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Do you need leveling for your fabricated parts? Did you know we have a contract leveling center right here in the US- ARKU

Service the way you want it: at the ARKU Leveling Center we offer you state-of-the-art machinery and services. Benefit from professional contract work including final inspections, packaging and shipping. Worldwide. Save time and costs – easy and uncomplicated: contract leveling in the Leveling and Deburring Center. We level a broad range of different parts and sheets for various thicknesses and widths.

Lead the competition with contract work from the specialist- ARKU.

Fulfilling demanding quality requirements as efficiently and economically as possible is an increasingly important factor in order to prevail against international competition. That is why ARKU is your ideal partner. Our services include the world’s largest range of precision levelers together with innovative deburring technology. Everything from a single source.

Trained employees work under the supervision of experienced leveling specialists and deburring experts at our Leveling and Deburring Centers in Baden-Baden (Germany), Cincinnati (USA) and Kunshan (China). We offer you state-of-the-art, high-performance machinery with comprehensive services:

   Leveling and deburring services to achieve a competitive advantage over the competition.

   Leveling and deburring tests on our machines with parts from your own production.

   Logistics handling – packaging and shipping. Including final inspection of the processed material.

   Consulting and training in the efficient use of precision levelers and deburring machines. Numerous tips are also available in ARKU’s video podcast.

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3 Key Considerations When Selecting a Fiber Laser - C. Burnham, B. Kent – Fairmont Machinery

Watching a fiber laser cut is amazing. They remove material so quickly it often looks more like an inkjet printer than a metal cutting machine. And when it comes to maximizing profit time is of the essence.

Part cycle time is vital for American manufacturers because fixed costs are so high. Part costs explode if parts are produced slowly. Today, technological advancements in machine design and drive technology enables fiber lasers to move at amazing speeds, often over 10,000 ipm, or 250 m/min. But speed alone does not relate directly to throughput. Your overall productivity relies on other factors. If your machine is under powered then cut speed will be unnecessarily slow. If your machine dynamics are poor, then all the power in the world won’t help you. And, if your sheet exchange is slow, your machine will sit idle for hours of the week.

The 3 Key Elements of Fiber Laser Productivity

   Laser Power

   Motion Dynamics

   Material Exchange

Yes, we could also look at programming, up time, tolerances, edge quality and other elements, but most reputable fiber laser manufacturers offer reasonable solutions. For your shop, these three key elements will have the greatest impact on productivity and profitability.

#1 Laser Power

We’ve all watched wattage rise. Top fiber laser power now reaches 15 kW, when just a few years ago they were stretching to reach 6 kW. The power levels seem so incredibly high today, we must be at the limit. However, from a pure technology point of view we are not. Fiber laser welding systems today can exceed 100 kW, so it isn’t the power that is holding us back. It’s the beam delivery system.

Fiber laser cutting heads designed for 1 to 4 kW cannot handle the energy density of the ultrahigh-power lasers. Only those manufacturers who have studied and perfected the fiber delivery, optical purity, and optical contamination issues are able to reach 8, 10, 12 or 15 kW with the reliability and up time demanded by high production shops.

When buying a fiber laser, this Q&A can help you select the right power for your application.

Q: How much power do I really need?

You need as much power as your applications can efficiently use. Start by understanding the typical thickness range of 80% of your work. As you might expect, ultrahigh-power is not needed for cutting 26 gauge (0.5 mm) material. If you have a 15 kW laser in your shop you would turn it down to 6kW to cut this material at top speed and low cost. Here are some general rules when cutting common metals such as steel, stainless steel, or aluminum with Nitrogen.

Thickness of common metals      Recommended power level

Up to 9 gauge (4 mm)     6 to 8 kW

0.25 to 0.75 inch (19 mm)             8 to 10 kW

Over 0.75 inch   8 to 15 kW

Does this seem like these power levels are pushing the envelope a bit? It shouldn’t. Part production per hour increases and the part cost plummets as you kick up the power, so long as you have a machine quick enough to utilize that power, but we’ll get into that in a moment.

Higher power also gives you more process forgiveness. To take it to an extreme, you can cut 9 gauge (4mm) stainless steel with a 1kW of laser power, but such low power yields not only slow cutting but, more importantly, a very small process window. You will require a highly experienced operator and a perfectly functioning laser to achieve good results. Additional power not only cuts faster, but requires less expertise and material quality; a view supported by a posting from Engineering.com, April 2018. Manufacturing operations that require perfect execution will eventually yield scrap. Higher power gives you a wider material and process error band, delivering quality parts day in and day out.

Q: What about the impact of increasing power on operating cost?

Operating costs vary from different brands, especially as power goes up. For example, many manufacturers struggle with cutting head component life beyond 6kW. Generally, you’ll find doubling power will increase laser operating cost by 20 to 30 percent. But, does this amount of increase really matter? No, not if the added power can decrease part cycle time.

The fact is, laser operating costs represent a minor component of hourly operating cost when you consider fixed costs.

Your fixed costs include, at a minimum, operator labor, programming costs, facilities costs, taxes, equipment depreciation (monthly lease payment), shipping, other general SG&A overhead, and of course raw material cost. You can probably think of more fixed cost categories. These costs outweigh the laser operating cost by a ratio of 4:1 for most shops.

Increasing power will increase the hourly operating cost. However, if you can put that power to use by decreasing cycle time you reduce the impact of variable and fixed costs and raise profitability.

Q: Is there a time when more power is not needed?

