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Congratulations to the 2019 Top Shops Honors Program winners:

Along with the unveiling of this year’s four program winners, Modern Machine Shop’s annual Top Shops benchmarking survey results include a detailed data analysis report as well as identification of emerging operational and business metrics. The annual survey enables owners and managers of U.S. CNC machine shops to compare their operations’ performance and practices against industry leaders in the four primary categories listed above.

Every day, Fab3R — a welding, machining and refurbishing company in Trois-Rivières, Quebec — manufactures large parts ranging from washer drums to turbine shafts. The machinists there are experienced, and they know how to do their jobs well.

However, when it came to choosing an insert grade, geometry, chipbreaker and cutting speed, they were guessing, says shop supervisor Simon Bellemare,

The goal of our Top Shops Conference is to present advanced front-office and shopfloor strategies that attendees can readily apply to grow their businesses and become more efficient in their shops. We also want to enable shop owners and managers (as well as equipment provider representatives, if applicable) to present and describe their own experiences in successfully leveraging new concepts, practices and technology. We think this will spur helpful conversations between attendees and presenters whereby ideas as to how to overcome shared challenges can be bandied about, too.

At the heart of this year’s conference, which will take place September 9-11 in Cincinnati, are the presentations from your peers. Here are a few examples of what is scheduled for this year’s event:

The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Metalworking registered 47.8, signaling its first contracting reading since December 2016. Index readings above 50 indicate expanding activity while values below 50 indicate contracting activity. The further away a reading is from 50, the greater the change. Gardner Intelligence’s review of the underlying index components observed that the index, which is calculated as an average of its components, was supported by supplier deliveries and employment. The contractionary readings for production, exports, new orders and backlogs pulled the average of the components below a reading of 50.  Weak new order activity relative to production sent the backlog reading to its lowest level in almost three years.

In a surprising move, total new orders contracted faster than exports for the first time since June 2016.  While shops reported decreasing production activity, the decline was not enough to stem an accelerating decline in backlogs. July’s data indicated that only the lagging components of the Index – supplier deliveries and employment – expanded modestly. Since the second half of 2018, all components have indicated slowing to contracting activity.

Sunnen Products Co. (St. Louis) and Sweden-based Applied Nano Surfaces (ANS) have entered into a joint market development agreement to advance technology and applications based on the Triboconditioning process recently patented by ANS. The process is said to reduce friction and wear on various steel and cast iron surfaces while improving surface finish, preventing seizures and enhancing product life.

Triboconditioning is a combined mechano-chemical surface treatment process that uses a machining procedure to level off surface peaks and apply a friction- and wear-reducing compound to the component surface. Read More

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