Speaking of Precision Blog by Miles Free III

(originally posted on pmpaspeakingofprecision.com)

PMPA Business Trends Sales Recovered in June graph
“This month’s 112 value is 37 points or 49.33% higher than the 2009 Calendar year average of 75 during the ...
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May Industrial Production FED Reports Gains
"Manufacturing output rose 3.8 percent in May, but it was still 16.9 percent below its pre-pandemic level in February. The ...
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3-S Your Shop- COVID-19
"The one thing that you can do is to stand down for ten minutes and 3-S your shop." Paul Akers,  ...
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PMPA Business Trends December 2019 Review and Summary
"2019 was a better year than you think, finishing essentially even with 2018. Responding shops have balanced expectations going into  ...
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OSHA LOGO
How does OSHA decide to inspect shops? Prior to this latest change, OSHA followed its Enforcement Weighting System (EWS). Late ...
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On December 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an instruction (Directive)  CPL 03-00-022 ...
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Don't do it!
Question: Why don't the Certs for C12L14 and C1215 cold drawn steel bars have mechanical properties routinely reported? Answer: Because ...
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Dealing with Broken Links- A Process
Actually I am amazed at how few broken links I encounter in all of my online research. But occasionally, we ...
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STEM careers add value!
Here in one tidy place you can find a current list of the most Valuable College Majors. Many of them ...
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What About the Chips?
Our customers are interested in what is left after we remove the chips. But it is up to us  as ...
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Reversion to the Mean in June- PMPA Business Trends.
2019 has been a very strong year for Sales.  PMPA's June Business Trends Sales index  11 point “reversion to the ...
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Why are CNC Machinists so Difficult to Find?
I was asked this question on Quora. Thought that you might like my answer. Spoiler alert- I blamed Moms... Enjoy! ...
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Quality Quote
No spec, no quality. Know Spec, know quality. Know the specification! ...
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United States Department of Commerce Section 232 Exclusion Requests Tracking
In case you were wondering how well the US Department of Commerce is taking care of the exclusion requests by ...
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A New Era Began Today
I was privileged to be able to witness the live cast of the Falcon Heavy Lift vehicle today. The photo ...
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Precision Machining Industry Sales Up 6.8% in 2017
Our December PMPA Business Trends Report for December 2017 finished at 125 for the year, up 6.8% over last year's ...
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Foaming- Why Base Oil Differences Matter In Your Shop.
You don't need a degree in Organic Chemistry to understand the differences in your shops' metalcutting fluid base oils and ...
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Top Ten OSHA Violations in 2017
Deputy Director  of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust presented the agency's preliminary list at the National Safety Congress ...
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September ISM PMI- Manufacturing Expansion Continues to Strengthen
"Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September, and the overall economy grew for the 100th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives ...
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Job Openings Hit Record in July- BLS
The Department Of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics JOLTS release yesterday showed that job openings posted by US employers reached ...
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Strong ISM PMI Report for June 2017
A strong ISM Report for June: The PMI Index increased 2.9 percent,  New Orders Index up 4 percent, Production Index ...
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OSHA Mandatory Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Delayed
No Formal Announcement. Why? No Entry in the Federal Register. Why? No Official Statement. Why? Just a tiny little update ...
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April Shipments, Despite Correction, Give Positive Outlook for Shipments
Precision machined products shipments for April, as captured in PMPA's Business Trends April Report, declined 20 points or 14.5% from ...
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Employment Population Ratio- Good News
The BLS's Employment Population Ratio was 60.1 in March 2017, its first time back over 60% since February 2009. February ...
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Thank You to My Readers
Actually, a million thank yous! Thanks to readers like you, SPEAKINGOFPRECISIONBLOG has over 1,000,000 views. 1,000,000 views! Our first post ...
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Decarburization and Your Precision Machine Shop
Decarburization on surface layers can affect heat treatment and hardness attained on parts. Decarburization also provides evidence of where in ...
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Stress Cracks in Steel Bar Products.
"Stress cracks are defined as transverse or near transverse open crevices created when concentration of residual stresses exceed the local ...
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Highest in 2 years and up 1.5 points over November 2016
The Institute for Supply Management announced on Tuesday that its Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) for Manufacturing index rose 1.5 percentage ...
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Didn't know that Santa was into over-inspection
What's on your list? Lists? Holidays provide a great time for reflection. Santa checking his list started me thinking... Here ...
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Minimum Wall thickness is determined by Nominal Thread diameter and thread pitch
Guest post by Lib Pietrantoni, CJWinter Flaking threads and thread damage can be avoided when thread rolling thin walled parts ...
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We all have shared responsibility for safety.
We attended a presentation at WIRE-Net by Cleveland OSHA Area Director Howie Eberts. Howie did a great job of giving ...
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They never told me about this when I was learning my times tables...
About this time of year the  advice starts rolling out - have a plan so you don't miss anything. Make ...
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Convincing, factual, insights about advanced manufacturing.
Mark Muro is the author of the Brookings Institution's latest report on advanced manufacturing which we blogged about here. He ...
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Think of your efforts here as an investment in "Penalty Prevention."
OSHA Penalties increased 78% August 1, 2016. The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards ...
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@0 feet long two ends to thread, 3 and a half tons of precision.
The Team at Keystone Threaded Products shows us that "Precision" doesn't necessarily mean "Tiny" as they thread the ends of ...
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If college was your first plan, but now it’s not, you need an alternative plan. The difference between low wages ...
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 in our shops, order of magnitude reflects the relative scale of our processes and helps us see what is and is not applicable to the problem at hand.
If you have an intermittent  or periodic problem, start counting frequency of occurrence, and then figure out what the order of ...
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Any Questions?
March 2016 = 8.6 % Link to FRED site for this chart ...
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50.8 reading was below expectations for April, indicating a slower pace of manufacturing expansion compared to March.
"Manufacturing registered growth in April for the second consecutive month, as 15 of our 18 industries reported an increase in ...
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Up 12% over ptior two months; down 4% from March 2015
With 80 companies responding, the PMPA Business Trends Index in March 2016 climbed 14 points or twelve per cent to ...
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Upset testing
Mechanical properties of a given steel under compression compare closely with its tensile properties. An upset can be performed to ...
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These indicators tracked closely in 2014, not so much in 2015...
Lousy forecasting by OEM customers  beats Lean and JIT every time, leaving the OEM's supply chain bloated with inventory and starving ...
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Advocating for positive change.
Mike Reader, President of Precision Plus, shares his take on PMPA's recent 2 day Capitol Hill Fly-in. On Tuesday, March ...
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Manufacturing is back!
"Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the first time in the last six months, while the ...
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OSHA Issues Safety Alert- Scissors Lifts 10 fatalities and 20 serious injuries over a one year period spurred the alert ...
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There are many distractiong non value added elements in this photo.
Editing to remove non- value adding distractions and waste is the true essence of Lean. Who is the "Lean Editor" to cut the ...
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Steady as she goes: level sales for January and February 2016
 Level Precision Machining Industry Sales Beat Fed Industrial Production Numbers for February 2016 With 81 companies responding, the PMPA Business ...
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135 Degree Screw Machine Drill
Here are  three of my favorite and most shared ideas to get the most from drills in your shop. Keep the drill ...
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Graph of ISM PMI index january 1963 through February 2016
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in February for the fifth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for ...
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The inventor of the feedback circuit figured this out a long time ago
"When we install this automated line we can eliminate three jobs." This is probably the stupidest thing that I have ...
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20% more credentials issued in 2015 over 2014
21,420 to be exact.  This is a 20% increase in the number of credentials issued in the United States from ...
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Up just 0.9% from Last year
: Underwhelming and underperforming, but we did eke out almost a percent of growth last year. PMPA’s Index of Sales ...
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Work yet to be done on unemployment...
Today our growth is limited by our inability to acquire skilled workers. In the last recession, we were held back ...
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Make it work
Making it work might get the machine back up and running in half an hour, but if a quarter of ...
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Chart courtesy Calculated Risk blog
"Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in December for the second consecutive month, with the December PMI® registering 48.2 ...
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Bolted joints are a staple of modern engineering and manufacturing practice. Modern life is modern because of our mastery of ...
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november 2015 BT
Seasonality explains our drop in Sales this November, as it does every year. The November 2015 PMPA Business Trends Report Sales ...
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Manufacturing contracts for first time since
The Institute for Supply Management   Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector dropped to 48.6 in November from ...
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Kathy Looman NIMS
"The growth and passion I have seen in in manufacturing education and credentialing in just a short time has been ...
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Seams are longitudinal crevices that are tight or even closed at the surface, but are not welded shut. They are ...
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OSHA Penalties expected to increase 82%
Wall Street Journal   Alexandra Berzon reported Wednesday that "Federal penalties for workplace-safety violations were increased this week for the first ...
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 There are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking ...
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ISMOct2015
The October PMI is the lowest reading since May 2013, when the PMI also registered 50.1 percent. A reading above ...
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CEO John Stoneback and Congressman David Joyce in the Shop at JM Performance Products, Inc.
Congressman David Joyce toured PMPA member company JM Performance Products, Inc.  to see how  district manufacturing jobs create value for the entire ...
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4 keys to sustainability
Many people, particularly in Purchasing and Accounting, see buying at the lowest cost as being a key to sustaining their ...