Yes, you don’t need to purchase a machine with more power if you don’t have enough work to load the machine. For example, if your processing load is not expected to grow and consumes just ½ a work shift, then paying for a more powerful laser to reduce to the workload to ¼ a shift will probably not deliver an ROI.

Conversely, if you have a lot of work for your laser do whatever you can to keep from spilling over into a second shift. Running a second shift incurs a lot of production costs, and let’s not forget how hard it is to find operators and managers for first shift, let alone second shift. In addition, if you have multiple lasers in your shop now you might be able to replace some of them with one new high-performance laser, reducing programming and operation labor demands and increase available shop floor space.

Select the laser performance level that matches the product needs of today and the immediate future, and error on the side of faster production.

Laser Productivity Curves

Figure 1: Trend graph showing productivity and cost as power increases. This graph assumes the target material is thick enough to see advantages across the entire power range

#2 Motion Dynamics

Fiber laser motion dynamics include three main performance specifications: maximum rapid traverse speed, maximum cut path speed, and acceleration.

Let’s start with speeds.

It’s easy to get confused by the speed specifications used by fiber laser manufacturers. Is the speed specified reflecting rapid traverse moves where the laser is off and jumping to the start of the next cut path, or is the specification reflecting cutting speed where the machine will maintain specified tolerances while on the cut path? Some manufacturers state the speed of each axis, and others specify simultaneous motion. The latter is always higher since the fastest speed will occur when both X and Y axes are driven at top speed moving the head at 45 degrees.

Do your best to understand rapid and cutting path speeds so you can compare manufacturers.

Q: Do I need a fast machine for thick material cutting?

It helps. When cutting thick material, the machine speed comes into play during rapid traverse moves between cut paths. In addition, a fiber laser that can cut thick can always cut thin, so be careful not to limit your future applications.

Q: What speed should I be looking for?

Look first at the rapid traverse speed since it will be a factor for all your cutting jobs, thick or thin. 15 to 25 percent of head movement over each sheet or plate will be with the jet off. Machines that deliver higher rapid traverse speeds, greater than 12,000 ipm (300 m/min) simultaneous, tend to also deliver high cut path speeds. Since cut path speed comes into play more on thinner materials than thick, consider the sheet metal applications you have in your shop today and what might come in tomorrow. For example, 26-gauge (0.5 mm) aluminum requires a machine that will have cut path speed of 5,900 ipm (150 m/min) using at least 6kW, and for stainless you need 3,000 ipm (76 m/min).

Now for acceleration. Acceleration is usually a more important aspect of motion dynamics than speed.

Acceleration / deceleration performance is denoted by Gs: the acceleration of gravity. Gravity is 32.2 ft/sec2 (9.81 m/sec2). A 2g machine has an acceleration of 64.4 ft/sec2 (19.6 m/sec2), and so on.

Per Galileo and others, when starting from rest:

Velocity = Acceleration x Time

Distance = Acceleration x Time2 ÷ 2

After one second a 1g machine is traveling with a velocity of 32.2 feet per second (9.81 m/s) and a 2g machine is traveling at twice that speed. Double the G’s and the distance and time it takes to reach the programmed speed is cut in half.

Fiber lasers cut material quickly. The rate the machine can decelerate into and accelerate out of corners and tight arcs usually has a greater impact on cycle time than laser power or maximum machine speed. Another way to look at it is to see that purchasing a powerful and fast machine is not a good idea if the machine is not quick. The often-hidden parameter of acceleration is vital.

Consider cutting 20-gauge (1mm) aluminum. A 4-kW laser can cut at the rather high speed of around 2,250 ipm (57 m/min). However, if you are cutting a 3-inch line with a 1g machine, that 4kW laser will never accelerate the potential cut speed before it has to start decelerating, while a 6g machine will be at the cutting speed for 2.4 inches of the 3-inch line.

Acceleration is important.

Q: What acceleration do I need?

The quicker the better. Since the impact of acceleration and deceleration has such a large impact on cycle time, consider machines with 3 to 6g capability for sheet metal work. As you look to higher laser power, such as 10, 12, or 15kW, acceleration starts to also play a large role in cycle time for plate cutting of 0.25” to 0.6” (6 mm to 15 mm).

Q: What if the laser manufacturer doesn’t provide acceleration data?

Although most manufacturers don’t publish acceleration data, they will probably tell you if asked. However, understand that you’ll see the impact of machine quickness in the test cutting. When parameters such as power, geometry, material, and gases are roughly the same, the higher G machine will always produce parts faster; a lot faster on thin material, and somewhat faster on thick.

#3 Material Exchange

Modern fiber lasers burn through a sheet or plate quickly, so it’s important not to waste time loading in a fresh sheet. Most pallet changers were originally designed for CO2 lasers, where cutting performance was slower. They often use hydraulics and take 30 to 60 seconds to exchange a sheet.

The fastest pallet changers today are servo driven and swap a pallet in under 10 seconds. Since a shop can change sheets 6 to 10 times an hour, you save one to two hours of cut time per week.

High production applications often require automation beyond the laser’s pallet changer. Automated material handling systems can store many types of materials and automatically unload and load the fiber laser’s pallet changer. Material handling automation can keep the fiber laser running as much as possible throughout the day and offer the opportunity to run a second shift unattended.

Q: Do I need a fast pallet changer for thick material cutting?

