National Technical Conference
March 31 - April 2, 2019
Cleveland, Ohio

Sessions & Speakers

Sunday, March 31

10:00 - 11:45 a.m. Registration
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Technical Member Meeting
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. First Timer Welcome
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker 
Session Block #1
 1:45- 3:15 p.m.
1. Swiss – Print Provided Technical Track
This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific Swiss part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.
2. Cam – Print Provided Technical Track
This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific cam automatic part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint. 
3. Rotary Transfer – How to Best Utilize Rotary Transfer Technology in Your Shop Technical Track
This session is focused on providing an overview of rotary transfer technology and how it can best be utilized in your shop.  The discussion will review the wide range of parts that can be run on this technology and the new/unique ways to take advantage of the machine capabilities. Why utilize rotary transfer technology over other processes? How can new thinking about this technology fit into a shop’s culture? Join us for this interactive session where you can talk with rotary machine tool builders. Bring your questions, along with an open mind, and our Technical Program Committee moderator will be certain your inquiries are answered.
4. Robotics: Embracing Technology, Empowering Teams Leadership Development Track
Fredi Lajvardi will offer greater depth to his keynote presentation.
Session Block #2 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
1. Lightly Attended Machining Technical / Leadership Development Tracks
Lightly Attended Machining is the means to gain more hours of quality production with fewer man hours.  Learn how to make your processes more capable and to reduce cycle times to increase process uptime and yield more in your shop.
2. CNC Multi-Function – Print Provided Technical Track
This roundtable session will offer the opportunity to discuss and learn about the challenges one will face when producing a specific part on CNC multi-function. Methods and techniques will be offered to help develop your own best practices for these machines.
3. CNC Multi-Spindle – Print Provided Technical Track
This roundtable session will offer the opportunity to discuss and learn about the challenges one will face when producing a specific part on CNC multi spindle machines. Methods and techniques will be offered to help develop your own best practices for these machines.
4. The Reality of Zero Defects (Quality Committee) Quality Leadership Development Tracks
PMPA's Quality Committee – Every customer demands Zero Defects; how do we understand and improve our process capabilities so that we can deliver?
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet - Networking

Monday, April 1

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
Session Block #3  8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
1. High Speed Machining Technical Track 

High speed machining can be your reality. Adam Estelle from Copper Development Association Inc. will present results from their latest research. Higher speeds are easily attained with modern machining practices. Greg Knight from Absolute Machine Tools will present the case for parallel processing on modern CNC machine platforms using two, three or four tools overlapping during each cycle of production.

2. Introduction to Knowledgebase Manufacturing Technical Track

The people and equipment in our shops are easy to see. But our process knowledge is not so visible – nor as easy to find. Don Davies from DP Technology will help us learn to identify and transform this less visible “tribal knowledge” into standard methods in this presentation. Changes in our workforce and technology make knowledge-base manufacturing one of the most important issues we have never heard of.

3. From Turning to Milling – What I Wish I Knew Technical Track
Your products continue to transition from mostly turned products into a mix of milled and mill turned products.  But have we transitioned our “process thinking?”  Ken Corklin from Methods Machine Tools reviews a “punch list” of items you wished they had known as you moved from turned to more complex milled products.
4. Know Your Barstock Quality Track

The barstock we choose is the foundation for all quality conformance. - Ray Schnell from Valbruna Stainless, Andrea Narra from Eural USA Inc. and a representative from Chase Brass will each present the essentials of their materials that must be present and preserved to assure machining performance.  Bring your problems to discuss with these experts.

Session Block #4  10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
1. The Beauty of Cam Machinery Technical Track

The Cam Automatic Bar Machine is a cost effective and highly productive solution for high volume, precision machined parts. Mark Charleton of Peterson Tool Company reviews the "Ways and Means” of Cam Automatics. Working through a process layout, attendees will gain critical insights and “I didn’t know that” moments of process clarity. Mark will work to provide deep insights into this technology.

2. Automation Journey – At the Crossroads of Technology Technical / Leadership Development Tracks

Is our human talent too valuable to do routine and repetitive low-value added work? Why are our process owners doing routine tasks instead of using their genius to solve problems and add greater value? Don Davies from DP Technology will explain how the use of CAM software can improve our quoting, programming and tooling processes. Freeing up our talent can add greater value.

3. Meet the Listserve Technical / Quality Development Tracks
PMPA’s Manufacturing and Technical Listserve delivers “Effective Associating,” as well as answers. Every day, PMPA members find expert, trusted assistance for the shop issues they encounter. Have a question? Whether about materials, tools, processes, quality or other production issues, this session is the place to find the answers - in real time by real experts. PMPA Technology Director Miles Free will facilitate the discussion. Bring great questions
4. Talent Development at the Crossroads (NextGen Committee) Technical / Quality Tracks
PMPA's NextGen Committee will conduct an interactive panel discussion sharing success stories of implementing training systems, engagement and employee retention from the perspective of the PMPA’s Next Generation of active members.
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Awards
Session Block #5
1:45 - 3:15 P.M.
1. A Day in the Life at the Machine (IT Committee) Leadership Development Track
PMPA’s IT Committee will walk us through a day in our life at the machine where we create value. We will explore three areas for improvement highlighting unique and unexpected IT solutions to bring best practices to your operations: Scheduling Status, Document Controls, and the identification and tracking of “All Things Time.”
2. High-Volume vs Low-Volume Technical / Leadership Development Tracks
Batch size drives our decisions. At what volume do you change technologies? When do you see a change? When do you say ‘no’? Understanding the tyranny of low-volume which depends on shortest setup times and use of standard tooling, contrasted with the high-volume world, where extra time in setup and investment in custom tools can help your shop earn an extraordinary profit. Kevin Johnson from Mid-West Screw Products Co. will walk us through several case studies, showing us what is best for a quick, low-volume job and why it is absolute kryptonite for a long-running, high-volume job.
3. CNC Swiss Focus (Intermediate) Technical Track

Overview of this ever-growing production technology. What does CNC Swiss have in common with our legacy processes? How do its differences give us competitive advantages? What does it do well – what are its limitations? Ed Garber from Star CNC Machine Tool Corp. will be our guide as we explore the world of CNC Swiss in our shops.