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Door interlocks make the OSHA folks happy.
Our recent post on the latest OSHA Emphasis program on Amputations brought us a comment from Michael Krizmanich at PMPA Technical ...
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Bernie Nagle (left) is welcomed to PMPA Headquarters by PMPA President Tom Bernstein
The Precision Machined Products Association announced today that it has appointed Bernie Nagle to be the organization’s next Executive Director ...
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Fred Graph of 10 year civilian workforce participation rate
The number of Americans NOT in the workforce is at record levels, and yet the talking heads assure us that ...
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Process Owners are what I will celebrate.
Labor doesn’t add much value. In my experience, it only moved stuff around. The labor jobs went away. Today, I ...
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Manufacturing growth is slowing in August 2015.
At 51.1% the August PMI came in below the anticipated value of 52.8%. The numbers indicate growth, but the change indicates that ...
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It's not every post that I write that I can start with a reference to DOS desktop computing, but in ...
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OSHA Natiomnal Emphasis Program on Amputations 2015
“The intent of this NEP is to target workplaces with machinery and equipment that cause (or are capable of causing) ...
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Minion wearing PPE including Hearing Protection
Even though this shop does not exceed the decibel limit over time, specified by OSHA, they do require PPE for all ...
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Becalmed saiboat. Doldrums
The Doldrums are “a belt of calms and light baffling winds north of the equator between the northern and southern ...
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Heat treat colors for steel Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures
Our Temper Colors for Steel Chart Post remains very popular. So here is a chart of Heat Treat Colors for ...
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Cut off Tool and Holders for Acme Gridley Multispindle Screw Machine
 There are many different ways that part length can vary when using a cut-off tool on Multiple Spindle Automatic Screw ...
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HAZCOMM Overview
Starting yesterday, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers are required to provide a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating ...
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 Liquid steel after treatment in a Siemens RH degassing plant achieves improved properties.
 Vacuum treated (vacuum degassed) steel is used for  critical applications that require steel with an exceptionally high degree of structural ...
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New Record!
With 84 companies responding, the PMPA Business Trends Index in March roared in from February’s 122 to a seasonally correct ...
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The methodology of measurement and what is measured are quite different. this is critical to understand if  you will not ...
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Time is running out...
The National Technical Conference is one of PMPA’s most valued deliverables. Produced by members for members, this conference shares how- ...
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The 0.15- 0.35 weight percent of lead helps these bars machine 25% faster with less power required.
Leaded steel bars historically have been a mainstay raw material in the screw machining industry. As more applications and newer ...
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"Unknown controls" in science are like "Then a miracle happens' in Theology.
"PMPA urges EPA to maintain the current 75ppb standards for ozone. Allowing for the full and continued implementation of the current ...
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Manganese and Sulfur have a powerful effect in reducing flank wear on HSS tools
Flank wear is the "normally expected" failure mode for tools to fail when machining steels. The volume fraction of Manganese ...
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I had to find out, what does it mean?
One of my international contacts through the Syndicat International du Decolletage posted an intriguing photo on Facebook. I did my ...
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Time, temperature, quench, suitable steel.
There are only a handful of things to check when your steel parts fail to respond to  quench and temper ...
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Many ways that tools can fail. this post discusses factors in the steel that can lead to this.
Tool life can vary when machining carbon and alloy steels despite the use of our best technology and our efforts ...
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Same yellow color, Just no Lead in the Grain Boundaries
Unleaded brasses are not necessarily harder to run than leaded brass. They are just different. By recognizing and accommodating for  their ...
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The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported to day that the PMI for January PMI was at 53.5%a decrease of ...
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A passion for improvement is what drives the folks Vanamatic.
It has been my pleasure to work with the folks at the Vanamatic Company since the late 1980's as a  ...
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Credentials issued by NIMS in 2014 show that more students are preparing for success and high-demand careers. In 2014, NIMS ...
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There are a number of reasons that one could be bearish about the December ISM PMI report. But that doesn't ...
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2600 years later, we have samples to analyze...
According to Discovery News  this week, "Gleaming cast metal called orichalucum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found ...
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New wallet card available from OSHA.
Employers! These requirements are now in effect! A new wallet card issued by OSHA will help your supervisors understand the ...
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No telling on what the State troopers busted this jolly old elf for, but we bailed him out with donations to the local food bank...
We are fortunate to have our trade, our businesses, our ability to produce highly engineered components that make a difference ...
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Here are our  ten most read posts this year: The Difference Between Accuracy And Precision Measurement In Your Machine Shop ...
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That drop tells us more about October's record than it does about November sales
The PMPA Business Trends Report Sales index for November plummeted 23 points from 132 to 109, a drop of almost ...
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NLRB Action This Week Will Hurt Manufacturing Employees and Employers
Washington, D.C. – The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) today strongly criticized the release by the National Labor Relations Board ...
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Fractured specimen fitted back together then measured
The ability of a material to deform plastically without fracturing, is called ductility. In the materials usually machined in our ...
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Manufacturing sustains expansion in November 2014
" Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for ...
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Thanksgiving is a time to share with family and friends.
We have many blessings in our lives, the love of family, friends chief among them. Most of us enjoy an ...
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Ductility arrives in our shops as indicated by burrs
The ability of a material to deform plastically without fracturing, is called ductility. In the materials usually machined in our ...
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Here are some facts to consider.
Titled "More High Schools Teach Manufacturing Skills" the article confirms that " U.S. high schools that have launched or revived manufacturing ...
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New wallet card available from OSHA.
A new wallet card issued by OSHA will help your supervisors understand the changes to  Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements ...
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Highest level since  early 2011
"The October PMI® registered 59 percent, an increase of 2.4 percentage points from September’s reading of 56.6 percent, indicating continued ...
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Precision Plus, Inc. is featured in the latest issue of Wisconsin STEM Pathways Magazine.  The article, entitled Companies in the ...
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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster PA was recently awarded a JOBS1st PA Tech Grant of $148,970 to upgrade ...
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Machinists are in high demand.
The need for talent is a universal concern- in Germany and in North America. The German apprenticeship model is effective ...
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OSHA recently posted  its top 10 most frequently cited violations for FY2013.While 2 of the top 3 are Construction, the balance ...
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Clarity, not confusion, should be the work product coming out of here.
The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) filed official comments opposing an Administration proposal to place additional burdens on employers while ...
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A bit of a breather for precision machining.
" U.S. manufacturing activity hovered at a near 4-1/2-year high in September and factory employment surged, supporting views of sturdy ...
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The folks in Rhode Island are doing their part to make the availability of great careers in manufacturing known to ...
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There is a lot happening in Rhode Island to help spread the word to high school students about MFG Day ...
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Goes into effect January 1, 2015.
Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient ...
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To help keep your piece of North American Manufacturing competitive.
You are a shop owner or key employee attending IMTS this year. Congratulations. Manufacturing is enjoying a strong "bull phase" ...
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If you know how a dead blow hammer works, you can answer this question. Enjoy! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrGV7zKEdtU&w=560&h=315] We found this ...
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics released Manufacturing Productivity Numbers  for second quarter 2014 this morning: "Manufacturing sector productivity increased 3.3 ...
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Great news for manufacturing in Northern Michigan according to KSP's Kevin Schlueter
Kevin Schlueter, President  of PMPA member company Kalkaska Screw Products, Inc.  (KSP) was featured on UpNorthLive, a news and information website ...
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Pipe steel centerline defect in wrought steel bar. We had this specimen hard chrome plated and made it into a bookend.
The majority of defects encountered in steel bars in our shops are found on the surface. Internal defects can also ...
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up 8 points over last year, 3 points above last month.
The Precision Machining Industry continues to show solid sales in 2014. The PMPA Business Trends Index for July 2014 rose 3 points  ...
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A bit of circa 1965 Knowledge retention for  the archives of Lester Detterbeck Enterprises Ltd.
If a tool gets too hot to hold while grinding, you have already ruined it. You knew that, right? By the time ...
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We permitted these for use on belt grinders for holding small parts.
 Our post on No Gloves When Working on Grinders has prompted a number of responses. Here are some additional reasons why ...
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Never wear gloves with grinders.  or operate grinders with guards removed.
If there is a worse combination than grinders and gloves, I don't know what it is, except perhaps for gloves ...
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Withdrawing proposal for a Factoryless Goods producer Classification in NAICS 2017
In a resounding victory for actual manufacturers- the people that make things- the OMB reported today that the proposal to ...
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Baby-boomer demographics continue to shape industry and employment. According to Peter Coy with Bloomberg,"...older workers’ share of the workforce briefly ...
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July 14 ISM pmi
We remain optimistic for the outlook for manufacturing for the next three months based on the latest  ISM PMI and PMPA ...
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When these workers leave, we will need people with skills to replace them. What's your plan?
Openings for skilled workers as older workers retire are seen as the biggest challenge facing manufacturers in this economic policy ...
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More than fools gold, Iron Pyrite can prevent steel from being hot worked by inducing "hot shortness."
Manganese ties up Sulfur before it can chemically combine with Iron  to form Iron Pyrite. Iron Pyrite occurs at grain boundaries ...
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MFG IND HEALTH
The 2014 Connexus Indiana Manufacturing and Logistics report is a clear, easy to understand 6 page document with graphs and ...
