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This regular column from MetalForming magazine provides an inside look at the management styles and techniques of metal forming and fabricating company executives. We’ll share some of their philosophies, their daily challenges and how they face them, and offer additional insights. We hope that you find these interviews useful and can take away some ideas to use at your own company.
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We spoke with Susan Murray Carlock just as Mursix was commissioning a new 600-ton Nidec Arisa servomechanical press, the company’s first servo model and an upgrade in capacity from its 400-ton presses. At the same time, Carlock also has recently launched a 100-percent woman-owned rapid-prototyping company, set up in an area of the Mursix plant.
“Strategically thinking about and planning how we evolve and diversify are focal points,” Carlock says, offering the company’s approach to the challenges and opportunities ahead. “Our goal to diversify is coming to fruition, spearheaded by our recent acquisition of an exclusive 20-yr. manufacturing contract with a startup medical-device company.”
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steels, aluminum grades and copper alloys are not 100-percent
domestically produced, and, therefore, they are subject to forces of
global supply and demand. To get a sense for how global supply and
demand forces are impacting our domestic supply, Harbour Results, Inc.
spoke to two PMA members that process and distribute specialty metals to
North American metal formers.
Says Dan Kendall of Aeris Advisor, who has spent 40 years of his career in the customization and distribution of flat-rolled copper-alloy strip: “There are challenges in aligning mining to smelting to copper casting and rolling that will have short-term effects. I don’t see any real market deficits until late 2023 or early 2024 as copper use in global infrastructure, smart homes and electric cars grows.”
Industrial, launched in September 2021, is a division of AMSOIL Inc.,
which brings more than 50 years of lubrication formulation and was the
first lubricant company to bring API-certified synthetic lubricants to
market in 1972. AMSOIL Industrial consults with fabricators and metal
stamping operations to optimize production efficiency by employing a
comprehensive lubrication program that starts with a plant audit by
AMSOIL Industrial tribologists and lubrication experts.
Pitcher, president of Pitcher Insurance Agency, offers advice on how to
prepare your metal forming company for an OSHA inspection, including
best practices for conducting the walk-around with the compliance safety
and health officer, conducting the opening and closing conferences, and
reacting to citations.
“During the walk-around, ensure that all employees have the required PPE and are following proper safety protocols,” Pitcher writes. “Keep the route as limited as possible, while understanding the plain-view doctrine. That is, a CSHO can investigate any hazard observed while walking through the premise.”
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“Just as you assign a value to the benefit of things in the operation, you can do the same in the front office. Lean principles also apply to traditional scheduling functions, finance, even sales and marketing. Bringing lean principles to your manufacturing office will save you time and, ultimately, money.”
So goes this recent article from the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST). Penned by manufacturing consultant Keith Groves,
the article discusses process mapping, 5S and other principles
applicable to the office.
over half a century Marion Manufacturing Company has been a leader in
progressive die stamping components. Marion also has vast 4-sided
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From Chief Executive
magazine comes this timely study of what it takes to win the war for
talent, especially for small businesses. Some nuggets to chew on:
"Even CEOs of companies that rely on on-premises work have found that enriching employees’ lives is the optimal strategy to win the war for talent.”
“Our pay and benefits are competitive, but where we stand out is our culture—a positive work environment, beautiful lunchrooms and rest rooms, monthly recognition and award programs, a defined career path, and a company newsletter reporting on everyone’s life activities and work accomplishments.”
“The top three reasons employees tell us they are quitting are because they don’t feel valued by their organization, they don’t feel valued by their manager and they don’t feel a sense of belonging at work.”
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