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Feature Story: Spindlechecking Machines

Feature Story: Spindlechecking Machines

November 4, 2015 No Comments

to Prevent Unexpected Failures and Identify Problems By Don Martin and Mark Kretschmar All of the samples from that run of 400 parts failed on two dimensions on the CMM. They’re probably all scrap. Who gets to tell the boss? Better yet, who gets to tell the customer? “We’ve been making these parts every month […]

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Shop Profile: Making Data-Driven Decisions with Epicor ERP

Shop Profile: Making Data-Driven Decisions with Epicor ERP

November 4, 2015 No Comments

Fifty years ago, D&S Manufacturing was a small welding and repair shop tucked into the wilderness of Black River Falls, Wis. Since then, D&S has expanded into a 150,000-square-foot facility and evolved into a full-service job shop for a number of heavy equipment OEMs, including Caterpillar, Oshkosh Corporation, Parkson, The Trane Company, and CNH. Thanks […]

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Cover Story: Emerging Technology Trends

Cover Story: Emerging Technology Trends

November 4, 2015 No Comments

by B.Kyle This article is the second of two on the topic of emerging technologies. Read about trends 1-3 in the September/October 2015 issue of Precision Manufacturing. Our September/October cover story talked about the need to “keep your head up”, to be on the lookout for new opportunities, and to mimic the Great Gretzky’s special […]

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Feature Story: Waste Profiling and Segregation

Feature Story: Waste Profiling and Segregation

September 8, 2015 No Comments

Reducing Costs and Staying Compliant by Rich Wertenberger Proper disposal of regulated plant waste streams can be a confusing maze of processes and regulations. Staying compliant can become a high-stakes game that can leave a shop unintentionally facing stiff fines and unwanted attention. Understanding the basics of waste management can help shops avoid the pitfalls […]

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E-Clusive: NIMS Credentialing a “Win-Win,” Minnesota Manufacturers Say

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E-Clusive: Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow

Part 1 Interview by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Business Technology In the next few years, thousands of Baby...