As Director of Technology and Industry Research for PMPA, Miles brings 38 years of hands-on experience in areas of manufacturing, quality and steelmaking. He helps answer "HOW?","WITH WHAT?" and "REALLY?"
“After a very thorough and comprehensive search process, PMPA is pleased to have found the best individual to assume the executive director role for PMPA,” says Tom Bernstein, president of PMPA. “Bernie will bring the benefit of his years of experience in manufacturing and process improvement, as well as his strategic focus to his leadership role with PMPA.”
“I’m honored and very excited to assume the role of executive director for PMPA," Mr. Nagle says. "I have been a passionate advocate for manufacturing throughout my career, and I am eager to help PMPA provide the information, resources, advocacy and networking opportunities to help the manufacturing companies in PMPA to become more productive and profitable. I see the executive director role at PMPA as requiring a number of hats; first, to listen and develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization and the challenges facing the industry. Second, third, and fourth, I see my role as serving staff by providing purpose, focus and constructive guidance. Together with staff and members, I am convinced we can make a difference, adding value and growing membership and influence to the PMPA. I am anxious to meet as many members as possible at the October Annual Meeting and in my travels in the weeks and months ahead.”
Mr. Nagle holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Gannon University, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus. He earned a management certificate from Northeastern University Graduate School of Business and a certificate in Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from CWRU Weatherhead School. He has a number of publications and has been an active volunteer and passionate advocate for a number of social causes. He is the principal at Altrupreneur.com.
Labor doesn’t add much value. In my experience, it only moved stuff around. The labor jobs went away. Today, I celebrate the process owners, such as the machinists, that can tear down and set up a multi-spindle cam machine in less than 2 hours. They own their process and own their craft.
Today, as PMPA’s director of industry research and technology, I compile a survey and report on the wages for the member companies of the PMPA. It covers almost 6 percent of the industry’s employment, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. I recently reviewed our latest report, and we don’t even have a job title for “laborer.”
The day of laboring for a living is done. In my career, it was gone by the 1980s. In our industry, the last labor jobs left during the 2009 recession. Today, our shops rely on process owners to operate, set up our equipment, produce parts and inspect them to the highest standards. Today, our shops’ process owners are the go-to men and women that we turn to for understanding when making control plans and corrective action plans, as well as matching machine and process capability to the new jobs we quote.
Here’s what I see when I walk into a PMPA member shop:
I see esprit de corps every day observing the handoff between purchasing, planning, operations, quality control, shipping and the customer.
I see our team achieve just-in-time, zero PPM routinely.
I see our folks are using, viewing, studying, programming and coding using computerized technology and often doing so in more than three axes.
I see the pride in our craftsmen and craftswomen when they gage the part, look at the reading, dial an offset into the control, hit start and the next part measures exactly what was required. I share their joy when the parts come back with a green tag and not a red tag.
I see when they look at the part magnified 50 times or 100 times and the geometric form matches the template perfectly, that tiny smile shows they love their craft and their accomplishments with the technology they use.
I see our people adding value by assembling components, packaging them securely and getting the correct information in and out of the computer and onto the shipping documents, labeled, then loaded on the correct truck.
The people of the precision machining industry don’t “labor,” they own processes. They master their processes. They are process experts. They use their talent, insight and craft to add value. So automobiles go and stop. So planes fly and land. So people can be healed and reassembled.
I am not celebrating Labor Day this year. However, I am celebrating Process Owners Day; you can bet that I am appreciative of the craftsmen and women who make our modern lives possible because they own and have mastered their craft.
Photo Credit: "Acme Gridley Multiple Spindle Bar Machine Manual," First Edition 1961 page C11.
There are many different ways part length can vary when using a cut-off tool on multi- spindle automatic screw machines. Here are some of the major ones grouped into a rough classification by where the cause exists.
The cut-off tool itself:
Tool is dull
Tool is improperly ground (point angle too large)
Tool loose/improperly inserted into holder
Tool blade is too thin
Cut-off tool is hitting while in high speed
Cut-off tool being hit by die head or chasers
Toolholder itself is loose
Toolholder is hitting work spindle
Toolholder is hitting tool post
Toolholder is warped or bent
Toolholder is worn
The work spindle:
Spindle has end play
Spindle has worn bearings
Spindle carrier has end play
Index lock pin spring is broken
Finger holder not adjusted properly
Broken pins or fingers in finger holder
Feed tubes bent or beat up
Wrong stock feed cam—overfeeding stock will cause bounceback from stock stop resulting in short part
Incorrect collet tension
The cross slide:
Cam is loose
Cut-off cam is too large and causes too much feed
Cam drum is loose
Stock pushed back into collet by drill (dull drill pushing stock rather than cutting chip)
Stock pushed back into collet by reamer
Face-off tool is loose
Face-off tool is dull
Face-off toolholder is loose
Die head pulling stock out of collet, making part long
Part length can occasionally go awry when using cut-off tools on automatic screw machines.
This post lists more than 30 reasons that I can think of. What did I miss?