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March 2, 2009

Training for CNC Mill and Lathe work

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining(NCDMM) delivers manufacturing technology training and awareness programs designed to keep employees on the cutting edge of advanced technologies.

The following is a list of upcoming training seminars that the NCDMM is offering to the public:

March 25
Fundamentals of Machining Titanium
East Hartford, CT

$250 by March 1, or $300 after

March 26
Estimating & Scheduling for Profitability
Latrobe, PA

April 8
Metal Finishing 101
Latrobe, PA


May 4-6
Machining Principles for Engineers
Cabot, PA


May 13
Is Hard Machining Really That Hard?
Latrobe, PA


June 10
OSHA General Industry Outreach Training
Latrobe, PA

Seating is limited.   Registration is required.

If you would like additional information for these courses, or for registration assistance, please contact me.

Best Regards,
Amy Good
National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
1600 Technology Way
Latrobe, PA 15650
Phone: 724-539-4796, Fax: 724-539-5094
NCDMM…Delivering Innovative Solutions!

February 25, 2009

The 5th Annual Lean, Six Sigma & Business Improvement Summit will take place in Chicago, June 23 – June 26, 2009

I think all of us that are in manufacturing are looking for ways to stand strong during these tough times.  As a CNC mill and lathe shop we are looking for ways to cut cost and increase efficiency.  It’s one thing to create tight tolerance machined parts, but this must be complimented with a creative strategy of navigating through the radical change in how our business will now need to function in the new era we are in.  It can’t be business as usual.  Just as airplanes can’t fly without proper aerodynamics, business – especially machine shops – can’t sustain flight in business without a resdesign and a new phylosophy.

The upcoming Lean & Sixth Sigma Summit may indeed provide answers for us all.
Book now for the event that helps you buck the economic slowdown trend and ensure your company’s costs remain stable – or fall
WCBF’s 5th Annual Lean & Six Sigma Summit gives you the unique opportunity to confront the fundamental challenges for the integration, sustainability and expansion of Lean and Six Sigma as a combined approach of performance excellence, business growth and innovation. Over 200 of the globe’s most prominent Lean Six Sigma practitioners, representing a variety of industries are preparing to gather in Chicago to share their experience, knowledge and wisdom with you. Giving you an unprecedented opportunity to learn from the likes of Wal-Mart, Motorola, Johnson and Johnson, BMW, General Cable, Baxter Bioscience and many more.
No matter where you are in your Lean Six Sigma initiatives – whether you are one of the early adopters whose Lean Six Sigma strategies are central to the overall business plan, or new to the whole concept this is the single most important event of the year. As you will see when you come to examine the Summit agenda, we are examining Lean Six Sigma from the viewpoint of key industries that find it the most valuable, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, government, and services – and showing how to apply those best practices to other verticals.
Join your peers at this landmark event that brings you face to face with world class experts to discuss the still-untapped potential – and challenges of Lean and Six Sigma.
Benchmark and learn from practical experiences:
• More than 30 case studies
• 6+ interactive panel discussions
• 20+ dedicated tracks
• 13 Pre and Post Summit hands-on workshops
ALL LEVELS COVERED – Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Practitioners
ALL INDUSTRIES COVERED – Manufacturing, Service and Transactional Environments
If you would like a reminder nearer the event please click here.
Or just print this page for future reference.
Based on the enormous success of WCBF’s Six Sigma event series to date, it is expected that this will be the largest senior-level conference to focus on Lean Six Sigma & Business Improvement. Nowhere else will you find such an exceptional array of speakers and organizations willing to share their experience with you.
Pick One. If you plan on attending just one Lean, Six Sigma & Business Improvement conference, then this is the one to select. WCBF currently averages over 200+ senior-level attendees at its Six Sigma Conferences. This is the highest number of senior-level attendees per a Six Sigma niche focussed conference than any other organization.
Book now and save up to $575.
Hosting The Global Six Sigma and Business Improvement Awards
The Global Six Sigma and Business Improvement Awards are given to the most outstanding organizational achievements through the deployment of business improvement programs.
The focus of this elite awards program is to demonstrate to the global business community the real results and excellence which organizations achieve through the successful deployment of Six Sigma and other business excellence programs.
After extensive reviews by an independent panel, the Lean Six Sigma CEO of the Year Award 2009 will be presented to Karen Strauss, CEO, Masco Builder Cabinet Group. Karen Strauss will accept the Award on the morning of June 24th at the Lean & Six Sigma Summit, including a short acceptance speech. See our testimonials for further evidence of the quality of our events.
Get your personally signed copy of books by leading business authors to takeaway at the exclusive book signings during the Summit including:
Books by Thomas Pyzdek:
The Six Sigma Handbook
Quality Engineering Handbook
The Handbook for Quality Management
Books by Pete Pande:
The Six Sigma Leader
The Six Sigma Way
Implementing Six Sigma: Smarter Solutions Using Statistical Methods: Second Edition. By Forrest W. Breyfogle
Pull Thinking®: Harness the Power of Pull to Fuel Growth and Ignite Performance by Aligning People, Culture and Purpose. By Kenneth E. Meyer
Testimonials from our recent six sigma events:
“Thank you for such a great Conference. Over the years, I have attended 25+ Six Sigma Conferences and I have never participated in one better. We appreciate you and your team’s hard work!”
Dr Neal Mackertich, Founder, Raytheon Six Sigma Institute, RAYTHEON
“As a new deployment leader, I attended three Six Sigma conferences last year, and yours was by far the best! I found the sessions to be varied and informative, and they were supplemented by opportunities to mingle with other participants and industry specialists. I look forward to making the WCBF conference an annual event!”
Linda Bowyer, VP Service Quality, TD Canada Trust
“The orchestration of the key leaders – CEO, CIO, VP – to tell their success stories; the sprinkling of “new and refreshing thinking” and the caliber of the attendees made this one of the most outstanding learning events of the past 2-3 years.”
Wanda Sturm, SigmaPlus Engagement, HP
“The event was first class — outstanding speakers (especially Jim Collins), exhibits, and meals. It was a great week!”
Stephen J. Wittig, Vice President Six Sigma, QualityCabinets/Merillat
“WCBF’s Global Six Sigma Summit offers a great opportunity to meet thought leaders in a variety of industries. The presentations are first-rate, and the “sideline” interactions are incredibly valuable to me.”
Mike Richman, Publisher, Quality Digest
“The conference attracted a high percentage of organization leaders as well as Six Sigma practitioners providing an excellent opportunity for sharing/networking. You were successful in attracting several high level people and engaging speakers that brought this summit to a higher level than similar ones.”
Don Baker, Rochester Institute for Technology
“Vijay Bajaj and his staff at WCBF consistently produce premier, high-value conferences related to Six Sigma, Lean, Design for Six Sigma and Innovation. WCBFЃfs attention-to-detail, adherence to sound ethical standards, high degree of collaboration and responsiveness, commitment to post-conference follow-up and focus on maintaining long-term, excellent business relationships sets it apart from other conference organizers. Their ongoing commitment to objectively gauging the needs of their diverse, world-wide customer base and quickly responding to changing market trends enhances WCBFЃfs ability to attract the most talent speakers in their respective fields. For these reasons, Air Academy strongly supports and thanks WCBF for their contributions.”
Lee Pollock, Senior VP, Director of Lean Sigma Programs, Air Academy Associates
“The summit was outstanding Ѓ] great networking and process improvement sharing!”
Wayne R. Potter, Electrical Value Stream Leader Process Excellence, Northrop Grumman Corporation
“I always enjoy networking with professionals leading in problem solving. This year’s conference was a good sharing of lessons learned and fresh practical ideas.”
Rick Morrow, Director of Continuous Improvement, United Airlines
“I’ve attended six sigma conferences over the past few years and this WCBF event was the best. I look forward to the next WCBF six sigma conference.”
Chris Kargula, DFSS Engineering Manager, Cooper Standard
“The WCBF Global Six Sigma Summit and Awards Conference was our most successful marketing event for 2007. This was largely the result of the personal interest WCBF staff took in finding ways to optimize our visibility and facilitate contact with key prospects.”
Wayne Caccamo, VP Marketing, Instantis
“The conference last week was fantastic. Jim Collins and Mikel Harry were outstanding and provided unique perspectives for the profession. The mix of track speakers was also the best I have seen.”
Paul Hesselschwerdt, President, Global Partners Inc
“A Summit very well organized where the aim of the program is the content and the real research of best Practices. It was a hard job as an Awards Judge due to the real top level of competitors and their great results.”
Fabrizio Majorana, Deputy CEO, UniCredit
“I am extremely pleased with BMO’s breakthrough performance in Lean Six Sigma deployment across Product Operations in North America. Winning two prestigious Global Six Sigma Awards has validated the hard work and dedication of our people, and significantly stimulated interest from other BMO businesses to leverage Lean Six Sigma for delivering strategic initiatives.”
Richard Lam, Deployment Leader, Quality & Productivity Management Office, BMO Financial Group

