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Porta Solutions recently opened the doors to its new Flexible Production School facility in Brescia, Italy. More than 100 guests, including customers and potential customers and others interested in the opportunity for furthering education and expertise in production machining, attended the grand opening event.

The first course, a 3-day event scheduled for July 17, 18 and 19, will first focus on theory, covering the fundamental criteria of flexible production and the actions needed to produce only the quantities sold, in a lean way, as well as how to decrease stock levels.

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It can be challenging for machinery manufacturers to continually update their industrial drive specification choices in line with the rapidly evolving landscape of Industry 4.0. But in doing so, these companies can offer their customers a wealth of financial benefits as well as better use of factory space, optimized machinery performance and improved safety standards.

The key to selecting an industrial drive that is compatible with automation is understanding how the drive has been designed and constructed to operate in conjunction with other machines and control systems. In doing so, specifiers can better establish whether the drive will not only deliver tangible results, but also whether the investment will stand the test of time against the ongoing evolution of connectivity in the industrial sector.

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Sometimes when shops implement a new piece of equipment, it exposes inefficiencies elsewhere in the process. These weaknesses can prevent companies from taking advantage of the new equipment’s capabilities, but switching to a new software program, tool, automation or inspection system can enable them to get the most out of their investments.

For Houston, Texas-based Geospace Technologies, an outdated CAM system was preventing the company from taking advantage of its advanced new turning center. Since updating its software, the company has improved programs for many of its parts, saving time and money. 

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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
— Aristotle

Want to get away? Sometimes the desire to leave becomes overwhelming because of unbearable pressure or problems. Sometimes it’s good to escape just to rejuvenate the spirit. And sometimes an unexpected trip comes along at just the right time to serve multiple purposes.

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The first thing most visitors to Cox Manufacturing in San Antonio, Texas, will notice is the digital billboard right outside the company’s main building—it’s visible from the highway that runs in front of the facility. What’s remarkable about the billboard is what’s on it—advertisements for open positions at the company, including openings for its apprenticeship program. Another prominent sign in front of the company’s second building (adjacent to the first) advertises rates for apprentices and graduates of the program.

Cox Manufacturing established its apprenticeship program about 10 years ago to train employees for careers in manufacturing. In addition to receiving training, apprentices receive pay and shopfloor experience. Acceptance to the program is competitive, and because the shop is always taking on new apprentices, having a consistent way to advertise it is important. A future article will take a closer look at Cox Manufacturing, including how apprentices are trained when they enter program and its use of FANUC machine controls.

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