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PMA Member Spotlight -- Julius Feitl, Progressive Machine Die, Inc.
Each month, the PMA Member Spotlight features outstanding members sharing their insights into the latest industry trends and technologies.
PMA is pleased to introduce Julius Feitl, President of Progressive Machine Die, Inc, Macedonia, Ohio.
Julius Feitl, President, Progressive Machine Die, Inc.
Q: Which job classifications are the most challenging
to find skilled workers?
A: Press Operator and
Setup Person – Most schools tend to focus on CNC operators, machinists and
laser cutting, but there aren't any programs in schools specifically designed
for press operators and setup people. At this point, the best way to find a
skilled press operator or setup person is to hire them away from a competitor.
This position is essential to stamping. I hope that in the future, schools
start to offer training programs to develop these roles.
Q: What is the biggest technology challenge
metalformers face today?
A: Understanding the
benefits that servo presses offer by way improving efficiencies.
Q: What is on your wish list for your shop, next year (i.e.,
a new piece of equipment)?
A: To buy a new servo press or potentially some feed
Q: What is the best conference or seminar you or your
employees attended in the past year and why?
A: The CEO Roundtable hosted by PMA. This particular
roundtable promoted great discussions that were very pertinent to me as a
company owner. The conversation was focused, and I spent quality time
interacting with peers that face the same challenges and issues I do.
Q: What conference topic (related to the
metalforming/manufacturing industry) would you be most interested in attending?
A: Succession planning would be a great topic of interest to
Q: Minivan, SUV or sedan?
Q: What are the top three songs on your play list right now?
A: I don’t have a play list per se, but I like to listen to
Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, the Allman Brothers, and just about
any classic rock.
Guest Blog: Laurie Harbour President and CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.
In 2016 the U.S. manufacturing industry was relatively stable with overall production slightly up from previous years. Specifically, the automotive tool and die industry was predicted to be busy with forecasted tooling spend on the rise. However, taking a closer look, the year proved to be a bit more challenging. Data collected through the Harbour Results’ Harbour IQ pulse survey (a business intelligence tool for performance, financial, operational, trend and market data), which was completed by more than 100 tool shops globally in the second quarter of 2016, has shown that capacity reached a low of 81 percent among die shops in late 2015 and early 2016, but was expected to rebound to 78 and 86 percent respectively by year end.
So what caused the slow down? Program delays—on average, just over 20 percent of vehicle launches were delayed in 2015 and 2016. Work on hold—in early 2016, 18 percent of all work that had been …
Election Day 2016 is not just about the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There are also races are happening across the country for seats in the House and Senate. So what is at stake for the 115th Congress?
Control of the House and Senate is particularly valuable in this election year. The next Congress may tackle tax reform, and many other issues critical to the manufacturing industry.
Here is the breakdown of our current Congress. Going into Election Day 2016, Republicans have a majority in both the Senate and the House.
Here is the latest data on how races are faring for these seats:
Current data seem to suggest that it is unlikely that the Democratic party will take back the House. Still, there are about forty races that remain incredibly close. For the Senate, who takes control is still too close to call, but Democrats are within four or five seats of retaking control. In any event, a newfound Democratic majority would by no means be commanding sinc…
A Metal Processor's Best Friend Guest Blogger: Mike Tieri Director of Sales & Marketing, Chemcoaters Scrap…What a problem! Are you having trouble with higher
scrap loss than you can understand or more importantly tolerate? It could be
the metal but perhaps it’s a problem in the processing itself. Have you looked
at dry-film lubricants (DFLs)? If it’s been a while, you should look again.
Largely used by the automotive and appliance industries, you surely know that
if it didn’t provide a tremendous benefit, they would never add that cost into
the process. When I asked why, I was shown all of the benefits it provided. CASE: One company
monitored costs of using oil against DFL. One item evaluated was worker gloves.
They said that bringing material in with oil showed that workers wore 5.6 pairs
of gloves per week. By going to DFL, the workers’ gloves didn’t get saturated
and usage was dropped to 2.4 pairs of gloves per week. It might not seem to
matter much but on 1800 workers the cos…