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Quick Learner and Hard Worker Helps Co-workers Improve Skills

In only three short years of working in manufacturing, 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader Josh Hardwick was promoted to his current position as operations leader at W.H. Bagshaw Co. Inc. (Nashua, New Hampshire). Beginning his career at the company as a CNC machinist, he quickly became proficient in his position, earning the trust and respect of his coworkers. He naturally evolved to team leader within a year, and then to his current position — serving as a supervisor — the following year, taking on the leadership of the safety and tech teams.

“He's supremely patient and has been a great resource for the other team leaders, not only answering their questions but taking the time to explain and improve their skills,” says his nominator, Adria Bagshaw, vice president. “He conducts himself with a quiet confidence and is unflappable when an issue comes up.”

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2020 parts2clean, SurfaceTechnology Germany Cancelled

Organizers for SurfaceTechnology Germany and parts2clean have decided to cancel the events for this year. Both trade shows were scheduled to take place October 27-29 in Stuttgart, Germany.

SurfaceTechnology Germany is now rescheduled for June 21-23, 2022, in Stuttgart. The SurfaceTechnology area will also be part of Hannover Messe in April 2021. The parts2clean trade fair will return to Stuttgart Oct. 5-7, 2021.

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Since the coronavirus outbreak began in the U.S., manufacturers have turned to their cleaning OEMs, cleaning agent suppliers or other cleaning industry educators to find answers to their many questions. Like all employers, manufacturers want to know how to keep their building contaminant-free and their workforce safe from the virus, while also fulfilling customer expectations and reaching their company goals. But manufacturers that clean parts in-house have an escalated concern that not only are their manufactured parts cleaned to customer specifications on time but are also free from COVID-19 contamination.

Other concerns are an offshoot from some companies’ production modifications that have changed part volume or the kind of part they need to clean. Therefore, manufacturers need to know how to adapt their cleaning machines to meet these immediate needs.

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Setting goals make most people more focused and effective at achieving their targeted successes. That’s why it’s not surprising that all Production Machining’s 2020 Emerging Leaders didn’t miss a beat when I asked them about their goals within their companies. Although they haven’t reached their goals yet, they know what they want in their careers because they’ve been thoughtful about their ideals.

This video spotlights the goals of many of these young, talented and enthusiastic leaders. Watch this video to see they are striving for learning new precision machining technology, implementing continuous improvement within their companies and even eliminating their own jobs! 

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CNC Machine Shops: How Engaged with Social Media Are You?

I have a “like/hate” relationship with social media. I say “like” because there’s nothing I really “love” about it. And I dislike it because some people take advantage of the open channels to unfairly paint with a very broad brush, instigate and bully (my daughter has been on the receiving end of that last point). For these reasons, I don’t really engage with social media on a personal level outside of the random non-work-related tweet from my @pm_derek Twitter handle. I also don’t have personal Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Social media can, however, prove valuable in a business sense. Machine shops, for example, can leverage it to their advantage in a few ways, and data from sister publication Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops benchmarking survey shows that the most successful U.S. shops are more apt to use and benefit from social media engagement.

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