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One of my friends on Facebook posted this video about how to sharpen a wood scraper by a guitar maker ...
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Seasonal change remains up over 2013.
(Corrected) The PMPA Business Trends Index for June 2014 declined 8 points to 120. This is the same pattern that ...
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If they don't really manufacture, why should we call them manufacturers?
How can you call yourself a manufacturer if you don't manufacture anything? The Economic Classification Policy Committee (ECPC) of the ...
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On June 20th, OSHA published a memorandum to Regional Administrators outlining its temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b) and ...
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Why I love manufacturing: we get to do cool stuff! PMPA member company Micron Manufacturing is getting a new Mori ...
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I was reminded of the possibility of heat stress  in our shops when I started the car the other day ...
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Buy this book!
I am a fan of Lean, but the amount of fundamental data that Industrial Press has packed into this shirt pocket ...
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The work being done inside is way more important than the work that we see going on outside!
Effective Associating- PMPA and other groups challenged the "recess" appointment of three nominees to the NLRB without a confirmation vote. The ...
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PMPA member company Precision Plus President Mike Reader posted two great videos on his blog last week. Imitation being the sincerest ...
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Upside Down Degree
"Upside-down” programs allow students to transfer accredited technical training, work experience, military training, or community college coursework as credit toward ...
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May 2014's 128 value is just one point shy of our highest ever value of 129.
The PMPA Business Trends Index for May 2014 increased 5 points over both April 2014 and May 2013. Our industry ...
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Nation of makers
"Government-backed talent investment loans will give SMEs the capital to hire the workers necessary to expand their businesses, as well ...
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american dream
"By almost any measure the American Dream is in Peril. The  robust middle class growth of the 1950's and 1960's ...
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Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing
PMPA member Aaron Bagshaw of W.H. Bagshaw  Co. Inc. served on the commission. We reported on this in our blog post ...
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The majority of the demand for skilled workforce in industry is in this area  of engineering and production technology requiring ...
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The PMPA Business Trends Index for April 2014 fell 6 points from 129 to 123, up two points over April ...
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News coverage helps change the conversation
PMPA member company Precision Plus in Elkhorn, Wisconsin is just one of many PMPA companies committed to changing the conversation ...
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April 2014 BT
The PMPA Business Trends Index for April 2014 fell 6 points from 129 to 123, up two points over April ...
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Our people need to be experts at this!
There are many ways to fail an OSHA inspection for Lockout/Tagout. There are three main areas that are solely the ...
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What Do Machinist's Dream Of?
"We are not given a dream unless we also have the power to make it happen."  -PMPA President Darlene Miller. I ...
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It isn't Americans manufacturing the products being unloaded here, Larry. We're not afraid of 3-D printing or robots.
"Already there are more American men on disability insurance than doing production work in manufacturing."- Larry Summers, former Secretary of ...
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We always look at the LNS  Research emails that hit our inbox. This one came while I was travelling last ...
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Graduates of jobs training programs are being hired on the spot
It is easy for big city editors and academics to broadly dismiss the real issues that employers face as we ...
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Drivers of business change.
I spent a few days at a Users Conference for PMPA Technical Member Epicor, an ERP software solutions provider. As ...
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129 is a new record for shipments.
The PMPA Business Trends Report for March 2014 hit 129, a new high for the indicator of precision machining industry ...
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Today's technologies require today's skills!
PMPA member  North Easton Machine Company Incorporated  is taking an active role in solving the skilled workforce issues it faces ...
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Violates petitioner's first amendment rights.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the SEC Conflict minerals rule violates ...
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Guest post by Frances Brunelle, at Accelerated Buy Sell Blog I was really impressed with her thinking- and the fact ...
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How many violations can you find in this gem?
I really get annoyed when people tell me to do as they say, rather than as they do. How about ...
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Confiscatory may be the "new normal" for small and medium sized businesses.
Alan Beaulieu, President and Principal Economist at ITR, recently took a look at the Tax Overhaul Proposal authored by David ...
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Typical shear failures in cold forming.
In cold worked steels, failures can be broadly categorized in two categories. The first, are those nucleated by localized defects- such as ...
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preplus panel 2014
On Wednesday, February 26, approximately 200 students from five different schools settled into their seats at the Elkhorn Area High ...
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Strong showing, for February - normal month to month variability.
The PMPA Business Trends Report for February 2014 has just been released. "The PMPA Business Trends Index for February 2014 ...
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According to OSHA Release, injuries to Temporary workers go on the host employers, not the Temp Agency's OSHA 300.
Injuries and illnesses should be recorded on only one employer’s injury and illness log. 29 CFR 1904.31(b)(4). In most cases, ...
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Guest post by Jon Holbrook, PMPA member company North Easton Machine Company The industry today is a buzz with the ...
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It's like manufacturing, except without us actually making anything.
We were pleased to be quoted in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal in an article by Tim ...
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175,000 new jobs added? We need 350,000 jobs EACH month. not impressed.
Consensus expectations were for 149,000 new positions to be added in February 2014. BLS announced that the economy added 175,000 ...
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1910.1053 (a)(19) could have saved these lives
Employee safety is a responsibility of all of us- employers, employees, and even the regulators. We are puzzled as to ...
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Manufacturing Sector continues to grow and strengthen in February according to ISM PMI index, confirming PMPA's own January Business Trends ...
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Very strong sales and busy shops characterize the precision machining industry in January 2014
The precision machining industry is generating strong sales and positive prospects going into calendar year 2014. PMPA's January Business Trends ...
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Lots of Teamwork.
"With aerospace function and safety criticality, we absolutely need to know the status and location of every piece that could ...
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Guest post by Robin Rutschilling,  Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. I am sitting at my desk preparing my day and this thought ...
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Back in the day...
You may not know it but on this day in 1973 Ohio became the first state in the U.S. to ...
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Don's inferences about the changes to come in the distribution industry could very well affect our provision of parts to our ...
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American Honda is a "New Domestic" company and is now exporting more than it imports.
American Honda Motor company is  a major employer in Ohio with about 13,700 employees and three major plants. Now Honda is ...
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Michael Tamasi, CEO of Accurounds attended White House event on Long-Term Unemployment
Michael Tamasi was called to the White House to share AccuRounds’ successes in building a partnership to re-employ local residents ...
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TEXTHOLDER
Burrs and foreign object damage are consideration that are increasingly critical as precision machined parts are engineered from more challenging ...
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In this case, down means up for the economy expanding, but down for us for shipments.
While economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew ...
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Saturday is the deadline, but don't you have something better to do???
Actually, Saturday, February 1st, is the deadline, but do you really want to come in on Saturday to do this? ...
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5 Positive Facts About U.S. Manufacturing
Great news for manufacturing: Real value added for manufacturing rose 1.9 percent in 2012, after increasing 0.7 percent in 2011. Manufacturing’s ...
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Optimistic light on 2014 for precision machining.
The  PMPA Business Trends Summary Report for 2013 shines an optimistic light on first quarter 2014 for our precision machining ...
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On Feb 1st, yours should say 2013...
February 1 is deadline for Posting OSHA 300A in your shop Employers with 11 or more employees must post a ...
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The Agency estimate of $9 to implement doesn't even  factor in reasonable time or wages.
PMPA recently provided formal written testimony, additional supporting comments and an estimate of implementation costs at the recently held informal ...
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This New Normal seems like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland.
The Workforce Participation Rate fell to an astonishing new low of 62.8%, and yet the Employment outlook for skilled workers ...
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" Why yes,  I can hold that price firm for the year" said no one in their right mind. Ever.
Your customers may demand that you give them firm pricing for raw materials, but here are 4 reasons that say ...
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PMPA is proud to announce and congratulate the 4 PMPA members to be awarded the 2014 STEP Award by the ...
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2013 in Review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has ...
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Confirms PMPA Business Trends Experience to Date
 "The PMI™ registered 57 percent, the second highest reading for the year, just 0.3 percentage point below November's reading of ...
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You need skills, not just high pay, to properly hitch the cart to the horse.
Here are the top posts from 2013 that YOU found most interesting. Skills DO Pay the Bills We paid attention! With ...
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"Make three wishes" he said
Santa asked me to close my eyes and make three wishes for the precision machining industry. Here they are. Wish ...
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Strong industry shipments for November
PMPA’s Business Trends Index for November 2013 is 116, down 10 points from last month’s value, yet at the highest ...
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No mention at all of "we're going to post your data on line for the world to see."
" The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer’s obligation to transmit these ...
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Toolkit for employers
The Manufacturing Institute has developed a one-stop, how-to guide on developing and recruiting a skilled workforce.  Written by and for ...
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How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? How much information must you get on your GHS compliant label?
OSHA is now practicing theology with its latest interpretation concerning labeling requirements regarding the revised Hazard Communication standard (HCS 2012), ...
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Career infographic LL
We were pleased to see the infographic approach used by Dr. Lisa Lang to summarize  the career opportunities in Precision ...
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Here's hoping it's warm...
While we can identify over 13oo "machine shops" in Canada, here is a quick look at the impacts of 60 ...
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Your plating problems are not beamed down from here...
The causes of plating difficulties  on parts manufactured from cold drawn steel bars are neither mysterious nor beamed on to ...
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Graph courtesy Calculated Risk Blog
The Institute for Supply Management Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) report for November 2013 shows strengthening in manufacturing and hit the ...
