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By: Bart Bishop 21. September 2017

The Challenge of Finding Qualified Team Members

The Challenge of Finding Qualified Team Members

In the modern workplace, finding qualified team members is the number one challenge. There are several solutions to this, including mining the employees of one’s customer, letting suppliers know about open positions, and having employees spread the word. In his “About Your Business” column Matthew Kirchner considers these different options.

The first is not particularly practical to contract machining outfits, as it could lose customers in the process. The second and third options are better, as they enable the work to be done by someone else. And an even better strategy, according to Mr. Kirchner, is being transparent with potential candidates. He describes a computer gaming company that listed their 100 dream candidates on social media and then sent them personalized messages, with 90 percent of recipients responding in kind.

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Okuma America Corporation recently hosted more than 200 customers from 100 companies at their 2017 Summer Showcase in Charlotte, North Carolina. Participants viewed cutting demonstrations on more than 15 machine tools and were educated on technologies designed to give them a competitive edge. Demonstrations featured exotic material cutting on titanium as well as stainless steel and aluminum and were focused on the automotive industry.

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By: Bart Bishop 18. September 2017

First-Time Visit to Westec is a Rite of Passage

Being an assistant editor for Production Machining means that on occasion I’ll travel across the country to see what’s new, and this time it was Westec. A manufacturing forum featuring the latest in advanced manufacturing technology, including precision machining, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, software and digital technologies, advanced materials, tooling and more, Westec was held at the Los Angeles Center Sept. 12-14.

Racing around the show floor, meeting representatives from each company and seeing the many salesman out in the wild is quite a sight. Additive manufacturing and 3D printing had a prominent place at the show; a Smart Manufacturing Hub showcased the latest in automation, advanced materials, additive manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things; and there was a emphasis on California as a productive manufacturing region. There were also several speakers, with Titan Gilroy, star of the television series Titans of CNC, as a standout that drew quite a crowd.

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Shop has Measured Many Gears Through the Years

 

Forest City Gear, Roscoe, Illinois, went from measuring lot sizes of 100 pieces to an order for 100,000 per year. Inspecting this volume increase manually was out of the question. The shop chose to automate the incoming gear blank inspection.

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View PM’s September 2017 Digital Edition

Production Machining’s September Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of Grinding and Shop Management Software, with special coverage of Rotary Transfer. In this month’s cover story, we visit a captive shop that uses rotary transfer to handle the everyday challenge of earning its work. For our other feature, we cover a shop management package that is helping shops increase efficiency by reducing the need for movement around the shop floor.

Turn to our Tech Brief section for a look at ID and OD shoe grinding for thin-walled workpieces. Our Case in Point takes us into a high-volume OEM that increased output 6-fold by incorporating a driven broach head and broaching tools for its keyway production.

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