National Technical Conference
April 21 - 24, 2018

Sessions & Speakers

Saturday, April 21

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reception (Cash Bar)

Sunday, April 22

10:30 - 12:45 p.m. Registration
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. First Timer Welcome
1:00- 2:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker 

Prepare to laugh and learn as decades of research (Gallup, Harvard Review, and Wynn Solutions) reveal what the most successful people do differently – and it’s not what you’d expect! If you enter this keynote session expecting to learn all about best practices and superior products, you’d better read the title again. Standout success in any economy often comes from personal advantages—whether they’re cosmetic or based on communication, personality, resources, or access to privileged information. With an emphasis on what you can actually walk out of the session with and achieve tomorrow; Garrison Wynn shows you how to consistently get the job and make sure you advance in it!

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Session Block #1
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. Chips - How to Read, How to Break Technical Track
(Fundamental Session)
While producing parts is the goal, producing chips is how we get there. In this basic session, Rob Somma of Somma Tool Co., Inc. and Eddie Tonne of HORN USA will present us with a better understanding of chip characteristics such as shape, thickness, color, and texture that relate to our processes as well as show how to design tooling and/or features on the part to control and break the chip.
3.  Everyday Tech for Skills Enhancement Technical & Leadership Development Track
PMPA’s IT Committee is set to lead you through an interactive session by demonstrating multiple ideas that attendees can use soon after returning to the shop. Shop security details, combining QR Codes with laser marking technology, document archival and retrieval ideas, and Office 365 are just some of the topics that will be covered. Educational websites and useful Apps will be reviewed in order to enhance both skills and understanding of technology advances that are available for use in your shop environment. Understand what is available to advance the use of technology in your shop and don’t miss this chance to elevate your team’s technology performance with this interactive program.
4. Team Building for Winners - Depending on Each Other for Success Leadership Development Track
What makes working with others difficult? We're afraid we're not going to get what we want, or we're going to lose what we already have! This funny, insightful presentation combines relationship building with no-fluff motivation, that teaches attendees to create a culture of accountability without “blame distribution”. Team members will examine common points of resistance, learn to deal with difficult (and often talented) people, and understand the personal benefits of adapting to a team approach. In this un-sugarcoated interactive session, Garrison Wynn gets real about how accepting help and learning to work well together are the keys to solving problems and meeting critical deadlines.
4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Technical Member Exhibits
Over 70 Technical Members are expected to exhibit with tools, brochures, catalogs, videos of larger equipment, and live software demonstrations. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with your suppliers' technical experts one on one to discuss your unique opportunities. The exhibit hall will be set with food and beverage options at a nominal cost. Each attendee will receive one free drink ticket which can be used for the beverage of your choice.

Three prizes will be drawn during the Monday lunch. Just have 15 exhibitors stamp the card that will be included within your welcome packet. Turn your completed card in to a PMPA representative outside of the exhibit hall and your name will be included in the drawing.


Monday, April 23

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

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Session Block #2
1. 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? Bring your questions, along with an open mind, and our Technical Program Committee moderator will be certain your inquiries are answered. 

2. CNC Multi-Function - Print Provided Technical Track
This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific CNC multi-function part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.
3. Metallurgy for the Non- Metallurgist Technical Track
(Fundamental Session)
Bar-stock is bar-stock – right? Machinists understand that different materials machine differently. In this session, Myron Lee of Mueller Brass Company, John Collins of Stainless and Aluminum, Inc., Ray Schnell of Valbruna Stainless, Inc., and Miles Free of PMPA will offer attendees a basic review of the metallurgical factors, including chemistry, microstructure, processing, and thermal treatments that influence machining performance in our shops.
4. Tools to Assist Risk Based Thinking Quality/Leadership Development Track
What are the tools that can be used to assist a company’s risk analysis process?  PMPA’s Quality Committee is ready to share multiple documents and explain the applicability and use of each tool. Interested Parties List, Feasibility Studies, PFMEA, SWOT analysis and Risk Register are just a few of the inputs for your consideration when going through the risk based thinking process.
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Session Block #3
1. 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.
2. Mastering New Processes – Part #1 – Milling Technical Track
(Advanced Session)