Although thick cutting yields fewer pallet changes per hour, time is still wasted exchanging material. In addition, it is common for the operator to want to check on the cut by pausing, pulling the material out, inspecting the cut, then returning the pallet to the machine to resume, such as for a first article inspection of a new production run. Make sure the pallet changer is fast and is capable of returning the sheet to the same location and quickly resume cutting after it has been withdrawn for inspection.

Q: What capacity do I need in a pallet changer?

Your pallet changer should be able to handle your thickest, heaviest material. A 1-inch (25mm) thick 5’ x 10’ (1.5x3m) plate of steel weighs 2,100 pounds (950 kg). For most shops, a 2200-pound pallet changer (1,000 kg) should be sufficient. If you envision cutting over 1-inch thick full plates, note that iron and steel weigh just under 500 lbs/ft3 (8000 kg/m3) and request a heavy-duty system.

As fiber lasers become more productive, material exchange systems become a larger component of part cost.

Total Productivity

Looking back on laser power and machine dynamics, it might be helpful to think of it this way: higher power cuts faster, especially on thicker materials, and higher acceleration produces parts faster, especially on thinner materials. As for material exchange, no parts can be produced while the cut parts are being removed from the machine and raw material inserted, so faster is always better.

The success of a manufacturer often relies on squeezing every penny out of production costs. The best way to do that is to produce faster, thereby reducing the impact of fixed and variable costs per part. Selecting the right machine for your application can be daunting. However, you can see through the haze of specifications and options by focusing on the three largest factors driving fiber laser productivity – laser power, motion dynamics, and material exchange.

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INDEX Hires New Service Manager

INDEX has hired Matt Voyles as Service Manager. In his position, Voyles will be responsible for overseeing the 22 field service engineers that respond to customer needs across the U.S. and Canada, as well as coordinating with personnel at INDEX's network of 19 distributors, many of whom provide service to customers as well.

"The service manager role will be key to maintaining INDEX's current trajectory, as the company expands its service department to meet the needs of a growing customer base that has resulted from back-to-back record sales years in 2018 and 2019," said an INDEX spokesperson.

Voyles has over 20 years of manufacturing equipment service experience, first at Carl Zeiss and then with Makino/Single Source Technologies. He has been in a management role for nearly a decade, overseeing a service team that grew to include over 40 team members. Over the course of his career, he has established a strong competency for understanding the diverse needs of a large customer base and aligning resources to efficiently and effectively respond to those needs.

"Matt possesses a skill set that perfectly matches our needs as a rapidly growing organization," said Tom Clark, President and CEO of INDEX Corporation. "Over the past two years, INDEX has expanded our team in the U.S. and Canada by 25 people, a 40% increase, to meet the growing customer demand for advanced machine tools. Managing a team that is undergoing that rate of growth requires unique skills and talents, and Matt's experience and expertise make him the perfect individual for this role."A

At Premier, we are excited to work with Matt and introduce him to all our Index Traub customers in the state of Wisconsin and UP of Michigan.

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See how to make an Eiffel Tower with the Grob 5 axis Universal Machine

GROB – Precision to the finest detail- see the machining of the Eiffel Tower

Precision to the finest detail: From the rough part down to the highly detailed part: Discover the efficiency of GROB universal machines

GROB machining centers offer you almost limitless possibilities for machining parts from the most diverse materials and adapt to your requirements down to the finest detail. The compact design, large swivel range and horizontal spindle position are just some of the outstanding machine features that make GROB the ideal partner for your manufacturing facility. The new access-series rounds out the product range of GROB universal machining centers, offering ideal entry versions to the company's unique technology.

Machining of an aluminum Eiffel Tower on a G350 – Generation 2. Have a look at the most interesting scenes from a 42-minute part machining process – from the rough part through to the miniature Eiffel Tower.

Click here to see this very cool video of making of the Eiffel Tower.

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How do you select your robust high-precision 5 axis machining center? Here is what you should know about the Hwacheon D2-5AX machining center.

We are excited to have so many of these Hwacheon D2 machines in production at our customers in Wisconsin. Email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to learn about the applications and the successes of these machine and how it might fit into your applications.

 

Robust High-Precision Machining Center

The compact and robust Hwacheon D2-5AX machining center is primarily designed for use in workshops, education and laboratories, as well as in the construction of tools, jigs and molds. With a machine bed weighing 10 tons, the D2-5AX is designed for stability even when used continuously for physically demanding tasks. "The user is able to ensure high accuracy and precision during production due to the high-quality components and Hwacheon's own oil-air lubricant, as well as high drive power with acceleration values of 0.7 G," said a company spokesperson.

The D2-5AX has a range of spindle options beginning with its standard 37 KW spindle of 12,000 RPM, all the way up to 24,000 RPM. The gantry-style constructed machining center is also equipped with a 600 mm diameter round table, providing an ergonomic working height of 950 mm. Up to all of the five axes can be controlled simultaneously and with adaptive feedrate control, overload control in the event of tool breakage and collision, as well as compensation for axis misalignment by means of a calibration sphere and measuring probe are all part of the standard equipment.

For production operations, the D2-5AX may also be customized with Hwacheon's automatic workpiece changer. Suitable for complex processes, the automatic workpiece changer is available as an 8-pallet option and 20-pallet option. The D2-5AX's large windows are fitted with safety glass, allowing optimal process observation. Temperature sensors on the spindle and the machine bed measure and compensate for thermal factors, permitting high precision. The exit of the chip conveyor can be positioned either to the left of the machine or behind it. And as an added option, a special chip conveyor for aluminum and other light metals is also available. This is fitted out with mesh hinges in order to allow the cooling lubricant adhering to the chips to drain away and re-enter the cooling cycle.

