“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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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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The IRS Large Business and International Division (LB&I) has announced a new audit strategy focused on 13 issues, from foreign company reporting requirements to shareholder stock basis in S corporations, which it believes will generate the most tax revenue using the remaining agency resources from the Congressional budget cuts. The LB&I
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There is a paradigm shift in the European tool and moldmaking industry, believes professor Thomas Seul, vice president for research and transfer at the University of Applied Science in Schmalkalden, Germany, and president of the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF). Just 20 years ago, tool and moldmaking companies in Germany and
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Todd Palmer examines using recruiting firms and finds they are private and confidential, save the hiring company time and benefit the job seeker, who could be applying to a new job while working full-time or may be approached while working for a competitor. Blog Post: 2/8/2018 Bart Bishop Assistant Editor, Production Machining Todd Palmer argues
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CRP Technology’s Windform RL touted as ideal for functional prototypes and parts. When I saw this new product announcement from Italy’s CRP Technology (U.S. office in Mooresville, N.C.), I ventured that it would not be surprising to see other launches of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) type materials for additive manufacturing in the near
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At the New York Auto Show last week, Toyota revealed a concept vehicle—a small four-wheel drive vehicle—that was designed at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. Ian Cartabiano, Calty chief designer, says that this vehicle, the FT-4X, was designed at the same time as the Concept-i, which is all the more interesting in as
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In addition to the three trade groups that I wrote about in this month’s issue of MMT, there are others readers should know about. More and more, we're learning about organizations and their members who are working to bridge the skills gap by volunteering time and resources to teach youngsters about moldmaking. In addition to the three trade
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In the automotive and tech world, this is blowing up the Internet in a way that’s bigger than Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine’s photo shoot: Apple has, as of today, shown up on the list of companies that has received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles. Just when everyone
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The new ISO 9001:2015 standard emphasizes risk assessment. Medical shops with ISO 13485 certification already manage this. Blog: 4/14/2017 Derek Korn Executive Editor, Modern Machine Shop ​ This is just a small portion of the process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA) document that Protomatic developed. It identifies more than 300
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This article looks at techniques that have been successfully applied in shops dealing with small parts and the need to get the burrs off them. Blog Post: 2/16/2018 Chris Koepfer
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Contrary to the famous saying, when product launches happen in Vegas, it doesn’t stay in Vegas. Blog Post: 2/15/2018 Bart Bishop Assistant Editor, Production Machining While it’s been said
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Sunnen Products Company has acquired BTA Heller Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of deep hole tooling and systems for primary hole generation. Blog Post: 2/14/2018 Chris Felix Senior Editor, Production
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Blog Post: 2/12/2018 Michael Guckes Chief Economist, Gardner Intelligence Bringing in the new year with a reading of 61.7, the Gardner Business Index (GBI): Precision Machining started 2018 by
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There are varying degrees of automation available for shops of all sizes and types. A key to successful implementation of automation is learning what kinds of automation is available and which is best
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