Just wrapped up our National Technical Conference ahead of the PMTS show here in Columbus Ohio.

Mission Accomplished!
Mission Accomplished!

It was great seeing our members and presenting content in class room sessions on machining, metallurgy, and problemsolving at the NTC.

Now I get to pivot and have quality conversations about what is on our attendee’s minds here at PMTS.

Right now, increasing profitability and growing business seems to be on the mind of most folks I speak with.

If you are in the precision machining industry, you need to be in Columbus Ohio at PMTS.

Thousands of your peers are here.

I’d love to speak with you.

PMPA booth 1230.

Hello, Columbus!

Sometimes, you just have to leave it in the good hands of your trusted colleagues.

If I was there this year, my smile would be even wider.

I was on the schedule for this year’s PMPA National Technical Conference and Precision Machining Technology Show being held in Columbus now through Thursday. I had prepared a couple of presentations and was really looking forward to reconnecting with the people who make things– You!
Sometimes however, Life has other plans.
I’m happy to know that Bob Drab, a colleague of many years and THE product specialist on stainless at Schmolz + Bickenbach will be presenting my program on Material Sensemaking- Understanding Foreign Grade Designations. And that one of my fellow staff directors will be giving my presentation giving you a behind the scenes look at the TOOLS YOU CAN USE on PMPA’s website.
Precision Machining companies belong to the PMPA because they know the benefits of collaborating to solve problems. To share resources that perhaps each one needs but cannot afford on their own. To know that they have a network of knowledgeable industry professionals available to back them up when they run into a problem they haven’t seen before.
Just as companies in the PMPA back each other up by sharing resources, knowledge and solutions to solved problems, I have learned that staff and colleagues do the same for each other when the need arises.
I’d have given anything to be there with my ‘INDUSTRY’ in Columbus this week.  To see you. To listen to your ideas, answer your questions, hear your concerns, see new processes, meet old friends.
But it wasn’t in the cards.
Why, I’d rather  chauffeur Bob Drab around on a bicycle… than miss this event.
Id do about anything to be at PMTS

Sorry I’m not able to be there. While you’re there, say”Hi” for me to Bob Drab,  and my staff colleagues Monte, Rob, Mike, and Carla.
And please, somebody take some photos!

Our National Technical Conference and our Precision Machining TechnologyShow are soon to be here!

We'll be on the road again ourselves...

While PMPA staff are working on preparing handout materials, loading presentations and testing them on laptop computers, and some of us are still creating those powerpoints that WON’T put you to sleep, we are also tackling some other projects too.
I’ve just completed a program that takes a look at the tools you can use  on the PMPA’s website.
And I’m finalizing a technical session on understanding and interpreting foreign material grade designations.

  • For Steels, Stainless Steels, Aluminums, and Copper and Brass materials.
  • US, German, Japanese, some Chinese formats explained.

Maybe not as exciting as say, a  police stop and search of Mr. Nelson’s tour bus, but hey. 
This will be some critical information to your shop  as we see more and more foreign specification material.
Thursday I’ll be off to Seven Springs PA to judge an F-1 skills competition.
So if you get passed by a siver sedan  and you think that it looked like me, well, this week, you might be right.
It probably won’t be Mr. Nelson.
He usually travels by bus.

The Hairstyles! The Ties! The Eyeglasses! The Venues! The People!

We've come a long way, baby!

PMPA staff put together a short video   on Youtube from still photos in our files of various past years National Technical Conferences.
This years’ NTC will be number 50! 
So here’s our video review of the styles of the ‘people who make things’ over the past 50 years.
What were we thinking?
Seriously, the folks in these photos are the people who taught many of us a thing or two about our craft of precision machining.
Take a look- you just may find one of your mentors, too.
We look forward to seeing you at our National Technical Conference April 17-19th, 2011, just ahead of the PMTS in Columbus, Ohio.

Either you can execute, or you can't...

Don’t You Agree?
It’s not about ability to promise.
Heck, that’s pretty easy.
It’s not about ability to plan.
I’ve seen (and made) some pretty nice plans in my day.
But plans that aren’t executed are- well,  not much more than recorded dreams.
I think that it’s all about execution. That is, meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations every day.
Every day! Every Customer! Every transaction! Every touch!
What is the secret of execution?
There are a couple. But the most important is your company’s commitment to continuous improvement.
Continuous improvement is what helps you keep your service and processes leading and sustainable.
The minute you stop improving, you reduce your chance of successful execution.
We execute. But the reason we produce this conference is so that our member companies can drive continuous improvement of their key people.  The people who make a difference- in their shop, in their culture, and to their customers.
I am looking forward to meeting the industry’s executioners in Pittsburgh at PMPA’s NTC.
Because it’s all about execution. Isn’t it?
Execution is the key. PMPA’s National Technical Conference drives execution by giving attendees tools they can use for continuous improvement.