Metalforming, Blog Style
We’re all, in some way, tied to one common community, right? One where we can share and learn from each other’s experiences, to help improve, ultimately, our own lot in life.
For this reason, the new website of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) has just launched several social-media outlets, including a bevy of Twitter accounts (including mine, www.twitter.com/metalforming) and a Facebook page.
Also new is the PMA blog (www.pma.org/blog), featuring four industry bloggers: PMA President Bill Gaskin; PMA Educational Foundation Educational Director Dave Sansone; 2010 PMA Chair Gretchen Zierick (president of Zierick Mfg. Corp.); and, yours truly.
Ultimately, to truly optimize your pressroom efficiency, your workers need to have each other’s back. And so, I wonder in my blog: How many shops are there where the associates have each other’s backs?
I’ve also recently blogged about the very difficult decisions faced by managers of small- to midsize metalformers regarding how best to restore some level of previously shed capacity to handle an uptick in business. I quoted (in my blog titled, Tier Two Automotive Suppliers Getting a Raw Deal) one automotive Tier supplier who stated:
“Do you put on the second shift (and) add workers? Bring back the machine idled for a year at $50,000, or wait because you don’t need it until September?”
“What a breath of fresh air!” writes Dave Sansone. “Teachers learning real-world experience they can pass on to their students. Education and industry working together for the benefit of both. Grant money being spent wisely.”
Our blog has a little for everyone, so read and respond at will. After all, it’s your community.
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