|Strength in Numbers - Canadian Metal Working - 06/12
Job shops are traditionally seen as bastions of rugged individualism—small, independent firms offering custom or one-off work in a world of mass production. Some job shops, however, have decided there are benefits to a collective approach and have started banding together in loose networks. By offering a slew of services, job shops in these networks hope to draw new customers and bigger gigs.
Results - Production Machining - 04/12
When working day-to-day with the same machines and complex parts, often the little things are overlooked. The big picture and making money is the focus, as it should be. However, taking a detailed look at what’s going on behind the scenes at the small processes that aren’t quite optimized, the little glitches in the system can ultimately become one of your biggest assets—if you know what to do with them. That’s what Lakeshore Fittings discovered when they made three small changes and had one big result— increased productivity and efficiency.
|Refining the Process Saves Time and Money - Production Machining - 09/10
Sometimes it isn't just the part, but the process that makes all the difference, especially when it comes to meeting deadlines and customer demands. For any manufacturer, customer satisfaction is the number one concern. For Kris Fugate, V.P. of D&S Machine Products Inc. in Aurora, Ind., this requires tight timing, quality parts and cost effective solutions…
|A New Manufacturing Model - Canadian Metal Working - 08/10
When Charles Ruecker read an editorial in a recent issue of Canadian Metalworking about job shop cooperatives, he contacted the magazine to let us know about his new manufacturing model, a network of independent machine shops that have teamed up under Ruecker's umbrella company, Core Powered Inc., Mississauga, ON, to deal with…
|Don't Blame The Workholding - Production Machining - 05/09
By definition, workholding components comprise precision-made production tooling that safely and accurately positions and holds workpieces during a production line process. Matching the design of these components to all the other aspects of production is the cornerstone of machining. Simply put, if a part can't be held, it can't be cut…
|The Go To Guru - Profit Magazine - 11/08
In a two-storey townhouse in Mississauga, Ont., in a second-floor alcove, is the home office and world headquarters of RH Collets Ltd. From his perch overlooking a shared backyard, founder and president Charles Ruecker is quietly building an integrated network of independent machine shops designed to challenge old ways of doing business…
|Specialty Company Knows Its Collets - Production Machining - 09/08
Everyone knows that a machine that's not working properly means less productivity and less profit. When a machine breaks down it's easy to assume the problem can be fixed by replacing or repairing that part. But as Paul Bouchard, Hydromat department manager…