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Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) for Employee Retention and Recruitment What is your brand? Why should people want to work ...
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Published November 2021 By Miles Free III Miles Free III interviews Smith & Richardson’s co-owners Rich Hoster and Phil Cowen ...
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Published November 2021 By Joe Jackson New housing construction is increasing exponentially and is the largest factor of the projected ...
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Published November 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller Branding? Check. Stories (aka messaging)? Check. Now what should you do with them? VIEW ...
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Published October 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller Recruiting is sales. Recruiting is marketing. In other words, recruiting is storytelling and your ...
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Published October 2021 By Joe Jackson The precise, advanced, and high-quality parts necessary for the small arms, ordnance, and ordnance ...
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Published October 2021 By Miles Free III Upskilling your current workforce is as important as finding new talent. To expose ...
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Published October 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller Recruiting is sales. Recruiting is marketing. In other words, recruiting is storytelling and your ...
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Published September 2021 By Miles Free III Manufacturing has had a bad rap for a long time. The 3-D’s — ...
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Published September 2021 By Joe Jackson From 2008 to 2020, the global market for medical implant manufacturing products has shown ...
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Published September 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller According to an extensive study in 2019 by the Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, ...
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Published August 2021 By Miles Free III A program designed to help precision machining professionals elevate their experience and knowledge ...
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Published August 2021 By Joe Jackson With precise high-quality fittings being necessary for the fluid power manufacturing industry, they are ...
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Published August 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller Those who hire in the precision machining industry have a persuasive point for prospective ...
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Published July 2021 By Joe Jackson In 2020, the global market for both critical care and transport ventilators increased by ...
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Published July 2021 By Miles Free III The latest information on lead in precision machining workpieces and options as the ...
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Published July 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller The best investment in your business is in your performers. PMPA is providing three ...
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Published June 2021 By Joe Jackson Consumer electronic devices is a major factor driving the growth of the electronic connector ...
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Published June 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller Our workforce consists of Baby Boomers, Generation X, Y and Z. They have grown ...
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Published June 2021 By Miles Free III Quality is a critical factor in manufacturing. Has the definition changed over the ...
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Published May 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller The lack of available skilled workers is an ongoing issue. A leader with Emotional ...
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Published May 2021 By Joe Jackson The precision machining industry provides the automotive parts manufacturing industry with the parts that ...
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Published May 2021 By Miles Free III OSHA Emphasis Programs, also called directions, directive or instructions, impact precision machining nationally ...
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Published April 2021 By Joe Jackson The components that our precision machining shops make for the Aerospace manufacturing sector provide ...
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Published April 2021 By Carli Kistler-Miller The lack of available skilled workers is an ongoing issue. It’s easier to keep ...
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Published April 2021 By Miles Free III A production machining shop is one that makes the things that give us ...
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Published March 2021. By Joe Jackson Automotive and Light Truck Industry spends $249 billion on materials, components, supplies, minerals and ...
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Published March 2021. By Carli Kistler-Miller To keep your business going, you need more than workforce, equipment and materials. PMPA ...
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Published January 2021 By Miles Free III The pros and cons of cold work, work-hardening. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published March 2021. By Miles Free III What data drives your shop? An unexpected look at the kinds of data ...
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Published January 2021. By Miles Free III What data drives your shop? An unexpected look at the kinds of data ...
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Published January 2021. By Carli Kistler-Miller Tom Halladay talks about H&R Screw Machine Products, his history with PMPA and his ...
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Published December 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller PMPA’s executive director, Cate Smith, shares her first experience at PMPA’s Annual Meeting which ...
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Published December 2020 By Miles Free III Is new technology the change? The essential workers that have been making parts ...
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Published November 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio harnessed their talent, experience, capabilities and PMPA ...
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Published November 2020 By Miles Free III In the real estate industry, the secret to understanding how any property transaction ...
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Published October 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller False unemployment claims are a reality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a quick ...
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Published October 2020 By Miles Free III Standard work is a means to reduce the number of decisions that your ...
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Published September 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Rich Hoster, president of Smith & Richardson Inc. in Geneva, Illinois, shares his business ...
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Published September 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller The schedule for PMPA’s Annual Meeting in Ridgedale, Missouri from October 22-25 was scrapped ...
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Published September 2020 By Miles Free III “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” - ...
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Published August 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Geoff Dawson from PMPA member FANUC America talks about their history, how robots have ...
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Published August 2020 By Miles Free III Sometimes it can be the steel. Frustratingly, because it came in exactly as ...
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Published August 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller For the PMPA members (or non-members) who wonder how things get done at PMPA ...
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Published July 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Steven Baier, HAIMER U.S.A.’s V.P. of Sales, shares their four core competencies, the company’s ...
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Published July 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller How has Covid-19 actually affected the manufacturing workforce? Have employer needs changed? Are the ...
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Published July 2020 By Miles Free III In America, many have lost sight of the fact that the object of ...
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Published June 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller With the Covid-19 pandemic, communication has never been more critical and new communication channels ...
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Published June 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Victor DaCruz, owner of DACRUZ Manufacturing in Bristol, Connecticut, shares industry experiences and his ...
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Published June 2020 By Miles Free III Growing up, I learned that necessity is the mother of invention. During the ...
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Published March 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Communication breakdown can be more than frustrating, it can be detrimental. It is always ...
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Published May 2020 12 Working from Home Leadership Tips VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Just before the Covid-19 overtook the country, Precision Machined Products Association was able to ...
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Published May 2020 By Cate Smith The first four months Cate Smith spent as PMPA’s Executive Director. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2020 By Miles Free III Where do you go to make sense of the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ...
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Published April 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Peterson Tool Company was founded in 1958 by John L. Peterson, Sr., with a ...
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Published April 2020 By Miles Free III What lessons can we learn from a precision manufacturing company that has thrived ...
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Published April 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller The answer to “Who” isn’t just a name. It’s a person. Discover the different ...
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Published March 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Eric Dales, owner of Adam’s Automatic, Inc. in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, earned his GED, ...
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Published March 2020 By Miles Free III Your return on investment for PMPA’s Advocacy efforts can be seen on the ...
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Published January 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller Brian Adams, fourth-generation President of R.F. Mau, and Vice President/General Manager, Tony Gemignani, discuss ...
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Published January 2020 By Carli Kistler-Miller PMPA Tech Talks covered important topics such as operations, benchmarking, metallurgy and digital security ...
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Published January 2020 By Miles Free III To expand on his “Workforce Development — What We Can Do Better” article, ...
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Published December 2019 By Joe Jackson A lesson learned from a father who was a mechanic translates to precision machining; ...
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Published December 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller New England Tool in Manchester, Connecticut has developed Robotic Advantage to provide their customers ...
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Published December 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller PMPA held its Annual Meeting at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas ...
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Published December 2019 By Miles Free III In October 2019, at the Annual Meeting held at the Bellagio in Las ...
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Published November 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller Somma Tool Company has a history of taking advantage of opportunities to help the ...
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Published November 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller What would you do with a reduction of 64% in non-billable hours? PMPA visited ...
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Published November 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller Some committees can be a waste of time, but at PMPA, the committees are ...
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Published November 2019 By Miles Free III The causes of our workforce issues may be out of our hands, but ...
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Published October 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller Dan Ignasiak, owner of SEPCO-Erie in Erie Pennsylvania, wanted to improve the productivity and ...
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Published October 2019 By Bill Hovey Although Lean thinking often results with an elimination of a step or waste, Bill ...
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Published October 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller There are so many stories to tell and Carli encourages PMPA members to share ...
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Published October 2019 By Miles Free III The properties of the steel materials we machine in our shops are the ...