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INDEX recently Hosts Students at MFG Day Event

We are proud to represent companies like Index Traub who are doing their part to help young people get involved in manufacturing. Index recently held students for Mfg. Day Event. Learn more below but if you want PMT to get involved with your local High Schools please contact us and let us know how we can help (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

INDEX Corporation recently held its first ever MFG Day event at the company's North American headquarters in Noblesville, IN. The event drew over 150 students from local schools in Hamilton County, providing young people with insight into the benefits offered by a career in the manufacturing sector. Additionally, INDEX formally announced the donation of an ABC production turning center to Purdue Polytechnic Anderson during the event.

Upon their arrival at INDEX's facility, students were treated to a catered lunch during speeches by Tom Clark, President and CEO of INDEX Corporation, Corey Sharp, Director of Purdue Polytechnic Anderson and Noah Dockrey, Field Service Intern at INDEX Corporation.

Following lunch, students broke into small groups and received guided tours of INDEX's facility. Stations throughout the company's shop floor focused on a variety of subjects, from the advanced technology found in INDEX's turning centers to common manufacturing tasks to details on the above-average earning potential for students who pursue STEM degrees and careers. Following the guided tours, students had the opportunity to chat with INDEX interns and employees, revisit stations with follow-up questions and participate in a virtual reality experience.

"American manufacturing is undergoing a radical shift," said Clark. "For many years, manufacturers did not do enough to draw talented young people into our industry. As a result, we are now facing a situation where there are not enough individuals going into manufacturing to offset the numbers we are losing to retirement. At INDEX, our continued success and growth depends on identifying and connecting with young people in our community who are interested in engineering careers and working with advanced technology."

"In recent years, INDEX has fostered strong relationships with local post-secondary institutions such as Purdue Polytechnic and Ivy Tech, both of which participated in the company's MFG Day," said a company spokesperson. Flexware Innovation, a Fishers-based engineering firm heavily involved in workforce development, also took part in the event.

"The donation of an ABC production turning center follows a deepening relationship between INDEX and Purdue Polytechnic," added the spokesperson. "INDEX has provided internships to multiple students from the college, as well as hired multiple graduates. Valued at more than $350,000, the ABC machine will provide Purdue Polytechnic students the opportunity to learn on an advanced, state-of-the-art piece of manufacturing equipment."

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Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

I ran across this article which is over 4 years old but still so true. We need vocational training in High Schools and to learn more about what Premier is doing with local high school- Arrowhead High School please email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will send you the article on how we are getting involved. Enjoy the article from Forbes written by Nicholas Wyman

Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenches learning a craft such as woodwork or maybe metal work, or any one of the hands-on projects that characterized the once-ubiquitous shop class.

But in the 1950s, a different philosophy emerged: the theory that students should follow separate educational tracks according to ability. The idea was that the college-bound would take traditional academic courses (Latin, creative writing, science, math) and received no vocational training. Those students not headed for college would take basic academic courses, along with vocational training, or “shop.”

Ability tracking did not sit well with educators or parents, who believed students were assigned to tracks not by aptitude, but by socio-economic status and race. The result being that by the end of the 1950s, what was once a perfectly respectable, even mainstream educational path came to be viewed as a remedial track that restricted minority and working-class students.

The backlash against tracking, however, did not bring vocational education back to the academic core. Instead, the focus shifted to preparing all students for college, and college prep is still the center of the U.S. high school curriculum.

So what’s the harm in prepping kids for college? Won’t all students benefit from a high-level, four-year academic degree program? As it turns out, not really. For one thing, people have a huge and diverse range of different skills and learning styles. Not everyone is good at math, biology, history and other traditional subjects that characterize college-level work. Not everyone is fascinated by Greek mythology, or enamored with Victorian literature, or enraptured by classical music. Some students are mechanical; others are artistic. Some focus best in a lecture hall or classroom; still others learn best by doing, and would thrive in the studio, workshop or shop floor.

And not everyone goes to college. The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that about 68% of high school students attend college. That means over 30% graduate with neither academic nor job skills.

But even the 68% aren’t doing so well. Almost 40% of students who begin four-year college programs don’t complete them, which translates into a whole lot of wasted time, wasted money, and burdensome student loan debt. Of those who do finish college, one-third or more will end up in jobs they could have had without a four-year degree. The BLS found that 37% of currently employed college grads are doing work for which only a high school degree is required.

It is true that earnings studies show college graduates earn more over a lifetime than high school graduates. However, these studies have some weaknesses. For example, over 53% of recent college graduates are unemployed or under-employed. And income for college graduates varies widely by major – philosophy graduates don’t nearly earn what business studies graduates do. Finally, earnings studies compare college graduates to all high school graduates. But the subset of high school students who graduate with vocational training – those who go into well-paying, skilled jobs – the picture for non-college graduates looks much rosier.

Yet despite the growing evidence that four-year college programs serve fewer and fewer of our students, states continue to cut vocational programs. In 2013, for example, the Los Angeles Unified School District, with more than 600,000 students, made plans to cut almost all of its CTE programs by the end of the year. The justification, of course, is budgetary; these programs (which include auto body technology, aviation maintenance, audio production, real estate and photography) are expensive to operate. But in a situation where 70% of high school students do not go to college, nearly half of those who do go fail to graduate, and over half of the graduates are unemployed or underemployed, is vocational education really expendable? Or is it the smartest investment we could make in our children, our businesses, and our country’s economic future?