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Our modern lifestyle is enabled by technologies that our machinists and engineers produced.
We have many blessings in our lives, the love of family, friends chief among them. Most of us enjoy an ...
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Avoiding unneeded tools is just as important as having the ones you need.
"Setups are going a little smoother (mostly);  there is much less wasted time searching for needed tools; and everyone is ...
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November sales trend.
As our headline indicates, there are two very different market experiences being reported by our members in the October PMPA ...
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When we look at things that we actually buy, We get a different look at inflation...
What is the REAL inflation rate?  Guest post by Dr. Ken Mayland,  ClearView Economics LLC When we look at things that ...
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Technical information
Informed is prepared. OSHA just added and published  a new chapter addressing noise to the OSHA Technical Manual. This new ...
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Who authorized this?
In my experience these are the three prime causes for accidents  and injuries in our manufacturing plants. Failure to wear ...
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December 1, 2013
The first implementation phase of the updated Hazcom standard is Dec. 1, 2013. This is the date by which employers ...
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It's supposed to be a VW microbus with the PMPA logo...
PPE is important any time one is working with tools.Actually, the thought of wearing safety equipment helped me get into ...
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What is your contingency plan when it is no longer business as usual?
About a year ago, Hurricane Sandy forever changed many lives and destroyed  businesses on the East Coast. QS9000 requires suppliers ...
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Can't count on Washington to get you back to work.
Despite the fact that there has been no significant "recovery" of employment under the current Administration and Congress, There is ...
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Two Cabinet Secretaries and the Top White House Economic Advisor showed me that Washington realizes we have a skilled workforce problem.
I had the privilege of participating in the Business Leaders United Fly-In to Capital Hill in Washington D.C. earlier this ...
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Sept Bus Trends Graph
The PMPA Business Trends Report for September 2013 shows our sales /shipments index to be down  to 115 for September, ...
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December 1, 2013
The deadline for employers to train employees on the new GHS system is December 2013. It is our pleasure to ...
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A place for every sling, and every sling in its place...
"Rigging equipment for material handling shall be inspected prior to use on each shift and as necessary during its use ...
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Hmmmm?
In June, OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum instructing their CSHO's to "be mindful of whether the employer has provided and ...
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21 PMPA member shops across the country took part in MFG Day 2013.Here are some photos and some lessons learned:Lesson ...
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PMPA member and Erie, Pa employer American Turned Products looking to increase its skilled workforce by 30%! Click here for Video Erie ...
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Today is Manufacturing Day. The purpose of Manufacturing Day is to highlight the opportunities for skilled people to find rewarding ...
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Just remember ATM!
Everyone knows that the type of coating for a job is the most important thing to consider. Right? Obviously, using ...
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Highest value of the year.
The ISM PMI  report issued today  is the highest reading for the year to date.  PMPA's Business Trends Index for August ...
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Nothing dull, dirty or boring going on here.
There is a critical shortage of talented people in the advanced manufacturing fields- Precision Machining, Welding, Robotics and Mechatronics, Industrial ...
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I met Sam Passenger at Detroit Gun Works open house earlier this month. I was impressed as he walked me ...
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Nothing dull, dirty or boring going on here.
Think that Manufacturing is Dull, Dirty, Boring? Guess again. I recently visited PMPA member shop Central Screw Products / Detroit ...
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Surprisingly little science.
Dave Davidson posted a link to this test on the SME LinkedIn Group and of course I had to take ...
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Official Inflation  just 1.5%, Stealth Inflation- look at your grocery bill...
Are your costs for essential consumables and supplies up just 1.5% over the past year? "The Consumer Price Index for ...
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 If you answered No to each of these, you are good to go.
The Three Rules of Thumb are: Does this action attempt to deceive anyone or allow anyone to be deceived? Does ...
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August 14th we published a post that asked the question-"What does the precision machining shop of the future look like?" ...
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Average earnings of setup qualified precision machinists exceed those of lowest earning college majors- with out the college loans to repay
Many people think that the choice of where they  went to school is an important factor in their post graduation ...
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Quench cracks open from the surface and travel relatively directly toward center of mass.
Quench cracks result from stresses produced during the transition from Austenite to Martensite, which involves an increase in volume. The ...
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Auto Sales Soared in August 2013!
Auto sales in the U.S. soared to levels not seen since the financial crisis.  This is great news for the ...
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Part Time Employment in a low paying field does not have to be your destiny. Mortgaging your future to enormous ...
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U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration just released a new report that describes why manufacturing jobs are good ...
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Indy Car Factory Tour
The Indiana/ Southern Ohio CPMPA Chapter is hosting a meeting and family social at Dallara Factory Tour on Friday, September ...
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This is why the new regulation.
The 2011 Reduction Drinking Water Act  reduces the permissible Lead content in plumbing fixtures, fittings and components with wetted surfaces  ...
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First you have to recognize it. It is difficult to intelligently manage risk if you don't even know how to ...
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What else should be on your To Don't List?
Every one has a To Do List. Calibrate the gages, do the safety Audit, check the grinders , prepare for ...
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How large is the "Luck Component" of your career plan?
A lot of information is available stating that a college education is a great investment. The writers  back their statements ...
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What Does The Precision Machining Shop Of The Future Look Like?
What will our shops look like in 2020? 2020 is only 7 years away. I think that it is going to ...
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Manufacturing's Sputnik Moment- Now is the Time!
We need to change the community perception that manufacturing  is "not deserving/worthy enough" for their kids. With the majority of ...
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New PMPA Executive Director Michael T. Kobylka
The Board of Directors of the Precision Machined Products Association announced the hiring of Michael T. Kobylka, II as PMPA's ...
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Do my parts comply with REACH Regulations?
PMPA Regulatory Assurance is how PMPA members gain confidence when dealing with the ever changing and growing area of regulatory ...
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A great time to go to the beach! And to be in Manufacturing.
While I was sunning myself at a Southern coastal beach, the folks at Institute for Supply Management published the July ...
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It's not like they should be held accountable to deadlines like they do us, right?
The U.S. Department of Labor finally recently published its 2013 Spring Regulatory Agenda. Despite the extra time, a number of ...
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The Cost of Slip-and-Fall Accidents Infographic
Slips, trips and falls- here are some facts to help you with training for your team. We are currently working on our ...
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Mirror, mirror on the wall...
Here are 4 questions to help you evaluate the value of your work. -Is what I am doing needed? -Is ...
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119 for June - 2012 and 2013.
PMPA’s Business Trends Index for June 2013 is 119, identical to the value for June 2012 and down 8 points ...
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Recovery in Jobs? What recovery?
While there is no real recovery in Workforce Participation Rate at the national level, individuals can create their own personal ...
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Northwestern University is co- hosting a program Aug 12-13 on Future Research Needs for Advanced Manufacturing "from an Industrial Perspective." ...
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Population growth = more customers
Population Growth and Globalization are two very important determinants or drivers of your precision machine shop business. Are you paying ...
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Page One Number One Google- Photo Too!
My mentor, John Sonnhalter posted these three points on B2B search on his blog Tradesmen Insights. These were gleaned from  just ...
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Am I the only one missing the optimism in the employment situation these days? The New York Times headlined “Jobs ...
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George Washington's Copy Courtesy Library of Congress
"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat ...
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Where has the time gone?
I saw  this post originally last December and found it relevant. Now that we are midway through the year, I ...
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Graph Courtesy Calculated Risk Blog
Good news/ bad news: Manufacturing growth resumes, but Employment shrinks in Manufacturing  for first time since September 2009... "Manufacturing expanded ...
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Training for competitiveness and love of the craft
PMPA has a history of providing relevant industry training programs at the local regional and national level. Now, PMPA is ...
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How we manage our time is a great way to evaluate our success as managers. How do you utilize your ...
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This is what the FED calls Labor Market Improvement.
Find A Job Friday. We live in a world filled with mixed messages. The FED says “…economic activity has been expanding ...
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External Fixation, Artificial Joints, Human Spare Parts...
This post looks at the megatrend of Aging Society and its potential impacts on our precision machining businesses. It is ...
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Major changes ahead for our shops.
It is not just demographics of our workforce that drives our industry. It is also the demands of society that ...
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Over 120 fatalities; Exits blocked.
OSHA is reminding compliance officers to check for adequate means of egress at all workplaces. This follows the recent disastrous ...
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You can tell a lot about a shop by what you don't see... I had the privilege to attend Technology ...
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Yep Two solutions! Which one is right?
I remember the first time that I sat down to work on quadratic equations and discovered that there was more ...
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Over 1000 different types of papers as free pdf's
Tools You Can Use Tuesday-  free graph paper, and forms of all types. You pay your engineers and talent for ...
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Ok. I admit that I do really know that Joe Montana was a professional football player. (U.S. Football)
In my experience, the ability to anticipate is the mark of a great manager. At the Epicor Insights 2013 Conference, ...
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Grilling season is here. IS your grilling safety here as well?
Summer is around the corner, and for many of us that means great food hot off the grill. Some shops ...
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These days Real time doesn't mean "by end of shift."
"I get my data in Real Time." What does that sentence mean to you? When I ran a small cold ...
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But it is a continuation of a trend- this is the third consecutive month of decrease.
