Seco-Carboloy Partners with Leading Online Education Provider Tooling University
Seco-Carboloy to Certify Productivity Advocates
Metalworking Leader Leverages Online Tools of Tooling University
Warren, Mich., May 9, 2005 - The longstanding leader in training, Seco-Carboloy is partnering with the leader in online education and training for the manufacturing industry: Tooling University. An online education program has been a longtime goal, according to Michael Parker, Seco-Carboloy's Director of Marketing & Product Development; however, cost effective verification tools have not been available for adequate ongoing assessment and measurement of training effectiveness until Tooling University’s offering.
Seco-Carboloy is launching its first-ever online education program for its employees, sales force and distributors to provide a network of metalworking specialists who assist manufacturers in the latest technology and techniques. The program is targeted to start in the second half of 2005, according to Parker.
"The pressure to achieve optimal productivity for manufacturers is at an all-time high, placing a premium on shop-floor knowledge and skills," said Parker. "Tooling University’s training tools allow us to strengthen our whole value chain. We can finally assess individual training needs, craft customized curriculum, test and measure how well productivity skills are being retained by employees in sales, sales support and on the shop floor, as well as help distributors and customers globally. And it’s web-based, so our training is accessible 24x7, regardless of location, avoiding any costly downtime or travel necessary to gather everyone in one location."
Tooling University was founded by Jergens, a sixty-year-old Cleveland-based manufacturing company, to solve manufacturing problems. The Cleveland manufacturer first developed its curriculum and tools of assessment and ongoing measurement in 2000.
Jack Schron, CEO of Jergens and Tooling University, originally began developing curriculum offerings for his employees in response to global economic pressures for greater shop-floor productivity that continue to compound. Through discussions with vendors, suppliers and customers, he realized they each shared a challenge for continuous skills training and productivity knowledge on the shop floor, field sales and customer support. He also realized that a web-based service could respond to these challenges more effectively and efficiently, regardless of location.
"We’re responding to the global need for training that spans the distance of knowledge needs, from shop floor to management levels; from the U.S. to Europe, Asia and other world markets," said Schron. "Tooling University was created to supplement investments and alleviate cost pressures, real or otherwise, that are associated with conventional training. We do it by providing learning sessions that can be scheduled around production requirements or personal needs, offering it at the convenience of the trainee while giving management the ability to access, train and measure results real-time. And we do it more frequently and for less."
Seco-Carboloy is a leader in metalworking technology and offers solutions in milling, turning, holemaking and threading. With North American headquarters in Warren, Michigan, the company is committed to solving its customers’ ever-increasing demands for greater productivity, quality and cost-effectiveness and was selected as the 2003 ISMA Value-Added Partner of the Year in the manufacturing category for saving customers over $40 million over a two-year period. Seco-Carboloy markets its full range of cutting tools and related accessories through a network of over 400 authorized distributors in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Tooling University Supports Kennametal Inc. for Online Education
Tooling U Announcement
May 16, 2005
Cleveland, OH – Tooling University, the leader in online education and training for manufacturing and shop floor trades, has agreed with Kennametal Inc., a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials, to launch the company’s first-ever online technical education program. It will be an extension of Kennametal’s Educational Services (KU) and will allow the company to certify its sales force as experts in metal cutting applications engineering. The program is targeted to start in July 2005, according to Jeffrey Holst, Kennametal director of organizational effectiveness.
KU is dedicated to providing expert instruction in Metal Cutting Application Engineering. Courses are offered at the basic and advanced levels, and include classroom, lab, and machine demonstration. Course content is designed to provide the metalworking professional with necessary skills to gain optimum performance in metal cutting operations.
For more information on KU, please visit www.kennametal.com and select the education tab.
The online education program provides the accountability and measurement needed to cost effectively certify the metal cutting expertise of Kennametal’s sales force, both internally and through its distributor partner network.
"We’re continually looking for ways to optimize productivity for our manufacturer clients," said Holst. "Tooling University’s training tools allow us to verify and account for gains in expertise, while our sales force gets to access the knowledge on a 24x7 basis."
Tooling University was founded by Jergens Inc., a sixty-year-old Cleveland-based manufacturing company, to solve manufacturing problems. The Cleveland manufacturer first developed its curriculum and tools of assessment and ongoing measurement in 2000.
Jack Schron, CEO of Jergens Inc. and Tooling University, originally began developing curriculum offerings for his employees in response to global economic pressures for greater shop-floor productivity that continue to compound. Through discussions with vendors, suppliers and customers, he realized they each shared a challenge for continuous skills training and productivity knowledge on the shop floor, field sales and customer support. He also realized that a web-based service could respond to these challenges more effectively and efficiently, regardless of location.
"We’re responding to the global need for training that ensures productivity gains while assuring quality and safety," said Schron. "We do it by providing learning sessions that can be scheduled around production requirements or personal needs, offering learning opportunities at the convenience of the trainee and giving management real-time access and measurement of results."
Tooling University offers free classroom trials at www.toolingu.com
For information about Kennametal U, contact Jim Kasperik at (724) 539-6842.
Tooling University provides online training on demand to industrial manufacturing companies, educational institutions, professional societies, trade associations and industrial distribution organizations. The efficiency of the system is said to have enabled manufacturers to greatly reduce costly production interruptions, lost work hours and travel expenses while still providing training and continuing education for new and current employees.
The curriculum includes courses in Shop Math, Blueprint Reading, CNC Part Programming, Introduction to Materials, Tooling and Locating Principles, and Metal Cutting and Metal Forming Machine Operations, among others. Courses are intended to provide "real world, roll-up-your-sleeves" interactive content as a cost-effective alternative to traditional training techniques such as seminars, text-based or video-based approaches.
Students participate in classes that are designed to exploit the interactive nature of the Internet. Detailed instruction using text with audio voice-overs, photographs and illustrations are supplemented by full motion video, an interactive dictionary and the ability to highlight and save notes for review prior to taking tests online. Participants communicate with instructors and fellow students via e-mail, forums and chat rooms.
As seen in MMS
Adapting to Aerospace Change
The changing demands of aerospace companies have prompted machine shops such as this one to evolve their processes and equipment to become more competitive.
Tooling U to Train MSC Reps
MSC Industrial Supply Co. (Melville, New York), a distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations products and services, has announced an agreement to create a co-branded certificate program with Tooling U, a Society of Manufacturing Engineers company that provides of online training for the manufacturing industry. Every member of MSC’s metalworking sales team will participate in the online training program.
Mazak Expands Online Training Class Offerings
Machine tool builder Mazak (Florence, Kentucky) has expanded the online portion of its comprehensive Progressive Learning program to include four Mazak-specific programming classes, which are offered in partnership with ToolingU.com.
Tooling U Aims To Help Training Succeed
Toolingu. com, a Cleveland-based provider of online manufacturing training, has added a range of services designed to help companies succeed in implementing training programs.
Online Supervisor Training With Shop-Floor Focus
Tooling U, a provider of online training for the manufacturing industry, has released a new series of classes for first-time supervisors. Titled “Supervisor Essentials,” the set of classes covers topics including effective communication, leadership principles, performance management, conflict resolution and basic cost accounting. Unlike traditional “soft skills” training, these classes are tailored specifically for a manufacturing audience.
Manufacturing Training Via Mobile Devices
TU Mobile is a mobile training platform from Tooling U that allows users to access the company’s training Web site from anywhere in the world, without using a computer. The company says that by introducing the platform, it intends to increase usability and portability of training. The platform offers many features from the company’s main training site.