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Published September 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller Founded in 1953 by Mike Ondercin as a general machine shop, third-generation owner, Tanya ...
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Published September 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller A Peak Behind the Scenes at PMPA Carli explores the power behind PMPA ListServes ...
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Published September 2019 By Miles Free III Operational Excellence, Product Leadership, Customer Intimacy — one of these rules them all ...
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Published August 2019 By PMPA Staff In 2019, at its new headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois, ...
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Published August 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller A Morning with Miles Free VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published July 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller Renee Merker, Event Guru VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published July 2019 By Miles Free III You know your sales number, but do you know what it means? VIEW ...
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Published July 2019 By PMPA Staff For more than a decade, Peerless Machinery has made a name for itself in ...
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Published June 2019 By Miles Free III Every year, we review the top 10 OSHA violations for the prior calendar ...
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Published August 2019 By Miles Free III VUCA, or volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, has grown to fill our business ...
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Published June 2019 By PMPA Staff Today, JC Gibbons Manufacturing is run by Jerry Gibbons’ sons, Jeff and Dan Gibbons, ...
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Published July 2019 By Carli Kistler-Miller A Peek Behind the Scenes at PMPA VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2019 By Miles Free III Here are 31 things that spark joy for those in the precision machining ...
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Published May 2019 By PMPA Staff More than 84 years ago, William Horberg founded what would become Horberg Industries, one ...
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Published May 2019 By Miles Free III Our history became the future. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published April 2019 By Miles Free III What isn’t making it to digital is an important question you should know ...
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Published April 2019 By PMPA Staff The name “Thorrez” comes from a Flemish word meaning “towers,” but that is only ...
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Published April 2019 By Mike Reader The PMPA executive board (with the full support of your PMPA staff) is working ...
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Published March 2019 By Miles Free III PMPA’s mission is to provide information, advocacy and networking opportunities that advance our ...
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Published March 2019 By PMPA Staff On Oct. 4, 2018, Michael Reader of Precision Plus in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was formally ...
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Published March 2019 By PMPA Staff AccuRounds was founded in 1976 by an Italian immigrant, Len Tamasi, when he purchased ...
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Published February 2019 By PMPA Staff For more than 50 years, PFI Precision Machining has evolved and changed to remain ...
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Published February 2019 By Miles Free III Knowledge is picked up from a variety of channels, not all of which ...
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Published December 2018 By PMPA Staff ABF found early success in manufacturing components for push-pull cables and fluid control parts ...
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Published December 2018 By Miles Free III Before we make our predictions for the coming year, perhaps a brief review ...
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Published November 2018 By PMPA Staff One of the premier benefits of PMPA membership, with dozens of sessions spread out ...
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Published November 2018 By PMPA Staff In 1911, Lovejoy Chaplet Corp. opened for business in the small town of Hoosick ...
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Published November 2018 By Miles Free III One of the most important aspects of successfully quoting and running a new ...
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Published October 2018 By PMPA Staff In 1988, best friends Steve Ortner and Hayden Wellman founded Absolute Machine Tools in ...
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Published October 2018 By Miles Free III According to our analysis of the PMPA Business Trends Sales Index, the demand ...
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Published September 2018 By PMPA Staff Precision machined products industry professionals are invited to participate in PMPA’s Annual Meeting this ...
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Published September 2018 By Miles Free III Congratulations on your graduation! Congratulations on persevering and completing a major life milestone ...
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Published August 2018 By PMPA Staff The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2018 is set to take over Chicago’s McCormick ...
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Published August 2018 By PMPA Staff Established more than a century ago, Ashley Ward Inc. has become one of the ...
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Published August 2018 By Miles Free III PMPA’s latest “Business Trends Report” shows that shops are busy working overtime and ...
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Published July 2018 By PMPA Staff When it was founded in 1976, H & R Screw Machine Products was no ...
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Published July 2018 By Miles Free III On Tuesday morning at the National Technical Conference this year, I presented during ...
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Published June 2018 By PMPA Staff In 1953, Swiss immigrant Gerard Paroz left his home country for New York City ...
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Published June 2018 By Miles Free III In today’s fast-changing world, changing materials requirements make materials knowledge essential for machinists ...
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Published May 2018 By Miles Free III Two PMPA members were honored by the Manufacturing Institute’s 2018 STEP Awards for ...
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Published May 2018 By PMPA Staff More than 90 years ago, Clarence H. Gosiger founded the C. H. Gosiger Machinery ...
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Published May 2018 By Miles Free III In my experience, when things go bad, the first questions asked are usually, ...
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Published April 2018 By Matthew Hooper Some of the fastest-growing disruptive technologies we see these days are online, cloud-based parts ...
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Published April 2018 By PMPA Staff Long before he bought the machine that laid the foundation for Cox Manufacturing Co., ...
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Published April 2018 By Miles Free III Thanks for asking about whether or not lead is a hazardous material. I ...
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Published March 2018 By Sterling Gill III Effective teams are an integral part to every company’s success. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published March 2018 By PMPA Staff A little more than 50 years ago in Watertown, Connecticut, Prime Engineered Components was ...
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Published March 2018 By Miles Free III It’s no argument that our world is changing. Our industry has gone from ...
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Published February 2018 By Miles Free III “There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer.” ...
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Published February 2018 By PMPA Staff In 1969, Robert J. Brinkman acquired what would become CJWinter, a Rochester, New York-based ...
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Published February 2018 By Sterling Gill III Creating cohesive training that is both relevant and significant is a challenge that ...
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Published December 2017 By Miles Free III “What gets measured gets managed.” -Peter Drucker There are indicators that drive what ...
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Published December 2017 By PMPA Staff Established in 1921, Smith & Richardson Manufacturing didn’t make its mark as a global ...
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Published December 2017 By Sterling Gill III Professional development and staff training are important to the success of every shop ...
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Published December 2017 By PMPA Staff PMPA’s Management Update Conference will be held Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10, 2018, at the San ...
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Published November 2017 By Scott Wiltsie We are all definitely faced with a challenge regarding today’s new workforce. One thing ...
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Published November 2017 By PMPA Staff In 1967, Milton E. Harris, owner of J. Harris and Sons, was approached by ...
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Published November 2017 By Monte Guitar PMPA member value can be broken down into four core buckets: benchmarking, networking, savings ...
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Published October 2017 By PMPA Staff Before it was a 60-employee, full-service milling company capable of high-volume production across a ...
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Published October 2017 By Sterling Gill III The game-changing Manufacturing for Future Generations (MFG) training resource from PMPA-MFG is available ...
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Published September 2017 By Sterling Gill III Education and training have undergone many changes. What types of changes? How do ...
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Published September 2017 By Miles Free III I am often asked my opinion about a material’s machinability, and I have ...
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Published September 2017 By PMPA Staff In 1985, Dave Chenevert started Swissline Precision in a small garage in Millbury, Massachusetts, ...
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Published August 2017 By Sterling Gill III How do we grow? How can we compete? How do we identify our ...
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Published August 2017 By PMPA Staff After forming ZPS America in 2008, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and ...
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Published August 2017 By Miles Free III Technology or people. Which is your focus? It is not a defective question ...
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Published July 2017 By Sterling Gill III Recruiting the future workforce is at the forefront of the minds leading our ...
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Published July 2017 By PMPA Staff Years before he started his own business from scratch, John Collins sold steel for ...
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Published July 2017 By Miles Free III What are the indicators we use to guide our outlook, planning and investment? ...
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Published June 2017 By Sterling Gill III There is a movement growing. This movement is about opening doors. Why should ...
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Published June 2017 By PMPA Staff PMPA member Aneesa Muthana, president and owner of Pioneer Service Inc., was one of ...