According to the latest ISM report for May 2013, manufacturing is contracting. The ISM index has fallen to its lowest ...
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Manufacturing Optimism- Roscoe Wallace With Kaiser Aluminum
We caught up with Roscoe Wallace at PMTS  and got his take on Manufacturing from his perspective as an Aluminum ...
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Don't try this with your iPhone in your machines...
Sometimes the best information that you can get about your machining process requires your sense of touch to feel the ...
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No ROI for college loans? Consider getting a skill that will assure you of a job- and a means to earn your way through college.
The M-List is curated by the Manufacturing Institute to include those institutions that offer NAM endorsed metalworking skills training and ...
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Why exactly did you take off the guards?
You could ask this woodworker why they put guards on his machines. The hazards are real. Respect the horsepower and ...
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Shingo Prize worthy.
Karen Martin spoke at PMPA's Management Update meeting earlier this year. Her presentation was based on her book, The Outstanding ...
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We need to turn this trend around. We need their talent too.
There is no reason that the vast majority of new manufacturing jobs have gone to men, but they have. Why ...
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We learned with painful social and economic clarity in the great recession of 2008-2009 that it is demand, and not ...
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Manufacturing Institute and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced May 9th   their partnership called Get Skills to Work to ...
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Safety Awareness is just as important on the drive in to work and on the way home these days.
Getting back and forth to work may involve greater hazards than those we face on the job now that Orange ...
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Mismatch exists between jobs and  education.
Why does the U.S. continue to subsidize college degrees that are not providing any employment advantage while manufacturing suffers from ...
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It's all good. Not so fast...
If the folks on Wall Street are so smart, why are they making happy about today's jobs report? As I ...
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If you train them they can answer the important questions
On "Workers Memorial Day" OSHA sent out a memorandum regarding efforts to protect temporary workers. "...the agency is making a ...
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This Nikon optical flat  is pretty flat too...
The April ISM Purchasing Managers Index  (PMI) was just released today. Best description is "flat."  "The PMI™ registered 50.7 percent, ...
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It is the best opf times, it is the worst of times...
This sobering presentation from the National Federation of Independent Business contrasts the headline stockmarket picture to the reality faced by ...
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Lack of skills were found to be behind the skills gap for production jobs according to a new  report by ...
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Our machinists and quality technicians use and apply algebra, geometry, trig and statistics on the job everyday.
The Atlantic titles their article "Here's How Little Math Americans Use at Work" Spoiler alert, in Precision Machining, we all ...
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Lockheed Martin was just recognized with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. To encourage performance excellence within the manufacturing industry, ...
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The brown area is the landlside...its effects will be felt for decades
A landslide at the worlds largest open pit copper mine does not hold good news for our industry. Dan Murphy  ...
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Does this look like recovery to you?
Steve Goldstein at WSJ  Marketwatch has been skeptical of the so called manufacturing renaissance for some time. In March 2013 ...
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Q1 2013 virtually the same as Q1 March 2012
The PMPA Business Trends Report for March 2013 looks quite similar to that of March 2012. While our shipments in ...
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PMTS is where people get things done.
Reviewing the photos in his photostream, my Executive Director found this serenedipitously cropped action shot of an exhibitor and a ...
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Mission Accomplished!
Just wrapped up our National Technical Conference ahead of the PMTS show here in Columbus Ohio. It was great seeing ...
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It looks really, really cool. And in metallic form it is NOT Hexavalent.
Chromium in Carbon, Alloy and Stainless Steels is NOT Hexavalent! The valency (oxidation state) of chromium metal as an alloying ...
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Guest post by Peter Morici. Jobs Growth Tanks in March Peter Morici Twitter @pmorici1 The Labor Department announced the economy ...
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Recovery? HA!
The labor participation rate fell to 66.3 percent it's lowest level in 34 years in March. What recovery? Even the ...
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Skilled machinists positions continue to be open in our industry.
"The manufacturing industry is facing an employment crisis. The rate of technical advances has outpaced our ability to educate and ...
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Improvement  due to both efficiency and mix.
Significant decline in energy use and intensity by manufacturers show improvements in both energy efficiency and changes in manufacturing output ...
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We have been working on the skills gap issue for a couple of years. This infographic from MSN careers shows ...
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March 2013 ISM- PMI
PMI shows manufacturing continues to expand, but rate of growth is slowing. "The report was issued today by Bradley J ...
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Develop your talent with PMPA's Three Certification Workshops
The competitive advantage of our shops is the talent and tribal knowledge of our skilled craftsmen and women. Continuing the ...
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Brad Smith  at a recent Congressional Small Business Working Group Meeting
PMPA Government Affairs Committee Chairman Brad Smith of Indianapolis based The Mitchel Group particpated in a round table discussion with ...
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Guest Post by Darryl Crum of Viewit.US.com training provider. “Information is not knowledge, let’s not confuse the two.” - Deming Years ...
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Here you CANNOT see the Romulan War Bird in front of some open star clusters
Fun post for Friday. Researchers at Nanyang University demonstrate the refractive qualities of Calcite to make a post it note ...
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Helping trainee's develop their cognitive map shortens the flat end of the curve and help them get to competence quicker.
Guest Post by Darryl Crum of Viewit.US.com I am convinced we have done a very poor job in training our ...
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Saving you the pain...
PMPA staff has prepared a Conflict Minerals compliance guide  for our members based on our analysis and understanding of the ...
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Minimum total cost and minimum time per piece are the boundaries of the high efficiency machining range.
A relationship exists between the cutting speed and the cost per piece. Between the minimum total cost and the minimum ...
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Since material costs and nonproductive costs are constant, they are combined into the fixed cost line at the bottom.
The economics of precision machining can be understood with just 4 factors- Machining Cost, Material Cost, Tool Cost, and Cost of ...
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Today 3-14 at 1:59  I will be celebrqting Pi Day. 3.14159 is the value of pi to 5 decimals...
The uhh- "techie" part of us is celebrating Pi Day at 1:59 pm today So besides being  the cause of ...
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Cracks can develop after cold work is performed on machined parts.
Cold work is defined as the plastic deformation of a metal below its recrystallization temperature. In the precision machining industry, ...
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If you can't be honest about who you are, What can you be honest about?
Lena ******** sent me an invitation to connect on LinkedIn 3 days ago! That Lena is a beautiful looking gal. I wonder ...
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Before you go deep into student loan debt, make certain that your degree actually gives you a marketable skill.
" If the costs of attaining a bachelor's degree continue to rise faster than the benefits of having a BA in ...
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Jobs haven't even begun to recover. This is the real unemployment story.
The reporter on NPR breathlessly gushed  about how the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent. What a great story! They ...
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Fat Boy motorcycles will be exported as kits to India for local assembly and sale.
Repost from Automotive Newswire March 5, 2013. "In a region dominated for decades by two-wheeled motorized travel it looked like ...
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Manufacturing Jobs Available Right Now!
There are immediate jobs for people with skills in manufacturing today. [youtube=http://youtu.be/GStpcos5Jm0] You can get the skills in just a ...
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Medical Devices was an important served by the Precision Machining Industry in 2012.
We just completed our 2013 Business Forecast Report, a compilation of markets served by our industry as measured by  percent ...
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Today's high tech high precision CNC machines assure a skilled craftsman a great career!
The fact is that there continue to be jobs available for people with skills who can add value in our ...
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Graph via calculated risk blog
In the words of PMPA's economics advisor, Dr. Ken Mayland, "The factory sector wants to grow.  Orders were better (57.8, up ...
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What really keeps you safe?
Deborah Keegan on IndustryWeek Manufacturing Network on LinkedIn asked  "What is the one thing you need young workers who are joining ...
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If you get iot right the first time, you don't need a "Do Over."
The time to catch an obsolete specification is during contract review, before there are commitmemnts to material and or sunk ...
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"OSHA provides free and confidential safety and health advice to small and medium sized businesses committed to improving workplace safety and health."
As shop owners, we tend to think of OSHA as meaning "Enforcement." At PMPA's Management Update Meeting in Arizona last ...
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The $1500 Glasses you'll have to have
This technology could be the embodiment of our industry's real vision of a "Paperless Shop." [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1uyQZNg2vE] No mention of ...
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Stongest January start ever, just one point off our index' s all time high.
Right out the of the gate the PMPA Business Trends Index shows a 46% gain over December shipments, the highest ...
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"OSHA levels the playing field for responsible employers competing with those who cut corners on safety."
PMPA invited Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA Director David Michaels, PhD, MPH to speak to attendees at our Management Update ...
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The trend for US manufacturing remains positive and significant.
ITR Economist Brian Beaulieu gave a very informative economic outlook for the attendees at PMPA's Manaement Update Conference in Glendale ...
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Well maybe we wouldn't wear this one inside...
When I visit our precision machine shops around the country, I am always impressed at how often the parts being ...
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Ford says Quality is Job 1...
Training assures our shops will be sustainable and that all are operating at their highest and best use. Scheduling does ...
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Guest post by John R. Wirtz of Pinpointe Marketing, LLC. PMPA collaborates with Gardner Publications to produce Production Machining Magazine ...
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122  women who make a difference in Manufacturing today
When I started in manufacturing, "The Gals" were in the office- not the shop. The inaugural group of 122 STEP ...