The U.S. economy has changed. The manufacturing sector is growing and modernizing, creating a wealth of challenging, well-paying, highly skilled jobs for those with the skills to do them. The demise of vocational education at the high school level has bred a skills shortage in manufacturing today, and with it a wealth of career opportunities for both under-employed college grads and high school students looking for direct pathways to interesting, lucrative careers. Many of the jobs in manufacturing are attainable through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and vocational programs offered at community colleges. They don’t require expensive, four-year degrees for which many students are not suited.

And contrary to what many parents believe, students who get job specific skills in high school and choose vocational careers often go on to get additional education. The modern workplace favors those with solid, transferable skills who are open to continued learning. Most young people today will have many jobs over the course of their lifetime, and a good number will have multiple careers that require new and more sophisticated skills.

Just a few decades ago, our public education system provided ample opportunities for young people to learn about careers in manufacturing and other vocational trades. Yet, today, high-schoolers hear barely a whisper about the many doors that the vocational education path can open. The “college-for-everyone” mentality has pushed awareness of other possible career paths to the margins. The cost to the individuals and the economy as a whole is high. If we want everyone’s kid to succeed, we need to bring vocational education back to the core of high school learning.

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Let’s start 2020 with Facts About Manufacturing that You Need to Know

Let’s start 2020 with Facts About Manufacturing that You Need to Know

The Top 18 Facts You Need to Know

1. Manufacturers contributed $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy.

2. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.82 is added.

3. The majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small.

4. There are 12.82 million manufacturing workers in the United States.

5. Manufacturing workers in the United States earned $84,832 annually.

6. 92 percent of manufacturing employees were eligible for health insurance.

7. Manufacturers have experienced tremendous growth.

8. Over the next decade, 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed.

9. Over the past 28 years, U.S.-manufactured goods exports have quadrupled.

10. Manufactured goods exports have grown substantially.

11. Manufacturers export nearly half of U.S. manufacturing output.

12. World trade in manufactured goods has more than doubled.

13. Manufacturing in the US would be the eighth-largest economy in the world.

14. Foreign direct investment in U.S. manufacturing exceeded $1.6 trillion.

15. Affiliates of foreign multinational enterprises employed nearly 2.5 million.

16. Manufacturers perform 64 percent of all private-sector R&D.

17. Manufacturers consume more than 30 percent of the nation’s energy.

18. The cost of federal regulations falls on manufacturers.

Click here to learn more details about why manufacturing is so important to our economy - From you friends at National Association of Manufactures

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Year in Review: Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #1 Blog Post of 2019 for PMT - As we start 2019, let’s review the Top Twenty Facts about Manufacturing

 

Our number one blog with over 12,570 views was back on January 2nd when we wanted to start the year off with reviewing the Top Twenty Facts about Manufacturing. We had no idea this would be our most viewed blog post of the year.

As we start 2019, let’s review the Top Twenty Facts about Manufacturing

The National Association of Manufactures recently posted the top 20 facts about manufacturing which we thought would be a good way to start 2019 off.

Top 20 Facts About Manufacturing

1.   In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.33 trillion to the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2018. This figure has risen since the second quarter of 2009, when manufacturers contributed $1.70 trillion. Over that same time frame, value-added output from durable goods manufacturing grew from $0.86 trillion to $1.26 trillion, with nondurable goods output up from $0.84 trillion to $1.07 trillion. In 2017, manufacturing accounted for 11.6 percent of GDP in the economy. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

2.   For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. In addition, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. (Source: NAM calculations using IMPLAN)

With that said, there is new research suggesting that manufacturing’s impacts on the economy are even larger than that if we take into consideration the entire manufacturing value chain plus manufacturing for other industries’ supply chains. That approach estimates that manufacturing could account for one-third of GDP and employment. Along those lines, it also estimated the total multiplier effect for manufacturing to be $3.60 for every $1.00 of value-added output, with one manufacturing employee generating another 3.4 workers elsewhere. (Source: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation)

3.   The vast majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small. In 2015, there were 251,774 firms in the manufacturing sector, with all but 3,813 firms considered to be small (i.e., having fewer than 500 employees). In fact, three-quarters of these firms have fewer than 20 employees. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistics of U.S. Businesses)

4. Almost two-thirds of manufacturers are organized as pass-through entities. Looking just at manufacturing corporations and partnerships in the most recent data, 65.6 percent are either S corporations or partnerships. The remainder are C corporations. Note that this does not include sole proprietorships. If they were included, the percentage of pass-through entities rises to 83.4 percent. (Source: Internal Revenue Service, Statistics of Income)

5.   There are currently 12.75 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for 8.6 percent of the workforce. Since the end of the Great Recession, manufacturers have hired an additional 1.3 million workers. There are 7.98 million and 4.77 million workers in durable and nondurable goods manufacturing, respectively. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

6.   In 2017, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $84,832 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all nonfarm industries earned $66,847. Looking specifically at wages, the average manufacturing worker earned more than $27 per hour, according to the latest figures, not including benefits. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics)

7.   Manufacturers have one of the highest percentages of workers who are eligible for health benefits provided by their employer. Indeed, 92 percent of manufacturing employees were eligible for health insurance benefits in 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is significantly higher than the 79 percent average for all firms. Of those who are eligible, 84 percent actually participate in their employer’s plans, i.e., the take-up rate. Three are only two other sectors – government (91 percent) and trade, communications and utilities (85 percent) that have higher take-up rates.(Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

8.   Manufacturers have experienced tremendous growth over the past couple decades, making them more “lean” and helping them become more competitive globally. Output per hour for all workers in the manufacturing sector has increased by more than 2.5 times since 1987. In contrast, productivity is roughly 1.7 times greater for all nonfarm businesses. Note that durable goods manufacturers have seen even greater growth, almost tripling its labor productivity over that time frame.

