Process Zones

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New to Swiss-Type Turning

What are some nuances to training a person to effectively operate a Swiss-type lathe? This shop offers some suggestions.


How One College Successfully Meets the Need for Trained Manufacturing Hands

One obstacle to training the next generation of machine operators and engineers is exposing them to the variety of machine types and controls they are likely to encounter when they are hired. A community college in Illinois has the answer—training m...


Will the Coalition Continue?

It almost certainly will. As the Whitehall Township Tooling Coalition nears the end of the tax incentive that led to its creation, this alliance of eight tool and die shops finds so much value in the partnership that the group is on track to last. H...


People are Part of the Process for Machining Inconel

A Tacoma shop describes its winning strategy for efficient machining of Inconel. That strategy includes careful choices of cutting tools and cutting parameters. It also includes a healthy breakfast.


Strengths First, Skills Later

The best indicators of a manufacturing employee’s success might be attributes that don’t appear on a résumé.


Improvement Is Not Optional

No matter how busy this shop gets, it continues to pull teams of employees out of production so they can focus on solving problems to make incremental process changes. The advances add up. Today, this is a very different shop than it once was.


From Media to Manufacturing

Video producers with no previous knowledge of CNC discover the power and possibilities of modern machine tool technology. Their example says something about where manufacturing talent might come from, and also about the importance of manufacturing a...


Shop Glasses Offer Video and Data Capabilities

Here are some of the applications a manufacturer sees for real-time video streaming from the machine operator's point of view.


Human Capital

This shop’s attention to process improvement led it to recognize and appreciate the largest source of unrealized potential in the company: the employees. Now, employee improvement is a priority in the plant manager’s role, and training has become a ...


Not Just a CNC Degree

A relationship with a local employer allowed Rock Valley College to create a 21st-century model for manufacturing instruction. That was good, because for this school’s manufacturing program, the 20th century did not end well.


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