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Posted by: Chris Felix 26. October 2016

PMPA Annual Meeting Wraps Up

Yesterday saw the close of the Precision Machined Products Association’s (PMPA’s) 2016 Annual Meeting on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The meeting ran Friday, Oct. 21, through Tuesday, Oct. 25, and provided members with fantastic networking opportunities while offering business sessions that addressed issues that strongly affect our businesses today.

After a President’s Welcome reception and dinner on Friday evening, Economist Brian Beaulieu, from ITR Economics, kicked off the business sessions Saturday morning with a look at the current positive trends in both the U.S. and global economies. He discussed how long we can expect these trends to last and what warning signs to be on the lookout for.

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Production Machining is a huge advocate of programs equipping young students with the skills they’ll need for a successful career in manufacturing. We are constantly on the lookout for manufacturing companies that are reaching out to local high schools and community colleges offering plant tours and insights into their profession. We support organizations that are seeking creative ways of sparking an interest in manufacturing for young people.

I recently learned of yet another fascinating approach to bridging the skills gap: Vocademy. Vocademy, based in Riverside, California, is an education-focused makerspace, providing hands-on day classes in machining, 3D printing, CAD/CAM, laser cutting, programming and coding, welding and fabrication, woodworking and more. It also makes its machine tools and equipment accessible in the evenings to creative individuals wanting to work independently.

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Finally, there’s a cartoon character metalworkers can embrace. He is the brainchild from a collaboration among the owner and two employees of California-based Shop Floor Automations (SFA).

Amanda Rosenblatt is the comic strip’s artist and is the marketing manager at SFA. However, the entire company contributes ideas and feedback for the comic, which makes it fun for the employees to get involved and share their shopfloor experiences. Amanda says the genesis for the comic strip was to get young people involved in manufacturing and try to reach them through social media with Shop Floor Man as a spokesperson.

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Posted by: Chris Felix 19. October 2016

A Resource for Micromachining

Everyone has a different definition for micromachining, but a common view is machining with tools smaller than 0.015 inch in diameter and tolerances of just a few tenths. It takes significant spindle speed to effectively use such small-diameter tools, and the machines have to be very accurate. One of the biggest challenges of micromachining is finding cutting tools that offer the long life and repeatability that enables a machine tool to run at high rpms.

Learn about technologies that lend themselves to successful micromachining in Production Machining’s Micromaching Zone. Here you’ll find new product listings, case studies and feature articles that detail a variety of ways this equipment is able to make a shop more productive.

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Posted by: Miles Free 18. October 2016

NAM Documents the Impact of Federal Regulations

A new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals the true cost of this administration’s labor regulations. Some of the findings include:

Management time spent on regulatory compliance that is overly cumbersome and redundant is time that management is not adding value to help companies become more competitive, sustainable and add higher value. Keep in mind, this is only the Department of Labor costs.

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