National Technical Conference favorite presenter, Bill Durow of Sandvik Coromant, will give attendees advanced insights into the milling processes that we all find challenging. Review milling best practices, including selecting a concept, surface finish considerations, and selecting cutting data based on set-up. Understand 2D process solutions with trochoidal, hole making, and pocketing processes. Learn how to meet these challenging applications by rethinking practices, approaches, and reconsidering the milling process orthodoxies that everybody knows in this first session of this advanced workshop.

3. The Future of Manufacturing Leadership Development Track
The future is now. Today is the future from 5-10 years ago. How have changes in technology, culture, and economics shaped our markets and businesses today? How will emerging challenges just over the horizon impact our business and personal life in the years ahead? The future is not about shining flying saucers – it is about fundamental changes in the way we work, play, and live. The PMPA has formed the new Future of Manufacturing Committee who are tasked with and will present what we need to be thinking about today to be successful in the future. Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Workforce of Tomorrow, and the Network of Things are just some of the over-the horizon topics this committee will review in this interactive discussion.
4. Family of Parts – Lessons Learned Technical Track
Family of parts – the untold hero of lean? By understanding the idea of family of parts and commonality of process requirements and part features, shops can significantly reduce between job set up time and develop more capable processes across shared operations. This session is designed to be interactive, certain to connect with both inexperienced attendees and those with advanced levels of expertise. Led by Ed Rowland of Mid-West Screw Products Co. and Ron Herrera of Erie Specialty Products, Inc. with assistance from Miles Free from of PMPA, this session will introduce how to reduce setup and increase throughput by recognizing part family commonalities.  
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Awards
1:45 - 3:15 P.M. Session Block #4
1. Cam Machine Workshop – Session #1 Technical Track
(Fundamental Session)
You can’t win the game if you don’t know the fundamentals. The first session of this Cam Machine Workshop will offer basic concepts essential to cam automatic operations. Chris Barrett of Wickman Machine Tool, Inc. will facilitate a panel discussion of experienced PMPA cam machine shop professionals, including Paul Garrett of Alger Precision Machining, LLC, Ken Janik of Berkley Screw Machine Products, Inc., Doug Larson of Gates Albert, Inc., and Randy Lusk of Lusk Quality Machine Products, Inc. The focus of the first part of this workshop will be to reaffirm the basics of cam machine technology and be certain that core topics such as cam path basics, forming, drilling, reaming, and knurling are reviewed. This workshop is designed to be interactive so that topics are thoroughly reviewed and all questions are answered. 

2. Mastering New Processes – Part #2 – Turning Technical Track
(Advanced Session)

The second session of the Mastering New Processes workshop will focus on Turning. Insert shapes, prime turning, precision coolant (over coolant vs under coolant), high pressure coolant, and multi-task machining on B-axis machines are some of the advanced concepts that will be reviewed in this session. Mr. Durow will review creative thoughts and concepts, and share practical tips and tricks to further your understanding of the nuances of multi-axis machining.

3. Basic Lean Quality Track

Highly rated PMPA speaker Mike Micklewright has taught lean principles for more than 25 years. In this session, Mr. Micklewright will provide an introduction to lean principles and offer fundamentals for attendees to understand and apply back in their shop. This basic class will open the lean toolbox for shops to see what is available, providing understanding on how to use these tools in their ‘lean shop’ efforts.       

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Session Block #5
1. Cam Machine Workshop – Session #2 Technical Track
(Advanced Session)
The expert panel will return to discuss more advanced concepts with cam machine technology. An agenda will drive this discussion with topics such as polygon turning, flat generating, plunge cutting, material issues, and tricks and tips to be reviewed and discussed. Interactivity and a sharing of lessons learned from both those on the panel and in the audience will assure that a complete review and discussion of cam machinery is achieved.