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The January 2013 PMI composite shows a modest expansion, with all of its component indices showing positive gains for January ...
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Complete changeover and setup in under an hour is old news at Vanamatic.
Setup reduction is the one discipline that every precision machining shop must master. Here are 8 positive impacts of a ...
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Guest Post by Dave Bradford, President, William Bradford Associates, Cleveland Ohio. Dave publishes a series of PROTALK roundtable discussions to ...
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U-3 unemployment rate is a gooey indicator according to Don Ake.
Guest Post by Don Ake. "The unique situations created by the Great Recession have rendered some traditional economic indicators unreliable.  ...
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And the answer is ...
The tolerance on cold drawn steel bars for machining is always specified as plus nothing minus some value... So why ...
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Bummer dude. Too bad about that election and fiscal cliff stuff...
The PMPA Business Trends Report 2012 Year End Review and Summary is completed and posted on our website here.  Despite ...
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The materials in these inserts needs to be recycled. DO IT NOW!
One of my pet peeves is to walk into a shop and see, on each and every horizontal bench surface ...
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Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels will speak at PMPA's Management Update Conference in ...
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2012 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: About 55,000 tourists visit ...
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Conversion of Units Made Easy- Tutorial
If you have anyone moving up from shop operations into estimating, quoting, or engineering, I think that this tutorial will ...
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New rules finalized January 14, 2013 for these...
If you have stationary  reciprocating internal combustion engines (gasoline or diesel) for standby generators,  pumps, etc, these January 14, 2013 ...
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This is NOT what hope looks like in my book!
Had a great discussion with a colleague about "Hope." He defined  hope as being "earnest expectations"-  as opposed to all ...
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Generation Gap In Your Office Infographic
Millenials, your career has arrived. We need you to take the reins of responsible leadership. Thanks to Matthew Pelletier of ...
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Graph courtesy Chad Moutray, National Association of Manufacturers, NAM.
Four of the top five manufacturing sectors by added employment  in 2012 were key markets served by precision machining; Transportation ...
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Read this book!
Seth Godin has just published his latest book, The Icarus Deception. It is a challenging read for all of us ...
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ISMDec2012
The December ISM Manufacturing Report is out, and the headline story is good news. But the full report is a ...
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We'll see the next data point shortly...
As the end of the year holidays and time off arrive, it is time to reflect on just what it is ...
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Thank you Washington D.C.
Guest post  by Dr. Ken Mayland, Clearview Economics Here is a picture of the last year of durable goods orders ...
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The security camera on the roof  at PMPA  North American Headquarters caught a very brief few seconds of one of ...
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Santa is Real!
I attended a holiday dinner with my father and guess who showed up? Santa! I know he's real. He called ...
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Distracted Driving - Are Your Drivers Violating the Law?
Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 10 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New ...
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The number of these needed is more than just the number of parts times the part length in inches...
If you think that just multiplying the part length by the number of parts needed is the answer you will ...
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Steve Posts on Made In Dayton Blog
Guest post by Steve Staub, Made In Dayton Blog We have enjoyed many of Steve's posts via Linked In, this ...
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Infographic - Cost of New Hires
Found this infographic at Compliance and Safety on the cost of new hires. $57,968 may seem like a lot to ...
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Structural unemployment means the folks you can hire can't do what you need done.
The reason everyone wants to describe our current unemployment situation as cyclical just might be because 'cyclical unemployment' is cause agnostic ...
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Hooray! Not really.
"Convincing millions of Americans they don't want a job or compelling desperate workers to settle for part time work has ...
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US manufacturing shrank to its lowest level since July 2009, at the end of the Great Recession.
The ISM manufacturing index indicated contraction in November. PMI was at  49.5% in November, down from 51.7% in October.  This ...
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106 pages of comprehensive general industry safety information
OSHA has updated their form 2201 General Industry Digest for 2012. This publication provides a general overview of standards-related topics ...
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You need skills, not just high pay, to properly hitch the cart to the horse.
The New York Times gets it wrong on  the skills gap, confusing cause and effect, ignoring facts, and making a ...
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When Did Manufacturing Become a Dirty Word?
When Did Manufacturing Become a Dirty Word? Guest post by Pamela Kan, President of Bishop Wisecarver The word manufacturing has ...
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PMPA Business Trends For October 2012-Discouraging Q4 Outlook for Precision Machining
October’s numbers, while up from September’s, are discouraging to our forecast of industry sales for 2012. With seasonal declines already ...
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Inspected Your Slings And Straps Lately?
Inspection of all lifting devices was a monthly "Must Do" when I was supervisor at the steel company. Is it even ...
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Skill Gap- It's Not About Wages
Dan's comments were a response he shared with PMPA members regarding the charge of one talking head on last week's ...
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Love of Craft- Britain's Oldest Blacksmith
Over 70 years working the forge. "It's a wonderful craft, the king of trades, really." We've come a long way ...
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It's Really About Time
When I first started in the industry the focus was on cycle time. Cycle-time dictated how many parts you could ...
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What Goes Around, Comes Around?
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"The PMI™ registered 51.7 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from September's reading of 51.5 percent, indicating growth in ...
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PMPA’s Business Trends Index of Shipments fell to 100 in September, a non-seasonal move that shows our industry shipments gain ...
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Deploying what we have- our people, our talents, our assets- to their highest and best use maximizes their return and ...
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Presenteeism (coming to work while ill) is estimated to cost employers more than $150 billion per year. We've seen estimates ...
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We like graphs because they tell the story without spin. Three out of three indicators agree, openings and hires are  ...
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Parachute Jump From Edge Of Space Take 2
Sunday,  Austrian Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon to the edge of space, stepped off his balloon- borne capsule into a 128,100 feet, 830 mph, 4 minute, ...
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September 2012- Real Unemployment Story In Three Charts
The  single point in time, monthly headline unemployment rate is a not very useful leading indicator for people in the ...
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Why Isn't The Invisible Hand Training Enough Skilled Workers?
The Invisible Hand Is NOT Training Enough Skilled Machinists. (And by the way, neither are we.) Estimates of as many ...
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Teaching For Future Jobs Skills- Right Skills Now
USA Today has an extensive article and video segment on Right Skills Now, the skilled workforce development program spearheaded by Darlene ...
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Wear of equipment in our industry is not on most people's minds nor check books. There is no ROI on ...
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The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) has partnered with The Manufacturing Institute to expand Right Skills Now, a fast-track machining ...
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8 Reasons to Stress Relieve Cold Drawn Steel Bars
Here are  8 reasons why you might want to consider stress relieving the steel before machining your parts. High carbon grade ...
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The housing industry seems to be making slow but steady gains while manufacturing seems to be slowing. PMPA's Business Trends ...
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Five Costs of Workplace Injuries
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Manufacturing is your best career choice today. The idea that there is just one narrative for success- go to college and ...
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According to the Fed last Friday: "Industrial production fell 1.2 percent in August after having risen 0.5 percent in July.  ...
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BLS published the data behind the above look at our workforce in 2020 earlier this year.    BLS Workforce But it was something ...
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Putting A Blog Into Your Marketing Plan Free Webinar!
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OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program Removal Criteria
OSHA 's Severe Violator Enforcement Program  (SVEP) has been in effect since June 18, 2010. So what does an employer have to ...
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The FAA wants your comments regarding  in flight Portable Electronic Device policy. "The FAA seeks comments on current policy, guidance, ...
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A thoughtful response to our post on the EPA  Cross State Air Pollution Rule being struck down from a member of ...
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PMPA Introduces “Craftman’s Cribsheet’ in Production Machining Magazine
'Tear out' ideas worth keeping on technical, management, quality and regulatory topics will be the focus. These four core subject ...
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Precision Industry Sales In July Beat Seasonal Doldrums
PMPA’s Business Trends Index for July 2012 is 111, down substantially from last month’s adjusted value of 119, but still ...
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D.C Circuit Court Agrees EPA "Exceeds Statutory Authority"
Yesterday's 2-1 rebuke from the D.C. Circuit marks the 15th time that a federal court has struck down an Obama ...
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Industrial Production Index July 2012 Shows Manufacturing in Positive Light
Industrial Production (IP) increased 0.6 percent in July after having risen 0.1 percent in both May and June. In July, ...
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EHS magazine had a great post on the  overuse as abuse of PPE. Diminished Returns, Diminished Awareness was written by ...
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Training- What We Want vs. What We Need
We ought to provide immediately relevant training the best way we know how, today. Insisting on old school manual training ...
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Update- OSHA Memorandum on Safety Incentive Disincentive Policies
OSHA Director David Michaels has responded to PMPA’s letter challenging several aspects of the OSHA  March 12, 2012 Memorandum  on ...
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This post inspired by a comment from John at HyTek Manufacturing  in the Chicago suburbs who commented on our post ...
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How to Clean Up Mercury Spill From Fluorescent Light-OSHA
A new OSHA Quick Card provides guidance to minimize employee exposure to mercury when cleaning up a broken fluoresecent light. I think ...
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June 2012: Manufacturing Stalled Globally?
In July, the European ISM  manufacturing index has now fallen over 12 consecutive months to hit a 37-month low. The  rates ...
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According to the Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 4 / Wednesday, January 7, 2009 / Notices: C. Factoryless Goods Producers The ...
