Precision Machined Products Association

6880 W Snowville Rd.
Suite 200
Brecksville, OH 44141 US


As Seen In Production Machining

Craftsman's Cribsheet: OSHA 2019 Top 5 Violations
Here are the five most frequent violations applicable to our General Industry precision machining shops, as presented at the NSC 2019 conference.

Blu Balls coolant nozzle

Lean Thinking Results with 'Blu Balls' Coolant Nozzle
Although Lean thinking often results with an elimination of a step or waste, Bill Hovey, owner of Telemark CNC LLC, used lean thinking to develop a new coolant nozzle. 

chart shows reductions in cold drawing

Where Steel Properties Come From
The properties of the steel materials we machine in our shops are the result of a complex interplay between chemical composition, developed by hot and cold work, and further controlled by various thermal treatments to develop microstructures.

Rapid Methods for Determining the Weight of a Steel Bar (Imperial Units)
Counting bars in a bundle and multiplying by weight per bar allows a quick “reality check” on whether or not the tag weight is correct, or how much weight is left in the rack.

Dan Ignasiak

Improvement Starts in the Men’s Room
Dan Ignasiak, owner of Sepco-Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania, wanted to improve the productivity and efficiency of his shop, so he started with the men’s room and implemented processes and a new way of thinking. 

Horn's 312 insert

4 Questions for Customer Delight
Operational excellence, product leadership, customer intimacy—one of these rules them all. Miles Free visited PMPA member, Horn, at its headquarters in Germany and returned home with four questions that can be used to determine customer delight.

PMPA ListServes are Power: A Peek Behind the Scenes at PMPA
Carli explores the power behind PMPA ListServes that provide answers,  recommendations and solutions through a peer-to-peer email network. 

Tanya DiSalvo and coworker

Failure is Not an Option at Criterion
Founded in 1953 by Mike Ondercin as a general machine shop, third-generation owner, Tanya DiSalvo, shares how Criterion Tool and Die in Brookpark, Ohio, continuously improves in “no failure” industries.  

Emerging Leader Kyle Zabrensky Embraces Customer Service
The inventory/fulfillment manager goes above and beyond for customers and takes initiative to improve and streamline processes.

Emerging Leader Alex Puff Focuses on Education
Entrepreneur-turned manufacturing engineer focuses on educating those around him.

Tornos employee helping a customer on the shop floor

PMPA Member Tornos Profile
The company particularly benefits from PMPA’s various conferences, including its National Technical Conference.

A Peek Behind the Scenes at PMPA: A Morning with Miles Free
Thanks to the acoustics in our building, I have the privilege of hearing what Mr. PMPA does during the day.

VUCA: We Can’t Plan, but We Can Prepare
We can diversify our markets, customers, markets and materials in order to prepare for the day when VUCA and its impacts arrive at our shops.

Harry Eighmy, Renee Merker and Brian Adams

A Peek Behind the Scenes at PMPA
Renee Merker, director of communications and events, PMPA, always ensures that PMPA members get everything they need, including the details right down to the coffee.

Peerless Machinery's shop floor

PMPA Member Peerless Machinery Finds Success in Delivering Full-Service Solutions for Customers
Ron Nitowski became fascinated by the versatility and innovation of Swiss machines and saw an opportunity for his company to succeed by specializing in selling used Swiss machines to companies that would benefit from the technology, but would not have the resources to buy a new machine.

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Craftsman's Cribsheet No. 78: Straightness of Cold Finished Steel Bars
The straightness of cold finished steel bars, and all other barstock for our machines, is of critical importance.

If You Had Only One Number
You know your sales number, but do you know what it means?

mingling crowd at PMPA meeting

PMPA Members are Family
A Peek Behind the Scenes at PMPA

Surprising Development in the Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2018
As we reviewed the top reported violations, we noticed a trend—a surprising trend. Let’s see if you can notice it, too.

The Gibbons family

PMPA Member JC Gibbons Manufacturing Finds Success in Diversification and Exceptional Customer Service
“By working with the customer in mind, it really creates some good, long-term relationships,” Mr. Gibbons says. “We really make an effort to connect with and have all the answers for our customers, even if it’s for a job we can’t do.”

Craftsman's Cribsheet No. 77: Top OSHA Violations for 2019
Here is a list of the 10 most common violations in our shops this year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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