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Published June 2017 By Miles Free III Your purpose is more than making products, so why isn’t your focus? VIEW ...
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Published May 2017 By Sterling Gill III If the number one challenge today facing our workforce is finding skilled talent, ...
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Published May 2017 By PMPA Staff When Lloyd Lusk bought his first Davenport screw machine and founded Lusk Quality Machine ...
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Published May 2017 By Miles Free III All of us likely earned a Ph.D. in how to muddle through the ...
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Published April 2017 By Sterling Gill III Precision machining experts Core Powered, Peel School District and PMPA collaborated to sponsor ...
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Published April 2017 By PMPA Staff While Hannes Precision was established in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1973, the company’s roots go ...
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Published April 2017 By Miles Free III The precision machining industry, NAICS 332721, is composed of 3,682 shops in the ...
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Published March 2017 By Tyson Ortiz and Jeffrey Liker Join best-selling author Mike Rother and Lean Champion Dan Vermeesch of ...
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Published March 2017 By PMPA Staff At the turn of the century, Oscar Mueller followed in his father’s entrepreneurial footsteps ...
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Published March 2017 By PMPA Staff Titan Gilroy will be joining attendees at PMPA’s National Technical Conference in Columbus, Ohio, ...
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Published February 2017 By Bernie Nagle For more than 40 years, through good times and bad, the Management Update Conference ...
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Published February 2017 By PMPA Staff When it was founded in 1953 by Albert “Al” Goodman, the headquarters of Eaton ...
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Published February 2017 By Bryan Albrecht Like many technical education machining and manufacturing programs, Gateway faced a difficult challenge in ...
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Published December 2016 By Bernie Nagle PMPA is happy to announce Sterling E. Gill, III, as its new workforce development ...
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Published December 2016 By Miles Free III If our shop’s mission is the creation, protection and provision of goods and ...
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Published December 2016 By PMPA Staff PMPA announced Doug Coster as its new president for the upcoming term. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published November 2016 By Miles Free III This year’s Manufacturing Day is officially behind us, but it’s never too early ...
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Published November 2016 By PMPA Staff Since he was 10 years old, Kenneth Mandile has been immersed in the world ...
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Published November 2016 By Miles Free III Environmental responsibility has been part of the machining industry for so long that ...
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Published October 2016 By Miles Free III Advanced industries matter to you because they represent both an economic foundation and ...
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Published October 2016 By PMPA Staff In 1931, while the country was in the throes of the Great Depression, starting ...
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Published October 2016 By Miles Free III As an aspiring MBA student, my one key question for my economics professors ...
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Published September 2016 By Miles Free III Why we shouldn’t blame the millennials for their lack of success at work ...
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Published September 2016 By Mari Kirchenbauer The skills gap is real. It is something that concerns each and every one ...
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Published September 2016 By PMPA Staff Following World War II, Peter Ruppe and Alan Bodycomb saw the need to improve ...
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Published September 2016 By Brian Beaulieu Some say a recession is imminent. Some say the stock market is about to ...
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Published August 2016 By Monte Guitar Manufacturing Day was designed to coordinate and amplify the voice of individual manufacturers into ...
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Published August 2016 By PMPA Staff In the early 1950s, a young Joseph Bratta and his family immigrated to the ...
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Published August 2016 By Miles Free III According to the U.S. Labor Department, job openings have trended upward since their ...
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Published July 2016 By Miles Free III For customers who demand the highest levels of cleanliness for their components, few ...
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Published July 2016 By Matthew Schowalter Matthew Schowalter is a machining professional doing what he can to promote careers in ...
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Published July 2016 By Miles Free III We manufacture critical components for a number of advanced technologies where human safety ...
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Published June 2016 By PMPA Staff This past April, top industry talent from North America converged in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ...
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Published June 2016 By PMPA Staff In 1995, Sal and Louise Trichilo purchased Astra Precision, a small mom-and-pop screw machine ...
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Published June 2016 By Miles Free III The PMPA is active on a number of issues in Washington that can ...
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Published May 2016 By PMPA Staff PMPA’s list of training opportunities in the precision machining industry provides comprehensive resources for ...
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Published May 2016 By Miles Free III What are unknown knowns? For the purposes of this article, I want to ...
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Published May 2016 By PMPA Staff For almost 25 years, PartMaker Inc., a subsidiary of Autodesk’s Delcam unit, has worked ...
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Published April 2016 By PMPA Staff Manufactured goods are an integral part of our life at home and work. VIEW ...
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Published April 2016 By PMPA Staff Zach came to work for NEM in January 2015, as part of a co-operative ...
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Published April 2016 By PMPA Staff In July 1966, two engineers, Richard Lawton and Ernie Corts, with over 50 years ...
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Published April 2016 By Miles Free III The commercial demands of keeping our shops busy, machines up and running and ...
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Published March 2016 By Miles Free III Americans today still believe that manufacturing is the foundation of a strong economy ...
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Published March 2016 By PMPA Staff In 1964, Donald Holbrook took two Brown & Sharpe cam screw machines he purchased ...
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Published March 2016 By Miles Free III Customers are quick to scold and point out perceived waste in our plant ...
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Published February 2016 By Miles Free III When was the last time you evaluated your customer list to see how ...
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Published February 2016 By Bernie Nagle In coordination with our advocacy team in Washington, The Franklin Partnership and PMPA members ...
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Published February 2016 By PMPA Staff In 1957, Howard H. Fischer founded what would become Fischer Special Tooling, a machining ...
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Published December 2015 By PMPA Staff As concerns regarding the lack of interest in manufacturing careers for the upcoming high ...
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Published December 2015 By Miles Free III As we near the end of the calendar year, we thought you might ...
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Published December 2015 By PMPA Staff Harry Eighmy is PMPA’s new president for the upcoming term. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published November 2015 By Miles Free III The existing power plant carbon emissions rule is said to only raise your ...
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Published November 2015 By PMPA Staff Before it was a 40-employee operation serving the aerospace, medical and other major industries, ...
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Published November 2015 By PMPA Staff Bernie Nagle has been named PMPA’s new executive director. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published October 2015 By PMPA Staff Since its inception in 1960, Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio, has maintained ...
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Published October 2015 By PMPA Staff Portland, Oregon-based Enoch Precision Machining’s humble beginnings date back to 1949 in the home ...
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Published October 2015 By Miles Free III The U.S. dollar is one of the strongest currencies in the world, and ...
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Published September 2015 By Mari Kirchenbauer The skills gap is real. It is something that concerns each and every one ...
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Published September 2015 By PMPA Staff From the early DOS days of desktop computing to Microsoft Windows 10, Henning Software ...
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Published September 2015 By Miles Free III Labor Day was originally held in New York City on September 5, 1882, ...
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Published August 2015 By Miles Free III At the recent Horn Technology Days, I spent some time hanging out with ...
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Published August 2015 By PMPA STAFF Now in its third generation of ownership, Kerr Lakeside has been a staple in ...
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Published August 2015 By Miles Free III “The workforce and finding skilled people are our shop’s biggest problems.” I hear ...
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Published July 2015 By PMPA Staff PMPA’s 54th annual National Technical Conference held in Columbus, Ohio, this past April was ...
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Published July 2015 By PMPA Staff The 2015 GHF-NIMS-SkillsUSA Scholarship Program awarded more than $200,000 in scholarship funds to students ...
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Published July 2015 By PMPA Staff Champion Screw Machine Engineering was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1945 by brothers John ...
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Published July 2015 By Miles Free III Are your operators competent problem solvers? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published June 2015 By PMPA Staff At this year’s PMPA National Technical Conference, members Micron and Boston Centerless gave insight ...
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Published June 2015 By PMPA Staff Since it was founded by the Ver Wys family, Imperial Metal Products has been ...
