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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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By: Carli Kistler-Miller 6/26/2020

A Commitment to Reducing Machining Times

A Commitment to Reducing Machining Times

PMPA: What is a brief history of Haimer

Steven Baier: Franz Haimer founded Haimer in 1977 in his father’s garage. For our first 11 years, we were a job shop doing work for the aerospace, die mold and defense industries in Germany. Mr. Haimer’s first employee was a local woman named Claudia. Later she became Claudia Haimer. Today, Franz and Claudia Haimer are co-CEOs and Haimer is still a family-owned company. 

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By: Carli Kistler-Miller 6/25/2020

COVID-19 Effects on the Manufacturing Workforce

COVID-19 Effects on the Manufacturing Workforce

Workforce is an evergreen issue for the manufacturing industry. With the changes in our COVID-19 world, some companies need more employees and some had to layoff employees. I talked to Taylor Evans from Rust Belt Recruiting to get his perspective.

I have to share how Taylor started his company. On the day Taylor and his wife found out they were pregnant with their second child, his wife told him to quit his job and start the recruiting company. Wow! Thereafter, Rust Belt Recruiting began serving the manufacturing industry by recruiting and placing temporary-to-hire and direct-hire employees.

As I am not familiar with the recruiting process, I asked Taylor how it worked. A temp-to-hire employee works for a company for 90 days, is on Rust Belt’s payroll, and is eligible for hire after the 90 days. This way the company can determine if the employee is a good fit before directly hiring them. Direct hire is what it sounds like — Rust Belt finds candidates and the company can hire them. 

So how has COVID-19 actually affected the manufacturing workforce? Have employer needs changed? Are the changes here to stay? Taylor sees COVID-19 affecting the manufacturing workforce in several ways.

From March to the writing of this article, the workforce has seen a dramatic change. Some shops are dependent on the automobile industry or other industries that slowed and had to lay off employees. There are several shops that supply the medical field, were awarded ventilator part jobs or make other virus essential parts and they are actively hiring.

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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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