National Technical Conference
April 23 - 25, 2017

Sessions & Speakers

 Sunday, April 23

 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Registration
 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. First Timer Welcome
 12:00- 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker 

Session Block #1

1:45 - 3:15 p.m. 

 1. Swiss – Print Provided Technical & Quality Track
 This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific Swiss part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.
 2. CNC Multi-Spindle- Print Provided Technical & Quality Track
 This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific CNC multi-spindle part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.
 3. Rotary Transfer - Understanding the Full Capabilities Technical & Quality Track
This NEW FORMAT session will offer an overview of rotary transfer technology; discuss the type of jobs that are in the traditional sweet spot as well as jobs that could open your eyes to the capabilities of this technology! An expert panel of representatives from BTB, Buffoli, Gnutti, and Hydromat, will support the discussion about the wide range of rotary transfer parts and the many ways to take advantage of this technology. 

Multiple parts will be available to demonstrate capabilities in this interactive forum. From complex parts that highlight the equipment capabilities, to parts that could be considered on other machines, this session will focus on educating you about how this technology can best be used in your shop. Why utilize rotary transfer technology over other processes? How can new thinking about this technology fit into a shop’s culture? Bring your questions, along with an open mind, and our Technical Program Committee moderator will be certain that the panel answers your inquiries. 

From the engineer to the toolmaker to the machinist and the plant manager, everyone involved in the processing of the part will benefit by attending this session. Understand the return on investment and efficiencies that are possible with rotary transfer by being an active participant in the discussion on how to “Rethink this Technology!”
 4. New Generation of Talent - Titan Gilroy Leadership Development Track
 TITAN Gilroy pioneered the largest free CNC educational platform, dedicated to training and inspiring students, educators and shop owners from around the world. The platform, launched in the fall of 2016 is an invaluable resource to bring about true change in the manufacturing industry. In this session, TITAN will discuss his passion for the precision machining industry, the educational platform he is so passionate about, as well as his journey to a successful machining career and help you see a clearer road ahead for your career.

Session Block #2

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 

 1.CNC Multi- Function - Print Provided  Technical & Quality Track 
This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific CNC multi-function part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint. 
 2. Cam - Print Provided Technical & Quality Track
 This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific cam automatic part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.
3. I Have a Problem Technical, Quality and Leadership Development Track
 Is holding hole-size, deburring cross holes or managing your oils a problem for you? A “Top 10” list of shop problems that have been discussed over the PMPA list-serves will be identified to get this session started, but any technical question or problem you have is open for discussion.
 4. How to Accomplish Zero Defects Quality Track
Understanding your shop’s capabilities and the role of automation, measurement systems, and gage capability will help meet today’s customer’s tougher demands. PMPA’s Quality Committee will share some proven techniques for inspection and gaging as well as poke-yoke methods to ensure conformance to customer requirements. This session will begin with a review of the total shop process and the considerations that must be made when accepting an order from quote to shipment. The importance of understanding capabilities prior to quoting and the need to educate employees throughout the organization will be discussed. Once the order is accepted, measuring systems and handling issues and their effect on capability will be reviewed. There are plenty of economic ideas within this session that you can take back to your shop - because it is not always a new expensive piece of equipment that can solve your problem, sometimes it’s better using what you already have.
 5:15 - 7:30 p.m. Meet and Greet - Networking

 Monday, April 24

 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Buffet Breakfast

 Session Block #3

 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

 1. Practical Use of the Latest IT Technologies Technical and Leadership Development Track

IT has grown to include almost every area in our shops & businesses. Come interact with PMPA’s IT Committee members as they guide you through the technology territory. From use of video technology through dealing with Ransomware, Business Routers to communication software, websites to troubleshooting, down to little known keyboard shortcuts – this panel of experts will utilize an interactive process to provide multiple offerings for you to take back to your shop and put to use.

