TOUR 1   CLEVELAND 2021
Aug 10 @1:00pm – Aug 11 about 6:00pm
  • PMTS
  • Fischer Special Tooling Corp.
  • Absolute Machine Tools
  • Concast Metal Products
  • Charter Steel

TOUR 2  DETROIT-TOLEDO 2022
March 30 @ 8:00am – March 31 about 7:30pm
  • Hercules Drawn Steel
  • Eaton Steel Bar Co.
  • Stainless and Aluminum, Inc.
  • Ford F-150 Assembly Line
  • Vanamatic Company
  • Wieland Chase

TOUR 3  MILWAUKEE-CHICAGO 2022
May 3 @12pm – May 4 about 7pm
  • Nucor Cold Finish
  • Precision Plus, Inc.
  • Tri Star Metals, LL
  • Corey Steel
  • Camcraft, Inc.

EMPOWER YOUR TEAM WITH SYSTEM KNOWLEDGE

PMPA’s Mastery Program consists of three, two-day bus tours to provide an unparalleled experience!  PMPA member and non-member contract manufacturers will see the precision machining supply chain, receive two valuable reference books and instruction from industry expert, Miles Free III. Develop your team. 

RECEIVE

  • Instruction from industry expert, Miles Free III
  • Two books filled with invaluable reference materials: What You Should Know about STEEL and the Craftsman Cribsheet Collection.

 

Who should attend?

Engineers, machinists, purchasing agents, operations, owners.
If the people responsible and having the authority to solve problems are more knowledgeable about their sources and their processes, they can use their judgement to better understand the likelihood and unlikelihood of the issues they face being due to a supplier, or in their own process.

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DOWNLOAD BROCHURE AND REGISTRATION FORM HERE 

 

TOUR

  • 4 PMPA member shops
  • 4 steel mills
  • 1 brass mill
  • 1 stainless and nickel bar and wire mill
  • 1 copper and bronze mill
  • 1 tool maker
  • 1 machine tool builder/distributor
  • Ford F-150 assembly line
  • Precision Machining Technology Show

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WHAT WILL YOU SEE?

Absolute Machine Tools

Learn how a CNC machines tools importer functions and how technology has shifted its focus from a sales and service organization into a sales, service, and solutions provider.

Camcraft, Inc.
Best practices. Critical high precision, high value manufacturing and best practices for system integration.
Charter Steel  (presentation – no on-site visit)
Integrated electric furnace steelmaking, continuous casting and rolling into SBQ bar and rods.
Concast Metal Products
Manufacture of continuous cast copper alloy bars, rods and tubes, quality control methods, and inventory.
Corey Steel
Process for cold drawing and finishing steel bars.
Eaton Steel Bar Co.
Steel heat treatment processes (quench & temper) and lab testing.
Fischer Special Tooling Corp.
Both manual and CNC toolmaking technologies; what does ‘toolmaking” look like from the supplier’s side?
Ford F-150 Assembly Line
Precision machined parts in assembly. End of supply chain.
Hercules Drawn Steel
Process for cold drawing and finishing steel bars.
Nucor Cold Finish
Process for cold drawing and finishing steel bars.
Precision Plus, Inc.
Best practices. Highest precision Swiss leading technology committed to workforce development shop.
Stainless and Aluminum, Inc.
Stainless and aluminum bar products – lot control, inventory and shipping practices
Tri Star Metals, LLC
Production of cold drawn stainless, nickel and aluminum bar, cold heading steel, nickel and stainless wire.
Vanamatic Company
Manufacturing/engineering, chip processing/shipping, tool room/maint process, quality control. Intelligent management and rational work rules can make a
difference.
Wieland Chase
Integrated brass melt shop, caster, processor for leaded and eco-brass materials. See what happens to the chips you return to the mill.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: STEEL BOOK

This valuable book includes critical information for What You Should Know about

  • steel grade system
  • bar straightness
  • bar handling
  • surface imperfections and stock removal
  • effect of austenitic grain size
  • carbon
  • sulfur
  • nitrogen
  • nickel
  • phosphorus
  • feed vs speed
  • cold work
  • benefits of cold drawing
  • lamellar pearlitic annealing
  • spheroidize annealing
  • stress relieving
  • mechanical properties
  • effect of sulfides on transverse mechanical properties
  • difference between hardness and hardenability
  • case hardening of free machining grades
  • roundness, concentricity and lobing

 

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REGISTRATION – SEATING IS LIMITED!

– Registration is limited to contract manufacturers (PMPA members or non-members).  
– Registration is not transferable — to benefit from the program, the same person must attend all three tours.

 

REGISTRATION FEE

PMPA members $2,000 for one attendee or $1,500 each for multiple attendees

Non-members $2,600 per attendee

 

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES

– Instruction from Miles Free
– All three tours: Milwaukee/Chicago area, Detroit/Toledo area and Cleveland area
– Tours on all scheduled stops
– Hotel room for overnights on March 30, 2021 and May 3, 2022
– All meals and snacks 
– Two books exclusive to the Mastery Program: The Cribsheet Collection and What You Should Know: STEEL
– Personalized hard hat
– Safety glasses or safety shields for eyeglasses
– Mastery Program backpack/messenger bag

 

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