To help illustrate the impact to the bottom line of this growth, unit labor costs in the manufacturing sector have fallen 8.4 percent since the end of the Great Recession, with even larger declines for durable goods firms. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

9.   Over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. Moreover, according to a recent report, 80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions. (Source: Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute)

10.   Exports support higher-paying jobs for an increasingly educated and diverse workforce. Jobs supported by exports pay, on average, 18 percent more than other jobs. Employees in the “most trade-intensive industries” earn an average compensation of nearly $94,000, or more than 56 percent more than those in manufacturing companies that were less engaged in trade.(Source: MAPI Foundation, using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis)

11.   Over the past 25 years, U.S.-manufactured goods exports have quadrupled. In 1990, for example, U.S. manufacturers exported $329.5 billion in goods. By 2000, that number had more than doubled to $708.0 billion. In 2014, it reached an all-time high, for the fifth consecutive year, of $1.403 trillion, despite slowing global growth. With that said, a number of economic headwinds have dampened export demand since then, with U.S.-manufactured goods exports down 6.1 percent in 2015 to $1.317 trillion. (Source: U.S. Commerce Department)

12.   Manufactured goods exports have grown substantially to our largest trading partners since 1990, including to Canada, Mexico and even China. Moreover, free trade agreements are an important tool for opening new markets. The United States enjoyed a $12.7 billion manufacturing trade surplus with its trade agreement partners in 2015, compared with a $639.6 billion deficit with other countries. (Source: U.S. Commerce Department)

13.   Nearly half of all manufactured goods exports went to nations that the U.S. has free trade agreements (FTAs) with. In 2015, manufacturers in the U.S. exported $634.6 billion in goods to FTA countries, or 48.2 percent of the total. (Source: U.S. Commerce Department)

14.   World trade in manufactured goods has more than doubled between 2000 and 2014—from $4.8 trillion to $12.2 trillion. World trade in manufactured goods greatly exceeds that of the U.S. market for those same goods. U.S. consumption of manufactured goods (domestic shipments and imports) equaled $4.1 trillion in 2014, equaling about 34 percent of global trade in manufactured goods. (Source: World Trade Organization)

15.   Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the ninth-largest economy in the world. With $2.1 trillion in value added from manufacturing in 2014, only eight other nations (including the U.S.) would rank higher in terms of their gross domestic product. Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, International Monetary Fund)

16.   Foreign direct investment in manufacturing exceeded $1.6 trillion for the first time ever in 2017. Across the past decade, foreign direct investment has jumped from $569.3 billion in 2006 to $1,607.2 billion in 2017. Moreover, that figure is likely to continue growing, especially when we consider the number of announced ventures that have yet to come online. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

17.   U.S. affiliates of foreign multi-national enterprises employ more than 2 million manufacturing workers in the United States, or almost one-sixth of total employment in the sector. In 2012, the most recent year with data, manufacturing sectors with the largest employment from foreign multi-nationals included motor vehicles and parts (322,600), chemicals (319,700), machinery (222,200), food (216,200), primary and fabricated metal products (176,800), computer and electronic products (154,300) and plastics and rubber products (151,200). Given the increases in FDI seen since 2012 (see #15), these figures are likely to be higher now. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

18.   Manufacturers in the United States perform more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development (R&D) in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector. R&D in the manufacturing sector has risen from $126.2 billion in 2000 to $229.9 billion in 2014. In the most recent data, pharmaceuticals accounted for nearly one-third of all manufacturing R&D, spending $74.9 billion in 2014. Aerospace, chemicals, computers, electronics and motor vehicles and parts were also significant contributors to R&D spending in that year. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

19.   Manufacturers consume more than 30 percent of the nation’s energy consumption. Industrial users consumed 31.5 quadrillion Btu of energy in 2014, or 32 percent of the total. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2015)

20.   The cost of federal regulations fall disproportionately on manufacturers, particularly those that are smaller. Manufacturers pay $19,564 per employee on average to comply with federal regulations, or nearly double the $9,991 per employee costs borne by all firms as a whole. In addition, small manufacturers with less than 50 employees spend 2.5 times the amount of large manufacturers. Environmental regulations account for 90 percent of the difference in compliance costs between manufacturers and the average firm. (Source: Crain and Crain (2014))

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Year in Review: Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #2 - Leading the small lathe market- Hwacheon HiTech 230 out-specs the competition

The #2 Blog of the year was from Hwacheon and their market leading HiTech 230 CNC Lathe. This machine out specs the competition and it was no surprise it was our second most popular post.

The New Standard for 8-10" Lathe Faithful to the Basics the Hwacheon Hi-TECH 230 provides more reliable machining performance based on excellent machine rigidity and upgraded specifications compared to the existing 8-10" lathes with box-way structure and provides greatly enhanced user convenience and maintainability. The Y-axis model has Y-axis stroke of up to ±60 mm (±2.36 inch), the largest in class

-         - Largest cutting area in its class

-         -Largest turn mill motor in its class

-       - Largest Y axis stroke in its class

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Premier Machine Tool Midwest

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Premier Machine Tool Midwest.

