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. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 21. July 2014

Florida Covets Mastercam Certification


Last month, more than 400 students were certified in Mastercam CAD/CAM software in the Broward and Dade Counties in Florida. In that state, Mastercam is on the recognized list for funding, therefore, schools can be reimbursed for each student who earns an industrial certification.

"This is a big deal because of the amount of students that are becoming certified," says Dustin Spieth in the Mastercam's corporate educational office, who travels to Florida each year to administer the certification program.

While in Florida, Dustin conducts a class to teach new instructors the certification program and also shows experienced instructors any new changes to the certification program.

Mastercam certification is a rigorous set of knowledge-based and practical tests that demonstrates a programmer's ability to work effectively with CAM software, overcome common issues facing today’s shops, and produce high quality finished parts. There are two certification levels: Associate Level and Professional Level. Associate Level is comprehensive testing based on the latest technologies, while Professional Level includes the comprehensive testing combined with a practical application component.

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 18. July 2014

There’s a Buzz in Cincinnati

Like an artist’s colony, Hive 13 provides makers and tinkerers a venue to pursue the art and science of manufacturing in a collaborative environment. (Photo courtesy of Chris Hodapp).

There seems to be a movement afoot in this country to reclaim our historic role as makers of things. We once were preeminent in this, but for some time we have lost our way a bit.

It has come to the attention of many—the media, government, economists and others—that buying things to the exclusion of making things is unsustainable. In many parts of the country, there is a grassroots movement building to accommodate the tinkerers of this generation.

Kids who were once drawn to shop class in school find many of those programs cut back or cut out. So what is a tinkering kind of kid to do?

Well, one example is taking root in Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s called Hive 13 and is a place designed to enable those interested in making things access to a space and digital technology to “make” making things viable.

It’s like an artist’s colony where creative people come together to share and produce works that are in their minds. Likewise, Hive 13 provides a similar venue for those wanting to take an idea and make it real.

It’s a place where a diverse community of makers and tinkerers collaborate in pursuit of creative projects. Collectively, they promote science, technology, open source values and skill sharing to the betterment of the Hive.

Click here to learn more about this initiative growing in Cincinnati. You may want to plant such a seed in your area.


Posted by: Chris Felix 16. July 2014

Parts Cleaning Expo Call for Papers


Production Machining is hosting the Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx) April 21-23, 2015, at the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS). We are currently accepting abstracts for the Parts Cleaning Conference.

Each 200- to 300-word abstract must be submitted by August 1, 2014 and should include a cover page with the title of the paper, author and/or speaker’s name, job title, company name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the primary contact person. Suggested topics include cleaning fundamentals, environmental issues, assessing cleaning quality, cleaning specifications, new cleaning processes, and new cleaning technologies.

All speakers must submit a presentation for inclusion in the conference proceedings by March 2, 2015.

Abstracts should be mailed, faxed or emailed to

Allison Miller, Conference Coordinator
Gardner Business Media Inc.
6915 Valley Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45244-3029
Fax: 513-527-8801

Posted by: Miles Free 15. July 2014

Memorandum Published for OSHA Temporary Citation Policy for Electrical Power Standard


On June 20, OSHA published a memorandum to regional administrators outlining its temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b) and 1910.269; and 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V.

29 CFR 1910.137(b) and 1910.269 are for general industry.

29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V are construction standards.

This subject of electrical protection is in keeping with all of the attention that Arc-Flash seems to have at OSHA these days.

Click here to read the memorandum. 


Originally posted on blog. 

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