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Published June 2015 By Miles Free III During the recently concluded Precision Machining Technology Show and Technology Conference, we got ...
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Published May 2015 By Miles Free III The federal government affects every aspect of your business. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2015 By PMPA Staff Michael Gammache, from Machined Products Company in Lancaster, Penn., and a 1974 Thaddeus Stevens ...
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Published May 2015 By PMPA Staff Founded in 1946, Fordsell Machine Products began as a supplier of single-spindle, screw-machine parts ...
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Published May 2015 By Miles Free III 2015 and 2016 are poised to be very profitable years for our shops, ...
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Published April 2015 By PMPA Staff Hydromat, in its 36th year of U.S. operations, is a well known name in ...
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Published April 2015 By Miles Free III The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy estimates the cost to comply with ...
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Published April 2015 By PMPA Staff NIMS issued 18,947 credentials to more than 8,000 individuals in 2014 according to Jim ...
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Published March 2015 By PMPA Staff Many wonder how young people today can be positively influenced to pursue engineering careers ...
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Published March 2015 By PMPA Staff In 1981, at age 24, Victor DaCruz and a business partner bought a small ...
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Published March 2015 By Miles Free III I really don’t care about your vision. I want to know your values ...
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Published February 2015 By PMPA Staff PMPA recently produced two successful regional mini-technical conferences for precision machining companies. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published February 2015 By PMPA Staff If the pundits are right and 2015 is going to be a strong year ...
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Published February 2015 By Miles Free III If the pundits are right and 2015 is going to be a strong ...
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Published December 2014 By PMPA Staff Tom Bernstein, president of TORIN Products, was installed as PMPA president at the association’s ...
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Published December 2014 By Miles Free III Reporting of injuries and illnesses is not a right. It is an obligation ...
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Published November 2014 By PMPA Staff Kalkaska Screw Products Inc. (KSP) was a machining division of an automotive filter manufacturing ...
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Published November 2014 By Miles Free III Vision and mission statements have become about as commonplace as letters to Santa ...
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Published October 2014 By PMPA Staff Core Powered Inc., founded in 2004, serves tooling needs for companies in the United ...
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Published October 2014 By Miles Free III As a former steel mill metallurgist, helping customers determine the best grade of ...
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Published September 2014 By PMPA Staff PMPA heads to the Naples – Fort Myers area for its 2014 Annual Meeting ...
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Published September 2014 By PMPA Staff Kenneth W. Gronbach, president of KGC Direct, LLC and author of the best-selling book, ...
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Published September 2014 By Miles Free III PMPA helps our members intelligently manage regulatory risk by paying attention to proposals ...
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Published August 2014 By PMPA Staff Metal Seal Precision Ltd. is a full-service manufacturer of precision metal components and subassemblies, ...
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Published August 2014 By Rachel Kerstetter Albert and David Thuro, of Thuro Metal Products, are more at ease today than ...
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Published July 2014 By PMPA Staff Together with its subsidiary company, Traub, Index Group is one of the world’s leading ...
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Published July 2014 By Miles Free III Precision manufacturing today is far different from the dirty factories that most people ...
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Published June 2014 By Rob Kiener Step away from the world of 24/7 text messages, emails, Facebook posts, tweets, voicemail ...
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Published June 2014 By PMPA Staff CSI Group is a highly specialized group of companies offering unique manufacturing processes for ...
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Published June 2014 By Miles Free III Our management teams are effectively associating to solve the skills gap issue in ...
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Published May 2014 By PMPA Staff Global Precision Parts, Inc. was formed from a series of strategic acquisitions and incorporated ...
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Published May 2014 By Miles Free III Machining difficult materials is a challenge that shops are increasingly facing these days ...
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Published April 2014 By PMPA Staff Chase Brass and Copper Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc., ...
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Published April 2014 By Miles Free III An employer may provide respirators and dust masks at the request of employees, ...
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Published March 2014 By Miles Free III Four PMPA members were honored by the Manufacturing Institute’s second STEP Awards for ...
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Published March 2014 By PMPA Staff There are so many things that people have learned through experience that are not ...
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Published February 2014 By PMPA Staff Griffith Training provides in-plant training and consulting for quality, productivity and improvement for manufacturers ...
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Published February 2014 By Miles Free III Making decisions when there is uncertainty is a different process than when you ...
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Published January 2014 By PMPA Staff Workshops for Warriors, a San Diego nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing job ...
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Published January 2014 By Miles Free III This is the time of year when purchasing agents and buyers try to ...
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Published December 2013 By Tom Bernstein The lean gurus talk about standardizing and setting in place, but who really has ...
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Published December 2013 By PMPA Staff At the PMPA Management Update Conference, February 21-23 in Las Vegas, John Wirtz will ...
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Published December 2013 By PMPA Staff After 11 years as PMPA executive director, Michael Duffin formally retires on December 31, ...
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Published November 2013 By PMPA Staff Darlene Miller, the new PMPA president as well as the president and CEO of ...
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Published November 2013 By Mile Free III Part time employment in a low-paying field does not have to be your ...
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Published October 2013 By PMPA Staff Laurel Steel Limited, founded in 1967, is a member of the Harris Steel Group, ...
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Published October 2013 By PMPA Staff Following an extensive search process, the board of directors of PMPA selected Michael T ...
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Published September 2013 By PMPA Staff This could be the day that sets someone on the path to a great ...
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Published September 2013 By PMPA Staff Small Parts Manufacturing, in business since 1946, is committed to providing its customers with ...
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Published September 2013 By Jeff Wiltsie There are thousands of ways to measure productivity. Determining the best method is the ...
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Published August 2013 By PMPA Staff This fall, the Precision Machined Products Association celebrates 80 years of continuous operation as ...
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Published August 2013 By PMPA Staff Edward W. (Ned) Hill, dean and professor of economic development at the Maxine Goodman ...
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Published August 2013 By PMPA Staff The Precision Machined Products Association will be awarding Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to individuals ...
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Published July 2013 By Miles Free III What is the best indicator for measuring your shop’s performance? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published July 2013 By PMPA Staff John Halladay, sales manager at Vectron, Inc. in Elyria, Ohio, will compete in the ...
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Published July 2013 By Miles Free III We thought that we were in the business to make parts, with zero ...
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Published June 2013 By PMPA Staff Fairchild Auto-Mated Parts Inc., founded in 1944, crafts precision machined parts for North American ...
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Published June 2013 By Miles Free III The shortage of skilled workers in the machining trade is undeniable. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2013 By David Wilhite Virtually all modern CNC machines are designed with safety in mind. However... VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2013 By PMPA Staff Milwaukee Area Technical College, known as MATC, is a comprehensive technical college that offers ...
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Published May 2013 By Miles Free III PMPA Member Company Precision Plus, and CEO Mike Reader, in Elkhorn, Wis., is ...
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Published April 2013 By PMPA Staff VIBCO is committed to quality, innovation and producing a complete product portfolio that is ...
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Published April 2013 By Miles Free III Managing a business today demands intelligently managing a lot of risk: market risk, ...
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Published March 2013 By Miles Free III It is winter, and for those of us in the northern part of ...
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Published March 2013 By PMPA Staff Mastercam®, developed by CNC Software, Inc., is the most widely used CAD/CAM software in ...
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Published February 2013 By PMPA Staff Tsugami REM Sales, LLC, a division of Morris Group, Inc., was formed in 1978 ...
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Published February 2013 By Miles Free III Continuous improvement begins with understanding and maintaining the capabilities of what we have ...
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Published January 2013 By PMPA Staff AMT Machine Systems, Ltd. provides innovative, modular motion control components and systems to the ...
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Published January 2013 By Miles Free III Anticipation is the key aspect of managerial success. Intelligent management of risk is ...
