TOUR 1 CINCINNATI
July 20 @ 8:30am – July 21 @ 7:00pm
- Absolute Machine Tools
- American Micro Products, Inc.
- Clippard Instrument Laboratory
- Gardner Business Media Inc.
- New Dimension Metals
- R.D. Holder Oil Co.
- Varland Plating
TOUR 2 NEW ENGLAND
September 13 @ 8:30am – September 15 @ 7:00pm
- Boston Centerless
- DACRUZ Manufacturing
- iSwiss Tool
- Somma Tool Company
- W.H. Bagshaw
EMPOWER YOUR TEAM WITH SYSTEM KNOWLEDGE
PMPA’s Mastery Program consists of two bus tours which 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.
- 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.
- 5 PMPA member shops
- 4 machine tool/equipment builders
- 2 toolmakers
- 1 steel mill
- 1 bar grinder
- 1 machine monitoring company
- 1 CAD CAM company
- 1 industry media company
- 1 electroplater
- 1 metalworking fluid compounder
WHAT WILL YOU SEE?
Absolute Machine Tools
Cobots, ease of setup, programming, and integration.
See best cultural and operational practices across all business and production operations including lean, quality, customer service, driven by applying core values and employee empowerment.
American Micro Products, Inc.
Manufacturing for military and civilian standards, chemical processing, machining for tightest tolerances, assembly, aerospace and automotive quality impacts.
See first-hand what Shingo Silver Medal for Manufacturing Excellence practices and culture look like in this precision bar grinding operation.
Clippard Instrument Laboratory
Wide ranging look at manufacturing assembly and focus on lightly attended production machining.
See leading contract manufacturing shop processes and practices and learn about the importance of having, and living up to, your corporate brand.
Learn how a software that reports on your operations with no operator input can help you make better decisions and understand issues that you might not even know exist in your operations.
Gardner Business Media Inc.
Go behind the scenes to see where eight manufacturing magazines are published.
Tool and workholder quality is critical to meeting print requirements, iSwiss will show workholding, live and traditional tool holding , Spindle attachments and high speed spindles, as well as coolant delivery and other shop specialty items.
Production of high volumes of threaded parts using stand alone thread rolling processes can help shops meet market demands. Recovery of metalworking fluids from chips and swarf is more important than ever with increasing regulatory demands and escalating oil process.
CNC- Swiss type and fixed headstock technologies are increasingly preferred. See capabilities include laser cutting, welding, and etching on machine and low frequency technology to reduce chip issues on today’s difficult materials.
We use CAD software in our shops, but where does CAD software come from? How is it developed? What lessons can we learn about software best practices from those that make it?
Master class on Japanese manufacturing, process, and quality systems that are producing the machine tools that we see in our shops.
New Dimension Metals
See the complete process of providing cold drawn steel bars for your shop. How they are produced impacts your machining process and quality.
R.D. Holder Oil Co.
Seeing how the metal fluids that are critical to our operational success are blended, inventoried, and shipped will provide valuable context.
Somma Tool Company
Preset, quick change tooling was a Somma innovation. Expertise in rotary broaching and workholding as well as understanding need for inventory to be available will be takeaways at this 80 year old company.
Swiss Turn is a modern leading shop using Star CNC Swiss machines with a full range of secondary and automation capabilities to drop parts complete with minimum human intervention. See how high quality results from automation and best practices.
Barrel plating of different finishes is both art and science. Seeing the batch control, chemistry control, and even the custom design of barrels to prevent problems during plating will give attendees important capability and understanding.
W. H. Bagshaw
See how specialty grinding, CNC Swiss, straighten and cut, heat treating and secondary operations including tumble finishing help this company thrive after over 150 years of family leadership.
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
- 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
REGISTRATION – OPEN FOR 2023 PROGRAM
– 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.
PMPA members $2,300 for one attendee or $1,800 each for multiple attendees
Non-members $3,000 per attendee
REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES
- Instruction from Miles Free
- Cincinnati Tour and New England Tour
- Tours on all scheduled stops
- Hotel room for overnights on July 19 & 20 and September 12-14
- 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
- Safety vests
- Ear protection
- Mastery Program backpack/messenger bag