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Tour John Deere from your Living Room Sofa
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
In a recent episode of The Ultimate Factory, the National Geographic Channel presented a segment that followed the growth of John Deere from a one-man blacksmith shop to one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural equipment. The show repeats tomorrow (March 15) and again on March 22. It includes a tour of the John Deere Harvester Works facility, covering more than 359,000 sq. yds. and housing more than 2000 employees, 49 robotic-welding machines and eight laser-cutting machines, including models from Bystronic Inc. Follow this link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/PT/popup/200703152100.html
Metalforming Capital Expenditures Projected to Increase
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The 2007 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Capital Spending Report reveals that metalforming companies project higher capital expenditures this year. Conducted annually, the report forecasts manufacturers’ plans for capital investment, sampling 81 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada. Forty-six percent of responding companies anticipate that their 2007 capital expenditures will exceed 2006 expenditures; 22 percent report that their 2007 budgets are unchanged; and 28 percent indicate that their capital-spending budgets are lower for 2007 than 2006. On average, companies plan to spend $792,616 on capital expenditures this year—a nine-percent increase compared to the $717,692 spent in 2006. Strong investments are forecasted in automation, controls, mechanical presses, press-safety equipment, robotics, software, toolroom equipment and welding equipment. Metalformers plan to make the largest share of their capital expenditures early in the year, as $25.4 million is projected to be spent in the first and second quarters, and $24.3 million in the third and fourth quarters.
ISO Consulting Firm Expands Offerings to Metalformers
Monday, March 12, 2007
Overman & Associates, LLC, Dayton, OH, a consulting and training company with expertise in ISO, six sigma and lean manufacturing, has moved to new offices at the National Composite Center headquarters facility in Dayton. The new digs will allow the firm to offer customers a state-of-the-art training environment—the firm plans to hold monthly training classes in addition to its on-site training programs. Among the list of services provided by Overman: supplier audits, customer-satisfaction surveys, lean-manufacturing planning and business-plan preparation. Learn more at www.overmanassoc.com