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Do you have a co-worker under the age of 40 who goes above and beyond his or her job description to improve a work environment or the precision machined parts industry at large? Do you know a colleague who is outstanding at his or her job who you think deserves recognition in the industry? If so, please nominate him or her for Production Machining’s 2020 Emerging Leader Awards.

Over the past two years, PM has had the privilege of awarding many young, talented professionals in the precision machining industry through our Emerging Leaders program. We have introduced these leaders/potential leaders to our readers in our annual Emerging Leader edition of the magazine in print and online, as well as through our weekly blog spotlights for each winner.

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In this day and age of mobile phones that double as a huge number of other useful gadgets, it’s curious that most hotels still offer wake-up call services.

As much as I despise the wake-up call and the startling commencement to the day they offer I still use them often. They provide the perfect insurance policy should I incorrectly set the alarm on my phone or forget to turn on the buzzer.

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The Precision Machining Index was relatively unchanged during November at 46.0; extending its contractionary trend for a fifth month. Readings above 50 indicate expanding activity and values below 50 indicate contracting activity. The further away a reading is from 50 the bigger the size of the change in activity. Gardner Intelligence’s analysis of the underlying index components found that, except for supplier deliveries (which reported no change), all other components extended their contractionary trends. The Index—an average of its components—was supported by supplier deliveries, new orders and employment and was pulled lower by production and backlogs. Among all components, the sharp contraction in backlog activity in recent months has had an outsized influence on the Precision Machining Index.

November’s sharply contractionary backlog reading was unexpected, given the stabilizing new orders activity and contracting production activity. The combination of these events in theory would support backlog activity; however, backlog activity continued to quicken its contractionary trend first observed in July. The last time the Index experienced comparably weak backlog readings was mid-2016. The second half of 2019 saw most of the Index’s components follow after exports, which initially reported contracting activity levels at the start of the year. Since July, all Index components, with the exception of supplier deliveries, have at one or several times contracted faster than exports.

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By: Miles Free 12/24/2019

Meet the New PMPA President, Victor DaCruz

Meet the New PMPA President, Victor DaCruz

 

At the PMPA Annual Meeting held in October 2019, outgoing president, Mike Reader, handed the president’s gavel to incoming president, Victor DaCruz, and Victor’s year as PMPA president began. 

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Ultrasonic Cleaning Basics: Technology, Solvents and Advantages

Before there were computer-driven, front loading washing machines, there were washboards used to clean clothes by hand. Not only was it time consuming and difficult work, but the end result was usually only adequate. However, as with many other manual processes, technology came to the rescue and the problem was solved thanks to the birth of washing machines, computer chips and software programs.

Machined parts that have been soiled with cutting fluids, grease, metal shavings and other debris also require regular cleanups. And while this, too, can be accomplished by hand, the results are often the same as cleaning clothes with a wash board—only adequate. The fact is, grime and dirt must be thoroughly removed from all surfaces, threads and blind holes. Otherwise, plating, anodizing and coatings of all types simply will not adhere. Ultrasonic cleaners are for machined parts what washing machines are for cleaning clothes—a transformative solution that not only gets the job done faster and easier—but also more thoroughly.

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