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Most Important Tool Is The 5 Inches Between The Ears
Guest post by Matt Gudgel of SourceOne who responded to our post about NPR's story about the lack of people with math ...
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At the request of the United States, the European Union and Japan, the Dispute Settlement Body established on 23 July ...
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Mill Shearing On Rolled Steel Products
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Cost of Government Day 2012
The day on which the average American has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of ...
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What Topics Do You Want Provided At Our Next National Technical Conference?
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8 Steps To Write A Blog Post Worth Reading
A successful blog post is brief, interesting, brief, and informative to the readers that you target. The information should be useful to ...
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5 Buyer Decisions That Increase Costs
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Why Haven't You Started Your Blog?
I can give you 271,574 reasons why you probably ought to make it a priority. That is the number of ...
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How Additive Manufacturing Could Increase Competitiveness of Investment Casting
Investment casting is a process that creates complex featured parts in volumes  in competition with precision machining. Investment casting is ...
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NPR Proves The Math Skills Problem Manufacturers Face
Listen to the ~3 minute broadcast here: NPR clip Here's what manufacturers want when they say "We need people with ...
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Need For Skilled Workers -Program on Fox News
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Manufacturing Contracting but Precision Machining Still Strong
The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM)  “Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)”  plunged 3.8  points for June, to a level of 49.7.  ...
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AREIR-Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Implement, Review Management Cycle
AREIR is the tool to help you upgrade your management practice from coping to proactively managing through a defined process ...
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Burdensome Regulations- Letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa
Earlier this month,  Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) submitted a  joint letter with NTMA and PMA in response to a request ...
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Small Manufacturers Giving Up On China
Last week Bloomberg BusinessWeek published an insightful article on the hassles of small manufacturers with their China businesses. "American production ...
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The Point of the Tool Seldom Cuts
In most of this footage you will see that there is a small mass of workpiece material (Built Up Edge ...
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Demand Drives May 2012 Precision Machining Industry Sales
Despite the declines reported for May 2012  in both the  ISM Purchasing Managers Index for Manufacturing and Industrial Production (IP), ...
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Darlene Miller was interviewed by President Bill Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago recently. Darlene Miller, President and CEO ...
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The Bread Versus Steel Paradox
Why doesn't the cost of these correlate to the investment needed to produce them? This great question came from a discussion ...
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Future of Manufacturing- Age and Education Impacts
The competitiveness of Manufacturing in North America has helped it to lead the recovery out of the last recession. What ...
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Scratches On Rolled Steel Products
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Manufacturing Sector Still Expanding- May 2012 ISM PMI Report
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 34th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for ...
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Red Stapler- Visual Lean
Every stapler in our office is black and metallic silver. Or grey. Except for two red staplers. While visual management ...
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A Tale of Two Lines
I told him that we were standing in line with the 91.7% of the folks who are employed, not the ...
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But You Already Knew That
In 2012, Americans will pay approximately $4.041 trillion in taxes, which is $152 billion, or 3.9 percent, more than they ...
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Scabs On Rolled Steel Products
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"Seams are longitudinal crevices that are tight or even closed at the surface, but are not welded shut. They are ...
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Slivers On Rolled Steel Products
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Right Skills Now Running Parts Now- Real Jobs For Real People
Brandon Jacobs, 20 years old, was a grocery store cashier and pricing clerk before completing the Right Skills Now program ...
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The REAL Unemployment Problem- Creating a Permanent Class of Government Dependents
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Reduced Summer Shutdown Precision Machining Production To Remain High
Ford announced it is reducing its summer shutdown in several North America plants, including six assembly plants, from the traditional ...
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Lost Tortoise in Your Shop?
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China Metal Fraud- How About That Low Price Now?
Saw a post on LinkedIn regarding fraud on Alibaba.com involving steel. According to the Linked In post, they fell victim ...
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Why Manufacturing is the Right Career Choice- Data!
Is now the right time for you to start your career in U.S. Manufacturing? I found this chart on Global Macro ...
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Bullish On Precision Machining-5 Reasons
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Robotics Competition Sparks Student Interest in Manufacturing
Nothing like hands on experience to make an electromechanical device that obeys your commands to develop student interest in making things ...
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4 Risks to Recovery- Peter Morici
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Confocal Microscope With Mesolens- University of Strathclyde
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2012 PMPA NTC- How We Spell Success!
Attendees and shop owners agree: The 2012 PMPA National Technical Conference was a major success!   “All the sessions I ...
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Robot Safety, R15.06, OSHA And Your Precision Machining Shop
Robots continue to find their way into our precision machining shops as we move away from departments of similar machines ...
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Nylon 12, Tsunamis and Lean Supply Chains
The March 31st explosion at Evonik Industries in Marl, Germany is likely to have the same effect on worldwide automotive ...
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Reasons We Are Optimistic For Precision Manufacturing in 2012
The pundits lately are all increasingly pessimistic about manufacturing these days. Industry Week, NFIB, Bloomberg. The PMPA Business Trends Index ...
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Infrared Thermography- Preventive Diagnostic For Your Shop
We first used a digital infrared non-contact thermometer back in 1993 to get some diagnostic insight into the failures we ...
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Riding Lawnmowers- A Machinist's View
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Shop Safety Guided Tour PMPA NTC 23 April 2012
At PMPA's National Technical Conference, attendees will be presented with a wealth of programs to help them 'further their degree ...
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Right Skills Now Is Giving People Skills
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The BLS just launched its updated New Occupational Outlook Handbook Online last week, on March 29, 2012. We were pleased to ...
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March ISM Report Shows Manufacturing Continues To Grow
"The PMI registered 53.4 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from February's reading of 52.4 percent, indicating expansion in ...
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Can Radioactive Scrap Contaminate Your Business?
145 nuclear items were identified in scrap worldwide in 2011, 200 in 2010. The most recent one we've learned about ...
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New Cost Per Hire Standard- 50 Pages of  American National Standard
Just learned that an American National Standard for calculating the Cost Per Hire has been published. ANSI/SHRM 06001.2012 Normally, I'm ...
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The Difference Between Accuracy And Precision Measurement In Your Machine Shop
Your QA manager can put you to sleep explaining the difference between these two terms- but you really need to ...
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The high price of copper and other base metals has led to an increase of metal theft incidents across the ...
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OSHA Haz Comm-Your Work Is Just Beginning
The new HAZCOMM 2012 'Right to Understand' will impact 5 million businesses at an OSHA estimated cost of only $201 million ...
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High schools aren't graduating people with skills that can add value in your shop. Lorain County Community College is! From ...
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Three Key Factors to Understand Machinability of Carbon and Alloy Steel
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I'd be very careful trying "Facetime" when this "Apple iPhone" Single Gas Burner Stove is working! The good news is that ...
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OSHA Inspection Criteria, Facts, and Resources
We were priveleged to have had a face to face meeting with Director Michaels of OSHA earlier this year. We ...
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Dimensional Contraction of 17-4 PH Stainless Steel
The mechanical  properties of 17-4 PH  must be fully developed by age hardening from Condition A in order to reduce risk ...
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What Is The Most Expensive Training In The World?
No training at all! The money saved by not training won't begin to cover the direct and indirect costs of ...
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What If I Train Them And They Leave?
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Machinery's Handbook-29th Edition of the Machinist's Bible
Authoritative. Comprehensive. Invaluable. Practical. Updated. Updated? I have relied on my 20th Edition copy since I entered the metalworking industry as ...
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Cell Phone Ban-FAQ's Posted
The FMCSA has posted an FAQ page about the ban on hand held cellular phones by commercial motor vehicle  (CMV) ...
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In order to machine precision parts, you need to first hold the workpiece securely, accurately and precisely. 5C collets do ...
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A Precision Machining Valentines Message
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The NRC concluded mandatory hearings on the request for licenses at the Vogtle site  26 miles southeast of Augusta Georgia ...
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Why Service Trumps Quality And Price
In the precision machining business, nobody sets up their machines based on the quality or price of your barstock. They set ...
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About That Unemployment Rate...
Why don't things seem better- the news says the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 per cent? Photo The unemployment rate ...
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Plant Manager or Profitability Engineer?
http://connect.facebook.net/rsrc.php/v1/yQ/r/f3KaqM7xIBg.swf http://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth?api_key=79439656165&app_id=79439656165&channel_url=https%3A%2F%2Fs-static.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fconnect%2Fxd_proxy.php%3Fversion%3D3%23cb%3Df2e1af9664f580e%26origin%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fpmpaspeakingofprecision.wordpress.com%252Ff15f40b8a1435e9%26relation%3Dparent.parent%26transport%3Dpostmessage&client_id=79439656165&display=none&domain=pmpaspeakingofprecision.wordpress.com&locale=en_US&origin=1&redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fs-static.ak.fbcdn.net%2Fconnect%2Fxd_proxy.php%3Fversion%3D3%23cb%3Df11a1af65215f8b%26origin%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fpmpaspeakingofprecision.wordpress.com%252Ff15f40b8a1435e9%26relation%3Dparent%26transport%3Dpostmessage%26frame%3Df1ddcbe502365d9&response_type=token%2Csigned_request%2Ccode&sdk=joey Which would you rather hire- a plant manager or a profitability engineer? The outlook is bleak for plant ...
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USA Leads Global Recovery-Evidence
Leadership is about action, not potential. Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data shows that it is the USA, not China, ...
