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Working with a precision machining vendor is an effective way for manufacturers to increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability. When establishing a relationship with a precision machining partner, it is important to follow the right steps to assure efficient work flow.

Establish Communication Flow

Clear lines of communication are essential in any vendor relationship, but especially so when an ongoing relationship is involved. Discussing projects up front assures mutually shared expectations. The discussion should include preliminary specifications, initial aspects of the part development, prototyping, production, as well as the logistics and cost of the project. Read more »

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The United States and our economy were both built on skilled labor – manufacturing and construction jobs. Today our economy continues to be driven by skilled labor jobs, but there is a looming threat to this foundation. A generation of baby boomers, approximately 25% of the U.S. population, is soon to be fully retired, and the positions they will be vacating are skilled trade jobs. A shift away from labor intensive jobs among newer generations means that there will not be enough qualified individuals in the upcoming workforce to fill these positions. The skills gap, as it is termed, presents a problem for everyone in its implications. Read more »

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Deciding whether or not to recommend your supplier can be a tough decision for a number of reasons. Will the supplier perform as well for my colleague as they did for me? Will sending new business my supplier’s way detract from their capacity to serve my needs?

Then there is the question of how well you know your supplier, and what can be expected of them for the long term. Perhaps they performed well on the first order, but how will they respond when things go wrong? Have they been just as attentive on your recent orders as they were on the initial one?  What if there is an unexpected disruption or delay – will they give you a heads-up, or will you have to call to find out what’s going on? Read more »

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Today’s manufacturers are challenged by a marketplace that demands rapidly supplied products that are inexpensive, and tailored to meet specific needs. In order to stay profitable and competitive, businesses are seeking new customers in new markets, and often providing a wide range of product configurations and options to meet new consumer needs.

Another challenge is the trend toward smaller lot sizes and more frequent deliveries. Consumer-driven requirements such as these have led to an unprecedented degree of complexity in the production and distribution of products. Read more »

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A recent study done by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte predicts a serious shortage in skilled manufacturing talent available to fill job vacancies over the next decade. The study sites two significant contributing factors to the increasing skills gap – economic expansion and baby boomer retirement.

Along with retirement and economic expansion, other contributing factors to the shortage of skilled labor includes loss of trained expertise in the pool of new work force talent. An unattractive perception of the manufacturing industry among younger generations and a gradual decline of technical education programs in public high schools have contributed to a deficit of new talent. The study also sites a lack of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills among upcoming workforce participants. Read more »

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Swiss-style MachiningIn order to provide the most comprehensive machining services for our customers, Nolte continually invests in expanding our capabilities and expertise. Recently, we welcomed a new team member who will enhance our proficiency in the area of Swiss-style machining.

Swiss-style machining has traditionally been an area highly utilized by the medical and electronics industries. Recently, the demand for Swiss-type machining has become more widespread, across a variety of markets. CNC Swiss-type machining provides an efficient and effective way to produce small components requiring an extreme level of precision detail with the highest degree of repeatability. Read more »

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Nolte Precise MfgNolte Precise is committed to achieving the highest levels of quality in everything we do. In addition to ensuring the highest standards for our customers’ products, our quality team makes sure our processes operate at peak efficiency. This dedication to quality processes results in increased savings that we can pass along to you.

To expand on our quality focus, we had added three new members to our Quality Department: Read more »

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Manufacturing workforceAccording to a recent American Manufacturing News article, by 2030 only 41 million new skilled workers will be available to fill the 79 million jobs left open by specialized manufacturing talent retiring from the workforce. A long-term shift toward the four-year college track and away from education in skilled manufacturing trades has created a serious deficit in human resources for a new generation of manufacturing companies that are trying to fill jobs, creating a significant skills gap.

A number of manufacturing industry leaders are recognizing this trend, and pulling together to form organizations such as the PMPA (Precision Machined Products Association) Foundation and SkillsUSA to promote interest in manufacturing among a new generation of potential talent. Helping an up-and-coming workforce prepare for filling a wide array of job opportunities, these organizations sponsor and promote education and awareness to a generation that would otherwise not be exposed to this interesting and rewarding career field. Manufacturing jobs of today mean blending traditional skilled craftsmanship with 21st century technology. Developing this new crop of talent means economic security, not only for them, but for the nation’s economy. Read more »

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Cincinnati Sub ZeroNolte Precise Manufacturing  serves an extensive customer list, spanning a variety of industries. We are proud to spotlight one of our valued customers who is doing important work in the medical field through the development of lifesaving technology. Cincinnati Sub Zero (CSZ) has been developing  patient temperature management systems for healthcare professionals for fifty years.

CSZ hyper-hypothermia product innovations include therapeutic heat therapy and cold therapy units as well as a complete line of warming blankets and cooling blankets for whole body temperature regulation and hyper-hypothermia treatment. These products are used to manage patient body temperature in the operating room, recovery room, intensive care units, and other areas of hospitals throughout the world. CSZ has also developed temperature management products for home healthcare use. Read more »