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Live Online Event Features Mazak’s New Technology

By: Lori Beckman

The All Axes Live event highlighted the newest technology from Mazak and enabled the more than 400 attendees to access 16 video on-demand demos for different featured machine tools. 

Emerging Leaders [DEPRECATED]

Leader Modernizes Company with New Technology and Processes

By: Lori Beckman

In Gary Sweeney’s 10 years with Everett Industries, this 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader has taken organically developed engineering and product development systems and transformed them into scalable, reliable, efficient methods.
#workforcedevelopment

Parts Cleaning

Improve Energy Savings and Efficiency with Vector Kinematics

By: Lori Beckman

The rocking, rotational nozzle movement performed by vector kinematics spray cleaning technology combined with temperature and cleaning additives provides an effective, fast and economical parts cleaning process. 
#techbrief

Machines

Automated Manufacturing in the U.S. Makes for a Fitting Process

By: Derek Korn

An Australian company has been able to speed delivery of its popular plumbing products to U.S. customers by adding machining and assembly cells to produce brass fittings in Alabama.

Proper Disinfectant Use to Prevent COVID-19’s Spread

By: Lori Beckman

Learning how to choose the proper disinfectant for surfaces throughout your shop and then using it as directed are keys to stopping the spread of viruses such as the novel coronavirus.
#techbrief

Emerging Leaders [DEPRECATED]

Quality Employee Passionate About Sharing Her Knowledge

By: Lori Beckman

“Galion LLC has always encouraged me in my quest to grow and develop professionally, so I would like to help others do the same,” says Erica Bonen, a 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader.
#workforcedevelopment

Working Smarter, Not Harder

Geoff Dawson from PMPA member FANUC America talks about their history, how robots have enhanced the workspace and about their latest automation family.
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Sometimes No-Quoting RFQs is Essential for Efficiency

By: Lori Beckman

Accepting only RFQs that work toward a company’s goals and learning how to manage those efficiently can build better businesses and customer relationships. 

Machines

3D Printing Creates a Window of Automation Opportunity

By: Derek Korn

For this Omaha shop, periodic part inspection required an automated turning cell to pause production. Printing a plastic parts collection chute for delivery outside the cell solved this problem, and it turns out the shop has found 3D printing to be valuable in many other ways.
#additive

TikTok, Manufacturing and Data Analytics

By: Matthew Kirchner

Small to midsize manufacturers have scores of data available to them and can leverage it in much the same way that billion-dollar conglomerates do
#opinion

Emerging Leaders [DEPRECATED]

Passionate Role Model is the ‘Heart and Soul’ of the Company

By: Lori Beckman

“Manufacturing has become more than just a career, but a passion,” says Renee Schroeder, vice president of operations at Smith and Richardson Inc., and a Production Machining 2020 Emerging Leader.
#workforcedevelopment

Craftsman's Cribsheet: Unleaded Brass for Plumbing Use

By: Miles Free

Laws have outlawed the provision of plumbing systems containing significant amounts of lead.
#pmpa