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This regular column from MetalForming magazine provides an inside look at the management styles and techniques of metal forming and fabricating company executives. We’ll share some of their philosophies, their daily challenges and how they face them, and offer additional insights. We hope that you find these interviews useful and can take away some ideas to use at your own company.
Want to be interviewed for this column? E-mail editorial director Brad Kuvin.
month we feature Chris Zuzick, vice president of Waukesha Metal
Products, a metal forming company with locations in Sussex and Grafton,
WI, and in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
“Time to market is critical for our customers,” Zuzick says. “We must ensure that we’re not just performing tasks simply because it’s the way we’ve always done so. I constantly explain to the team that our customers expect more from us, and encourage them to step out of their traditional methods of doing things.”
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“Understanding how to best use human resources to maximize the amount of value-add that can be generated in a day is the first step in the battle to drive profit. Yes, other constraints need to be considered, but setting a daily goal and managing the resources within the constraints will drive profitability by ensuring sufficient value is created to make money.”
So goes the latest post from Harbour Results’ Jason Brewer, who emphasizes that looking back at yesterday’s performance against a specific goal enables timely course corrections.
“Asking the question, ‘Why wasn’t the goal hit yesterday?’ can bring attention to efficiency killers such as downtime or scrap,” Brewer writes, “rather than waiting until two weeks after the month ends and the books are closed. This is how operations can begin to steer the boat by looking forward, and responding to problems more quickly, rather than by making course corrections long after the wake of the boat is created.”
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detailed lesson on how to read a safety data sheet (SDS), including a
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“I’m not sure what’s driving all the talk of recession. There’s a lot of negativity out there that’s not well founded.”
So says Doug Johnson, president of metal former Marion Mfg., and 2022
Chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association, in a June 4 Washington Post article titled, “Economy Shows Resilience Despite Mounting Recession.”
“There’s so much pent-up demand,” Johnson adds, “and everybody I talk to—our suppliers and our customers—say the same. We’re up 40 percent over last year and climbing. This month, we were up 100 percent over last year. It’s incredible.”
So, are we slipping into a recession, or experiencing what economists refer to as “moderation?” “Our business as a whole has never been as robust as it is now,” Johnson says. “We’re pretty bullish.”
Just released: The Deloitte and Manufacturing Institute’s study, “2022 Competing for Talent: Recasting Perceptions of Manufacturing.” It’s a treasure trove of key insights into educating the public about the benefits of manufacturing and how to attract and retain a post-pandemic workforce.
The report recommends a focus on “elevating the workforce experience as well as recasting perceptions of the industry.” Other points explored:
Manufacturers should promote career growth and learning through upskilling and development programs.
Increased flexibility in work location and meeting employees’ needs—such as childcare benefits—are critical in attracting and retaining a loyal workforce. “The focus on flexibility is likely to continue moving forward, as employees have come to expect it,” the report states.
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If you’re already on the Industry 4.0 journey or looking to start one soon, heed the advice offered in this timely blog post from NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) cybersecurity expert Pat Toth. She writes:
“The number of interconnected devices in use today provides an opportunity to collect information and allows for advanced decision-making in management and technology, which will greatly improve production. Industry 4.0 can help make data actionable. The availability of information across a system or systems can become a powerful tool if used properly.
“These new technologies will serve to advance manufacturing, but they also introduce risk,” Toth continues. “Company-sensitive data may be streamed across a network of small, power-sensitive and deeply embedded devices, which is a completely different threat landscape than the PC-based approach most SMMs use today.”
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