“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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PM contributor Todd Palmer suggests in his “About Your Business” column that the focus can be shifted from lower costs to long-term, smarter investments such as better pay, training and scheduling for employees.  Blog Post: 10/17/2017 Bart Bishop Assistant Editor, Production Machining Production Machining Contributor Todd
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PM’s Rotary Transfer Machines Zone collects new product listings, case studies, feature articles and related suppliers of the machine tools that produce many parts in a fairly short cycle time.  Blog Post: 10/12/2017 Bart Bishop Assistant Editor, Production Machining On this model of a vertical axis rotary transfer machine,
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The October issue of Production Machining features emphasis topics of Vertical Turning and Bar Feeders/Material Handling, with special Inspection and Measurement coverage. Check out the Digital Issue here! Blog Post: 10/11/2017 Chris Felix Senior Editor, Production Machining The Digital Edition of October PM is now available. Production
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Orderfox.com, a global platform that connects CNC manufacturers, buyers and their suppliers, provides a starting point for companies in the sector looking to digitize with a goal to facilitate operations on a global scale through services that generate data.  Blog Post: 10/10/2017 Bart Bishop Assistant Editor, Production Machining
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When Mercedes unveiled the new S-Class in Shanghai last month, there was, understandably, a lot of attention paid to such things as its 48-volt integrated starter alternator, electric booster compressor, and getting-closer-to-autonomous DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist. Clearly, Mercedes is pushing forward with technology
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Two of the hottest topics in tooling today are additive manufacturing (3D printing) and conformal cooling—often with the former as a means to the latter. Both subjects were on the agenda at last month’s Molding 2017 Conference in Charlotte, N.C., sponsored by Plastics Technology. The two-and-a-half-day event, devoted entirely to
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Learning some background information about what the Gardner Business Index is and why these numbers are important can be beneficial to your company and the way you do business.  Blog Post:
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The article “The Basics of Rotary Broaching” takes a look at some of the fundamentals that a shop needs to consider adding a successful rotary broaching process to its stable of
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A visit to Akron-based Slice Mfg. Studios is a glimpse into the future of the medical manufacturing industry, with parts being produced through a combination of 3D printing and turning and
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This article is a profile of how MDI’s family has managed the business through good and bad times by keeping up with technologies that deliver results and expanding into new areas to help them
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While the topic of Industry 4.0 took center stage in Hannover at the world’s largest metalworking trade fair, EMO 2017, Gardner's European Correspondent Barbara Schulz was on the lookout for
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