The Holidays are full of traditions, memories and gifts. Here's hoping you enjoy more of each one this year!

With the Holiday Season upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and hope you and your family have had a great year and this holiday season can enjoy more lifelong memories

Today, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Year in Review: Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #3 The unique GROB machine concept that can improve your productivity and profits!

The #3 Blog of the year was from Grob and how their machines are improving productivity and profits. It is by far one of our most exciting new products we represent.

GROB universal machining centers offer you almost limitless possibilities for the milling and mill-turn machining of parts from the most diverse materials. Thanks to their compact design, high productivity and maximum stability, these machining centers guarantee effective manufacture and adapt, through extensive configuration options, ideally to suit individual requirements.

GROB universal machining centers are perfectly suited to the 5-sided machining of parts with chamber holes and chamfers, as well as form and flow profiles. Their unique machine concept makes them ideally equipped for state-of-the-art automation technology.

Milling centers

Highly precise and reliable: The GROB 5-axis universal series offers a convincing range of applications.

Mill-turn machining centers

Flexible and efficient: GROB universal machining centers with innovative mill-turn technology guarantee the best results in 5-sided machining.

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Year in Review: Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #4 INDEX Open House 2019 is coming up quickly!

The #4 Blog of the year was out visit to the 2019 Index Open House in Germany. It was our honor to attend with many customers to see how the great products of Index are made. Learn more and get ready for the 2020 open house this spring.

Visit INDEX at the Open House 2019!

Discover the high precision and efficiency of technology solutions of the INDEX-Group. Be inspired of our digital industry solutions how you can increase your business success sustainably with a connected production.

Experience exciting new products and technologies also at our partner’s exhibition.

We are also pleased to invite you to our evening event at March 28th.

We look forward to your visit!

Highlights Technologies

iXWorld - Connecting your future

Discover more iX4.0 solutions - live at our Open House.

Universal turning at the highest level

The new universal lathe INDEX B400 for precise and powerful machining.

Universal turning machine

The universal turning machine TRAUB TNA400 in new design.

Further Highlights:

   Production turning machine INDEX C200 with iXcenter robot cell

   16 machines live in action

   28 exhibition partners

   Special technologies: High-speed whirling, Polygonal turning, Bevel Gear Technology, Grinding

   Service & Refit

   Software products

Several customers will attend along with personnel from PMT as we will be discovering the high precision and efficiency of technology solutions from INDEX

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Year in Review: Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #5 So excited to welcome our guest this week from the Factory of Hwacheon Machinery from back in April of 2019

The #5 Blog of the year was an honor to host Mr. Hyoung Woon Kwon (Executive Director of R&D) and Mr. Jung Chul Han (Machining Center Director of R&D) Along with YP Kim and Robert Nedler of Hwacheon America to visit some of our great customers in Wisconsin

This week we were able to visit several Hwacheon customers with our guest, Mr. Hyoung Woon Kwon (Executive Director of R&D) and Mr. Jung Chul Han (Machining Center Director of R&D) to see their great products in production. Along with YP Kim and Robert Nedler of Hwacheon America.

In this picture, we are with one of our oldest and most loyal Hwacheon customers in front of his 1986 Hwacheon Horizontal machining center still in production today. Even though our customer is adding new Hwacheon machines to his collection he still has this machine running every day.

If you want to see how well the Hwacheon machine holds up, please let us know and we will have you talk to our customers who have had some machines for over 20 years. And still running production.

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Year in Review: Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #6 Excited to recently attend the Hwacheon Dealer meeting and awarded one of the salesmen of the year awards.

The #6 Blog was a great honor as I was awarded Salesman of the Year from Hwacheon Machinery America. We are very excited to offer all the Hwacheon solutions exclusively to our great customers in the State of Wisconsin and UP of Michigan.

We recently attended the Hwacheon dealer meeting held in Lincolnshire. Il and was awarded one of five Salesman of the Year. We are thankful for all our great customers/friends who have trusted all of us at Premier and all the great products that Hwacheon offers. Thanks to our entire team at Premier this award would not be possible without all of your help and dedication.

Since 1952, Hwacheon Machinery has been a World-Leading developer of high quality, highly productive, durable machining solution for precision milling and turning applications. If you have not looked in Hwacheon yet, please contact us to learn more about all the great solutions they offer. Plus, we have loyal Hwacheon customers who can speak of the high-quality products that help them be more productive and profitable.

Premier is proud to be the exclusive dealer for all Hwacheon products for the state of Wisconsin and UP of Michigan. To learn more about all the great products that we offer please give us a call

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Year in Review: Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #7 INDEX Multi-spindle machines: More productive with 8 spindles!

Here is a great blog from July about the Multi-Spindle machines from Index that was our #7 most popular post of 2019. These Index's are so much more productive than the average lathes.

With the totally configurable INDEX MS22-8, we offer a machine concept that meets all requirements and the most stringent demands. 8 main spindles, up to 2 swiveling synchronous spindles, and up to 16 tool carriers, which can be configured in XYZ, enable high-productivity manufacturing. All aspects of the INDEX MS22-8 were developed for use of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Generously dimensioned and freely accessible, the working area minimizes setup cost especially for changeovers. Unhindered chip flow is ensured even at full tooling

Productive multi-spindle machine with 8 spindles

8 main spindles, up to 2 swiveling synchronous spindles and up to 16 tool carriers.

