Production Machining

MAY 2018

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Helping Precision Machine Shops Be More ProducĂč ve and Profi table 20 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: MAY 2018 To grow and profi t today, you have to work smarter. You have to relent- lessly eliminate waste. PMPA is the way to expand your knowledge and increase your capabilities in order to grow your business. Through daily interaction with PMPA staff members, you have access to our expertise on important issues. You're also able to tap the collective knowledge of your peers: those who have "been there" and "done that." Through the meetings, resources and online connections, reports and more, we give you the tools to grow. We look at emerging markets and let you know what's hot and what's not. PMPA programs help you un- derstand your markets so you can make sense of the issues. And we provide relevant information to help you make informed decisions. Why Join GROW! Why Join PMPA? count for failing to follow a process where the inputs are not as spelled out and may not be relevant to the work being attempted. Was it Effective? Just because there is a written process (and work instruc- tion), doesn't mean that it is effective. What circumstanc- es have changed since the process was fi rst laid out. What has changed? In addition to changing inputs and tools, could it be that the outputs desired were not ap- propriate to the process as defi ned? Trying to hold too fi ne a tolerance, or take too heavy a cut? Changing ex- pected outputs without reviewing the entire process in- cluding inputs such as job specifi cations, work instruc- tions, time allotted, tools or other resources is not likely to work out well. Is There a Process? Was it Followed? Was it Effective? These are the questions to ask when an unexpected event occurs in your shop. The question "who?" is not appropri- ate until after asking and answering these three queries. In my experience, after considering these three questions, it is generally not necessary to ask "who?" The "who" is the per- former, the one that brought their capacity and knowledge and skill to do their best with the inputs that we gave them. They created the outputs that refl ected the real state of our system. The performer is only one aspect of our system of providing products to our customers. Is there a process? Is it effective? Is it being followed? These are the three questions you can use to audit your shop right now to see if you have a signifi cant emotional event in the making. When Things Go Bad, Don't Ask Who, Ask ... Two PMPA Members Selected for 2018 STEP Awards Continued from page 17 Continued from page 19 served on the Chicago Renaissance Council, the Chicago Public Schools for Manufacturing Advisory Council and sev- eral other prestigious organizations. She is a long-standing advocate for manufacturing in the community and has shared her experiences often to help make a difference and educate about the opportunities available. The stories of Nancy and Joan are both inspiring in their accomplishment as well as instructional as to how they truly made a difference throughout their careers in manufactur- ing. Our industry is better for their involvement and the dif- ferences they have helped to lead. Their stories make it clear that there is plenty of need for strong talent, regardless of gender, in our precision manu- facturing shops today. They have had an important part in helping their companies improve technologies, sys- tems and processes while helping their people to upskill and adapt. Today, 82 percent of manufacturers report that they cannot fi nd the skilled workers they need. With women making up 50 percent of the workforce, but only 25 percent of the manufacturing workforce, the STEP Awards show the contributions that women can and do make in manufacturing. Manufacturing makes a difference in the economy, and these women make a difference in manufacturing. Every dollar of fi nal sales in manufactured products supports $1.89 in output from other sectors, the largest economic multiplier of any sector.

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