What Makes a Top Shop?
Steve Kline Jr. - Director of Market Intelligence - Gardner Business Media
This presentation will take a deep dive into Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops annual benchmarking survey. Analyzing the trends in the survey over time will reveal the particular strategies and practices that make the best job shops stand out from the crowd.
Meet the Top Shops: A Panel Discussion with 2017 Honorees
Bill Metz, Vice President – Operations, Richards Industries | Carl Livesay, Vice President – Operations, Land Sea Air Manufacturing | Chris Orlowski, General Manager, X-L Machine Co.
Moderated by Modern Machine Shop Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski, this panel discussion will include real, applications-based insights from executive leadership at this year’s Top Shops honorees. Mr. Zelinski will lead this group in a discussion about the Top Shops data, the value of business benchmarking and a practical look at this year’s Top Shops success in the four main survey categories: machining technology, shop-floor practices, business strategy and human resources.
Panel - A completely new approach to Turning
Adam Johansson, Sandvik Coromant | Margareta Pålsson, Sandvik Coromant| Stas Mylek, Mastercam
PrimeTurning™ is a new patent pending methodology from Sandvik Coromant which enables you to do turning in all directions in much more efficient and productive way as compared to conventional turning. This concept is comprised of a new turning method, dedicated CoroTurn® Prime tools and a code generator.
Learn how Mastercam has integrated the PrimeTurning™ method into a set of automated toolpath strategies that allow you to program parts in minutes and achieve the productivity gains this innovative technology offers.
You’ve Added Robots to Every Process You Can Think of: Now What?
Eric Gibson- President - Ultra Machining Company
You saw this workforce challenge coming almost five years ago so you began adding robots to processes throughout your shop. You have robots “picking and placing” parts from your CNC’s and CMM’s. You rely on robotic packing equipment and even have a collaborative robot polishing and blasting. What now? Eric Gibson is the President of UMC and they have found unique ways to automate in addition to robotics. His team has created an environment where every piece of equipment that comes into the shop must have some form of automation. Bar feeders, in-machine probing, software that lets inspection equipment talk to production equipment and make offsets in real time, gauges that enter data automatically and quality software that automates the print bubbling process all contribute to making UMC a preferred provider in both the medical device and aerospace industries. Join Eric as he shares how UMC has automated on the shop floor, in the finishing area, in inspection and even in the front office.
5-Axis: It just ain’t that scary!
Mike Cope - Applications Engineer/Product Technical Specialist - Hurco
The most efficient way to increase productivity and increase profit margins on your existing parts is to invest in 5-sided machining. Find out how the newest developments in 5-Axis technology make the transition from 3-axis machining easy and why shops of all sizes should consider 5-axis. With today’s technology, 5-axis doesn’t have to be intimidating.
- 5-axis terminology
- The benefits of both simultaneous 5-axis machining and 5-sided machining
- Different machine configurations & how to determine which one is best for you
- 5-axis workholding principles
- How to program using a 5-sided process
- Real-world customer 5-axis testimonials
ISO Systems and Business Risks
Doug Wetzel - Vice President - Protomatic, Inc.
ISO standards play an integral part in the processes of the manufacturing industry, and the efficiency in which these businesses operate. The future of these standards is important to the growth and security of our business.
In this presentation we will explore the current ISO 9001:2015 standards and how they have improved since the 2008 standards. What is the future of the manufacturing industry and do these standards impact it?
What are the top factors that could negatively impact us? Should there be requirements for growing issues such as cyber security, and safety? Identifying the gaps in the current ISO system, and what to do to mitigate risk.
Beyond the Myth of Metal Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
Bob Markley - Founder/Owner - 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing
Did you know that metal 3D printing is going to solve all of your problems and that you can make anything? You may have heard this from sales people, the media, possibly even your children. This presentation will work to dispel the myths of metal additive manufacturing while providing powerful knowledge of how you and your customers can leverage metal additive. Topics covered will include cost structure, post processing and facility requirements, and the ever popular “Complexity is Free”.
Come prepared with your questions as a large portion of the time will be dedicated to question and answer. This is an opportunity for open dialogue that cuts through the sales pitch. The session will be facilitated by Bob Markley, founder and owner of 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing, one of the industry’s leading service bureaus.
