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8 Tips for Spindle and Toolholder Cleanliness

Having visited machine shops for many decades, one of the major trends I have seen is how they have literally cleaned up their act through the years. In today’s shop, there is an obvious nod that equates cleanliness to quality.

Leaking machines surrounded by Sorb-All, or its equivalent, or smoke from cutting oils or coolants hanging in the air are rapidly disappearing from the metalworking manufacturing world. And good riddance because young people do not want to work in their father’s or grandfather’s environment.

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By: Chris Felix 17. January 2018

Top Posts from 2017

Top Posts from 2017

Here’s your chance to look back on some of the hottest topics from 2017! This is my annual year-in-review that lists the previous year’s Top 10 blog posts from Production Machining. A few of these posts address hot industry news, but the majority are focused on some of our most popular technology topics. Check it out; see if you missed something important!

10. Production Machining in Germany

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By: Bart Bishop 16. January 2018

Workforce Trends to Consider for the Future

Workforce Trends to Consider for the Future

At the end of every year, it’s a common practice in the industry for businesses to look ahead at the upcoming year. Budgets are set, client possibilities are assessed, and a course is plotted for the future. What Todd Palmer argues in his “About Your Business” column is that human capital is valuable in this assessment. With this in mind, he breaks down five workforce trends that can play a part in a company’s fiscal year.

Workplace stress can actually be a positive as it can serve as a challenge for the employee. The battle for talent increases, with workers and not employers controlling the job market. Younger workers are entering the workforce with different perspectives on loyalty and career path. Laws are also changing for minimum salary requirements and overtime for the first time in decades. And more technology in the workplace have sped up the pace of change.

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Every Shop has Stories to Tell

There is a story behind each shop’s projects, and according to John Wirtz, president, Pinpointe Marketing LLC, your shop should share these stories whenever you get the chance. He says hearing real-life examples of challenges, problems and pressures that always accompany the manufacturer of technically challenging precision metal components helps customers relate to your company.   

“The real payoff comes when you train the people who will be interfacing with the customer how to put those resources in the context of a story and says, ‘Here’s how our customer’s life got easier by working with us’.”

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Data-Driven Manufacturing Helps Shops Stay Competitive

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a concern in the manufacturing industry at the moment, and what it reflects is the importance of data. To stay competitive a shop has to become a data-driven manufacturer, with real-time data providing the means to make quick decisions and streamline its processes. This form of machine monitoring is already common in many shops, but one company claims there’s a gap in the manufacturing process.

MachineMetrics Inc. provides software that seeks to solve the problem of real-time production visibility and lack of communication between machine operators and managers. The application does this by providing an at-a-glance overview, including real-time manufacturing production data, instant notifications and historical analytics, of all machines operating on a shop floor. This ability of factory workers to make faster, smarter, more confident decisions helped one CNC Swiss shop to gain almost 20-percent improvement in machine usage in the first year of use.

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