Posted by: Miles Free 29. July 2014

VIDEO: Micron Manufacturing's Lean Demolition


Why I love manufacturing: We get to do cool stuff!

PMPA member company Micron Manufacturing is getting a new Mori Seiki machine. The new machine will need some space, so the company has to demolish a wall.

How do Lean business expert and Shigeo Shingo silver award-winning precision machinists demolish a wall? With Lean precision and style, of course.

Enjoy the time-lapse video.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 28. July 2014

NIMS at White House Summit on American Apprenticeships

James Wall and Greg Chambers at the White House.

On July 14, Greg Chambers, chairman of the NIMS board of directors and compliance director for Oberg Industries (Freeport, Pennsylvania), and NIMS Executive Director James Wall attended the White House Summit on American Apprenticeships to provide their informed standpoints on today's apprenticeship system and its future.

Summit topics included a forum on innovation in apprenticeship, followed by discussions on expansion into up-and-coming occupations and industries, promotion of innovation in apprenticeship, and designing for diversity. The summit discussed the conceptualization of building a supportive local base for apprenticeships to cultivate action at the state and regional levels and the capacity-building necessary to establish an "ecosystem for apprenticeship."

An announcement containing specifications of an upcoming $100 million federal investment in American apprenticeship is expected in mid-October this year. 

Contact NIMS to learn more about its apprenticeship opportunities

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 24. July 2014

Fadal is Back

The new Classic Series Fadal VMC is on display at IMTS in Ingersoll Cutting Tools booth W-1822. 

This news flashed across my desk this week and, needless to say, grabbed my attention. Upon further investigation, the news seems to be quite true.

Michigan-based Merrill Technologies Group (MTG), a family owned manufacturer, has joined forces with Fadal Engineering to launch a new Fadal CNC full range product line. These are new machine tools from the leveling screws up, the company says, including the option using BIG Plus tooling on the spindle.

The new Fadal will manufacture in California and Michigan with plans to sell globally through a distributor network. The company will launch its new VMC, called the Classic Series, at this year’s IMTS. It can be seen in the Ingersoll Cutting Tools booth, W-1822.

Plans call for a continuous roll out of new models targeted at various markets through 2014 and into 2015. It’s an ambitious plan that will include the Performance Series with a CAT- 50 taper spindle, and the Heavy Series which will include large machining and turning centers targeting energy, off-road, aerospace and defense markets, the company says. 

Click here to learn more or swing by the Ingersoll booth at IMTS and see it for yourself. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 23. July 2014

Hexagon Acquires Vero Software


Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, announces the acquisition of Vero Software, a supplier of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software.

Vero Software is a UK-based software company with software solutions for programming and controlling machine tools to address the rising challenge of achieving manufacturing efficiencies. The company’s brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Radan, SURFCAM, VISI, and WorkNC. The company has offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network.

The acquisition is part of an effort to strengthen Hexagon’s software offerings to extend the reach of the newly developed MMS (metrology planning software) to include CAM (manufacturing planning software). “Together with its unique suite of manufacturing software solutions, Vero Software has the expertise, knowledge and resources to deliver even higher levels of productivity to our customers,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Leveraging our global footprint, the synergies from our combined technologies will advance our strategy, supporting the growing need to integrate all data and processes across the manufacturing lifecycle.”

Vero Software will be fully consolidated as of August 2014 (closing being subject to regulatory approval).



Posted by: Miles Free 22. July 2014

It Takes a Factory to Make a Manufacturer

If they don't manufacture anything, why should we call them manufacturers?

How can you call yourself a manufacturer if you don’t manufacture anything? The Economic Classification Policy Committee (ECPC) of the Census Bureau is considering changing the definition of manufacturing to include “Factoryless Goods Producers” (FGPs) as part of an update to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 2017.

They say “A factoryless goods producer (FGP) establishment outsources all of the transformation steps traditionally considered manufacturing (for example, the actual physical chemical or mechanical transformation of inputs into new outputs), but undertakes all of the entrepreneurial steps and arranges for all required capital, labor and material inputs required to make a good.” Factoryless Goods Producer Fact Sheet

Buying stuff from other manufacturers isn’t manufacturing—it’s wholesale trade. If an establishment doesn’t actually manufacture something, why should it be classified as a manufacturer? If a company doesn’t have a factory and means of transforming inputs into goods, why should that be classified as manufacturing? If a firm doesn’t employ workers to transform inputs into finished goods, why is that manufacturing?

We submitted our comments on this issue.

Visit this link, then:

  1. Type in “NAICS for 2017″ in quotes in the search box labeled "Rules, Comments, Adjudications or Supporting Documents."
  2. Click search.
  3. Click “Comment Now!”
  4. Follow instructions for submitting your comments.

There are many reasons to oppose the creation of a type of manufacturer called a factoryless goods producer. I put a bunch of them in my comments. But you only have to ask one logical question: How can you call yourself a manufacturer if you don’t manufacture anything?

And how does that help create statistics we can use if “manufacturer” no longer means “a company that manufactures?”


Originally posted on blog. 

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