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Going Lean in Order to Grow

This shop has a plan for dramatically expanding its contract machining business in high-value markets.


The Pursuit of Perfection

The “Pursuit of Perfection” is how Acero Precision defines its mission and while such lofty words make nice copy, all one needs to do is visit this contract manufacturer to experience how serious the company is about the technology, personnel and pr...


Find Your Speed Outside of Machining

This short-lead-time mold shop achieves its most significant time savings by looking outside the machining cycle. However, one of those elements outside the cycle—palletized setup—ultimately led to cycle time savings via five-axis machining.


Stuff You Won’t Want to Miss at IMTS.com

 Check out the wealth of information, planning tools and technology previews at IMTS.com.


To Find New Employees, Look to the Current Ones

For a leading lean manufacturer in the Northeast, offering incentives to current employees has proven to be the most effective route to finding quality new hires.


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.


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