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Telling the Mainstream about Manufacturing

How do we reach the next generation of manufacturing employees? One machine tool company succeeds with local efforts. Meanwhile, “C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.–Now!” seeks to go national.

There Are Apps For That, Too

These two iPhone apps provide manufacturing professionals and students with quick access to helpful cutting tool information directly from their smart phones.

Leadership Skills Also Characterize A Champion

The WorldSkills Competition is a biennial event in which students compete with their international peers in occupational trades. This year, the team from the United States entered in both the CNC turning and CNC milling categories. Includes VIDEO.

Machine Tools Used As Dedicated Equipment…For A Little While

Two keys to this shop’s success are versatility and speed. It uses flexible machining centers, rather than dedicated equipment, and constantly reconfigures them into new cells for new jobs. The speed at which it can do this, in addition to in-house ...

Cultivating Metalworking Technology's Next Users

An educator from a successful vocational high school describes what manufacturers can do to help institutions like his provide capable talent to industry.

Programming From Memory

Go beyond crib books. Using a CAM-based knowledge library does more than just speed programming—it can also make machining more consistent throughout the shop.

From Mold Making To Mold Manufacturing

Pro Mold had to change its entire shop culture to make the move to “net machining.” The experience made the company stronger.

Adapting And Advancing

Assistive technologies for machinery and shop equipment allow blind workers at this machine shop to assume more advanced, independent roles in the production of aerospace components for Boeing.

This Shop Really Shines...And Sorts, Simplifies, Standardizes And Sustains

The 5S principles are proving to be a powerful prelude and prerequisite to lean manufacturing at this aerospace job shop.

PMPA Launches Online HR Management System

The PMPA's newest human resource information and management tool—the PMPA Human Resource Management System (HRMS)—was officially launched during the first week of December 2001.

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