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Published December 2012 By PMPA Staff The greatest challenge facing the precision machining industry is the lack of skilled workers,” ...
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Published December 2012 By Miles Free III There are many good reasons to improve our shop housekeeping and aesthetics. Improved ...
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Published November 2012 By Miles Free III There’s nothing wrong with doing the prep work now to make your shop’s ...
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Published November 2012 By PMPA Staff New PMPA President Ron Bracalente looks forward to watching the precision machining industry grow ...
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Published November 2012 By Miles Free III I just returned from two and a half days at IMTS, the metalworking ...
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Published October 2012 By Heather Haas Succession planning is planning for the future success of your business. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published October 2012 By PMPA Staff Metric Machining, Inc. manufactures precision machined parts for various applications in the aerospace, automotive, ...
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Published October 2012 By Miles Free III While many of the recent college graduates (over 25 %) are unemployed and ...
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Published September 2012 By Miles Free III In Washington, D.C., this industry is known as NAICS 332721: Precision Machining. VIEW ...
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Published September 2012 By PMPA Staff Galion LLC is a manufacturer of precision-machined parts made primarily for the automotive, commercial ...
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Published September 2012 By Miles Free III College as an Investment…Really? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published August 2012 By PMPA Staff The company originally known as Hardinge Brothers was founded in 1890 by Canadians, Henry ...
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Published August 2012 By Monte Guitar Is there an ISO requirement that states that the Quality Manager cannot report to ...
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Published August 2012 By Miles Free III I remember the excitement of back-to-school when I was a child—new clothes, new ...
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Published July 2012 By PMPA Staff In 1941, William Leonard Clippard, Jr. founded a company that sold electrical test equipment, ...
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Published July 2012 By Miles Free III The Deming Cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) is a staple of management in ...
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Published June 2012 By Miles Free III Precision machinists already know how to add value by subtraction. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published June 2012 By Richard Hoster Since being named PMPA president, W. Richard Hoster has traveled the country, visiting association ...
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Published June 2012 By Miles Free III As a plant and division manager, as a worker and as a technician, ...
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Published May 2012 By Miles Free III “F1 in Schools” is the Formula One Technology Challenge presented to middle school ...
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Published May 2012 By PMPA Staff Polygon Solutions, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes precision rotary (wobble) broaching tools and tool ...
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Published May 2012 By Miles Free III Differences in material machining performance is probably the number one issue that skilled ...
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Published April 2012 By PMPA Staff American Turned Products (ATP) is a high-volume, contract manufacturer specializing in precision turning and ...
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Published April 2012 By Miles Free III What’s the right strategy? What is Strategy anyway? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published April 2012 By Heather Haas In business, as in life, some gaps are inconsequential while others are world-altering. VIEW ...
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Published March 2012 By Miles Free III Ditch the book. Which book? That “big honkin’ binder” out in the shop ...
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Published March 2012 By PMPA Staff In the precision machining industry, the Detterbeck name goes back to the days of ...
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Published March 2012 By Monte Guitar The precision machining industry relies on the best and the brightest people in manufacturing ...
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Published February 2012 By Miles Free III Every precision machining shop has a calibration system to assure that its products ...
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Published February 2012 By PMPA Staff “Competence is Not an Option” and “Developing Good Managers into Great Leaders” are the ...
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Published February 2012 By Jeff Wiltsie Setup reduction is the gold standard for continuous improvement. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published January 2012 By y Rob Kiener Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, stop ...
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Published January 2012 By PMPA Staff Great Lakes Automation Services, Inc. (GLASi) was established just ten years ago, but its ...
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Published January 2012 By Miles Free III Hidden variation is what increases your costs. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published December 2011 By Julie O-Keefe PMPA member companies are engaged in making parts that require precision machining. This necessitates ...
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Published December 2011 By Rob Kiener February’s PMPA Management Update Conference in San Diego will feature Howard C. Fletcher III ...
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Published December 2011 By Miles Free III According to a Skills Gap study by the Manufacturing Institute, more than 80 ...
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Published December 2011 By Miles Free III If you’re not on LinkedIn, you should be. And if you are, when ...
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Published November 2011 By Miles Free III When I was a student, I really liked when an equation just made ...
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Published November 2011 By PMPA Staff Corey Steel Company is a leading manufacturer of cold-finished steel bar. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published November 2011 By Miles Free III The precision machining industry has several unique characteristics that make it a relatively ...
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Published October 2011 By PMPA Staff Lyn-Tron, Inc. provides precision-engineered electronic and connector hardware to the computer and electronics industries, ...
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Published October 2011 By Miles Free III OSHA cited an Ohio company for 15 safety violations and fined that company ...
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Published October 2011 By Monte Guitar Are you considering registering your quality system? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published October 2011 By Miles Free III In recent months, we have seen wild swings in equity markets — government ...
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Published September 2011 By PMPA Staff Marubeni Citizen-Cincom (MCC) was founded in 1984 to market and service the company’s line ...
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Published September 2011 By PMPA Staff PMPA Tools for Industry - Leading Shops VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published September 2011 By Miles Free III I was intrigued by a recent discussion on the PMPA’s Manufacturing Listserve. It ...
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Published August 2011 By PMPA Staff Just how will the economy expand in 2012? William A. Strauss will shed some ...
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Published August 2011 By PMPA Staff PMPA members are often faced with the problems of finding and retaining skilled machinists ...
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Published August 2011 By Miles Free III The burden is on the employer to prove enforcement of the rules. Simply ...
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Published in July 2011 By Miles Free III As a supplier of steel bars to machinists for more than 30 ...
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Published July 2011 By Miles Free III There is a lot of doom-and gloom being bandied about concerning manufacturing, particularly ...
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Published June 2011 By PMPA Staff Prince Industries, Inc. is a globally recognized premier manufacturer of precision machined and sheet ...
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Published June 2011 By Miles Free III Recently, I had a chance to see the future of our craft when ...
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Published May 2011 By Miles Free III Why do the mechanical properties on different shipments of the same size and ...
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- Published May 2011 By PMPA Staff Horn USA, Inc. is the United States representative of Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrik Paul Horn GmbH, ...
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Published May 2011 By Miles Free III We have all learned that the capability to make things is not what ...
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Published April 2011 By Miles Free III In the January issue of Production Machining, the PMPA section began with an ...
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Published April 2011 By Miles Free III Ask PMPA members what they value about their PMPA membership and the first ...
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Published April 2011 By PMPA Staff The Corps Group is excited to be a part of the 2011 Precision Machined ...
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Published March 2011 By Miles Free III Adding value is the goal of all of us in a business. VIEW ...
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Published March 2011 By PMPA Staff The Precision Machined Products Association recently retained the services of the Institute for Trend ...
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Published March 2011 By PMPA Staff Grow the skills of your technical, quality and management personnel. PMPA’s Technical Program Committee ...
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Published February 2011 By Rob Kiener PMPA prides itself on offering “Tools You Can Use,” which is exactly what you’ll ...
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Published February 2011 By Miles Free III In a world where “ordinary suppliers are 100 percent on time and provide ...
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- Published February 2011 By Miles Free III Your data is needed by PMPA to help us provide facts regarding ...
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Published January 2011 By PMPA Staff In November, PMPA began partnering with PI Worldwide to help solve the problem of ...
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Published January 2011 By Miles Free III How will you face 2011? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published December 2010 By Rob Kiener The PMPA Management Update Conference returns to the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort in ...
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Published December 2010 By Miles Free III What will success look like for the North American Precision Machining Industry in ...
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Published November 2010 By PMPA Staff Jeff Ohlemacher was named the new president of PMPA at last month’s Annual Meeting ...
