Workforce Development: Training the Next Generation

A selection of sessions recorded at the 2015 National Technical Conference are now available for PMPA members to expand training opportunities for their team.


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In an effort to expand the reach of our highly rated technical content, the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) is proud to announce that a selection of sessions recorded at the 2015 National Technical Conference are now available for PMPA members to expand training opportunities for their team.

These video sessions include the following:

Additive Manufacturing:

Kurt Sommer of 3D Parts Manufacturing reviews the advantages and the disadvantages
of additive manufacturing. Topics include the impact 3D printing has made in our industry, including rapid iteration and prototyping, risk mitigation, part consolidation,
visualization and education.

Basics of Metalworking Fluids:

This session focuses on the fundamentals of metalworking fluids, including compatibility, safety issues, when to use, what to use and what not to use. John
Wiley of QualiChem Inc. provides the core direction you need to understand and ensure your shop is both effi cient and safe.

Building an Effective Training Program:

Dan Vermeesch of Micron Manufacturing Company and Dave Mersereau of Boston Centerless share the unique processes and systems their shops have implemented within their respective internal training programs. Both of these companies have been recognized for their innovation by the Shingo Institute – each winning the Shingo Silver Medallion Award for Operational Excellence.

Cam/CNC Workshop:

Excellence in screw machine technology and CNC turning requires thinking unique to each. But the best practices in each of these can improve the performance of the other. Greg Knight of Advanced Machinery Solutions and Ryan Kutz of Aztalan Engineering help you understand how to apply these best practices across platforms.

Cutting Technology Workshop:

Chuck Tate of Sandvik Coromant shares his expertise in a two-part workshop designed to provide insight on two core machining topics. The first session focuses on what is important for successful and productive turning. The second focuses on the many aspects
of milling that can infl uence success and productivity.

Finish Issues: Coatings,Tooling and Geometry:

Brian Hackman and Frank Seger of Tru-Edge Grinding discuss how not understanding the proper coatings will lead to higher costs in your shops. Tips and tricks of edge preparation and coatings to make your process more effective are reviewed.

Fundamentals of Feature-Based Quoting:

The most important value in feature based quoting is exploiting and utilizing capabilities within a job shop. Starting with the quoting process, Ryan Kutz of Aztalan Engineering reviews this upfront engineering and estimating system at length.

How to Deal with the Skilled Training Issue:

Robin Rutschilling of Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc., Barry Butters of Precision Plus Inc. and Rich Nast of Bracalente Manufacturing Group share what it is that their shops do in their communities to draw the best and the brightest into our industry.

Quick Response Manufacturing:

Tugce Martagan of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing reviews the core principles of QRM and Megan Patterson of Aztalan Engineering covers the lessons learned from a shop implementation standpoint.

Troubleshooting for First Timers:

Miles Free of PMPA talks about troubleshooting from a systems approach, using structured tools to guide you through a process. John Detterbeck of Lester Detterbeck Enterprises Ltd. speaks about tool failure modes and other process signals to give you the
insight needed to understand what is happening when the process changes for the worse.