4. Best Practices Continuous Improvement (Panel) Technical / Quality Tracks
Every shop has at least one area where they are “Best Practice.” Representatives from SEPCO-Erie, Pioneer Services and AccuRounds will share their areas of Best Practice. They will describe how much more continuous improvement they have to do and how they plan to get there. Get genuine continuous improvement understanding from “Them that’s doing.” Learn how Best Practices result from these leaders’ insight; that this is an “everyday-every person-every opportunity to improve” habit that results in excellence.
Session Block #6
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
1. Robotics & Automation Technical / Leadership Development Tracks
Finding skilled talent continues to be a challenge for all manufacturers. Robotics and automation can help shops to reduce routine, repetitive tasks, and to add mistake-proofing to their processes. This can free up our human talent so that they can add greater value.  Patrick Bertsche from Matrix Design, LLC will walk us through the Camcraft journey of increasing the use of automation, robotics and production cells. And how this helps ensure that customer expectations are met fearlessly – every time.
2. Shop Math
Technical Track

You are only guessing unless you do the math. In this interactive work alongside Kevin Johnson of Mid-West Screw Products Co.  Attendees will do some calculations to gain experience and understanding of:

  • What the material choice means for cycle time and what that can do to machines needed (capacity).
  • Creating their own shop calculator using simple formulas and Excel.
  • Evaluating threads, preplate, surface finishes and speeds.

Today’s technology does the calculating. In this informative session, attendees will add confidence and understanding to use those calculations.

3. CNC Swiss Focus (Advanced) Technical Track

This advanced session will examine the numerous advantages of CNC Swiss when compared to CAM Swiss as well as conventional CNC turning. Ed Garber from Star CNC Machine Tool Corp. will walk us through the unique CNC Swiss capabilities that enable our shops to say "yes" rather than “No Quote.” Learn how B-axis, C-axis, and other CNC Swiss capabilities can help us say "yes" to more work and more profits.

4. Best Practices Continuous Improvement (Panel Repeat) Technical / Quality Tracks
Repeat of "Best Practices" session from Block #5.
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Reception (Cash Bar)

Tuesday, April 2

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
Session Block #7 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
1. Don’t Be Targeted for Ransom by Ransomware Leadership Development Track
What should you do to prevent being held for digital ransom? Every problem has a solution and Rich Henning of Henning Industrial Software Inc. and Dave Seabrook of Micron Manufacturing Company have identified the core considerations you must make to understand this business threatening issue. As daunting as Ransomware may sound, this presentation will help simplify the threat and recommend things you can do now.  This session will review a broad view of the effects to our industry and your company, providing immediate answers in an interactive point/counterpoint session.  Understand the risks and costs of data systems security and what it could mean to your company.
2. The Tool Room - Make vs. Buy Technical Track
How do you make the most effective use of your tool room?  What are the aspects to consider when deciding whether to invest your personnel and resources in making a tool for your production, or whether to source it from outside your tool room?  This session, led by John Kollenbroich of Horn USA, explores the questions at the heart of the make vs. buy decision for machine shop owners.  John will use a structured process to evaluate and compare make vs. buy in areas of quantity, quality, capability, standardization, lead time, and price.  Attendees will leave this session with a more systematized decision-making process to help them choose whether to make or buy.
3. Safety – What You Don’t Control Can Hurt You Technical Track
Learn the must-haves in this pointed review of the issues and must-haves for our machine shops. The focus will be on how you can provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSHA Act. Miles Free of PMPA will make certain that you understand the basic considerations and needed operating procedures in his “12 rules for shop safety” approach to this session.
Session Block #8: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
1. Probing is Your Friend  Quality Track
What started as a simple device to improve the repeatability of coordinate measuring machines has turned into a fundamental technology for metal cutting operations. In modern manufacturing, the term “probing” is used in many ways; machine tool set-up, in-process control, factory automation and final inspection are all heavily reliant on probing. In this fun and informative presentation, Dan Skulan of Renishaw Inc. will explore the history, current use and future applications of probing.
2. Future of Manufacturing   Leadership Development Track
The only thing constant in Life is Change. The Future of Manufacturing Committee will be hosting an interactive panel discussion on how the technology is going to affect the world of manufacturing.  Some of the topics covered are 5G, Global Markets, Product Mix, Supply Chain and Computer Communication.
3. ISO – What do They All Mean? Quality / Leadership Development Tracks
ISO sets out the criteria for a quality management system and can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. Toss in the industry specific standards (like aerospace, automotive, and medical), and there can be some confusion about what they all mean.  But not to worry!  ISO experts Core Business Solutions will be on hand to provide an overview of these standards and make it clear how each can benefit your company.

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Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 31

10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Technical Member Meeting

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
First Timer Welcome

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote Speaker 

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Session Block #1

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Session Block #2

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Meet & Greet - Networking

Monday, April 1

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Session Block #3

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"The ability to give someone something to take home to the shop and use is the key to this conference."
Rich Nast, Bracalente Manufacturing Group

"This conference is what I use for the mental recharge. The open discussion time and opportunities to further explain concepts and ideas is huge."
Ron Herrera, Erie Specialty Products


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