 2. Machining Process Capability  Quality Track
 Process capability is a comparison of the variability of a manufacturing process relative to the specification limits of a product characteristic. This is used to objectively measure the degree to which your process is or is not capable of meeting the specification tolerance.  Gary Griffith of Griffith Training will walk you through the process of what is needed to truly understand your process capability.  The session will be introduced with the basic statistical tools, including an overview of process control, process capability, and machine capability versus process capability. Gary will review process capability studies, provide examples of capability studies and machine capability runoffs. All necessary steps for you to understand your machining process capability.
 3. Apprenticeships & Training Leadership Development Track
Developing the knowledge of our machinists has been a goal of PMPA’s National Technical Conference for over 50 years.  Reviewing unique ways to develop this talent through training techniques and apprenticeship development is the focus of this session. Sterling Gill of PMPA will share best practices on building your future leaders through apprenticeship programs. He will highlight new, streamlined federal apprenticeship policies designed to make it easier for your shop to establish a disciplined nationally recognized training program. Sterling will also share the latest in workforce developments and review new tools for your shop to use in attracting talent. Matthew Wallace of VRSim, Inc. will demonstrate how the use of virtual reality and augmented reality can assist precision machining companies in supplementing their training programs. Matthew will show what VR and AR is, how it can draw talent, and how it can complement your current training efforts.
 4. Toyota Kata - Daily Practice for Scientific Skill, Mindset, and Culture Quality and Leadership Development Track
In this session, best-selling author Mike Rother will discuss the research findings that gave us the book Toyota Kata and Dan Vermeesch will discuss the transformative power of practicing the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata (IK/CK) at Micron Manufacturing.
Since the publication of Toyota Kata in 2009, many organizations in many countries are now practicing IK/CK, to develop scientific thinking skills that don't come naturally to us:
• Improving in a strategic direction, rather than making random improvements.
• Systematically observing and measuring to deeply understand the current condition.
• Defining specific future conditions predicted to lead to desired outcomes.
• Going beyond implementation to experimentation.
Developing new skills and ways of thinking takes practicing targeted behaviors daily. Practicing IK/CK gets integrated into the normal daily operation of a team or organization, and it builds foundational skills that make you better at whatever improvement methods you use.

Session Block #4 

 10:30- 12:00 p.m.

 1. Vendor Challenges  Technical and Quality Track
Machining is science. Post machining – well, black-arts come to mind. Brian Harrick and Jeff Stone of KC Jones Plating Company – Indiana Division, and Jeff Logan of Saporito Finishing Company will offer a ‘behind the curtain’ look relative to their processes. Learn the little known secrets needed to avoid unintended consequences in these post machining processes. Understand what you need to do to assure success with the processing of your parts. Come and listen and interact with our panel of experts to better understand about the black-magic that is performed on your parts prior to final shipment. Our speakers will explore the top issues that you should know about their processes and will be looking forward to answering any question you may have
 2. Maintenance for Machinists  Technical Track
What are the signs that indicate when we should be addressing our process? What are the clues that indicate that attention to our equipment is needed? This session is aimed at helping operators and maintenance become more alert to the voice of the process particularly about when maintenance is needed. Noises outside of normal operation, tolerances that deviate from specification, vibration that should not be present are two examples of process clues to the operator that some maintenance attention may be required. A machinist has a feel for a machine, and understanding normal loads and when those loads deviate are additional things to understand. Dan Murphy of Concept Machine Tool will educate attendees about pre-failure conditions and what to look for to assure that you notice the signs associated with a developing problem. Dan will offer tips, tricks, and preventive maintenance techniques based on his experience that your shop personnel should keep in mind (and do) in order to maintain optimum production and equipment uptime.
 3. What Millennials and Gen X Wish Boomers Knew  Leadership Development Track
International speaker and author Joan Snyder Kuhl of Why Millennials Matter will share research and perspective on generational dynamics between Millennials, GenX, and Baby Boomers with perspective and advice on the best ways to engage, bridge, and bond. This session will discuss the challenges that Millennials and GenX face when dealing with boomers. Boomers will learn why they may need to modify their behaviors in order to facilitate clearer communications and understanding by their younger cohorts. The session will focus on motivators and best practices that connect employees around meaning, purpose, and pride in the shared mission for maximizing organizational alignment and will surely connect with all generations in attendance.
 4. Kata in the Classroom Simulation Exercise Quality and Leadership Development Track
In this session, Mike Rother will run a hands-on exercise that introduces the pattern of the Improvement Kata. After this session, participants will be able to run the exercise themselves.
Scientific thinking is a basis for creativity and successfully pursuing seemingly unattainable goals. The Improvement Kata (IK) is a four-step scientific striving pattern, practiced in many business organizations, that makes scientific thinking a teachable skill anyone can learn.
The Kata in the Classroom exercise (KiC) has participants go through each step of the Improvement Kata pattern in a hands-on activity. Participants work in 5-person teams on a number of self-generated iterations to complete a small puzzle. Participants follow the Improvement Kata pattern to (1) face a challenge, (2) measure where they are, (3) establish a next goal and (4) experiment toward that goal in three-minute rounds.
  12:15 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch & Awards

Session Block #5 

 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. 