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Published November 2010 By Miles Free III Engineering and process changes are a fact of life in our precision machining ...
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Published Octboer 2010 By PMPA Staff Please go to the polls next month and vote. That is the message from ...
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Published October 2010 By PMPA Staff Chase Brass & Copper Company traces its origins to a business established in 1837 ...
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Published October 2010 By Miles Free III PMPA is proud to announce the addition of American Safety and Health Management ...
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Published September 2010 By Monte Guitar When thinking about implementation of requirements, do not think about compliance, but about usefulness ...
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Published September 2010 By Miles Free III In just one year, we can document more than 65,000 page views on ...
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Published August 2010 By PMPA Staff The Precision Machined Products Association has a long history of advocacy in Washington, D.C ...
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Published May 2010 By Laura Capron So you’ve asked yourself the following questions for months – maybe years: Why should ...
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Published May 2010 By PMPA Staff This year marks the 140th anniversary of the W. H. Bagshaw Company, America’s oldest ...
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Published May 2010 By Miles Free III The worst memories of my adolescence were of nearly failing gym class. VIEW ...
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Published April 2010 By PMPA Staff Hangsterfer’s Laboratories offers a wide array of metalworking fluids for manufacturers—more than 200 different ...
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Published April 2010 By Miles Free III The precision machining industry provides leading safety technology that makes a difference in ...
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Published March 2010 By Rob Kiener Over the past nine months, when called upon, PMPA members have responded in record ...
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Published March 2010 By Miles Free III EMC Precision Machining, a longtime PMPA member, was a stop on President Barack ...
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Published February 2010 By Miles Free III There are many issues that confront our businesses these days. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published January 2010 By PMPA Staff Bob Brinkman, chairman of Brinkman International Group, has announced his retirement from the company ...
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Published January 2010 By Miles Free III It’s January; the time when most of us resolve to do things better ...
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Published December 2009 By Miles Free III The year 2009 will be remembered by many of us as a teacher— ...
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Published December 2009 By PMPA Staff Micron Manufacturing Company of Walker, Mich. recently celebrated its receipt of the 2009 Shingo ...
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Published November 2009 By PMPA Staff Enoch Manufacturing Company is one of the largest custom precision machining manufacturers on America’s ...
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Published November 2009 By Miles Free III There is nothing like business as usual to nurture a…well, let’s call it ...
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Published October 2009 By PMPA Staff Henning Industrial Software, Inc. was founded in January 1990 by Billie J. and Richard ...
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Published October 2009 By Monte Guitar Quality documentation can be improved. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published September 2009 By PMPA Staff “Improving profits” will be the focus of Al Horner’s presentation at the PMPA Annual ...
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Published September 2009 By Miles Free III Beneath the din of bad economic news on TV and in the business ...
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Published August 2009 By Jeff Wiltsie “Controls restrict, restrain, limit and regulate...” Proper use of controls provides a safe operating ...
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Published August 2009 By PMPA Staff Northwest Oil Company is a supplier of industrial lubricants and specialty fluids, including cutting ...
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Published August 2009 By Miles Free III The automotive market is an important sector served by the precision machining industry ...
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Published July 2009 By PMPA Staff In 1925, EMC Precision Machining was started by Mr. Ohlemacher’s great grandfather and a ...
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Published July 2009 By Miles Free III One of the best lessons learned from my MBA experience was that there ...
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Published June 2009 By PMPA Staff 2L Technologies is one of the newest members of the PMPA, having been founded ...
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Published June 2009 By Miles Free III Having been through some incredible down cycles during my time in the steel ...
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Published April 2009 By PMPA Staff In 1957, Robert E. Morris founded what is now Tsugami-Rem Sales. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published April 2009 By Michael B. Duffin The Precision Machined Products Association announces a new business intelligence service for members ...
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Published April 2009 By Deena Ebbert I am all about an adventure. I crave the thrill of discovery and the ...
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Published March 2009 By Rob Kiener As a business owner, you want to provide your employees with a safe work ...
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Published March 2009 By Miles Free III Here’s my favorite photo. I took it in Chicago’s Millennium Park a couple ...
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Published March 2009 By PMPA Staff Watkins Manufacturing has been doing business in the Cincinnati area since the late 1800s ...
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Published March 2009 By Monte Guitar PMPA’s Technical Program Committee has developed new and exciting programming targeted for your technical, ...
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Published January 2009 By Miles Free III It’s the New Year. Hooray! In with the new, out with the old ...
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Published January 2009 By Rob Kiener As we know all too well, 2008 was one of the most challenging years ...
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Published January 2009 By Miles Free III' When I grew up—way back in the mid-20th century—everyone aspired to have a ...
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Published December 2008 By Miles Free III As I write this in early October, the stock market has lost more ...
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Published December 2008 By PMPA Staff As a PMPA technical member, Boston Centerless supplies precision ground bar materials and grinding ...
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Published December 2008 By Miles Free III In September, PMPA members learned about the proposed Rule 1144 for the four-county ...
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Published November 2008 By PMPA Staff Established in 1946 by Frank Rebel (pronounced Rable), the company was founded to provide ...
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- Published November 2008 By Patricia Lewis We believe our greatest assets are our Employees. And, we behave as if ...
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Published September 2008 By Miles Free III One thing about holidays is that once they become official, they hang around ...
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Published September 2008 By PMPA Staff Cox Manufacturing Company specializes in custom, screw machine products, as well as CNC turning ...
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Published September 2008 By Monte Guitar Many of today’s quality or business standards provide a framework that allows you the ...
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Published August 2008 By Rob Kiener This year, the Precision Machined Products Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published July 2008 By Miles Free III Whenever I’ve been asked to go to a trade show or conference, I ...
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Published July 2008 By Rob Kiener The “Big Meeting” is the PMPA’s annual meeting, celebrating the association’s 75th anniversary. VIEW ...
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Published July 2008 By Miles Free III I can remember the first manufacturing job I had after graduating high school ...
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Published July 2008 By Miles Free III Workmanship is an important term that’s often relied upon as the final arbiter ...
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Published June 2008 By Jeff Wiltsie and Miles Free III Is incremental improvement enough for our industry’s longterm survival? VIEW ...
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Published June 2008 By Michael B. Duffin As we near the end of another fiscal and program year, I want ...
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Published June 2008 By Miles Free III In the Midwest, we see the China trade issue pretty simply. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2008 By Miles Free III Before tackling the points brought up by readers, let’s review what I mean ...
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Published May 2008 By PMPA Staff Peterson Tool Company is the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of inserted form tools ...
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Published May 2008 By Rob Kiener The PMPA is known for highquality meeting content, including keynote speakers that address issues ...
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Published May 2008 By Darlene Miller As the president of Permac Industries, I find the time to participate in a ...
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Published April 2008 By PMPA Staff Smith & Richardson Inc. is a provider of chaplets for the metal casting industry ...
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Published April 2008 By Miles Free III Employers are required to determine if PPE should be used to protect their ...
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Published March 2008 By Miles Free III “Value Added” is one of those terms that almost everyone seems to use, ...
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Published March 2008 By PMPA Staff The supplier of specialty steels is now Schmolz+Bickenbach USA. Its parent company, Schmolz+Bickenbach AG, ...
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Published March 2008 By Paul Klonowski Can you assemble an inexpensive vision system for use on precision machine products? VIEW ...
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Published January 2008 By Rob Kiener The PMPA Management Update Committee has your recipe for success in 2008. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published January 2008 By PMPA Staff If your company’s machinists or salespeople need training in precision machining equipment, there could ...
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Published January 2008 By Miles Free III I’d just love to tell you about the importance of quality in marketing ...
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Published December 2007 By Miles Free III Let’s look at some of the reasons why we need to look at ...
