Providing machine tools, factory automation, engineering services, applications assistance, and more to manufacturers is a rewarding career choice. It means being part of the fabric of the American economy by helping customers make the products we all need and use.
While none of us like facing our own mortality, as a conscientious CNC shop owner you’ve likely given thought to what would happen if you were suddenly no longer there. Hopefully, you’ve put a succession plan in place, shared your last wishes and financial information with your family, and provided instructions as to where your business successors and heirs can locate the important documents they need going forward.
Although Lean manufacturing is often thought of as the province of major companies like Toyota, the basic concept is applicable to any CNC shop. In essence, Lean is about analyzing a manufacturing process to eliminate wasted time, labor and material.
Productivity is an important objective when setting up a part program, and often means maximizing spindle speed and feed rate. However, tools selected strictly on the basis of cutting speeds, may also produce chips that are difficult to manage.
Two serious challenges for many CNC shops are reducing cost-per-part and finding skilled CNC machine operators and machinists. Both problems can be addressed by applying automation solutions.
It happens every 2 years in Dayton Ohio: Gosigerfest – a gathering of manufacturing professionals who are serious about taking their shops to the next level.
No CNC shop or any other business is immune to crisis. Although we hope it never happens, when something goes terribly wrong a company’s very survival may hinge on how well it handles the aftermath. That’s why every CNC shop should have a crisis plan in place. Right now.
Developing the next generation of manufacturing professionals requires investments in programs that help students learn the real-world skills they need to succeed. As a firm believer in this approach, Gosiger provides equipment and training to several colleges across the country, sponsors lunch-and-learn and other events that bring students and professionals together, and works with tooling, software and other providers to support educational programs.
Celebrating 35 years in America, Okuma hosts the 2019 Summer Showcase event on July 24 – 25 in its Charlotte, NC headquarters. Gosiger CNC and automation specialists will be among those meeting one-to-one with attendees in the Okuma Tech Bar. This is an opportunity to discuss critical production challenges with Gosiger experts who draw on 95 + years of manufacturing experience.
In addition, the Summer Showcase includes:
• Industry-specific Okuma machine demos
• Special guest speakers
• Access to applications engineers
• Learning about efficiency-improving APPs
Okuma machines available for up-close-and-personal examination:
• GENOS M460V-5AX
• GENOS M560-V
• LB3000 EX II-MYW
• LT2000 EX-2T1MY
• LU3000 EX
• GENOS L2000-e
• LB3000 EX II BBW
• LB3000 EX II Gantry
• MULTUS U3000