 1. Multi-Spindle, Davenport - Attachment Focus  Technical Track
There is an “ATT” for that!  In today’s IPhone world, there is almost always an “APP” for that. In the world of cam multi-spindle automatics and Davenports, they say “there is an attachment for that.”  Come to this session to learn how to avoid expensive and labor intensive secondary operations by selecting the attachment that’s just right for the job.  Lib Pietrantoni of Davenport Machine / Brinkman Products, Inc., Brett May of BME, Inc., and Dirk Greulich of Watkins Mfg. Inc. will be prepared to teach you everything you wanted to know about attachments and how they can help your shop be more capable and competitive.
 2. ISO Transition - Risk Focus  Quality Track
Risk-based thinking is something we all do automatically and often sub-consciously. The concept of risk has always been implicit in ISO 9001. The ISO 9001:2015 revision makes it more explicit and mandates having an approach to risk understanding and management defined within your management system. Chris Miller of EAGLE Certification Group will discuss the transition to the new ISO Standard, focusing on the main change – risk based thinking and identification. To comply with the standard, your shop must consider all risks and opportunities when taking actions within your quality management system, as well as when implementing or improving the QMS. The session will focus on how you can you ensure to properly cover this new requirement in your system.
 3. Beyond X,Y, and Z: Milling in a 5-axis World and Beyond  Technical Track
Manufacturing professionals must continue to brush up on their skills as new metal cutting processes and technologies emerge. Gone are the days where thinking in X, Y, and Z is sufficient. With the tremendous change in capabilities of multitask machines and the flexibility and versatility that their multi axis capabilities provide, milling and turning technologies are more intermingled, and complex than ever before.  Bill Durow of Sandvik Coromant will provide an overview of how thinking differently beyond X, Y and Z holds the key to profitably meeting the challenges of the parts that we are asking to produce in our shops these days. Recalibrating your view of the work by seeing it in multiple axes, as well as sharing practical tips and tricks of multi-axis machining will be the takeaways.
 4. Maximizing Talent  Leadership Development Track
By actively participating in this session, you will understand the creative instincts that enable individuals to improve productivity, enrich business partnerships, and engage in rewarding careers.  Amy Bruske of Kolbe Corp will show you how to maximize your performance and that of your team to enhance business results.  Going beyond a focus on skills and personality, Amy will share critical information on how to put the right people in the right roles and on the appropriate tasks.  Important Pre-Step: Those who sign up for this class will be sent a link so that a Kolbe assessment can be completed for you. Please be sure to complete this prior to your arrival to the session.

Session Block #6

  3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

  1. Cost of Manufacturing  Technical and Leadership Development Track
How you approach the job determines the economics of the job. Ray Schaer of Hannes Precision Industry, Inc. and Miles Free of PMPA will help you better understand how the consequences of the decisions you make can affect your bottom line. Reviewing the issues on potential parts will help attendees better understand how they answer ‘how?’ determines ‘how much’ they will make in profit. Using Swiss prints as discussion starters, that reflect the choices we make on all of our processes, the consequences of our decisions on raw material, tolerances, and approaches to the job will be explored to discover their potential to impact our bottom line.
  2. Automation  Technical and Quality Track
Jeff Bennett of Matrix Design, LLC will help you understand the full potential of what automation can do for a precision machining shop. Robotic deburring systems, machining tool loading, automated inspection systems. palletizing, and vision systems are the type of systems that will be discussed. Come and hear how quality, safety, and productivity can be increased by integrating automated processes.
  3. Operating Parameters  Technical Track
Feed and speed, for various materials are the basic vocabulary for our shops, but how these interact on our tools is the real art of our craft. Jeff Shope of HORN USA and Ryan Kutz of Aztalan Engineering will provide an understanding of tool failure modes and how to identify and correct them through adjusting cutting parameters. Chip samples & tools for ‘hands on’ display will be available. High speed videos to demonstrate what is happening in the cut will be reviewed and discussed. A better understanding of how feed, speed, and material properties exhibit on our tools will be the takeaway for attendees in this eye opening session.
  4. Fostering an Environment of Continuous Improvement  Leadership Development Track
Building an effective continuous improvement culture is not just about executing a handful of process improvement projects. Kevin Kaufman of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater will walk you through the process of fostering an environment that makes your continuous improvement efforts sustainable.  Best practices, the role of culture and change management, and the inevitable ‘what’s in it for me’ questions from all levels of your organization will be addressed.
 5:00- 6:30p.m.  Reception

