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The aerospace industry has always been a difficult market for start-ups to break into, going all the way back to Glenn Curtiss and the surprisingly litigious Wright Brothers. Today, the challenge doesn’t come from intellectual property or competing with giants like Boeing and Lockheed Martin—there’s an entire supply chain feeding those behemoths, after all. The real challenge for start-ups comes from the fact that the aerospace industry demands complex, expensive components made to rigorous standards and manufactured at low volumes. However, as in any industry, the introduction of new technologies has the potential to change the dominant paradigm. This ...
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Safety leaders need to actively promote foot safety in the workplace to ensure worker safety and productivity. Many jobs require employees to constantly lift, move, and work with heavy objects, all while standing for long periods of time. When all of these factors are coupled, it can result in potentially fatal injuries that start with the feet and work their way up the body, affecting knees, hips, and backs. Foot injuries can cause enormous backlash for both the employee and employer. For example, with employees, an injury resulting in permanent or long-term foot damage can hinder their ability to work, while employers can be left paying an immense amount ...
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Risk nightmares can occur if you're not prepared for an environmental emergency. Disasters can happen in the blink of an eye. Whether natural, environmental, or just some freak accident, how your business responds to these occurrences can be the difference between successful risk mitigation and risk nightmares. Unfortunately, for many organizations, natural disasters are often overlooked, pushed aside from the more every day, common workplace incidents. But as the recent Hawaii volcanic eruptions, Hurricane Harvey, and even the 2014 Atlanta “Snowmageddon” showed us, businesses must always expect the unexpected. What exactly does this mean? Simply put, ...
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The price of energy is an important component to any form of large-scale industrial production. Natural gas has long been a chief source of energy for many industrial users, but it has become even more attractive lately given the sustained low-price environment. Improvements in shale gas technology over the past decade have given the United States record levels of natural gas production. Production has risen to such heights that in 2017 the United States exported more natural gas than it imported for the first time since 1957. That trend has continued this year and is expected to intensify in the years to come. At the same time, consumption of natural gas within ...
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A wealth of the “same old” classic hazards have not been properly dealt with in the heat treat industry. It is critical to address these basic (often severe) risks/violations rather than simply trying to identify new-to-the-forefront issues. Please note that this list is surely not all-inclusive. I’ll make this concise. Let’s take a look: Are you still allowing impediments to immediate access to exits, fire extinguishers, electrical disconnects, and emergency eye fountains? Are you permitting unguarded (or improperly guarded) power transmission equipment, highlighted by chain drives, belt drives, couplings, and gears? Have you adequately guarded ...
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(Bloomberg) -- Instead of displacing American workers, robots may soon make many of their jobs more efficient. Intelligent machines increasingly scooting across America’s warehouse floors show just how. Companies use automated transporters to move packages without a human forklift driver. A few years ago, their adoption would have meant a layoff. These days, it means a promotion. “People are so needed that it’s nearly impossible to displace a good worker,” says John Hayes , Charlotte, North Carolina-based Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Vecna Robotics, which makes mechanized helpers for manufacturers and shippers. “What they’re looking to ...
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MTI is excited to announce it graduated another 32 executives from the 2018 YES Management Training Program in Indianapolis, IN during the MTI Fall Meeting.  As each of the 32 executives’ names were read off to come to the podium to receive their graduation certificates on the final night, incredible phrases they had stated about the program rang out: “This program changed my life.” “This program made me a better manager of people.” “My family said there was something different about me and it was good.” “The YES program taught me how to empower my team .” The list goes on and on with life changing elements for each graduate.  Since the ...
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Downtime is a real problem in manufacturing, but the power of predictive technologies can make these issues disappear.   The ability to predict the future sounds like a comic book hero's super power or a smoke-and-mirrors act from a carnival sideshow. Yet, plant managers are expected to possess this skill every day when juggling resources, demands, and operational pressures. Insight into the future lifecycle of each piece of machinery and equipment in the plant would certainly make planning easier. For those managers lacking mystical powers, predictive technology is the next best option. Unforeseen downtime due to machinery-related issues can be a ...
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We owe it to the customers and employees to keep track of these costs and continuously seek to improve them.                                             The cost of quality isn’t discussed much. More often, the cost of poor quality hogs the limelight and the headlines. Cost of poor quality costs are believed to be 100% avoidable, and thus are assigned resources to expend extra attention and efforts to eliminate. Conversely, the costs of good quality (prevention and appraisal) are simply accepted as necessary evils, the cost of doing business. But are they really? At a previous employer, I had an experience that made me question this notion. As the ...
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The Metal Treating Institute is pleased to announce that long-time member, Penna Flame Industries from Zelienople, Pennsylvania, was awarded the Commercial Heat Treater of the Year Award by Industrial Heating Magazine.  The award was presented at the MTI Fall Meeting Awards Dinner on October 10th in Indianapolis, Indiana.   The award given by Industrial Heating Magazine, in conjunction with the MTI Educational Foundation, is awarded to the company who demonstrates high levels of excellence in quality programs, pollution/hazardous waste controls, and community involvement/leadership. Penna Flame owner, Jim Orr, stated, “ I’m humbled and honored to be ...
