The Last Word column in our August issue covers some substantial and important ways in which information is relayed back and forth between buyer and seller. In “Knowledge is meant to be Shared.” Muff Tanriverdi, president, region Americas for Walter USA, discusses the impact that advances in technology have had on the expectations of customers for the ease of researching products and solutions and evaluating options, all the way through the buying process.
Mr. Tanriverdi explains that the way suppliers engage with customers has changed substantially to meet these demands. “Providing online tools and resources that are easily accessible, available 24/7, intuitive to navigate and incorporate supplier competence is vital in today’s business environment,” he says.
He goes on to explain what Walter is doing to meet these challenges, from the development of advanced web tools, to a variety of apps and software tools such as machining calculators, an e-Library and tool guides, to the use of social media.
Withdrawing proposal for a Factoryless Goods Producer Classification in NAICS 2017.
In a resounding victory for actual manufacturers—the people that make things—the Office of Management and Business reported on August 8 that the proposal to create a “Factoryless Goods Producer” classification for the NAICS 2017 has been withdrawn.
PMPA has been on the forefront of challenging the classification, which would have created a class of phantom manufactures that did not actually manufacture goods, but rather purchased finished goods for resale, and possibly from foreign sources.
On May 22, the administration announced the U.S. Census Bureau was considering a proposal to count a business as a manufacturer, even if they outsource all of the transformation steps traditionally considered production activities, or manufacturing. The proposal would have counted some activities outsourced overseas as U.S. manufacturing and included financiers and others as manufacturers even though they never visit a shop floor.
Among PMPA’s objections to the scheme were the following:
NAICS is based on the primary activity of an establishment
NAICS is for classifying domestic activities only
If manufacturing processes are not actually required for a “manufacturing” classification, the statistics produced by such a distorted definition are virtually useless
“This is an important victory for U.S. businesses, and we applaud the administration for recognizing the flawed thinking behind this proposal,” says Mike Kobylka, executive director of PMPA. “This proposal would have created a class of phantom manufacturers. The NAICS classification system has never and should never take into account foreign sourced production processes.”
Heller Machine Tools in Troy, Michigan, will open its doors October 8 - 9, from 2 to 7 p.m. each day, to showcase its new machining centers and flexible systems for heavy duty, flexible production, and new crank milling and turning machines. Twenty-five supplier and complementary technology firms will also participate with displays including tooling and automation.
At its bi-annual Technology Days exposition, the company will demonstrate on its assembly floor:
The new cylinder bore coating (CBC) process, which imparts a high-durability coating to aluminum parent metal, such as aluminum engine blocks
An automotive flexible machining system, MC 20
Flexible heavy duty machining solutions for large components, including large diesel engine blocks and heads
Gas and oil industry machining capabilities with high torque HMCs
Bucci Industries USA is probably best known for its Iemca brand of bar feeders, bar loaders and gantry loaders, which are installed in shops across the country. Under its Giuliani brand, the company serves automotive, hydraulic and lock-making sectors with a line of high volume multi-spindle, multi-axis and rotary transfer machines. The Italian builder also participates in assembly, testing and automation through its Sinteco line. Click here to learn more.
However, an interesting aspect to this North Carolina company came to my attention recently, and I wanted to share it with you. Whether by accident or by plan, it doesn’t really matter: 40 percent of Bucci’s employees are veterans of the U.S. military.
According to Cory Miller, operations manager and a veteran himself, the company may staff the highest percentage of military veterans in the industry. The team is comprised of former Army, Navy and Marine vets, some of whom are still active in the reserves. These veterans serve in company management, engineering and field service.
The gentlemen pictured will be working in Bucci’s booth S-8270 during IMTS. If you’re attending the show, perhaps take a minute to thank these men for their service to the country and the industry.
Our cover story details the increased importance that precision workholding plays in the successful transition of American manufacturing from mass production of conventional parts to the manufacture of complex, high-value components in relatively small lot sizes. Our other feature reviews the real costs in the choice between standard and customized tooling.
This issue also features an extended Products section that highlights many of the products that will be on display at IMTS 2014. Other editorial coverage includes information about the reengineering of a CAM engine to help meet the programming demands of multitasking operations for complex parts. Our Case in Point section visits a shop specializing in aerospace, medical and defense that is reaching new production goals with lights-out production on multitasking machines.