Can Your Shop Run Itself? Developing a Machine Shop Franchise Prototype
Paul Van Metre – Founder - ProShop
Running a machine shop is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Every day is a never-ending barrage of client requests, order changes, jobs running over budget, vendors dropping the ball, regulations to meet and much more. Trying to get everything done in a day is difficult enough, let alone developing systems so that you can delegate responsibilities to employees and have your shop run more on its own.
Learn how the same principles behind McDonalds and Subway can help you to develop a systematic and process based approach to designing how your business operates. Even if you never plan on having more than one location, the most efficient way to build your business is to design lean business processes as if you planned on having multiple locations. A Franchise Prototype that is built around repeatable and scalable business processes will allow you to have a single or multiple locations that operate efficiently, repeatably, and without micromanagement. Businesses like this are more profitable, require fewer hours, less stress, are more stable in down markets, and ultimately are more valuable to the owners.
Join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion of how to set up a lean, modern and paperless operation that is process based, profitable, scalable and just plain more fun that doing things the old way. Filled with actionable advice you can take back to the shop immediately.
MaaS is on the Horizon and the Time to Jump-in is Now
William Sobel - VIMANA (System Insights)
The path to agile manufacturing requires the adoption of new and emerging technology that will allow for the creation of a vast ecosystem of services. These services will characterize the capabilities and capacity of manufacturing assets. Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS), the shared use of a networked manufacturing infrastructure, is on the horizon. MaaS provides access to distributed manufacturing resources to enable a highly automated and flexible production and fulfillment network while reducing the cost of the manufacturing infrastructure. William Sobel, of System Insights, will discuss the vision of MaaS and the agile supply chain. He will explain how manufacturers, from large enterprises to small shops, can take advantage of MaaS. He will detail the required functional architecture, as well as the enabling technologies and standards.
Learn more about how MaaS will help shops increase capacity, de-risk supplier engagement, and create an agile manufacturing system for manufacturers looking for dramatic differentiation and competitive advantage. MaaS is on the horizon and the time to jump-in is now.
JobshopLean: How to Achieve Lean and Flexibility in Machine Shops
Dr. Shahrukh Irani - President - Lean and Flexible, LLC
Manufacturing has entered the 21st Century. Lean, with its 20th Century roots in the Toyota Production System, needs to be advanced into the 21st Century as well. CNC machine shops are an ideal sector of the industry where a technology-based approach to implementation can be adopted without sacrificing the ‘people side’ of Lean.
JobshopLean is an approach to adapt and enhance Lean for high-mix low-volume manufacturers and job shops. The foundation for the implementation of JobshopLean in any CNC machine shop is to reduce and simplify shop floor management when there are hundreds of components with different routings being produced in the same shop. This presentation will present a broad spectrum of JobshopLean practices that have been successfully implemented in CNC machine shops.
How to Buy a Robot
John Berg - Founder - Acieta, LLC
If you’re not considering robotic automation for your manufacturing operation, you need to be and starting now is not too soon. This presentation will include several different paths you can take to; determine your need, get your needs defined, find possible suppliers, and make decisions on a supplier. Then, the real fun starts.
Grow Your Business - A Brave New World of Marketing Communications
Leslie Galbreath - Chief Marketing Officer - dgs Marketing Engineers
Do you want to grow your shop, but aren’t quite sure how to best market your skills and services? With extensive marketing communications experience gained as a partner with some of the largest, best-known companies in industrial manufacturing, Leslie will unpack the keys to winning in today’s competitive marketplace. You’ll learn why the Research, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (RPIE) process is so essential and how to understand what’s important to your customers. She will share practical tips for how to communicate effectively and maximize the power of your brand to give customers what they really want. Plus, you’ll walk away with several easy steps to increasing awareness of your shop right now.
NIMS the next generation apprentice program.
Ted Toth - Senior Technical Adviser - Rosenberger North America
In this presentation, attendees will learn about NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills). Ted will review and compare the differences between the current 4-year federal apprentice program and the NIMS stackable credential apprenticeship programs. Ted will also demonstrate how NIMS training is more suited to train our next generation “the Millennials”, as well as how easy it is to set up an apprenticeship in your shop.