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One area of strength for the Metal Treating Institute over the years has always been its line of leadership.  2019 is no different.   At the final night award dinner during Furnaces North America, 2018 President Pete Hushek from Phoenix Heat Treating passed the gavel to Jamie Jones from Solar Atmospheres out of Souderton, Pennsylvania.   With Solar Atmospheres being a member since 1983, Jamie Jones brings a wealth of knowledge, vision, and history to the table as President.  Jamie is a third generation heat treater, behind his grandfather Bill Jones and father Roger Jones.  Jamie is a graduate of MTI’s famed YES Management Training Program and has been ...
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    Manufacturing production  increased 0.2% in September, rising for the fourth straight month and five of the past six months. The sector continues to see strong growth, with manufacturing output up 3.5% over the past 12 months, the best year-over-year rate since April 2012. Similarly, manufacturing capacity utilization inched up from 75.8% in August to 75.9% in September, matching the rate in April, with both at utilization rates not seen since August 2015. In September, durable goods production rose 0.6%, but output among nondurable goods manufacturers edged down for the second consecutive month, off 0.1% for the month. Similarly, total ...
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On behalf of the MTI Educational Foundation Board, Chair Mary Springer from Thermtech, would like to thank you for being a committed supporter of the Metal Treating Institute. As you may know, MTI's Educational Foundation was excited to award $35,000 in scholarships in 2018 to five students. During the final night YES graduation and awards dinner at FNA 2018 this month, attendees experienced an energized excitement over the work that the MTI Educational Foundation is doing in providing scholarships to draw young talent into our industry. To view what the scholarships meant to the students, click the video below. During the final night dinner at FNA ...
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Furnaces North America 2018 provided an amazing array of new ideas and content through 170 top suppliers and 35 technical sessions. Heat treaters from 14 countries explored new technologies, learned all the latest trends, and brainstormed new ways of doing business throughout the show. Listen in as three members share what was most compelling to them at FNA 2018.
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October 2018   Introduction : The AMS2750E is undergoing a revision, but in the meantime, our members have to operate within these requirements of the above existing Aerospace Material Specification. On top of that, the need to sinter and anneal above the maximum temperature of 1250C up to and including 1650C along with the pressure and vacuum related parameters and the atmospheres, is leading to confusion in how to meet these new requirements. The traditional Type K work horse is becoming limited by its maximum working temperature and the related life cycle impact of the higher temperatures.   Discussion of the key AMS2750E requirements and new ...
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Changing a culture where these areas are at odds is critical to success.   In recent years, manufacturers have faced increased pressures, from rising operational costs to an ever-changing regulatory landscape. They’ve had to learn to function with greater efficiency and flexibility, to quickly respond to changing market dynamics and compete. Operational excellence is key to that. It requires an ongoing transformation and not just the digital transformation that has so much buzz. Most transformations start with an organization-wide project analysis that shows how to utilize technology to boost performance. Fewer manufacturing companies tackle a transformation ...
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On the heels of yet another positive employment  report  late last week showing 18,000 manufacturing jobs were created in September, the NAM  released  the third-quarter results of its Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, which shows 2018 is on pace for the highest yearly reading of manufacturer optimism in the survey’s 20-year history. Optimism remains exceedingly high (92.5%) following enactment of tax reform and regulatory relief, with manufacturers across the country keeping our promise to invest in workers and communities and to take the lead on environmental stewardship and workplace safety. The four-quarter average rose to 93.9%, the highest one-year average ...
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If you weren’t in attendance at Furnaces North America 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, you missed everything heat treating.   FNA 2018 hosted a record crowd of over 1,700 people from 14 countries including:   Australia Canada China Columbia France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico New Zealand Taiwan United Kingdom Unites States   FNA 2018 opened up with the opening night reception, sponsored by AFC-Holcroft.   MTI President, Pete Hushek from Phoenix Heat Treating, welcomed and energized the room with over 165 exhibitors, their teams, and attendees.   Day two featured the first of two days of technical sessions sponsored ...
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Introduction Because quench oil deterioration varies depending on the operating conditions, maintaining constant performance is difficult. Various phenomena occur in response to changes in the quench oil degradation. In this paper, we will examine how the oil condition, cooling performance, brightness and carbide growth are effected by various phenomena such as oil oxidation, thermal decomposition etc. In doing so we would like to introduce important points in managing and setting operating conditions to optimize the performance of quench oils.   Deterioration pattern of quench oil Many production processes depend on a quality heat ...
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Damaging, high-profile corporate data breaches haven't stopped employees—CEOs included—from clicking on questionable links, downloading unauthorized software, and engaging in other risky behavior that exposes their companies to cybercrime. Even as e-mail phishing attacks increase, placing companies at risk of losing billions of dollars, employees often shrug off corporate data-security policies and practices, becoming weak links in cybersecurity efforts, experts note. Employee training at all levels is considered vital to keeping company data secure. Business e-mail compromise attacks—company-targeted phishing scams often involving spoofed e-mail addresses, ...
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