2. CNC Multi-Spindle – Print Provided
Technical Track
This roundtable session will discuss the challenges of a specific CNC multi-spindle part and the many ways to consider those challenges from both an engineering and operator standpoint.
3. Milling & Work-holding Optimization Technical Track
This session will offer a clear understanding on how combining machine tool technology and multiple part workholding can remove wasted time. By using a combination of “state-of-the-art” machine tool technology with multiple part work-holding technology the result is to remove all wasted time. Charlie Carland of Yamazen and Joel Montague of PAWS Workholding Company will utilize a case study approach to educate attendees on how multiple part workholding technology combined with vertical machining centers can produce complex parts in very short cycle times while maintaining high precision.
4. Regulatory Compliance Leadership Development Track
Regulatory challenges continue to grow in importance and impact to the precision machining industry. In this session, Miles Free of PMPA will review the directives regarding lead as an alloying elements in steels, aluminums, and coppers. This session will offer a process for you to understand the background, process, timing and strategic rationale for the regulations that impact our shop.

5:00 - 6:15 p.m. Reception (Cash Bar)

Tuesday, April 24

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8:15 - 9:45 a.m. Session Block #6
1. Machine Hacks Technical Track
What is the one thing that you know now that you wished you knew a year ago? What would you have liked to know before you got that job that you struggled with to barely break even?  There is a name for that – it’s called a machine hack. In this highly interactive session, Ed Rowland of Mid-West Screw  Products Co. and Charles Ruecker of Core Powered Inc.  will facilitate an interactive group discussion about ‘wish I had known’ hacks. Bring yours to share – there will be plenty to go around.
2. Gaging Exploration – Beginning Tools Quality Track
(Fundamental Session)
The first session of this ‘Gaging Exploration’ workshop will focus on the basic but critical tools and gages used in our shops. Gary Griffith of Griffith Training will use prints, model parts, and detailed photos of the inspection set-up to describe exactly what needs to take place in the inspection process. Gary will discuss each process tool and explain what must be done and the considerations that must be made to properly make the measurement.         
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Session Block #7
1. Speeds, Feeds, and Shop Math Fundamentals Technical Track
(Fundamental Session)
The foundation for all machining technology is the application of the proper feed, speed, and depth of cut to the material using the right tool. Many of today's operators are knowledgeable of their machine technology, but have little experience or confused ideas about how to calculate, check, and interpret these important basics. Ed Rowland of Mid-West Screw Products Co. and Kevin J. Johnson of FISCHER Special Tooling Corporation will use examples, show videos, and engage attendees with dialogue, focusing on showing the practical way to perform calculations and understand what the numbers tell us about the process.
2. How Shops are Training Leadership Development Track
 There is no one right way to train. Just as our shops have different technologies and workforces available, so too will they have different approaches to training. Come to learn how Sean Althaus of Cox Manufacturing Company, Paula Martel of North Easton Machine Company, Inc., and Susan Richards of National Technologies, Inc. approach training in their shops and why they do it the way that they do. Are you looking to start or improve upon a training program? Attend this session to hear key ideas, core philosophies and see what is working in these three leading shops from across the United States.
3. Gaging Exploration – Applications Quality Track
(Advanced Session)
The second portion of our ‘Gaging Exploration’ workshop will have Mr. Griffith expanding on our gaging knowledge with an advanced level session focused on applications. Assuring an understanding of set-ups, surface plates, layouts, as well as how to properly inspect a selection of key geometric characteristics will be the focus of this session. This portion of the workshop will include drawings with common issues that many of us see in our shops and the best practice methods to resolve the concerns.
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Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 21

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Reception (Cash Bar)

Sunday, April 22

10:30 - 12:45 a.m.

12:00 - 12:30 a.m.
First Timer Welcome

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote Speaker 

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Session Block #1

4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Technical Member Exhibits

Monday, April 23

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

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Session Block #2

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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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