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Chip-Collection Problem Solver Becomes Product Line

Over the years, I’ve highlighted a number of examples of shops parlaying a solution to a problem they were experiencing in house into a product they could market to others. That’s the case with Wisconsin Metal Parts in Waukesha.

This contract manufacturer and assembler serves a variety of industries, including military, medical, food service and heat transfer, producing individual components, subassemblies or even full assemblies. In the past, its machining department dealt with chip collection in much the same way as other shops: having a couple people empty a trash bin used to collect chips from a machine tool. Recently, though, it developed a compact hopper that takes up minimal floor space and enables one person and a forklift (or hand truck) to empty. The company has since turned this into a product it calls the Mini Hopper that it is now marketing to other shops.

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The “Spark” Starts Now

Today, IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, launches IMTS spark, a digital platform presented in conjunction with Gardner Business Media, developed to help businesses optimize their manufacturing processes for speed, precision and performance.

The scope of offerings currently includes 2,036 IMTS spark exhibitor showrooms, 31 live machine demos, 240 manufacturing technology sessions, 145 speakers, live interviews, daily updates, hosted shows and Q&A interactions with some of manufacturing’s biggest business, technology and thought leaders. IMTS spark runs from September 21 through March 15, 2021.

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Spotlight Your Company Digitally on National MFG Day 2020

Companies can show how manufacturing keeps America moving during National Manufacturing Day 2020 on Oct. 2 and throughout the month-long celebration. With social distancing guidelines in place throughout much of the country, manufacturers can rely on a variety of virtual programming options to help show the reality of modern manufacturing careers.

Held annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day — Manufacturing Day encourages thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. As manufacturers seek to fill 4.6 million high-skill, high-tech and high-paying jobs over the next decade, MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

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5 Topics for Machine Shop Training

These five safety topics should be a focus for your shop’s safety training in 2020, according to Miles Free, director of industry affairs, Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA). The first four topics are based on top Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) violations in General Industry. The last topic is often overlooked, Free believes, but is foundational to an effective safety program.

Look for your October issue of Production Machining for the full article on how to make safety a part of your machine shop culture, or check back here on our blog to read the article after Oct. 1. 

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Parts Cleaning Conference Webinar Series Begins Oct. 7

If your company cleans machined parts, the 2020 Parts Cleaning Conference is worth your time. The conference is the best way to stay abreast of the latest parts cleaning technologies, processes and practices, and this year, you can do it all from your desk. The Parts Cleaning Conference will be presenting a webinar series as part of IMTS Spark, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. EDT. The weekly conference series is presented by Production Machining, Products Finishing and Modern Machine Shop.

Learn from these cleaning industry companies about how to clean and protect metal parts safely and provide solutions and support to your shop:

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