“Lucky for me, I not only found my passion, but the opportunity to support all areas of the business as a key sales person, engineer, R&D inventor, manager and a leader,” Monika says. On top of that, Harmon’s complete support allowed her to develop an entirely new hot runner repair division within the company. “I
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Automotive spending surges, and rapidly growing food/beverage spending also means more packaging. Article: 5/1/2017 Steven Kline, Jr. Director of Market Intelligence, Gardner Business Media Automotive Spending Surges 3 of Last 4 Months The real 10-year treasury rate was 0.92 percent in February, which was a slight decline from the month before and
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With a reading of 54.7, the Gardner Business Index showed that the moldmaking industry grew in March for the seventh time in eight months, although this was the first time in five months that the rate of growth decelerated. Even so, the last time the rate of growth was this fast was three years ago.  New orders increased for the third month in
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The IRS Large Business and International Division (LB&I) has announced a new audit strategy focused on 13 issues, from foreign company reporting requirements to shareholder stock basis in S corporations, which it believes will generate the most tax revenue using the remaining agency resources from the Congressional budget cuts. The LB&I
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There is a paradigm shift in the European tool and moldmaking industry, believes professor Thomas Seul, vice president for research and transfer at the University of Applied Science in Schmalkalden, Germany, and president of the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF). Just 20 years ago, tool and moldmaking companies in Germany and
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In his “About Your Business” column, Matthew Kirchner argues personal weakness is actually a failure on the part of a leader to adequately align the personality traits of their team members with the proper position in an organization.  Blog Post: 12/14/2017 Bart Bishop Assistant Editor, Production Machining PM “About
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New firm develops technology that offers weight reductions up to 65% for large injection molded polyolefin parts. Moxietec’s NautXcell technology, which has initially been used to duck decoys, can reduce weight of molded parts by up to 65% and is suitable for large components. Startup company Moxietec’s NautXcell technology creates a
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Intech Services, the sole distributor of Teflon coatings in the U.S. and Canada, announces a new webinar series as part of its Intech Information Institute. News: 4/28/2017 Edited by Hannah Coombs Assistant Editor, Products Finishing The I³ Webinar Series is intended to increase overall understanding of the Teflon coating product line, market
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Last week Renault announced its support of Groupama Team France, a team that is competing in the 35th America’s Cup, by providing the team with 10 Twizy electric vehicles, which will be used by the team in Bermuda, where it has set up base. The Twizy is a diminutive vehicle. It is just 92 inches long and 55 inches wide. It offers a turning
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The Chemtura/Great Lakes flame retardants business segment significantly strengthens the company’s competitive position. Those of us that have been reporting on the industry for quite a few years have seen some pretty major shakeups in terms of mergers and acquisitions and spin-offs of a company’s business segments. Chemtura (formerly
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Visit Cardinal Manufacturing to see a self-funded manufacturing program within a Wisconsin public high school.   Eleva-Strum High School in Strum, Wisconsin, is about a two-hour drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and about three hours from Madison, Wisconsin. If you are interested in manufacturing education, the drive is worth it. This public
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Many shops are facing changing demands from their customers. In the article, we look at a second-generation, family-owned precision machined parts manufacturer that is making the internal and
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The December issue of Production Machining features emphasis topics of Cutting Tools and Additive Manufacturing, with a special 2018 Industry Outlook. Check out the Digital Issue here! Blog Post:
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For the year-to-date period, the index has averaged 55.5 and increased by approximately 1 percent in 2017. Blog Post: 12/12/2017 Michael Guckes Chief Economist, Gardner Intelligence Registering 54.3
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In the article, “Beyond One and Done,” we look at the evolving nature of CNC rotary transfer. Blog Post: 12/8/2017 Chris Koepfer Editor-in-Chief, Production Machining On this rotary
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The four basic methods for performing water-based cleaning operations in metalworking are outlined and described in this article, “Choosing the Right Aqueous Cleaning Operation.” Blog
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