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In the uncertain times we are living in, it is refreshing to hear uplifting stories about young talent in the precision machined parts industry who are striving to make a difference within their organizations. We call them our Emerging Leaders. Their eagerness and fast-learning, think-outside-the-box mentalities have shined through to their managers, co-workers and industry partners. They are selfless individuals, under the age of 40, who face — and even welcome — challenges head-on. Many have transformed the companies at which they are employed, making these businesses more competitive, efficient, organized and overall better places to work.   

After learning about each of these Production Machining 2020 Emerging Leaders, it’s easy to see why their nominators (their peers) chose them for this award. Our hope is that these stories inspire other individuals within the industry to do more than what is asked of them, and to be innovative, creative and enthusiastic team members who organizations do not want to function without, just as these Emerging Leaders have become.

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By: Miles Free 6/30/2020

How Do We Fix American Manufacturing?

How Do We Fix American Manufacturing?

In America, many have lost sight of the fact that the object of the act of manufacturing is not merely the generation of maximum profit, but instead the creation of value. Many have lost sight of the idea of self-sufficiency in our race to the bottom for the lowest global price. Many have lost a sense of economic patriotism by ignoring the production of our natural neighbors so that we can get the lowest possible price from strangers overseas.

As MBA finance culture takes control of corporate board rooms, (full disclosure, I am an MBA), the emphasis is on optimizing for financial instead of noneconomic “indicators of success.” The focus is on supply chains rather than loyalty to constituents, communities and manufacturing ecosystems. But the blame is not solely on the MBAs and capitalists. It is on everyone.

The question isn’t “Why?” The question today is, “How do we fix?”

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High-Pressure Coolant Improves Profits and Productivity

Unpredictable cutting tool wear or failure has an adverse effect on machining speeds, feeds and throughput. Coolant that is not efficiently applied to the cutting zone is a leading contributor to these problems. However, this can be corrected through proper application of high-pressure coolant delivery, according to Ron Parker, national product manager, LNS Chipblaster High Pressure Coolant Systems.

For milling, drilling and turning, the friction generated by conventional metal machining creates substantial heat where the cutting tool meets the workpiece. By some estimates, 97% of

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PMPA Launches Best of Craftsman Cribsheet Series

Precision machine shops can now access the “Best of Craftsman Cribsheet” series — a specially curated series of articles produced by The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) in collaboration with Production Machining magazine.

The PMPA has been working with Production Machining since the magazine’s inception nearly 20 years ago to provide useful industry knowledge on a range of subjects. Inside each publication is a special section devoted to PMPA issues, including the monthly column “Craftsman’s Cribsheet,” which has been written by Miles Free III, industry veteran and PMPA director of industry affairs, and Monte Guitar, former PMPA technical program director.

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Defining Your Niche

Our company is fortunate that we have become a niche shop and been in business more than 70 years. We attribute our niche development to forming our capabilities around our customers’ needs. This is what led to one of our customers purchasing us in 2012.

Because of our success, when I hear companies defining themselves as general machine shops, I want to ask “why?” Why be like everyone else? I guess you like a lot of competition!

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