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Published December 2007 By PMPA Staff Tornos Technologies is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Swiss machine tools and ...
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Published December 2007 By Miles Free III The beginning of a new year is a time to anticipate. It’s also ...
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Published November 2007 By PMPA Staff The PMPA installed its new president last month at the PMPA annual meeting held ...
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Published November 2007 By Miles Free III Planning for necessary raw materials and tooling is critical for meeting production schedules ...
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Published October 2007 By PMPA Staff Accu-Swiss, Inc. is a custom manufacturer of precision, CNC-machined products, as well as a ...
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Published October 2007 By Gayle Bayer The global competitiveness of our industry is completely changing the way we do business ...
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Published October 2007 By Miles Free III If there is anything more critical to organizational success than clear, consistent communications, ...
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Published September 2007 By Miles Free III There is one indisputable lesson that applies to us in manufacturing: We must ...
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Published September 2007 By PMPA Staff Gosiger Import, a division of Gosiger Inc., markets precision machining equipment to manufacturers throughout ...
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Published September 2007 By Gayle Bayer E-mail is the heart and soul of all communication these days. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published August 2007 By Miles Free III The trend to flatter organizations has made it necessary for people throughout our ...
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Published August 2007 By PMPA Staff Automatic Products Corporation (APC) is a leading provider of precision-machined parts produced on automatic ...
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Published August 2007 By Monte Guitar Solidifying communication between operations, sales and the customer is a huge step to take ...
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Published July 2007 By Miles Free III Why is this here? Will I use it this minute? Will I use ...
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Published July 2007 By PMPA Staff New Dimension Metals Corp. (NDM) is a supplier of coldfinished carbon and alloy steel ...
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Published July 2007 By Gayle Bayer Being on the PMPA IT Committee, I am often asked about my opinion on ...
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Published June 2007 By Miles Free III More than 420 people attended the 2007 PMPA National Technical Conference, held in ...
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Published June 2007 By PMPA Staff Ray Industries, Inc. specializes in precision thread rolling, as well as precision machining of ...
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Published June 2007 By Miles Free III This week, I received a Manufacturing Sector Report from the Environmental Protection Agency ...
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Published May 2007 By Miles Free III A Letter addressing phenomenons in the precision machining industry. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2007 By PMPA Staff Precision machining runs in the Brinkman family. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published May 2007 By Miles Free III Activity-Based Costing (ABC) is often mentioned in conversations between shop owners, but it ...
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Published May 2007 By Miles Free III What can a manufacturing person learn from Walt Disney World to help with ...
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Published April 2007 By Miles Free III Major appliance manufacturer Whirlpool recently told investors that the company expected its business ...
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Published April 2007 By PMPA Staff Axian Technology, Inc. is a privately held, precision machining company that was founded in ...
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Published April 2007 By Miles Free III This is the second of a two-part article on technology payback. The first ...
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Published April 2007 By Brad Ohlemacher Everyone knows that the pace of life has changed in recent years. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published March 2007 By Miles Free III This is the first of a two-part article on technology payback. Part 2, ...
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Published March 2007 By PMPA Staff In 1999, the PMPA Board of Trustees established the PMPA Education Foundation to “ensure ...
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Published March 2007 By PMPA Staff Allied Machined Products is a family-owned-and-operated manufacturer of precision machined parts. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published March 2007 By Monte Guitar The Precision Machined Products Association is pleased to present its 46th annual National Technical ...
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Published January 2007 By Miles Free III The safety of our employees, precision and quality workmanship have always been guiding ...
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Published January 2007 By PMPA Staff Chase Brass & Copper Company’s commitment to its customers is evident based on its ...
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Published January 2007 By Miles Free III One of the paradoxes of team sports that I struggle with has been ...
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Published March 2007 By Rob Kiener Are you satisfied with your company’s success in converting quotes to orders? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published December 2006 By PMPA Staff In 2006, Fordsell Machine Products Co. reached a business milestone. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published December 2006 By Miles Free III Every day, we face numerous challenges. Urgent demands from others, unexpected events, system ...
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Published December 2006 By Rob Kiener Are you satisfied with your current business model? VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published December 2006 By Monte Guitar Each day, organizations face challenges to become lean within their shops. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published November 2006 By Ron Herrera Are you tired of receiving phone calls from your customers requiring you to have ...
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Published November 2006 By PMPA Staff When the Howard H. Fischer Company was founded in 1957, carbide tooling was still ...
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Published November 2006 By Miles Free III Copper is selling for $3.70 per pound at the time that I am ...
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Published August 2006 By Miles Free III You have a new customer located in Germany who is not experienced in ...
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Published August 2006 By PMPA Staff When a vocational school in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, recently found itself without a CNC ...
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Published August 2006 By PMPA Staff Bill Sammon, the senior White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner, will speak at ...
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Published August 2006 By Miles Free III Having worked with and supplied a number of Japanese transplant manufacturing companies, I ...
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Published July 2006 By Miles Free III “Continuous Improvement (CI) of the people and processes under my authority” is the ...
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Published July 2006 By PMPA Staff High Tech Research, Inc. (HTR) develops software and turnkey systems for manufacturing plants. VIEW ...
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Published July 2006 By PMPA Staff “Energy is the most strategic factor in global geopolitics,” states Dr. Michael Economides, one ...
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Published July 2006 By Miles Free III Two incidents early in my career started me on the path to learning ...
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Published June 2006 By Miles Free III The need for training in our shops and businesses is indisputable. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published June 2006 By Rob Kiener The 73rd Annual Meeting will be held September 30 to October 4 at the ...
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Published June 2006 By PMPA Staff Founded in 1966, Permac Industries started out as a small screw machine shop with ...
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Published June 2006 By Miles Free III Several times this year, I have presented a “Cost of Quality” talk to ...
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Published April 2006 By PMPA Staff Prime Screw Machine Products began operations in 1967 by manufacturing military hardware and various ...
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Published April 2006 By Miles Free III There are four trends that define the differences between yesterday’s way of maximizing ...
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Published April 2006 By Miles Free III I have a friend who owns a small business in southern Florida. He ...
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Published April 2006 By Monte Guitar In a 2000 National League playoff game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta ...
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Published March 2006 By Miles Free III The beginning of a new year is typically the time for predicting what ...
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Published March 2006 By Miles Free III There are four trends that define the differences between yesterday’s way of maximizing ...
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Published March 2006 By PMPA Staff Reynolda Manufacturing Solutions was established in 2002 when Reynolda Cutting Tools (RCT) and Component ...
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Published March 2006 By Monte Guitar Benchmark To Success With Tomorrow’s Vision. VIEW ARTICLE ...
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Published January 2006 By PMPA Staff The Index Group, located in Esslingen, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers ...
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Published January 2006 By PMPA Staff Ms. Kim Korth, management consultant and founder of IRN, Inc., will present the keynote ...
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Published January 2006 By Miles Free III Demand for medical implants in the United States is expected to grow by ...
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Published January 2006 By Miles Free III There are four trends that define the differences between yesterday’s way of maximizing ...
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November 2020 Craftsman's Cribsheet #90 Cribsheet provided by PMPA member, Pioneer Service, Inc. in Addison, Illinois There are a variety ...
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October 2020 Craftsman's Cribsheet #88 Cribsheet provided by PMPA member, Pioneer Service, Inc. in Addison, Illinois Standard grinding (both centerless ...
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September 2020 Craftsman's Cribsheet #87 A glossary of basic steel testing terminology. VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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August 2020 Craftsman's Cribsheet #86 Laws have outlawed the provision of plumbing systems containing significant amounts of lead. VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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June 2020 Craftsman's Cribsheet #85 What are some things to look for when using an outside heat treater for the ...
