Zelinski: “Any product you pick up and touch, it’s not too many steps away from a machining process.”
Most of the parts in your car engine come from a CNC machine. Medical devices, your kitchen cabinets — CNC machine. Your computer case, your iPhone earbuds — well, no. But the mold that created them — CNC machine.
The growth of these machines represents the biggest change in manufacturing over the last 20 years. The people who run them are factory workers.
But they also have to be computer programmers. And they are in high demand.
Marketplace on American Public Media /National Public Radio Closed with a story on the importance of CNC machining last night.
Is there a swiss type machine in your future? How would you know?
Last year’s Top Shops Survey found that 24% of the top tier (top 10%) of shops reporting in the survey reported Swiss technology in their shops. This compared to just 11% for the balance of shops reporting. This is a trend that you probably ought to be following if you want to stay up to date on trends in precision machining.
Last year Modern Machine Shop launched its first annual Top Shops Survey. Almost 200 machining facilities took part in that benchmarking survey. The Top Shops Report of that survey’s results had a number of interesting shopfloor practices worth considering. The report also provided a number of operational and business metrics which can help a shopyour shop stay competitive and become a better business.
The survey will be available until February 15th, so click the link to go to Modern Machine Shop’s description of the survey which includes a link to the online survey site. TOP SHOP ARTICLE
PMPA co-publishes Production Machining Magazine in partnership with Gardner Publications in Cincinnatti Ohio. Production Machining focuses on our high precision, high mix, production industry. Gardner’s flagship publication is Modern Machine Shop– which covers the broader contract machining industry.
The survey will only be posted for a short time, so now is the time to benchmark to your peers.