludes that China is the only power that challenges U.S. interests in East Asia, particularly in Taiwan and the surrounding waters.
June Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 5.1 percent
U.S. manufacturing technology consumption for the month of June totaled $347.70 million, up 5.1 percent from May, and up 0.4 percent from the total of $346.47 million for June 2006, said the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption report www.usmtc.com.
Shumate Industries to Buy Sunbelt Machine Works
Shumate Industries Inc. www.shumateinc.com, a Texas-based energy field services company, will buy Sunbelt Machine Works Corp. www.sunbeltmachine.com , a privately-owned precision machine shop for $14.5 million. Completion of the acquisition is subject to several conditions including due diligence, board approval and financing.
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.
How does your on-time completion rate stack up?
You're committed to getting your goods delivered on time, but is your on-time completion rate good enough? Data shows (from the 2007 American Machinist Benchmark Survey) that the top performing shops have an average on-time completion rate of 92% (red pyramid in graph). Can you compete with that?
If not, learn how to improve your rate at the American Machinist Machine Shop Workshop, November 8-9, 2007 in Cleveland, OH. One of the nearly 30 sessions to choose from focuses on how to make the delivery on time, every time. To view details of this session and the entire program, visit www.machineshopworkshop.com.
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.
Robert A. Heinlein's Waldo
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