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April 2020 Craftsman's Cribsheet #84 Late in 2019 OSHA revised its inspection priority weighting system. VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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March 2020 Craftsman's Cribsheet #83 Don’t let car keys, wallets, coats, and cell phones sabotage your company’s Emergency Action Plans ...
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November 2019 Craftsman's Cribsheet #82 The 2019 OSHA violations list was presented at the NSC 2019 Safety Conference and Expo ...
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October 2019 Craftsman's Cribsheet #81 The need frequently arises in our shops to estimate the weight of steel, whether as ...
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September 2019 Craftsman's Cribsheet #80 To shop personnel, “free machining” has several meanings: • High rate of production is what ...
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August 2019 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #79 Shop visits are an inevitable part of business today. We have more visitors coming ...
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July 2019 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #78 The straightness of cold finished steel bars, and all other barstock for our machines, ...
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May 2019 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #77 This is a list of the 10 most common violations in our shops this ...
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April 2019 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #76 An accident is an unplanned occurrence in a production setting where a person is ...
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March 2019 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #75 5-S is a standardized process for developing and maintaining an organized, safe, clean and ...
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January 2019 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #73 These five regulations are applicable to our shops and make a great logical foundation ...
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October 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #71 This handy quick guide will give you the common chemical elements found in steel, ...
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September 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #70 A Glossary of Basic Gaging Terminology. VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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August 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #69 Many people worry about the differences between being a leader and being a manager ...
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July 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #68 Ten important things to know before working as a CNC Machinist. VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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June 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #67 The mechanical properties of 17-4 PH must be fully developed by age hardening from ...
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May 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #66 While austenitic grain size is a result of chemistry, the changes it evokes in ...
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April 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #65 Austenitic grain size is a material characteristic that is usually reported on test reports ...
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March 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #64 Lead is not banned by the European Union’s “End of Life Vehicles Regulations” for ...
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February 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #63 There are three main kinds of wear, and these each have some common modes ...
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January 2018 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #62 PMPA’s Business Trends Report has been reporting an eight percent or more increase in ...
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December 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #61 Deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, presented the agency’s preliminary ...
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November 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #60 Decarburization on surface layers can affect heat treatment and hardness attained on parts. Decarburization ...
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October 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #59 Busy machines and production lines are good, but even better are busy machines and ...
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September 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #58 Machinability of different materials is generally expressed as a percentage compared with a known ...
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August 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #57 Failures of steel parts in service or production occur infrequently. However, when steel parts ...
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July 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #56 “Stress cracks are defined as transverse or near transverse open crevices created when concentration ...
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June 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #55 In “The Toyota Way,” author Jeffrey Liker lists and discusses the eight non-value-adding wastes ...
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May 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #54 We all know the importance of safety in our shops, so here are 12 ...
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April 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #53 Unleaded brasses are not necessarily harder to run than leaded brass. They are just ...
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March 2017 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #52 In cold worked steels, failures can be broadly nucleated by localized defects, such as ...
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December 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #51 There are three main areas that are solely the responsibility of management: VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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November 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #50 The ability of a material to deform plastically without fracturing is called ductility. In ...
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October 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #49 Three (3) of My Favorite and Most Shared Ideas to Get the Most from ...
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September 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #48 Vacuum treated or vacuum degassed steel is used for critical applications that require steel ...
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August 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #47 The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following ...
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July 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #46 Many people, particularly those in purchasing and accounting, see buying at the lowest costs ...
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June 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #45 If you have an intermittent or periodic problem, start counting frequency of occurrence, and ...
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May 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #44 The PMPA Business Trends Report is published monthly and provides a credible means for ...
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April 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #43 Here are six factors that can affect tool life in your shop. VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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March 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #42 Plan, Do, Study, Adjust: The Engine of Continuous Improvement VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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February 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #41 The weldability of steels is influenced primarily by the carbon content. Carbon equivalents of ...
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January 2016 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #40 The Top 10 OSHA Violations for FY 2015 VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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December 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #39 In steel, tempering is reheating hardened steel to a temperature below the lower critical ...
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November 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #38 These days, pyrometers are affordable, but it is the mark of a craftsman to ...
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October 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #37 Here are some of the major reasons grouped into a rough classification by where ...
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September 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #36 Continuous improvement is of necessity in the very DNA of our shops. VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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August 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #35 An improperly defined gage repeatability and reproducibility (R&R) program can drain a company of ...
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July 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #34 Everyone will agree that open lines of communication with your customers is key to ...
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June 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #33 Everything old is new again. Once a staple of the shop, leaded steel was ...
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May 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #32 The manganese and sulfur content shown on the cert determine the volume fraction of ...
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April 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #31 Unleaded brasses are not necessarily harder to run than leaded brass. They are just ...
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March 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #30 The ability of a material to deform plastically without fracturing is called ductility. In ...
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January 2015 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #29 The machinability of steel bars is determined by three primary factors. Those factors are: ...
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December 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #28 Here are some reasons why you should not even need gloves when working on ...
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November 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #27 Providing lockout/tagout devices and ensuring that equipment is capable of being locked out/tagged out ...
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October 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #26 The Deming Cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) is a staple of management in the ...
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September 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #25 For an object to be considered an article, the following conditions should be fulfilled: ...
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August 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #24 How can we use a nonconforming event to solidify relationships with customers? VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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July 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #23 Fabric and cable slings are widely employed in shops to lift and move bundles ...
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June 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #22 Plating difficulties are invariably related to 3 potential contributors: Inadequate cleaning, insufficient stock removal ...
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May 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #21 Here is a checklist for selecting materials for making parts by precision machining: VIEW/DOWNLOAD ...
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April 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #20 Your quality assurance manager can put you to sleep explaining the difference between these ...
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March 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #19 SARA Title III Section 313 (part of the community right-to-know regulations) is the legal ...
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February 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #18 An improperly defined Repeatability and Reproducibility (R&R) program can drain a company of resources ...
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January 2014 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #16 Here are four steps to help you organize, define, simplify and improve your quality ...
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December 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #16 The National Safety Council recently released a preliminary compilation of OSHA’s Top 10 Most ...
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November 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #15 There are two kinds of distortion that can result from a heat-treating process in ...
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October 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #14 The parts that we produce in our precision machining shops are usually embedded into ...
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September 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #13 Employees do not work with a copy of a work instruction in hand. So ...
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August 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #12 As a manufacturing guy, I have spent a lot of time in shops in ...
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July 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #11 Problems with drills and hole-making are getting even more frequent as more jobs are ...
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June 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #10 Brainstorming sessions are very ineffective in their use of time. Assembling a number of ...
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May 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #9 Plating difficulties are invariably related to three potential contributors: inadequate cleaning, insufficient stock removal ...
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April 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #8 OSHA announced on March 20, 2012 a final rule updating OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard ...
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March 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #7 Straightness is critical for holding position and tolerances on today’s highly engineered medical, aerospace, ...
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February 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #6 In the precision machining business, nobody sets up their machines based on the quality ...
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January 2013 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #5 How can the quality function help an organization make more money? By serving the ...
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December 2012 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #4 How does OSHA decide to inspect a workplace? OSHA prioritizes inspections based on the ...
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November 2012 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #3 5 Buyer Decisions that Can Increase Part Costs Helping Precision Machine Shops Be More ...
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November 2012 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #3 5 Buyer Decisions that Can Increase Part Costs Helping Precision Machine Shops Be More ...
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October 2012 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #2 You meet all of the requirements of the standard with your audit program, but ...
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September 2012 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #1 The machinability of steel bars is determined by three primary factors: Cold work, Thermal ...
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September 2012 | Craftsman's Cribsheet #1 The machinability of steel bars is determined by three primary factors: Cold work, Thermal ...
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