Machine highlights

Your benefits

   Highly dynamic slides with sliding guide (X-axis)

   Non-wearing Z-axis due to quills with hydrostatic support

   Chuck part machining with loading and unloading by robots

   Up to 16 tool holders with 1 or 2 axes and optional Y-axis can be used variably

   Versatility is the strong point of the MS22-8. Whether complex parts or different processes are involved – anything is possible

   More options for rear end machining with hydraulically locked and extremely fast swiveling synchronous spindle

   Already included: the operating system iXpanel i4.0 ready with 18.5” touch screen and Siemens S840D sl

Eight-spindle machining with simultaneous rear end machining

   Front end machining with up to 15 X/Z tool carriers (optional Y-axis)

   Cutoff end machining at the same time

   1 swiveling synchronous spindle

   1 rear slide

   Versatile machining options

   Machining of highly complex workpieces possible

Your advantage: Reduced cycle time with time-determining rear end machining

Pioneering multi-spindle technology

Explore the virtually limitless machining flexibility and the advantages of the INDEX MS22-8 multi-spindle turning automatic. The adjacent animation shows you a wide variety of machining options on a multi-spindle machine.

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Year in Review- Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #8 Blog- Happy To Attend Another Hwacheon Dealer Counsel Meeting This Week from back on January 9th, 2019

Our #8 blog post was from when Josh and I attending the Hwacheon Dealer Counsel meeting back in January. We appreciate being part of this great group to help lend a voice for what our customers want and like about their Hwacheon machines and Hwacheon listens to all of us. It is one of the reasons Hwacheon is growing quickly as more and more customers learn about how great the Hwacheon company and the machines really are!

Premier was very happy to attend another Hwacheon Dealer Counsel meeting this week as it is great to have a manufacture who wants to listen to their dealers and learn more about the industries and customers we represent. Through these meetings it makes all of us stronger as we implement improvements and provide a better solution for our customers.

Since 1952, Hwacheon Machinery has been a World-Leading developer of high quality, highly productive, durable machining solution for precision milling and turning applications.

Mechanical craftsmanship, technical leadership, rigid quality standards, global presence, and excellence in service ensure their customers a consistent advantage in productivity. Hwacheon Machinery will drive to earn your confidence.

From Foundry to Final Assembly; It’s what sets them apart.

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Breaking News: JT Memorial Ski Race - This Weekend

On February 27th, 2012 we lost a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, fellow student, friend and teammate as JT Hilligoss died unexpectedly of a cardiac abnormality in his sleep.

JT Hilligoss touched many lives in his 17 short years. He was a little brother to some and like an older brother to others, who he took time to play with. He was a mischievous young man who liked to have fun. He enjoyed his close friends and always had many of them by him. He always had a smile on his face and had a way of making you smile. He had a way of making everyday things fun. He was the happiest when on skis. It could be practice or just goofing around with friends. When it was time to race, he took that part very serious. He loved life.

Premier Machine Tool Midwest is very proud to be able to help honor JT as a sponsor of the "JT Hilligoss Memorial Ski Race" this coming weekend! JT has a special place in our hearts as he was nephew of one of the owners of PMT- A.J. Schweda and worked for the other owner- Josh Witt- As evident by the picture below of JT in his uniform (or should we say Kevin's uniform as he didn’t have one yet)

We miss you tremendously JT but are so happy so many of you have signed up for your ski race to help honor you and give out college scholarships to those who most resemble your high school achievements!

This year’s event is again being held locally at the Little Switzerland Ski Resort in Slinger Wi this Saturday starting at 8:30am.

JT Hilligoss Memorial Ski Race, Little Switzerland Time of Day Schedule 2019

Race will be (1) one run of Slalom (SL) and (1) one run of Panel Slalom (PS)

7:00am-     Race Office/Ticket Window Open (Little Switz)

8:00am-       Coaches/Course Crew to Lifts

8:30am-       Athletes Load Lifts

8:45am-       Fathers Blessing (In Finish Area)

9:00am-       SL Inspection Opens (Big Deal)

9:30am-       Inspection Closes

9:35am-       Fore Runners

9:40am-       SL race begins

11:00am-     PS course set

12:00pm-     PS Inspection Opens (Big Deal)

12:30pm-     Inspection Closes

12:35pm-     Fore Runners

12:40pm-     PS race begins

2:30pm-       Timing and Calculations

3:00pm-       Awards (Flex Room)

Premier is proud to be a sponsor of this great event! We look forward to seeing all of you soon at the event.

Forever in our hearts!

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Year in Review- Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #9 Blog- GROB 5-Axis LIVE August 20th, 2019

Our #9 blog post was the Grob 5 axis live event which was a huge event back in August that many of our customers really enjoyed. Anytime you can go to Bluffton Ohio and see the great machines from Grob, you should take advantage of that.

Expand your machining capabilities and discover new ideas to grow your business at this one-day special event hosted by GROB Systems in Bluffton, Ohio. Mark your calendar for a full day of free and informative seminars, amazing 5-axis machining demonstrations, networking with peers and technology partners, and Bavarian-inspired hospitality.

Premier is your exclusive representative for all GROB products for the State of Wisconsin and UP of Michigan. We will be on site and looking forward to seeing all those that have signed up.

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Year in Review- Top 10 Blogs of 2019- #10 Blog- We will Never forget #911

Today, we start our top ten blog posts of 2019 with one of my personal favorites, we will Never Forgot #911. So glad this was as popular as it was since we should all never forget.

We will never forget 9/11/01

The heroes, the brave and all those we lost!

Please take a moment today to remember those we lost and thank all those who sacrifice their life's daily to protect our freedom.

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