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At the core of just about every type of business is a supply chain, and as the economy continues becoming more global in nature, it’s more challenging for companies to ensure that their supply chains are operating at peak efficiency.

Maintaining a high level of efficiency is particularly important in tech, given the industry’s complexity and the large number of partners and vendors in tech supply chains.

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The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
— Pearl S. Buck

It’s nice when a hard day’s work brings with it some reward. For most of us at least, money can be a strong motivator. In many instances we may be able to find our way into work situations where hard work literally pays off—the more we do and the better we do it, the more money we earn. For many people, this situation is sufficient, and it’s hard to argue its fairness. But there’s more to life than only money.

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Workholding can affect many aspects of the machining process, but it often is not given enough attention. Many shops are content to use whichever workholding system comes with the machine. If it gets the job done, they don’t give it another thought—unless they have to. But once a shop does take a closer look at its workholding, it can lead to improvements in several different areas of the part production process.

One such workholding option is a collet chuck. To get more information, we spoke with Matt Block, a regional business manager with Royal Products. Royal provides a range of workholding options, including several lines of collet chucks.

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“Your PMPA executive team has a vision that advances the interests and deliverables available for our members through collaboration and progress with our longtime partner, Gardner Business Media.”

“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” – Khalil Gibran

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On Wednesday, April 3, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., the 2019 Parts Cleaning Conference, held in conjunction with PMTS 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio, will present the Basics and Best Practices Track, where industry professionals will present on such topics as cleaning agent testing, safe alternatives to cleaning methods, aqueous precision cleaning 101, and the benefits of aqueous parts cleaning. See the full agenda of speakers here, which includes Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg with BFK Solutions, and Darren Williams, Sam Houston State University; Alicia McCarthy with Toxics Use Reduction Institute; Yangsheng Zhang from BHC; and Chuck Sexton from Kyzen.

The Critical Track, held Thursday, April 4, from 8 to 11 a.m., will cover critical cleaning in automotive applications and how to achieve these cleanliness requirements; cleaning of medical devices and implants, and the importance of cleaning sensitive electronics and more. The speaker lineup includes Remi Mercier from Proceco; Raymond Wu with Chemours; Henry Ederle from Technotrade International Inc./ Borer Chemie AG; Mike Valenti with Hubbard-Hall; and Malcolm McLaughlin at Alconox. See the full agenda here.

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