Posted by: Chris Felix 29. October 2014

GF Machining Solutions Celebrates New California Facility

FROM RIGHT TO LEFT:  James Jackson, Head of Business Unit Americas for GF Piping Systems;  Pietro Lori, Head of GF Piping Systems & Member of the Executive Committee in Switzerland; Glynn Fletcher, President GF Machining Solutions Americas; Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.; and State Assembly Republican Member Donald P. Wagner (68th Assembly District)

GF Machining Solutions welcomed more than 150 guests, including many city and state officials, at the grand opening of its new Irvine, Calif., facility on Oct. 9. The event featured a formal ribbon cutting ceremony followed by guided tours, product displays, machine demonstrations and presentations.

The new Irvine building, which also houses GF Piping Systems, allows the companies to better support customers throughout the Western region through advanced technology, support and training. It also increases opportunities for collaboration between GF Machining Solutions and local manufacturers on the development of new technology and improvement of processes. The 105,000-square-foot campus includes 23,000 square feet of office, engineering, technical support and training space and 82,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space.

At the event, GF Machining Solutions showcased several of its products. Specifically, the company highlighted its newest technologies in 3- and 5-axis high-speed and high-performance machining centers and in EDM, as well as System 3R tooling and automation technology.

Glynn Fletcher, president of GF Machining Solutions Americas said, “The new Irvine location will further strengthen customer service. We want to provide extraordinary service and support for our customers in this region, and are investing in the resources to ensure that this is the case. The opening of this superb facility reinforces that commitment.”

Hosting the official ceremonies at the event were Glynn Fletcher; James Jackson, head of Business Unit Americas for GF Piping Systems; and Pietro Lori, head of GF Piping Systems and member of the executive committee in Switzerland.

“GF already has a significant U.S. footprint with many locations across the country,” said James Jackson, head of Business Unit Americas. “Our new larger facilities allow us to increase our presence on the West coast by providing additional custom manufacturing, training capabilities and expanded personnel.”

Posted by: Miles Free 28. October 2014

OSHA TOP 10 Violations from 2013


I would add “grinders” to my personal walk-around inspection list. 


OSHA recently posted its top 10 most frequently cited violations for the fiscal year 2013. While two of the top three are construction industries, the balance are general industry and general requirements applicable to our shops.

Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501

Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200

Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451

Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)

Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305

Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)

Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053

Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147

Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303

Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212

Savvy managers will make sure that their safety training plans cover the general industry and general requirements topics listed here.


Originally posted on blog. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 27. October 2014

Survey: Manufacturing is Moving Back to the States


According to the Boston Consulting Group, large manufacturers are continuing to move production back to the U.S. from China.

“Given the fact that China's wage costs are expected to grow, do you expect your company will move manufacturing to the United States?" the August survey asked executives at an unspecified number of companies that currently manufacture in China, a Yahoo News article states.

In the survey, the number of respondents who said their companies were currently reshoring to the U.S. from China increased 20 percent from a year ago.

More than 70 percent cited better access to skilled labor as a reason to move production to the US, which is more than four times as many who cited it for moving production away from the U.S.

To read more about the survey findings, read “Manufacturing Moving from China to US: Survey.” 

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 24. October 2014

Reshoring Optimism

By effectively consolidating its 105,000 sq. ft. shop, TCI Precision Metals created 20,000 sq.ft. of additional manufacturing capacity.


Gardena, California-based TCI Precision Metals is ready for reshoring. The company recently announced a major shopfloor reconfiguration to free up manufacturing space for the influx on new business coming back to the U.S. from overseas.TCI was founded in 1956 and is a third-generation family business. It specializes in machine-ready precision blanks from aluminum, stainless and other materials for metalworking shops. It also provides contract manufacturing services, and it is in this area of the business that the reshoring is having an impact.

According to the company, contract manufacturers and job shops must provide the extended value necessary for OEMs to realize sustained benefits of onshore manufacturing versus offshore. That’s been the driver for TCI to reconfigure its shop floor, which has freed up 20,000 square feet for value added operations, including sub and final assembly.

Evaluating work flow, reducing bottle necks and rationalizing cellular and other in-process opportunities helped the company generate the additional manufacturing floor space with its 105,000-square-foot building. By “moving the furniture around,” the investment is significantly lower than building on or building new.

It may be worth noting for other shops that there may be such opportunities within one's existing plant. Click here to learn more about TCI.


Posted by: Chris Felix 22. October 2014

SMTCL Announces Upcoming U.S. Factory


To complement its current manufacturing facilities in Europe (Germany) and Asia (China), SMTCL has announced plans to begin manufacturing machine tools in the U.S. “The United States was chosen because that is where our customers are, and we know that we can find workers and vendors that have the dedication to quality that we need,” says SMTCL’s chief operating officer, Jerry McCarty.

Although the site of the factory has not yet been determined, Mr. McCarty says that SMTCL-Americas will begin with vertical machining centers and then expand to other products as the market dictates. The manufacturer plans to purchase or build a 100,000-square-foot facility and employ between 100 and 120 employees. “We will need manufacturing engineers, machine assembly technicians, and service technicians, as well as purchasing, accounting, and general management professionals,” says Mr. McCarty.

Mr. McCarty adds that he hopes to be manufacturing in the U.S. by the end of 2015. “These machines will be shipped to our customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and we look forward to helping our customers compete in the world economy.”

SMTCL produces 80,000 machine tools each year, with more than 300 products, including CNC boring mills, vertical turning centers, vertical machining centers, horizontal turning centers, horizontal machining centers, gantry-type machining centers, pipe threading machines and tapping centers. It also makes conventional lathes, boring mills, and radial drills. The headquarters for SMTCL-Americas is located in the City of Industry, California, and stocks machines, replacement parts, and accessories.

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