PMTS Recap

This Year's Trade Show A Success


This year’s Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) was a huge success. The screw machine products industry’s only exclusive trade show in North America took place from May 6 through 8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Sponsored by the PMPA and co-sponsored by Production Machining and Modern Machine Shop magazines, PMTS was attended by manufacturers, suppliers and end users of products and services used in the production machining of precision turned parts.

More than 175 exhibiting companies showcased products and services ranging from automatic screw machines and CNC turning centers to computer hardware and software.

378 Participate In National Technical Conference

Three-Day Conference Included Industry-Related Presentations And Hands-On Roundtable Discussions
The PMPA’s 42nd Annual National Technical Conference was held May 3-5, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio. Approximately 378 interested participants attended the 3-day conference held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Lean Toward Profitability.” The focus was on leaner ways of doing things in the shop to reduce costs and increase profits.

Attendees were provided with information on “lean manufacturing” techniques, including practical approaches to zero ppm, and reducing setup time for gaging. Other topics included reducing manufacturing cycle time and datum point tooling.

There were also presentations on CNC gang tools, coatings, single spindles, turning, macros and tapping. A more general presentation on “The Art and Magic of Listening” was also offered.

In addition, there were several job planning roundtable discussions. The small group discussions covered jobs done on CNC lathes, Swiss CNCs and CNC machining centers, as well as one-, five-, six- and eight-spindle machines. Other roundtable topics included shop processes, rotary transfer machines, secondary operations and problem areas.