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Presetting Becomes Prevalent
Next Intent implemented presetting and shrink-fit toolholding when it bought a five-axis machining center, but it has since seen these resources deliver value to machining centers throughout the shop.
Medical Shapes a Shop
Medical job and contract shops face challenges—some unique to the market they serve—that push them to become more efficient. Learn about the efforts this shop has made to clear the hurdles it has encountered along the way.
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 ...
Education and Training Triumphs
The 2013 Leadtime Leaders detail their apprenticeship training and educational programs—and the rewards they reap.
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.
Tool Management Drives Process Standardization
From incoming order to final delivery, this aerospace component manufacturer strives to eliminate process variables. Airtight control of cutting tool inventory is critical to that effort.
Use the Machine Tool to Machine Tools
This shop has developed various time-saving tool components by creating them internally, including one tooling solution now being used by other shops as well.
Taking Health Care into Your Own Hands
Bremen Castings Inc. recently established a convenient, on-site clinic to better manage health care costs. The cash-free operation looks to be a win-win for the company and its nearly 300 employees in more ways than one.
Taking the Long View on Short Runs
Certain jobs require a processing strategy that strikes a balance between the needs of high-volume production and low-quantity toolroom work. Reorganizing material flows and investing in machining centers designed specifically for small lots helped...
A Swiss Shop’s Next Generation
The shallow talent pool of available skilled machinists can be an even bigger obstacle to the shop that is rapidly growing. Perhaps the best solution is to attack the problem from within.