Creating Hardworking quality employees for the future
Craig Cegielski - Technology Education Teacher - Cardinal Manufacturing
In this presentation, Craig Cegielski will discuss Cardinal Manufacturing’s (a student run custom manufacturing company) approach to creating manufacturers of the future. Craig will discuss how this experience allows students to practice and hone their soft skills, professionalism, and employability, as they learn new technical skills. Cardinal Mfg. gives students real life manufacturing experience, that allows them to apply their skills in real-world applications. Craig will discuss the benefits of being a part of a student run shop and the tasks students are responsible for to operate a successful business.
Cardinal Manufacturing not only provides an excellent learning opportunity but also raises funds that support technical education. Cardinal Mfg. also naturally creates many industry partners, provides funding for student’s future education, and builds strong community support. This model of education is working extremely well at Eleva-Strum High School, and now Cardinal Mfg. is helping many schools around the nation implement similar programs.
For more information please check out our website at cardinalmanufacturing.org
Anti-Vibration Tooling for improved productivity
Jack Burley - VP of Sales and Engineering - BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling | Jared Veteto - President - Cogitic Corporation
Vibration, otherwise known as chatter, decreases productivity and efficiency, reduces tool life, is bad for machine and spindle health, and generally produces the most annoying sounds in a machine shop. The purpose of this presentation is to define what vibration is, how it is caused, and more importantly, the damping tool technologies that exist to counteract the effects of chatter. The presentation will also include various before and after examples of where anti-vibration tooling was used in such operations as long reach face milling and deep hole boring.
Collaborating with BIG KAISER will be Cogitic, located in Colorado Springs, CO. Cogitic is a progressive job shop that specializes in precision components and assemblies for critical applications, such as Navy Nuclear and aerospace.
Cogitic will offer a user perspective on how they recently solved a critical deep hole boring operation using dampened tools and the results in productivity and quality. They will also provide insight into the importance of using quality tools and knowing how these advanced tooling technologies are able to complement their engineering and process capabilities.
Where Shops Fall Short in Reaping the Potential Benefits of R&D Tax Credits
Michael Devereux II, CPA, CMP -Partner and Director of Manufacturing, Distribution, and Plastics Industry - Mueller Prost
In this ever-changing world of tax laws, metalformers and tool shops must keep abreast of tax incentives that will benefit their business. Mike will discuss the R&D Tax Credit, the types of activities that may qualify for the credit, how shops must document to claim the credit, and new legislation that will allow eligible small businesses to offset the Alternative Minimum Tax. Additionally, Mike will discuss other incentives including the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Interest Charge – Domestic International Sales Corporation.
Teaching an Old Shop New Tricks: A Playbook for Competing in the 21st Century
Ryan Kelly - Director of Business Operations - MakeTime
Ryan Kelly, Director of Business Operations at MakeTime, will present findings from the information gathered from nearly 1000 machine shops that have registered for the manufacturing platform. The majority of shops fall below what would be considered a TopShop. This is the case across a variety of dimensions-equipment, use of technology, shop floor, and business practices. The situation is dire, but the majority of these shops recognize that they need to innovate lest they fall by the wayside. The challenge for many shops is, where to begin? Mr. Kelly will reveal lessons learned and highlight a few case studies drawn from collaborations with purchaser side customers, industry partners, and machine shops as they worked together to define the “playbook” for contract manufacturing in the 21st century.
Getting the Manufacturing Workforce We Want
Dr. Danielle Applestone - CEO/Co-founder - Other Machine Co.
Dr. Applestone will discuss her company's journey from idea to US manufacturing facility, thoughts on "Made in America", commitment to workforce development, machine accessibility, and finally, her perspective as a young entrepreneur in the machining industry.
Closing Keynote: Fast-Forward Future: The Competitive Technologies You Need to Know
Doug Woods - President - AMT
Digital manufacturing has made the industry’s technological rate of change faster than ever before. With the rise of technologies like advanced robotics, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and machine learning, what does that mean for the industry’s future? Doug Woods will tell you about the technologies that will shape the future of the factory floor, and how they are impacting your business right now.