10/17/2012 | 1 MINUTE READ

No Substitute for Peer-to-Peer

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Modern manufacturing as we know it, and most of the world does not, is a complex blend of many disciplines. Managing a metalworking shop is no longer exclusively about making good parts. Today, the number of hats required to be worn is daunting; encompassing legal issues, human resources, environmental and numerous other governmental regulations, not to mention contract negotiations and accounting. And that’s all before the first chip is cut. 

Where can a precision parts manufacturer find information focused on his or her business? Searching the Internet is a way, but the time required to wade through irreverent clutter and evaluate its correctness can make the exercise inefficient and potentially dangerous. I submit there is a better and much quicker way to find the right answers. 

Simply put, talk to other shops that have similar experiences and are willing to share them. One very valuable source for such discussion is through a targeted trade association. I happen to know an excellent one that I’ve had the pleasure of working with for more than two decades and watched it respond to the changes in our industry to become an increasingly indispensible tool for its members. It’s the PMPA (Precision Machined Products Association).    

Founded in 1933, PMPA has weathered the ups, downs and technology and business shifts by delivering a unique venue for precision machined parts manufacturers to work together for individual company’s, which in turn, benefits the industry as a whole. As JFK is credited as saying, “A high tide raises all boats,” I think it’s fair to say precision machined products manufacturers are the best source for other precision machined products manufacturers to find the specifics needed to keep moving forward. 

PMPA membership is a small investment to gain access to this resource. It sure beats spending your days on Google. Please check them out at PMPA.org or contact Jeff Remaley.