 Tuesday, April 25

  7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast

Session Block # 7

 8:15- 9:15 a.m.

1. Coatings  Technical Track
The most critical time for any tool is the initial break-in period. Tooling or components that are coated usually have a much longer useful life – well beyond that of an uncoated tool or component. Ben Sutterlin and Giuseppe Enrique Giammanco of SurfTech will review which coatings work best in different cutting/drilling applications or materials. Additional takeaways will include the advantage of coating cutting tools, including reduction of tool usage, increased speeds and feeds, decreasing machine down time, and improving the finished part quality.
2. Regulation Compliance  Technical and Leadership Development Track
Regulatory challenges continue to grow in importance and impact to the precision machining industry. Miles Free of PMPA will review the plethora of regulatory impacts that our shops must be ready to proactively address. Learn the background and the lessons learned relative to key issues as well as what you can do to avoid being noncompliant and thereby increase your bottom line.          
 3. 3D Printing  Technical Track
3D printing is technology that our shops are continuing to look at as something that could ‘add’ to our subtractive technology capabilities. Phil Dommel of Renishaw will educate attendees on the possibilities that can be done with 3D printing. Learn about the parts, geometries, and tolerances of this process. Understand how to use 3D printing with your engineering and prototyping process. Learn how fixturing and tooling options can be expanded using additive manufacturing processes.

Session Block # 8

  9:30 - 10:30 am 

1.Ultrasonic Assisted Machining  Technical Track
Dennis Pugh of Acoustech Systems will teach you about the science behind a new metal removal technology. Using ultrasonics is an innovative way to reduce cutting forces in our machining processes and can be retrofitted or adapted to existing equipment. Ultrasonic-assisted machining can allow users to achieve improved productivity, reduced cycle times, increased precision, extended tool life, and improved quality. You will learn the basics of ultrasonics, how it works in the machining process, and the benefits realized in various customer applications.
 2. Metalworking Fluids Panel  Technical Track
This session is designed to answer any question you have about metalworking fluids. Jerry Gates of Gates Engineered Lubricants, Joe Gentile of Hangsterfer’s Laboratories, Inc., and John Wiley of QualiChem Inc. will be your panel of industry experts. Moderated by Miles Free of PMPA, this session will be an interactive sharing process. Bring your questions to gain a better understanding of how metalworking fluids influence your shop’s process performance.
 3. The Artistry of Skiving  Technical Track
John Detterbeck of Lester Detterbeck Enterprises, Ltd.,will explore the artistry involved in skiving. Since there are no etched in stone guidelines when artistry is involved, John will provide some rough rules of thumb as to the how’s and why’s of the process. As a means of reference, he will compare and contrast skiving with shaving to offer a further understanding of the process. As always, John will be happy to entertain questions from the floor.



































Schedule of Events

Sunday, April 23

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
CEU Test 

10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Technical Member Meeting

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
First Timer Welcome

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote Speaker 

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Session Block #1

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Session Block #2

5:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet- Networking

Monday, April 24

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Session Block #3

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From Ryan Kutz/ Aztalan Engineering-
Here are just a few examples from my experience with PMPA, including committee involvement and National Technical Conference participation:
1. 700+, and counting, machine/man hours saved, at $90/hr., resulting from a 10-minute discussion I had with someone willing to share ideas.   That’s $63,000 saved, the trip there and back cost $1,575 in total. That’s 40X payback, there was no struggle to find an ROI on this trip.
2. I was asked to send pictures of used carbide for a session. This prompted an examination of our carbide failure modes, guess what happened to our tooling costs there after? ......


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