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Surface Finishing Industry Meets for Sur/Fin 2018


If you are connected to the surface finishing industry through machining or manufacturing materials, then Cleveland is where you will want to be June 4-6 when the community gathers at the Sur/Fin Manufacturing and Technology Trade Show and Conference hosted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF).

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Nominate a 40 Under 40 Award Candidate Today

Young professionals are a vital asset to the precision machined parts industry, and it is important to acknowledge those who are making strides toward shaping the industry’s future. PM is recognizing our industry’s young talent through our new 40 Under 40 awards.

PM is seeking 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the precision machined parts industry at large. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership, whether it is in the nominee’s company or their environment in the industry.

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Expanding Shopfloor Capability with EDM


For as long as I can remember, there has been a tension in metalworking manufacturing in regards to vertical integration versus farming out work to others. Making the decision is usually based on factors such as delivery pressure, capital equipment capacity, strength of orders, and in-house skillsets. The decision is also often a dynamic one, which reflects changes in the factors happening on the shop floor.

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Shop Overcomes Missed Deadlines with Scheduling Software


Scheduling software is a vital component for shops with strict timetables. Change is hard, however, and many businesses rely on the same outdated software they’ve been using for years. This can lead to missed deadlines when faced with large orders, as it can be difficult to prioritize at times. 

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