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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.
President Trump yesterday signed a proclamation placing tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports. Mexico and Canada are exempted from the tariffs for now. The tariffs take effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 23. The President’s action is the result of recommendations from two Section 232 (national security) investigations conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department.
According to the proclamation, within 10 days, the Commerce Department will announce the process for filing a request for an exclusion for steel and aluminum products not available in the U.S.
These tariffs will place at risk the jobs of millions of Americans who are employed in the metalforming, metal stamping and other U.S. industries that use steel. Restricted availability and increased costs for raw materials will likely lead to current customers sourcing finished products from overseas competitors, who will produce them with foreign steel or aluminum and import them tariff-free.
Guest Blogger: Bill Frahm
President, 4M Partners, LLC
Sheetmetal forming has many challenges and opportunities to offer students and new employees. New metals, new forming technologies, and evolving information and simulation technologies offer opportunities for engaged employees to shape the future. Adapting to change and leading the industry discussion requires the experience of seasoned employees, along with the energy and new ideas of knowledgeable young employees.
The market for talent is competitive. Your competition includes other manufacturers, Silicon Valley, Wall Street and government. Successful recruiting and retention involves attracting students to the industry and building a rewarding work environment. Unfortunately, manufacturing has to overcome negative perceptions.
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We can generally sort Manufacturing Business processes into three groups: Make to Order, Assemble to Order, and Make to Stock. Make to Order is also known as custom build. Assemble to Order is used in repetitive manufacturing. And Make to Stock covers mass production of end products.
Let’s look at each one and see where to apply scheduling and planning tools for the best order to fulfillment timing.
Make to Order
Make to Order is the manufacturing process in which a large group of components can be made into very specific end products.
A printer may carry stock of many types and grades of paper and have the ability to create thousands of Ink colors. Skilled workers can use the tools and materials to create any item a customer may want printed. Then they can mass produce that Item into as many copies as the customer would like.
A die maker has large billets of steel in stock and with tools and produces very detailed dies to the c…