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December 17, 2014

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December 17, 2014
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To Get Leaner, Focus More on the Methods, Less on the Results
There are mountains of articles on lean manufacturing, written from every perspective. This one, from Planet Lean, drives home great points about focusing too much on results and not enough on the process. Or, as the author says, “focus on the what, but not on the how.”

The gist of the article is that paying attention only to results and not on developing sound practices can lead to “painful common occurrences.” These include the tendency of managers to provide blurry or unclear results, to try to hide or camouflage problems, and to engage in practices that could jeopardize safety or quality for the benefit of throughput.

Give the article a read to learn how to break the vicious cycle.

Stamtec presses in stock,
order before year-end

It is that time of year again, when wish lists are made, budgets must be spent and tax advantages maximized. Stamtec has a complete line of presses from 25 tons to 660 tons, many of which are in stock for quick delivery. Even for larger presses, up to 3000 tons, Stamtec is well-positioned to help you with some of the shortest lead times in the industry. So, contact us today to wrap-up an order for this year, or to start planning for next year.
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> Meanwhile, Excess Focus on One Metric Can Sacrifice Others
This blog post from supply-chain specialist Kinaxis sheds light on the very real possibility that by relentlessly chasing one metric, performance in other areas will suffer. The lessons learned apply to all aspects of manufacturing. Among the author’s points: Things can get crazy when individual departments have conflicting goals.

Among the solutions discussed are the use of systemic continuous-improvement tools such as TQM and lean to avoid the challenges of conflicting metrics; and the use of balanced scorecards to help support decision-making by managers.

Noted Speakers to Address Manufacturing Executives
at New Conference

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is pleased to announce that several prominent speakers will participate in the 2015 Executive Development Academy (EDA). During this new conference, taking place January 7-9 in Tampa, manufacturing executives will be able to hone their skills while getting briefed by credentialed experts on the latest technology and trends that impact their businesses. Visit for a complete agenda, speaker bios and conference details.
Registration Now Open for
the Mexico Executive Forum
and Technical Conference

MetalForming magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) introduce a new event, the Mexico Executive Forum and Technical Conference. This event will bring together senior U.S. executives who currently do business in Mexico and those who are interested in doing business in Mexico with executives from Mexican facilities, to share their experiences. Visit for additional event details, hotel accommodations and registration!
December 2014

In This Issue:

> Feed Lines Fuel Cosmetic-Parts Production Weber, manufacturer of the "American backyard barbecue." As Weber's product mix has expanded in recent years to include high-end stainless-steel masterpieces, so has its manufacturing acumen, highlighted by the move to progressive-die stamping with feature-laden servo feed lines.

> Service Center Banks on Large-Format Waterjet Cutting Machines
The five U.S. service-center locations of France-based Jacquet Metals have, since 2006, installed 11 waterjet-cutting machines to provide value-added cut-to-size services to its customers. An interview with U.S. CEO Terry Engle explains the firms fascination with the evolving waterjet-cutting technology.
What's Trending?
> Pressroom Automation
> Press Feeds
> Laser Cutting
> Mechanical Presses
> Die Design Software
> Waterjet Cutting
> Press Controls
> CNC Punching
> Waterjet Cutting
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