Production Machining

DEC 2018

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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By Chris Koepfer I n 1916, when Nolte Precise Manufacturing opened the doors of its Cincinnati, Ohio, business as a screw machine shop, the founders would be hard pressed to recognize that business as it exists in 2018. Needless to say, 102 years of contin- uous operation is something to admire, but more importantly, it raises the question of what management has done to secure that legacy. When Nolte started, the screw machine industry was somewhat distinct from the general machine shop industry. In some ways it was more advanced in part because the use of automatic machines, which were actuated by cams and designed to run continuous production, could often outpace the shorter production runs that needed more flexibility and more operator oversight. is dichotomy of medium to high continuous produc- tion versus small lot sizes with multiple change-overs continues today, but it's a very different animal than it was for much of the 20th century. e reason being that the defini- tion of medium-high production has changed significantly. In many industries, shorter product life cycles have resulted in Still Learning After 102 Years It's said that successful people endeavor to maintain the mentality of being a student for a lifetime. Under four generations of family ownership, and a century-plus in business, Nolte Precise exemplifies this philosophy of always learning as it applies to a modern metalworking shop. SWISS-TYPE MACHINING 30 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: DECEMBER 2018

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