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World Steel Production 2011- 1.5 Billion Tonnes
Crude steel production reported by the World Steel Association was 1,526.9 megatonnes in 2011, up 6.8% over 2010. This is ...
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Can Your Robot Do This?
QinetiQ makes a line of "Throwable robots." Check out the video: Dragonrunner The Dragonrunner has multiple camera and payload options. While ...
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WTO- China Raw Material Exports Broke Trade Rules
Today the WTO upheld its decision finding that Chinese restrictions on key raw material exports broke trade rules. We have ...
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PMPA Business Trends 2011 Review and Summary
PMPA’s Index of Sales of Precision Machined Products rose to 114 for the year, up 15 percent from the 2010 ...
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2012 Top Shop Survey - Free Tool You Can Use
Is  there a swiss type machine in your future? How would you know? Last year's Top Shops Survey found that 24% ...
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2011 In Review- Speaking of Precision Blog
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has ...
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2011 OSHA 300 A Summary Must Be Posted By February 1, 2012
All employers maintaining the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's 300 Logs for workplace injuries and illnesses pursuant to OSHA's recordkeeping ...
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EPA Revising UST Regulations
Comment period open until February 16, 2012. The notice in the federal register identifies Manufacturing Sector NAICS codes 31-33 (thats us!) ...
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Why We Don't Post About Unemployment
Low unemployment numbers can be deceiving. When the unemployment rate declines, it does not necessarily mean that more people found ...
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U.S.Mint In 2011- Reflecting the Challenges of Manufacturing
Significant revenue growth. Increased costs of materials. Products produced above cost. Injury and Illness rates up slightly. New collective bargaining ...
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Speaking of Gutenberg
One of the reasons I blog is for "Knowledge Retention." I want to be sure that the stuff I know ...
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Nevada Heat Treating Hosts Senator on Plant Visit
PMPA Technical Member Nevada Heat Treating recently hosted U.S.Senator Dean Heller at their plant in Carson City Nevada. Senator Heller ...
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5 Ideas To Thrive Despite Market Uncertainty
Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. Welcome, to the year 2012! The headlines are filled with factors that make our planning for ...
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Manufacturing Still Strong- December 2011 ISM Report
Institute for Supply Management's December 2011 PMI increased 1.2 percent over November, coming in at 53.9. This is the 31st ...
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Why We Have PPE And Machine Guards
Here is a safety lesson learned from one of my Facebook Friends. So the lesson today is......Don't take off the ...
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Resources:  Why You Should Build Your Career in Manufacturing
Why should you consider a career in manufacturing? Wall Street Journal: Industry Puts Heat On Schools What the Shortage of ...
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The Currency We'll Be Watching in 2012
The Chinese yuan  or 'remninbi' hit a record high against the US dollar on Monday amidst the strong volatility visible ...
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4 Questions To Select The Correct Grade Of Steel
Selection of materials for precision machined parts should be held to a higher standard than just  "cheapest price per pound." ...
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10 Things That Say "Santa Hates Your Shop"
PMPA members have a great relationship with the Great Manufacturer at the North Pole. But we heard that it isn't ...
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Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones
The DOT has just finalized a rule restricting mobile phone use by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV's). The new ...
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Can I Do It With Less?
Using less, not more, is often the best way.  4 bullet points trumps 4 paragraphs. Editing adds more value than ...
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6 Tools to Calibrate Your Precision Machining Business
Here are 6 tools that PMPA members use to calibrate their business to the industry and markets. Every precision machining ...
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Five Reasons Why Cold Drawing Is Essentially Unlubricated
Yes we flood oil and sometimes put a film of lime or borax on our steel hot roll, but the fact is ...
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Top Ten Employment Gaining Sectors in Manufacturing November 2011
Just the top five manufacturing sectors shown below contributed 239,900 net new jobs in 2011 year to date through November  ...
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Biofuels and the Precision Machined Products Industry
Normally we're not enamored of biofuels. Its not the food vs fuel argument. For us it's the too much input ...
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Health Care Reform Summary of Benefits Mandate Delayed
The Affordable Care Act health reform mandate requiring health plans to provide a Summary of Benefits to workers required employers to ...
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Year End To-Do List
Some ideas to be working on during the 'slow time' at the end of the year. 1) Audit your shop's ...
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Why Free Machining and Impact Strength Don't Mix
 It is critical to understand that the selection of free machining steels goes against the ability of those components to ...
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PMPA Business Trends October 2011- Flattening of Shipments
Both the PMPA Business Trends Index and the ISM PMI  for October 2011 index show a slight flattening in shipments; ...
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The Arrogance Of Gratitude
I started a list of the things that I was 'Thankful for"    (Grammatical correction courtesy of memories of Miss Jerles ...
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How Many Days Did It Take To Design The Jeep?
You can find the answer on the Ohio Academy of Science Website at this link: Jeep It is a very ...
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Manufacturing Careers, Not Just Jobs
Precision Machining is a branch of fabricated metals manufacturing that continues to have a high demand for people with skills ...
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Manufacturing- Good Economic News
When I grew up I learned Economics from Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob had the family farm, and worked as a ...
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Steel, Master of Them All
Gold is for the mistress Silver for the maid Copper for the craftsman, cunning at his trade, "Good!" said the ...
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A Question You Won't Answer
I spent the day in Los Angeles with about 40 PMPA members and guests at DMG Mori Seiki  producing a half ...
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OSHA Top 10 Citations for 2011
Please note that these  Top Ten Citations are for all industries (including construction), not just Precision Machining. Fall protection – ...
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What's The Correct Investment In Preventive Actions?
Guest post by Dan Vermeesch and the team at Micron Manufacturing. The Micron Manufacturing Team was awarded the Shingo Silver ...
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2010 Workplace Injuries And Illnesses Data Released By BLS
Incidence rates for injuries and illnesses combined among private industry establishments declined significantly in 2010 for total recordable cases of ...
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Business Intelligence Seminar For West Coast Precision Machining Companies
West coast precision machining companies- here's your chance to connect and get critical business intelligence at our  FREE half-day seminar ...
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Right Skills Now Launches Pilot Machinist Training Program
Right Skills Now will provide fast-track training for skilled manufacturing jobs- starting with  entry level precision machinists. According to a ...
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7 Reasons Why Cycle Time Isn't The Cost Driver In Your Precision Machined Parts
In the old days, everybody knew that it was cycle time that won you the job over the other shops ...
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OSHA Issues Employer Rights and Responsibilities Guide
Ever want to know what happens after an OSHA inspection, what  are the types of violations that you can be ...
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Understanding Compressive Stress in Steel
Compressive Stress is important in the forging, stamping, coining, and cold heading industries. It is compression stress that is used to ...
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Fatigue or Endurance Testing of  Steel Explained
For steel products which are subject to moving loads, such as automobile springs, crankshafts, and power takeoff shafts, it is important ...
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Engineering's Contribution to the Profit Equation- Mike Shipulski
One of the benefits of staying current on  professional social media sites is the chance to find some new insights ...
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Roadmap  to 10,000 Engineers- Student Retention and Mentoring
The US has a shortage of engineers, a fact that certainly can be recognized as hindering competitiveness in a world focused ...
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Time Lapse Legos- Ford Explorer
We're a fan of manufacturing. Automotive. Legos. Time Lapse. See it being built. Here's your Link: Time Lapse Ford Explorer ...
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Goodbye Steve Jobs. A Dented Universe Bids You Farewell
Our condolences to everyone at Apple on the loss of Visionary in Chief and Denter of the Universe Steve Jobs ...
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EPA "Science" Contrary To National Academy of Science's "Science" on Trichloroethylene
In it's investigation of a Groundwater contamination at Camp LeJeune the National Academy of Sciences Expert Panel  (see page 8 ...
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Precision Machining Indications from September ISM Report
"Manufacturing continued its growth in September as the PMI registered 51.6 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point when compared ...
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September North American Auto Data Encouraging
According to Wards Auto World, the current Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) for Light Vehicles is 12.5%. Chrysler's volume January - ...
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5 Not So Obvious Advantages of Centerless Grinding
It is well known that centerless grinding processes allow parts to be held to tighter dimensional tolerances, achieve smoother surface ...
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Thank you, readers, for your attention to our posts. We will continue to post thought leadership, knowledge retention, and emerging ...
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Yes, they  have a book for that. What is in this book for your manufacturing shop? General Industry Training Requirements ...
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3 Ideas That Explain What Really Motivates Us
This post will help you understand the limited power of financial incentives. What really motivates us? AUTONOMY is the desire to be ...
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Minor Servicing, Maintenance- Routine, Repetitive, Integral To Use- Lockout Not Mandatory
Guest Post by Julie O'Keefe, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP PMPA member companies are engaged in making parts that require precision ...
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2011 OSHA Site Specific Targeting- Criteria Overview
Now targeting smaller firms! This year's notice changes the establishment employee size from 40 to 20.*(Or less see below!) This program ...
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Manufacturing Outlook Still Positive- But...
NAM and Industry Week Q3 Manufacturing Survey shows manufacturing still in positive territory but the much weaker economy  is causing ...
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Automotive Aluminum- New All-Time High in 2012
Aluminum usage in automotive applications has increased every year for nearly 40 years.  Automotive Aluminum usage in 2012 is reported ...
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