PM News: Sourcing Trends Tracking

ManufacturingQuote has introduced the Manufacturing Outlook Survey, an Internet-driven tool that tracks sourcing for manufacturing services in a variety of metrics.

Sourcing Trends Tracking. ManufacturingQuote has introduced the Manufacturing Outlook Survey, an Internet-driven tool that tracks sourcing for manufacturing services in a variety of metrics. These include dollars spent, services sourced, source locations by global region, source selection channels, methodology and more. Those who source for manufacturing services participate in a 3 minute survey, and the data are gathered 24/7. Data are presented monthly in the Manufacturing Outlook Report, which is available free to survey participants through mfgquote.com.

So The Alliance Must Be Bigger. A new strategic alliance has been formed between BIG Daishowa Seiki Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) and KPT/Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. (Elk Grove Village, Illinois). The two companies have had a relationship for 22 years. The partnership will offer products new to the North American market. KPT/Kaiser will be renamed BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. to recognize the new alliance.

New Management Cuts Prices. Davenport Machine, Inc. (Rochester, New York) has announced a price reduction on more than 3,000 parts, attachments and machine tool products. In the 4 months the company has been in reorganization, it says it has been producing machine tools and replacement parts in this country at competitive prices. The reductions are attributed to process re-engineering, increased order volumes and customers favoring genuine replacement parts. The company can be reached at (800) 344-5748.

Online Guide. The Balzers Coating Guide, available online, should make it easier for tool specialists to decide which coating will deliver the best result for a specific cutting operation, the Amherst, New York-based company says. To use the guide, the user selects the desired cutting process and chooses the workpiece material and machining parameters. Then the optimal coating, according to the company, is displayed. The user can also view real-world examples and results, such as tool life diagrams and data about the recommended coating. The guide is available at www.bus.balzers.com (tool applications button).

Foreign Shows. The Fall show season is beginning, and there are several shows this year that may be worth your time. Or just pick a country you’ve been wanting to visit, and see if you can make it a business trip by attending a show!

Expo Metalmecanica takes place from October 21-23 at Expo Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. This year, the expo will be staged concurrently with International Manufacturing Technology Week. Visit www.expometalmecanica.org.

EMO Milan takes place October 21-28 at Fiero Milano in Milan, Italy. Pre-registration is available at the Web site. About 1,600 companies are expected to exhibit in 28 pavilions. For more information, visit www.emo-milan.com (an English version is available by clicking on “English Version” at the top of the page).

Productronica takes place from November 11-14 at the New Munich Trade Fair Center in Munich, Germany. The show covers electronics production. More than 47,000 visitors and 1,700 exhibitors are expected. Visit www.munichtradefairs.com for more information.

Awarded. Niton LLC has been awarded the R&D 100 Award for technological innovation. The XLt and XLi Infiniton analyzers will be sharing an award as one of the 100 most technologically significant products of 2003. The company will receive the award October 16. This is the second R&D 100 award for the company.

Correction. An item on page 52 in the July/August issue contained a photo that did not belong with the Qwik-Slide vise jaw system product information from U S Shop Tools. The photo was of the Ewag Ewamatic tool and cutter grinder from United Grinding. It appears along with the correct product information on page 66 and 67 in this issue. A repeat of the U S Shop Tools information appears on page 65. Production Machining regrets this error and any inconvenience it may have caused.