“Lucky for me, I not only found my passion, but the opportunity to support all areas of the business as a key sales person, engineer, R&D inventor, manager and a leader,” Monika says. On top of that, Harmon’s complete support allowed her to develop an entirely new hot runner repair division within the company. “I
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Although Don Tocco, founder and president of D.L. Tocco & Associates, has extensive development experience in automotive manufacturing plants across the U.S., that is not why he’s on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.” Rather, it is because he is an artist. A sculptor, in particular. And Tocco’s busts have a bias
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Women of moldmaking, take note: If you own majority shares in your company and you run that company, you may want to consider having your company certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE). A shareholder since the company's founding in 2000, Coleen Felstow became majority shareholder of Imlay City, Michigan-based injection molding company Imlay
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Automotive spending surges, and rapidly growing food/beverage spending also means more packaging. Article: 5/1/2017 Steven Kline, Jr. Director of Market Intelligence, Gardner Business Media Automotive Spending Surges 3 of Last 4 Months The real 10-year treasury rate was 0.92 percent in February, which was a slight decline from the month before and
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With a reading of 54.7, the Gardner Business Index showed that the moldmaking industry grew in March for the seventh time in eight months, although this was the first time in five months that the rate of growth decelerated. Even so, the last time the rate of growth was this fast was three years ago.  New orders increased for the third month in
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Fanuc Corporation, supplier of robotics, CNC and factory automation, has announced the production of its 500,000th robot. Blog Post: 12/6/2017 Chris Felix Senior Editor, Production Machining Manufacturers use automation to overcome inefficiencies, lower costs, increase productivity, and gain market share. FANUC Corporation, supplier of robotics,
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Production Machining’s zone on Single-Spindle Screw Machines provides a look at these automatic lathes’ high production volumes, with these machines being able to bring several tools into the cutting zone simultaneously.  Blog Post: 12/4/2017 Bart Bishop Assistant Editor, Production Machining Efficient workpiece handling is
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With 18 assembly plants within 400 miles of Atlanta, NASF’s Sur/Fin located in epicenter to automotive and aerospace manufacturing. When thousands of electroplaters, anodizers and industrial finishers congregate at the Sur/Fin Manufacturing and Technology Trade Show and Conference in Atlanta, they will be near what has become a new epicenter
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This shop tracks cross-training as a performance metric. Management sees how many employees are fully capable of running each different type of machine tool. The data have helped the shop improve in this area, particularly since employees see the very same data as well. Here is the plant’s cross-training chart as of the beginning of this
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New firm develops technology that offers weight reductions up to 65% for large injection molded polyolefin parts. Moxietec’s NautXcell technology, which has initially been used to duck decoys, can reduce weight of molded parts by up to 65% and is suitable for large components. Startup company Moxietec’s NautXcell technology creates a
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New firm develops technology that offers weight reductions up to 65% for large injection molded polyolefin parts. Moxietec’s NautXcell technology, which has initially been used to duck decoys, can reduce weight of molded parts by up to 65% and is suitable for large components. Startup company Moxietec’s NautXcell technology creates a
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In the article, “Beyond One and Done,” we look at the evolving nature of CNC rotary transfer. Blog Post: 12/8/2017 Chris Koepfer Editor-in-Chief, Production Machining On this rotary
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The four basic methods for performing water-based cleaning operations in metalworking are outlined and described in this article, “Choosing the Right Aqueous Cleaning Operation.” Blog
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The article “Artistry with Skive Tools” looks at skiving that, while being “settled” technology with more than a century of use, still requires an appreciation of a deft
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Autodesk, GenSwiss and Tsugami/Rem Sales have assembled a collaborative three-video series to help explain the benefits of thread whirling, back turning and broaching in screw-making operations. Also,
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This article speaks to the success one shop had in automating its ERP system using a new software package. Blog Post: 11/17/2017 Chris Koepfer Editor-in-Chief, Production Machining Co-founder Helen
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