October 2, 2008

The “Green” Machine

It seems that everyone is lining up to chant some sort of environmental mantra these days.  This chorus of chatter ranges from international governments to every crack and crevasse in the private sector. Is the sky falling?  Have we over reacted?  Are there sensible ways to “go green?” 

Often manufacturing sits in the crosshairs of some of the gravest concerns, and in many cases its well deserved.  As owners and managers of CNC mill and lathe shops we have to ask the question, “what is our responsibility?”  How can we take care of the planet and still turn a profit machining parts.  Should we allow our concern over our carbon footprint to step on our ability to make a profit?  At our core we want to machine quality parts and take full advantage of our mill and lathe technology, but I believe all of us want to do our part in setting up more sustainable practices for our day to day precision machining. 

It seems that there is a positive pier pressure taking hold in most neighborhoods.  A growing number of consumers are recycling and taking measures to move toward renewable energy sources.  But since consumer recycling addresses only 1%-2% of the solution, business have to understand that we carry the burden for environmental care.  We have to hold the business neighborhood to a greater accountability.  Maybe machine shops will become the poster child for 21st century global environmental responsibility.

I read a recent post by Dan Goldsmith and he makes the following suggestions:

  1. On CNC machines with that are electrically controlled with advanced drives, change the parameters in the spindle drives so that they ramp up a little more gradually, saving energy and money.
  2. Use energy-efficient T-8 fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts to light your shop instead of the old-fashioned T-12 lamps (the bigger ones) that waste energy and money. “Every [lost] kilowatt hour translates directly into dollars of lost profit.”
  3. Recycle waste coolant and oil from CNC mill and lathe machines with companies that specialize in field. “I just spoke to a rep a couple of weeks ago about filtering our press oil into burnable fuel oil for our boilers to heat our plant.” Dan also suggests considering bio-degradable coolants.
  4. “Also what about all that scrap metal? Is it being properly recycled? This is a good area to consider renegotiating for best price.”   Scrap companies are always looking for another machine shop to work with.
  5. Recycle used carbide.
  6. Run more work during second or third shifts on off-peak energy hours.

“Going green” can be about profit and global responsibility.  Let’s choose both.

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