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Production Machining’s February Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of EDM and Medical. This month’s cover story takes a look at a shop that is using EDM internally with the hopes of taking the in-house skills commercial. Increasingly, traditional screw machine shops are investing in technologies that allow them to do more in different kinds of work.

For our other feature we visit a shop that has leveraged its expertise in aerospace to enter the medical machining market. The article explores the challenges they faced entering a new market (new materials and processes, how they identified the right tooling), how they overcame them, and their plans for growth based on the success of their efforts in medical so far.

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Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2017 will be held in conjunction with the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) April 25-27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the latest chemistries, technologies, and equipment designs, parts cleaning experts will be on hand to make presentations during the course of the event. There will be more than two dozen sessions available to attendees, with topics including “Non-Ferrous Surface Polishing Made Easy” and “Advances in Oil-Free Corrosion Protection.” Review the full session agenda here.

The event is a co-production of the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) and Production Machining, along with its sister publications, Modern Machine Shop and Products Finishing

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to complete the Top Shops benchmarking survey presented by PM’s sister publication, Modern Machine Shop. The survey closes on Feb. 28. Click here to take the survey. 

In its seventh year, the benchmarking survey is divided into four categories: machining technology, shopfloor practices, business strategies and human resources. Instead of asking for specific financial figures, the survey asks shops to supply financial measures as percentages, including net income per gross sales, annual sales growth rate and capital equipment expenditure per gross sales. All survey responses will remain confidential.

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Recently, Holroyd Precision's (a PTG company) CEO was honored by the crown for his services to the U.K. economy, international trade and inward investment. Dr. Tony Bannan was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the queen’s 90th birthday honors list for 2016.

PTG is an export-driven manufacturer of special-purpose CNC machine tools with an emphasis on high precision grinding machines. Typically, 98 percent of the company’s products are exported, which obviously helps Britain’s trade deficit.

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A registered apprenticeship is a proven work-and-learn model for preparing future leaders in manufacturing. NIMS recently hosted a series of apprenticeship accelerator workshops at the organization’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. Over the course of a day, employers, community colleges, and industry associations from across the nation learned how to develop, implement, and register an apprenticeship program. Members of the Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration provided their insight on the DOL program registration process, including an overview of the DOL Standards Builder and RAPIDS systems.

The next apprenticeship accelerator workshop is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2017.  To register for the workshop or for more information on apprenticeship in manufacturing, visit mfgapprenticeship.com.  A full list of upcoming events is available on the “Events” tab.

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